I've also mentioned before that I prefer 1/4 yard cuts to fat quarters...and here's one of the big reasons why.
I've been saving all those skinny little strips left over from cutting out my I-Spy squares and turned them into this.
This is the ultimate scrap quilt since many of the scraps are too narrow for a lot of other projects. They range from just under an inch to about 3 inches wide. There's also very little waste...just the little slivers of fabric left from straightening the edges.
I sewed the top together at the Pacific Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Meet-up a couple months ago. Then a couple weeks ago some ladies here in town and I got together to sew quilts and blankets for Katie's Comforters at Seattle Children's Hospital. I brought this quilt top with me and some other ladies did the quilting and binding on it, so I can't take all the credit.
It's got some particularly favorite fabrics of mine...love the girl scout patches just because they're so unusual as a fabric and have so many different subjects within it...
...and even though it's a little typical, I love this Halloween print...
...and just about everyone who sees this quilt comments on the owls.
And as the very top print in the quilt there are some cats peeking out. The day I was sewing the quilt was the anniversary of Katie Gerstenberger that Katie's Comforters is named for passing away from cancer. I asked her Karen, her mom, what her interests were and cats was on the list. So cats are at the top in honor of Karen's Katie.
I didn't take in process pictures for this one, but I started out by arranging my available strips in rainbow order. (You have to be a little flexible since some of them aren't as clear gut as you would think.) Then you'll find that different prints have different widths and can vary a couple inches in some cases. I sewed them together so that one side lined up fairly straight and the other side ended up being choppy. Then when I finished, I trimmed both edges, so they'd be square with the top and bottom of the quilt.
And having just finished up our most recent I-Spy Swap, I think I've got enough strips to make another one of these. This one will be going off to the hospital later this month with about 5-10 others (depending on how many I can get bindings on) when my neighbor makes a trip out there.
And just as a reminder, for each quilt purchased from my shop, I make AT LEAST one quilt to donate...either to Katie's Comforters for Seattle Children's Hospital or Cozy Comforts of Grant County. I'm given a lot of donated fabric for making quilts, and your purchases help me buy batting, coordinating fabrics other supplies necessary to make these fun blankets for kids. The quilts below are currently available in my shop.
Finished Quilts Available in my shop...
200+ I-Spy Charm Squares Set - From Pieces by Polly Quilts
Rocket Launch Modern Triangle Baby Quilt - From Pieces by Polly
Purple and Black Giant Hexies Quilt - From Pieces by Polly
Black and Gold Giant Hexies Baby Quilt - From Pieces by Polly