Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Got Scraps? - Part II

Let the scraps fly! That's what I decided for finishing the scrappy star quilt, making over 200 flying geese units for the borders. I used the squares-on-squares piecing technique for constructing the flying geese from our scrap supply: 2.5"x2.5" squares sewn onto both sides of the dark center 4.5"x2.5" rectangle. However, I would not recommend this approach -- many of the geese ended up wonky. Next time, I will use slightly larger little squares, and then trim the geese units after piecing. So, it was definitely a learning experience!
Chain piecing flying geese.
However, I was still able to schmooze my less-than-perfect geese together to utilize a majority of them for the borders. But because of the inaccuracies, getting a whole number of geese to fit each side of the quilt was problematic. So, I decided to "cheat" and use an asymmetrical border design with the geese, which would conveniently skirt this issue. I'm quite happy with the "finished-is-better-than-perfect" results:
Scrappy Stars finished top.
I lost a few geese points, but this quilt is so scrappy that I think these little boo-boos get somewhat camouflaged in all of the busyness.

There's a little bit of whimsy in the quilt: there is one fabric that appears only once!

This top has been added to the collection destined for eventual long-arm quilting service.


  1. I love it! I like the solid fabric around two of the corners. I think it helps "contain" the quilt a bit. Only one duplicate fabric? So neat.

  2. yes....I understand that word "problematic". You handle it beautifully though.
    On to the next basket of scraps?

  3. You are so creative! I'm constantly impressed.