Friday, April 1, 2011

What to do with those leftovers?

There were oodles of fabric scraps leftover from this week's epic stitching sessions, and rather than box them up for a rainy day I went off on a tangent and started piecing the tiny pieces together.

I know I say this often, but I really loved making these - wall hangings, mug rugs (with room for cake!), placemats, coasters etc.  I had fabric in every color of the rainbow and the color play was endless.  All of the fabrics used here are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons and the squares and Half Square Triangles were cut to measure just 2 inches.


All four squares were basted (including a layer of batting) and  then quilted.  The quilting designs vary and have made an impact on the finished look of each of the squares. 


For binding fabric I have used Kona Cotton in Pepper which might just be my preferred new black;  it is a dark, dark grey color, easily mistaken for black, without the harshness of a true black fabric.


The four squares make a really cheerful set, and I have listed them for sale in my Etsy StoreSOLD
Happy browsing!
Rita

30 comments:

  1. Lovely, Rita! What I great idea to use the leftovers for mug rugs! Can't wait to see the "big" quilt ;-)

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  2. Love those zingy colours and yes what a taster for the big version. In the UK when I was young and no programmes were aired on TV there used to be what was called the colour test card - your mini squares quilt so remind me of those nostalgic days! :-D

    Showing my age here!

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  3. How beautiful and bright, just perfect as a coaster for a cup of tea and cake on a day like today, grey and rainy.

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  4. so lovely and beautiful! i love it! i think i have to try to quilt!

    greetings
    simsey

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  5. these are just gorgeous - would make a fabulous oiecve of art hanging on the wall together - especially if the wall were painted an interesting colour! I am sure they will sell quickly!

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  6. I love these wee quilts , love the solids & love the pepper !!

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  7. Love it! Inspirational. I have been saving all the scraps from my flying geese I've got in progress. And I'm thinking about what to do with them. these are great!

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  8. Great use of the leftovers and might I add bright and cheerful too!

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  9. Those look great. I just almost finished a QAL using Sunkissed fabric and I had some left over so I did just that. Put all those little pieces together and started making putting them into squares. Once I decide how many i will use for the back of my block a palooza quilt I will turn those leftovers into something again. I love doing that with my scraps. I have made a few bags, few mug rugs (love them) so do my friends that I gift them to. I have done a few pot holders and much more.

    Your blog has been one of the one I follow that is very inspiring to me and has brought me into the modern age. I am mostly a traditional quilter and all the new colors and fabric combinations are amazing. Love trying new ideas.

    thanks

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  10. I know there is a boat load of beautifully printed fabric out there - but seriously, nothing can beat solids! I am so excited we are finally getting better solids on the market - the newest selections from Free Spirit and Art Gallery have a lovely hand, something commercial solids have always been missing. That's a beautiful quilted quartet you've created!

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  11. I love all these bright color solid colors. I'm glad to see more people using solids in the past year or two.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  12. Hopped on over here from flickr this morning. Love your work! And your blog is so beautiful too! What lovely colors these coasters are in.

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  13. These are so great! I love the bright solids!

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  14. I don't see them for sale in your Etsy shop - what am I missing? thanks,

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  15. Lovely as always. I'm so inspired by your ideas. I love the mug rug idea and I need to make some soon. I've been seeing them everywhere. I can't wait to see your big quilt. This colors are wonderful and thanks for the tip on the pepper solid. I agree that true black is sometimes overwhelming. Your blog got me started quilting. Love it!

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  16. those would be a lovely set of wallhangings!

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  17. Bwahahahahaha! I'm too late to purchase, they're gone already! My hopes are dashed!

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  19. Wow, sold already. No wondering why there, I’d have snatched them in a NY second. And i live in Calif. Good for you for selling them so quickly. May I ask how much you sold them for, please?

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  20. Great idea! I've been wondering what to do with all my scraps that keep piling up. Love the kona pepper.

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  21. If these are the leftovers, I cannot wait to see the real thing!!

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  22. I never regret using up scraps immediately. That's when they're most fun (guilty pleasure). I also prefer the look of that pepper to real black. Thanks for the tip!

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  23. These are delicious! I have a grey obsession and I might have to surreptitiously add Kona Pepper to my collection!

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  24. I love the colours! They are great.

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  25. So neat to see you just following your inspiration!

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  26. Wow, those turned out great! They almost don't look real!

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  27. These are absolutely divine Rita, aren't we spoilt for all the gorgeous solids we can get our hands on now? Love what you do with them though! xo

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