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J-Quilts blog

Leftovers.... don't throw them away...

My quilting friends and my husband too, laugh at me when I save the little pieces from when I am cutting out a project.  Well at the weekend, I decided to quilt them all up into small projects and bind them.

So never throw those pieces away, as there is always something you can make with the leftovers.

I had some fun this weekend.  After putting our Christmas decorations up we didn't feel like the trek into town in the rain for more Christmas shopping so I had some fun with  my sewing machine instead.  (I know I should have been Christmas shopping though !!!)

They weren't 100% straight strips that were left over from my Christmas quilt, but I sewed them all together and trimmed it into a rectangle, and made a larger pouch.  It is about 8" x 9" and it took me a while to think about what I could put in it...  and decided that I could use it for my laptop cable !!!  it is always getting tangled up in my laptop bag.  It was also a good tester for some new variegated thread in a thicker 30 weight before using it on a large project.  It would have had a better effect on solid fabric though as it blended over these fabricsIt did show better on the darker green smaller pouch though.  I got a bit carried away and tested a bit more .... and ended up with a couple of smaller pouches too which were good for practice freehand pebbles and feathers too.  They were still quilted on my longarm machine though and the binding probably took longer than the piecing and quilting combined...

I also managed to finish piecing my blocks for my Christmas quilt too which are now up on my design wall waiting to be pieced together once I am happy with the placement...  which I keep changing now and then... I wish I had paid more attention to the four patch colours...


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