I swear the scraps are knee deep around here. I keep making scrap quilts but the pile of scraps never seems to go down in my scrap boxes. Not sure quite what I would do if I had no scraps – as scrap quilting is my favourite! But still, everywhere scraps.
Back before Christmas I made a pile of 6 inch bear claw blocks from 2.5″ squares and 2.5″ strips (the strips were cut using the Easy Angle ruler to become half square triangles) along with a dark grey almost black background. While I like the look of black, this dark grey fabric gives the blocks a bit of a softer look. It’s a subtle difference.
I dumped the scrap boxes on the table when I made these and I made an effort to use ugly prints, juvenile prints, tone on tone as well as pretty fabrics. My focus was including a large variety of what was on hand. I put out the finished blocks on the table last weekend to see exactly where I was:
I like it. Despite how scrappy it is, the dark grey fabric holds it together. The blocks are small enough you see colour as opposed to the details of the individual fabrics, which is why I think it works.
Currently I plan to separate these blocks with wider sashing, maybe 2″ finished.
I can’t see this as a baby quilt so it’s going to need to grow. I’m not thinking bed sized but rather a large lap quilt. If I do 4 blocks across and 6 down that would, I think, be a generous lap quilt. So that would be 24 blocks of which 9 are made.
I better get busy sewing these bear claw blocks. Piecing this is going to keep me out of trouble for a while.