Monday, March 14, 2011

using it all

It's no secret that I find great satisfaction in using up all my scraps. It's rather addictive, really. But hey...there are far worse problems I could have. :)

I've been turning these batting scraps
into a nice pile of squares
that were coupled with a bunch of O-L-D charm packs
and some more charm packs
to make these blocks.
I'm taking a stab at making (my first ever) rag quilt. It was that or make about 200 coasters. Ha! 
I ran out of coordinating charm packs, so I raided the stash and filled in as needed. I'm hoping I haven't gotten too carried away with my color scheme. I guess I'll find out in a day or two. :)

Happy Monday to you!

63 comments:

Impera_Magna said...

What a great idea... I love rag quilts... can't wait to see yours!

mypatchworkantahkarana said...

He praises idea, already you were teaching us you still have since it ... I encourage and graces for sharing. Besotes (I am sorry that my Englishman is not very good).

SkippityDoDahQuilts said...

Rag quilts are SO fun! I can't wait to see the finished product!

www.skippitydodahquilts.blogspot.com

Victoria Paige said...

Love rag quilts!! Simple and quick project! Plus they're comfy to cuddle up with.

Coloradolady said...

I have never made a rag quilt. Hope you are kind enough to show how this is done. very interesting. And I have lots of scraps and batting scraps piled up...maybe I need to cut them up!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

I have never made a rag quilt but this one looks very interesting. Looking forward to seeing more.

nicolette said...

Great use of scraps!

The rag quilts I made are well appreciated by all of us and especially by our tomcat Midas!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've never made a rag quilt either. I will be interested to see how yours turns out.

Rasu said...

Hi Amanda

I visit your blog every monday.I love the way you end your post with a 'Happy Monday Morning'.Love all your quilts.Rag quilt is great too.

Have a great week.

Clair said...

Well, it will be interesting to see what comes of it.

Bailey said...

Looking forward to the end product!! Though, I for one cannot understand why you didn't go the coaster route :)

Theresa said...

I'm fascinated to see how you're going to use the squares of batting. Is it sort of 'quilt as you go'? And, love a 'use it all' session....very satisfying!

pdudgeon said...

Hmmmm, i knew i was saving my batting scraps for something....
thanks for cluing me in!

donna!ee said...

rag quilts are awesome! i got a kit last year @ the quilt show here in quilt city USA, paducah KY...you'll be pleasantly surprise @ the end result! :)

Terri said...

Bravo!

Cynthia said...

great idea i hate to have leftovers hanging around thanks cynthia

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

just finished making a rag quilt (fluffy flannel) It is in the dryer as we speak....so to speak!

beth said...

This one will be great!

Nicole said...

I am really looking forward to seeing how this develops!

Di~ said...

Good job. Rag quilts are great to make! I've made around 15 of them, they work up fast. My daughter always did the batting step for me! They make good gifts.

Danielle said...

I've not seen one with batting before.... How does it go together? I'd love to use up my scrap batting as well. Looks like it will be very cozy!

Linda said...

ooh, I loved the Aviary line! So soft and pretty. :)
I made a rag quilt one time and used flannel for the inner layer. I bet the batting will make it extra cozy.

Tiffany said...

Be careful! Rag quilts can become incredibly addicting! Especially if you have rag quilt snippers!

Lori said...

Ha! 200 coasters. That is exactly what I was thinking in the beginning of your post. A rag quilt is a great idea! And I too get so excited when I use up things. Makes me feel frugal. I love when all the leftovers in the fridge come together to make a great meal.

Tara said...

Like everyone else, can't wait to see the finished product. I think lot's of people will like the technique you're using! THe shop was slow this afternoon, I didn't really need to be there, but I said that since I have to pay for an extra day of day care that I was going to stay! Got a wrap it up bag done, but broke my snap so have to attach that on Wednesday. Hope to talk soon!

leigh said...

such a great idea! i always keep my scraps, but get overwhelmed when i can't figure out what to do with them. (especially the batting scraps.)

AMKreations said...

Looks like fun...minus all the snipping...I could never make a rag quilt with 5" squares...hats off to you! =)

Shannon said...

Rag quilts are so fun and easy to make! In fact, that is the only quilt that I have started AND completed (since I am very intimidated by "regular" quilts). If I can do it, you surely can too! Have fun!

Joy said...

I've made a couple of rag totebags/handbags. I think they are so cute. It looks like you have a good start on your quilt.

dara said...

I made my first ever rag quilt last month and then I made one shortly after- it is very satisfying and quick. Enjoy. Just a tip, the first time you dry it you should do it on it's own, otherwise the rest of the items in the dryer will show it!!

Annette said...

How exciting. I want to know everything about how to make a rag quilt. Staying tuned...

Carol said...

Looking forward to it. :)

Jo @ a life in lists said...

I've never seen a rag quilt in progress before - looking forward to seeing yours, as I've got a ton of old batting scraps that could do with using up!

Dorothee said...

Great idea ... I find using batting scraps strangely addicting too ;) Can't wait to see how this turns out ... will there be a tutorial too? Pretty please?

loulee said...

Looking forward to more progress shots.

Absorbent pads said...

Wonderful it is such a amazing idea. It is very unique work. Your tutorial is very helpful.

Suzanne said...

Oh, you! Of course you will find a use for those batting strips. :-)

I love the batting cylinder too.

Becky said...

rag quilts are the first thing I ever tried to sew a few years ago. I love them!

Bonnie said...

I sewed a lot of rag quilts last year, can't wait to see how this one turned out!

The Calico Cat said...

Fun Frugality! (Did I just name your quilt?)

I love my rag quilt, but it is 3 layers of flannel, except for the clipping...

Thimbleanna said...

What a great way to use up batting scraps. I'll be really interested to see how this comes together!

Mary Sue said...

May I recommend the Heritage Rag Scissors? They are so much nicer for Rag Quilting than regular scissors as they have a fabulous spring - you are not fighting to open and close!!

Dawn S. said...

What a great way to use batting scraps! I can't wait to see your finished rag quilt. I have never made one before, but now the ideas are running amok in my head!

Terriaw said...

you are so good at using it all! I am intrigued to see your new rag quilt - cool way to use some old charms and leftover batting pieces.

Barbara said...

Can't wait to see a few of these blocks together.....I have been looking at batting scraps and trying to figure out something different to do with them ( my hubby said trash ). I just can't seem to toss out much.

Marti said...

That's a great use for batting scraps. You'll love your rag quilt.

Becky said...

Very cool! I have tons of batting scraps, and very frugal, and this intrigues me very much! Can't wait to see how it comes along and to make one of my own :). Thanks for sharing!

Silk said...

It's a great idea, i can't wait to see ypour rag quilt!!!

Katherine said...

Oh, this promised to be really lovely! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Don't you love projects that make the most out using every precious bit? We must be on a similar wavelength, because I have been thinking it's time I made another rag quilt.

Kristyne said...

Oh, the satisfaction of not adding to the scrap bin that already overfloweth!

Lauren P said...

My first quilt was a rag quilt! They are super cozy and very easy to make! I love that once you sew your blocks your quilt is finished! No basting needed!

Lieve said...

Hi Amanda Jean, I love making ragquilts. Mostly I just pick ad random and it always looks great! Good luck!

Kekibird said...

Fascinated to see where this is headed.

Tif / Halu-Halo said...

waste not, want not! wtg amandajean!

sarah, rsm said...

that's it! i'm buying a lottery ticket today cuz i've actually made a quilt that you haven't!!!
have i told you recently that i want to be like YOU when i'm a grown-up quilter?
:)

Anonymous said...

Those are fun to make :)
At least once in your sewing career!
Susanne

http://quiltsbagsgardens.blogspot.com/ said...

Me too....'fascinated to see where this is headed'.....remember the 'process pledge'

Andrea, the little collector said...

Ok...having blogger silliness...if this is the 48th duplicate comment, my apologies!

I've been sorting batting too. Rag quilt is in the line-up at some point, but I have another quilt I want to make too using those square. Do you want me to send ya a picture??? :)

(I know you can't resist a little quilt temptation!)

Annessa said...

So fabulous! You are my idol! Can't wait to see the finished project.

GabyLux said...

Hello. I love your blog. I have a question. Can you please tell me which kind/sort of batting you use for your quilts? This would interest me.
Greets from Luxembourg / Europe
Gaby

Judy said...

What a great idea. I didn't realize you could use cotton. I have made them with flannel, in fact I'm working on one right now!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

cool - how big were your blocks?

connie said...

Will you do a tutorial for this? :)