Fabric Scraps Obsession, What's on the Design Wall

What’s on the Design Wall: Scrappy Log Cabin

I am getting ready for a “Scrap Happy Quilt Retreat“, which I share more about in tomorrow’s “ScrapHappy May” post, by starting a scrappy log cabin using my ridiculous collection of fabric scraps.

I decided to limit myself to black, white, and gray fabric scraps. First I dug into the bag I have of “fabric strings” which are thinner fabric scraps that I’ve been saving (yes for year, ha!) to make a “String Quilt” someday.

I dug through this scary mess to find the black, white and gray strings and then ironed them (as they were wrinkled/crumped beyond easy use…):

I thought I might have enough to get started but I ended up having to dig into my wine crate box of black, white and gray scraps:

I ended up piecing 35 blocks, which I trimmed to 9.5 inches x 9.5 inches each using my 9.5″ by 9.5″ square ruler:

I started this quilt as an example as the Scrap Happy Quilt Retreat will be at my house starting Monday and I am going to teach my friends how to do improvisational scrappy log cabin blocks (also know as “Log Jamming”) and we are going to use my scraps! (A great way to use up your scraps – dump them onto your quilting friends under the guise of showing them “scrappy quilt making options”…evil laugh!)

More on that tomorrow on the 15th which is ScrapHappy May posting day!

Oh by the way, when I got done piecing 35 – 9.5″ x 9.5″ blocks I did actually (sort of) make a dent in my black, white and gray scrap fabric collection. Here’s what the wine crate looks like now:

(If you can’t tell the difference from the previous photo, just know before it was overflowing and now everything fit nicely in the wine crate with no overflow…)

39 thoughts on “What’s on the Design Wall: Scrappy Log Cabin”

  1. This is so awesome, Tierney! What a great way to get together with your friends and get something beautiful made along with the memories!

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  2. Scrap Happy Adventures at Tierney’s House – sounds like a bundle of fun! Especially since there’s the potential to spread the scrap happy ‘bundles’ around to your ‘students.’
    Great idea all around.
    How’s the foot?

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  3. I’m laughing with your off-loading scraps technique. I used to do that with my collage students and my collage paper scraps. Ah, how nice it felt to see them being used and enjoyed. And also that they were GONE from my scraps box!

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  4. Very clever scrap utilization. πŸ˜‰ I like the black and white quilt top that you created too. And a very belated congrats on your marriage. I was off the blog reading train for a while and missed it while the news was fresh. I did have a giggle at the Colorado set up.

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  5. I love your quilt blocks! That is a great way to use up scraps and create a lovely quilt at the same time πŸ™‚ It’s so nice that even though the scraps are all very different, the restricted palette keeps it looking unified!

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