People often ask me why I keep very small scraps and what do I do with them. Sometimes I keep them just because they make me happy...that is reason enough! Like these tiny snack bags full of block trimmings from my friend Susan...how could you throw this in the garbage?!? Seriously!
My favorite way to use tiny bits is to make a mini quilt by putting them under water- soluble Solvy. For this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge the colour is red, white and blue. I immediately thought of these trimmings that my friend Marion gave me.
The bits are arranged in a design on a background fabric, and then a sheet of Solvy is pinned on top of the scraps. I arranged the scraps roughly in the shape of an American flag, pinned the Solvy to the background fabric and batting, and did some basting free motion quilting.
Then I quilted some dense designs because whatever is not stitched down will fall off once the Solvy is removed. I quilted swirls on the red scraps and straight lines on the blue. This is how it looked once the quilting was finished.
Then I put the whole thing in a warm water bath and just let it sit in there until the Solvy is completely dissolved. You can tell that it is completely gone when the quilt does not feel gluey. Then I gently roll up the quilt in a towel to remove some of the water, and leave it laying flat on a towel to dry. Then I have to decide what to do next - add a border or just trim and bind?
To see what other quilters are making with their scraps, drop by the Scrappy Rainbow Challenge.