Tuesday, 13 May 2014

scrap buckets

So, we're 13 days into the month, I've signed up for more challenges than you could shake a stick at (not true, you could shake a stick at hundreds of challenges) and... I've completed my second of the month!  This months Rainbow Scrap Challenge is green and I have made my green scrap bucket.

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First though, you have to look at my purple scrap bucket.  It's compulsory.  I showed you the improv wonky log cabin blocks I made last month (intentionally wonky!), I sewed them together, added some height and width, quilted it and sewed it into another bucket.


All of my buckets are the same size, they start as 13" x 33" panels, are sewn with a 1/2" seam and the bottom corners are boxed at 3".  I'll let you do the maths!


They are all quilted with a piece of fusible fleece, then I add some firm interfacing and make up the bucket.  I then make another lining, this one is an old pillow case (I'm not wasting expensive quilting cottons on a scrap bucket - other than for the outside of course!).


They all also have a hanging tag so I can hang them at a later date when I've had the chance to sort my craft room out and have something to hang them from.


Here he is, filled with all my ironed scraps.  Yep, I iron them.  Only as I make each scrap bucket, the reds and yellows are all crumpled and stuffed in bags.  I find it pretty easy to iron new scraps I make before adding them to the bags and it makes it a lot easier to find and use them.



So here's Mr Green.  For the outside, I tried doing a jelly roll race.  Not with a jelly roll, just with longish scraps I had.  I cut them to 2.5" wide and sewed them end to end to make a very long strip.


It was supposed to be a leader and ender project, but I got carried away!  I then sewed along the lengths, cut, sewed, cut...  It was quick and fun to do, but I messed up a bit as you can see there is rather a large patch of that animal print above, and half of it is upside down!


I tried to line this with an old skirt lining.  Well no, I didn't TRY to line it, I did line it, but I'm not sure if it's green.  In some lights it looks dark khaki, in others it looks brown.  We'll call it khaki!


4 scrap buckets down, only yellow, red, black, grey, brown and white to go... then I have to start the solids.

13 comments:

Rachel said...

Colours like khaki do change significantly with lighting. If you say "Green" loudly enough you'll end up believing it!

JoJo said...

Where do you store your scrap buckets? They are so beautiful. I was looking at my sorry mess of baggies of beads the other day. They couldn't be more disorganized if they tried.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful scrap buckets! I love the different shades and patterns on them :D

Sandra :) said...

I have a couple of jellyrolls downstairs bought with the intention of doing that jellyroll quilt (the one I saw a tutorial for, was called a Jellyroll 1600, but it's the same one you're talking about) - I didn't think about the print getting reversed - I think mine are non-directional but I'll watch for that - thanks for the tip! Cute basket - the only thing prettier than scraps - is scraps in a scrappy colour co-ordinated bucket!

Jane Galley said...

These scrap baskets are brilliant. Love them all

Maria said...

Love your scrap buckets. I'm a sucker for them too. Love how you colour coordinate them with your scraps. They'll look really pretty all lined up in a sewing room.

margaret said...

these are great as scrap buckets, i bought some" really useful containers" from hobbycraft for mine, they were on special offer silly me your idea is much better and I could have used the money for more quilty things! Never too late to learn, have made a list of what you did so i can have a go myself.

Celtic Thistle said...

Ironed scraps! That's impressive as are your ritzy scrap baskets :)

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Just look at you with your scraps ironed and neatly stacked in your fabulous baskets. It's going to look awesome when you finish them all and have them hanging.

pennydog said...

The faux jelly roll race is a great idea- you know that what you did with the log cabins there is venturing into the world of improv, yeah? ;)

Jo Ferguson said...

Because of one of your previous posts, I now iron my scraps. It does make them easier to find and you know, right away, if it's going to be the right size for a project. I still haven't made scrap buckets but they're moving up my list. Yours are wonderful.

scraphappy said...

What great scrap buckets made from scraps. Glad to see though, that you didn't use them all up and still had extras to store inside. I've been ironing my scraps too, and it does help make them easier to find.

Nell's Quilts said...

Love the scrap buckets. What a great way to sort the scraps and such a colourful presentation. They'll look great on a shelf or hanging on the wall. Great inspiration.