Scrappy Nine Patch and Some Scrap Management
Can you see the patches of dark and light in this quilt? I sewed together alternating 9 patches of darks and lights (with medium values thrown in helter skelter). I just used my stack of 2.5" squares from my scrap drawer.
I really do like the subtle pattern that this brings to a scrappy square quilt. It also is easier to assemble a quilt full of squares when you make them into 9 patches first.
I used poly batting and hand quilted this one, making it puffier and so very soft.
I really want to keep this one, but sadly we have enough of this baby size kicking around the house...
The back and binding are favorite prints that I tricked myself into using by telling myself that I'd keep this one:) Once the quilt is done, I'm usually okay with parting with those favorites because there's always new favorites appearing!
I thought you might be interested in how I've been cutting up my scraps the last year or so. I still have my baskets overflowing with various sizes, divided by color.
What I've found for myself though is that I like making simple quilts from precut squares or strips, so more and more lately I've been taking my scraps from any project and quickly cutting the leftovers into a few different sizes and stacking them in my drawer. That's where the 2.5" squares for this quilt came from.
Here's how I divide up my scraps:
Any piece that is width of fabric, or half width of fabric (the lenth of a fat quarter - 22") I cut these into 2.5" widths and pile them in this little drawer that you see above. I've found that I love making Scrappy Trip Quilts, and these strips are perfect for that. I also throw my leftover binding strips in here. Although they aren't usually the right length, they are 2.5" wide, so we'll sew something with them eventually.
Next, I cut 5" squares. I like 5 inches because they are the size of charm packs, so they are very versatile and there are lots of patterns written for 5" squares.
Finally from the smaller pieces I cut 2.5" squares.
Here's my drawer of squares. I really like having these squares cut and stacked, they make me feel happy!