My collaborative partner on The Wardrobe Meets the Wall, Betty Anne Guadalupe and I have been fascinated with the idea of “Rescuing Blocks” that other quilters have discarded and we have an ongoing obsession with fabric scraps given to us by other quilters.
A quilting friend of ours (we think it was our friend Judy?) gave Betty Anne “Trimmed Block Discards” a while back (a couple years ago at a quilt retreat?).
What do I mean by by “Trimmed Block Discards”? I mean the ends of sections or blocks pieced for a quilt that trimmed off to make the quilt fit together. These are usually tossed in the trash by quilters (except those pathologically obsessed with scraps).
Betty Anne recently gave me these discards and challenged me to make an art quilt piece out of them. I could not turn down such a challenge: The ends of someone else’s blocks meant for the trash – recycled into a quilt!
I have already named the piece: “We Will Not Be Discarded!”
I started with figuring out a uniform way to make the discards work. I decided to float them in a coordinating solid:
Trimming the discards into triangle shapes:
The discards all trimmed into various sizes triangles and ready for the design wall:
On the Design Wall – waiting for what happens next…
To be continued…
Here are several other posts on playing with rescued blocks and discards from other quilters: