Scrappy Week 2 – Going Green

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One of my readers, Dorothy, asked me to show how I am sewing the strips together before cutting them into 4 1/2″ blocks.

This is how I am doing them.

First, organize. It is easier and faster to just grab a scrap if the piles are sorted. If they are really wrinkled, I will press them before beginning.

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Next I do the “touch the ruler” test. Select a scrap, briefly touch it to the ruler, making sure it is at least 4 1/2″ long.

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Width doesn’t matter. Wide, thin, teeny tiny, wedge shaped. I use them all. The wonkier the better.

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BUT I make sure the edge is straight before I sew. A quick trim with scissors. I don’t use a foundation to begin. Just sew two scraps together and build on those. I sew enough scraps to make about 6″ height. If I want to cut the block on the diagonal, I use scraps at least 5 1/2″-6″ long. And alternate the widths when possible for an interesting look.

So… you can sew wonky.

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Or you can cut wonky.

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You can also sew a continuous strip of scraps and then cut out multiple blocks.

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It is faster on the cutting side but LONG going on the sewing side. I have tried both and like sewing individual blocks better.

I have been working on these off and on for three days and just about used up all of my green scraps. 42 green blocks finished.

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My favorite.

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Blue is next. I have quite a collection of blue scraps. And all the scraps from my many Barbie projects. But I think I won’t use them and just save them for something Barbie related.

Update in a couple days….

10 comments on “Scrappy Week 2 – Going Green

  1. LisaD in upstate NY says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!

  2. Crystal says:

    I was never a fan of green. I always avoided buying anything to wear in that color.

    In the last several years, though, I’ve slowly been warming up to green. Now, I actually LOVE certain shades of it, and seeing your pretty blocks has reminded me just how much! πŸ™‚

    Beautiful work!

    • don_mae says:

      I wasn’t much of a green fan either until recently. Those colors in that last block look really great on me I found out. They are my favorite greens.

      Thanks much!!

      • Betty says:

        However, green is my favorite color and has been for many years. I enjoy seeing your beautiful blocks. What are you planning for your birthday?

  3. Deb says:

    Wow! You had a ton of green scraps Donna! Looking good!

    Got some good news on my end tonight- bf is finally getting his transfer to day shift on the 28th!

  4. Dorothy says:

    Thanks so much for the step by step! I have been doing some flip and sew crazy quilt squares (9in) to use for something. LOL. I make tote bags and these squares are nice for insets on the sides of the bags. I love the flip and sew to use scraps, then I top stitch the seams with a fancy stitch from my machine. So now I can try some cute scrappy blocks and maybe do a whole side to my tote.
    Thanks again. This was quite helpful. Dorothy

  5. don_mae says:

    Hi Betty, yes I knew green was your favorite color. I really like moss green. The usual for my birthday. Thanksgiving dinner out. I rarely cook for the holidays anymore. More fun to let someone else do the cooking and cleaning up. Thanks for thinking of me. πŸ˜€

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