When I grow up I want to work in quilt series. Until then, I’m happy to work in quilt leftovers. Maybe I should call my leftovers series so I can feel like a serious art quilter.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Quite often I cut off the corners of blocks to create snowball or other blocks with triangles in the corners. I follow Bonnie Hunter’s advice and sew a second seam on the part of the corner I’ll be cutting off. That way I get a little half square triangle when I make the cut. While I’m listening to an audio book I’ll trim up those extras to a set size, usually a one and a half inch square, though sometimes a two inch one. Eventually they add up and I plunder that plastic container for a project like Akron Amish.
I try to go through any small fabric bits left over from a quilt to see what I can cut into squares. I don’t go smaller than one and a half inches or larger than three inches. I’ve made at least one baby quilt from those squares. Other small leftovers get put into containers sorted roughly by color group.
Those scraps often become part of small improvisational quilts. I love what happens when colors get thrown together and sometimes magic happens. Of course, it sometimes goes the other way. The fabric bits in Nothing Gold Can Stay were left on my cutting mat from a project I still haven’t finished.
I also use leftovers in dyeing projects. If a piece comes out looking ugly, I just dye it with another color or colors. As I’ve noted before, I dye old damask tablecloths and commercially printed cloth.