What do I do with the Scraps???


Batik Leaf on Display

Curls and Swirls Scraps

The first time I made this quilt, full size, I had all these egg shaped pieces of Batik’s left over. I cut a template of a leaf that fit in the smaller scraps and started cutting leaves. These leaves were hand sewn onto 5” squares and joined so that the points of the leaves met at the block corners. It took me YEARS!!

In this little piece I used the same egg shaped scraps; placed 4 leaves on each block and made this cute table mat.

This one used 6” finished blocks (the same size as the original quilt). The leaves are machine appliquéd with a variegated thread.

If you wanted the leaves in each block to touch where the blocks joined, the background block would be about 4 ½” finished.

The leaf template has 90 degree angles at each end so they join tight in the center of the block. The leaf template is cut 3” long and 2” wide. I did not fuse or glue them down before stitching. My backing needed to be pieced so I left part of that seam open; laid the backing face down on the top; stitched around all four sides and turned it right sides out. No binding was used.

After the piece was finished I quilted in the ditch along the inside of the border. It took me longer to find and cut all the pieces than to sew it together.

I am going to make another for our country store at our next guild show, and a few single blocks as coasters. Wouldn’t this be a great block exchange?

This picture shows the steps.

Also attached in a picture of the original, full size, hand pieced quilt.