Sunday, August 21, 2016

Quilt Leftovers - Slow Sunday Stitching

I recently cut off the end of a quilt (because it was just too long) but I couldn't make myself throw away that quilted strip.  It laid around until recently when I realized I could cut it into smaller pieces, layer two together, and bind them.  Voil√†!  Hot pads.

The strip was long enough to make four double-sided hot pads.  I sewed the binding on by machine and today I'll hand-stitch it to the reverse side.

Side one:

Side two:

Talk about scraps!  I just can't throw anything away.  I wouldn't give these hot pads as gifts -- they're just utility hot pads -- but I'm happy to have turned that waste strip into something useful.   

I'm linking this post to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

I hope you have a peaceful, restful Sabbath.

--Nancy.

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14 comments:

  1. I like how your light coloured stars shine on your Morning Star quilt. Just lovely. I too can't throw away a thing and since I eventually find a place for most of it, I can justify it. Your hot pads are perfect.

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    1. Thanks for your comment about the stars on Morning Star, Jocelyn. I wish I were better at finding uses for everything I save. But then, there's still time for possible uses in the future, right?

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  2. I just love those hot pads! What a wonderful use of scraps or leftovers. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. I suppose the very best I can say about these is that the block is centered side-to-side but no matter exactly how they look, they'll prevent burns and that's the most important thing!

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  3. Great use of leftovers. I made quilted applique cornices for my windows in my previous house. I still have them but I haven't quite figured out what to do with them.

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    1. Thanks, Robin. I'd love to see the quilted, appliqued cornices. They sound like a huge project and definitely worth saving when the original need has passed. But I might have trouble cutting up appliqued pieces. Are they long enough and/or wide enough to use down the center of a table?

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  4. Clever use of your trimmings, Nancy!

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    1. Thanks, Janet. Had the strip been much narrower I'm sure I would have pitched it.

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  5. How clever of you!!! I never think to make pot holders of my scrap blocks - need to make myself a note :*)

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    1. I would not have thought to make them either, Teresa, except I visited my daughter not long ago and she was using a towel so pot holders had been on my mind. I suppose they could be come like the popular pin cushions that I see so many quilt bloggers making....

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  6. I think that's a great idea, Nancy. And if someone gave me some like that, I'd be thrilled!

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    1. Thanks, Susan. They're nothing fancy, just utility hot pads, but they'll prevent burns.

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  7. Oh my goodness. I love your idea and your hot pads. (I hate wasting anything too). I'd like them for a gift! My husband burns up hot pads as quickly as I can make them...not that I'd want to burn yours up...just saying...

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    1. LOL, Cathy. Burning up hot pads is exactly why I think using quilt "scraps" is perfect. They're just utility items that sometimes don't last a year (depending on the cook/baker).

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