Monday, February 6, 2012

Propagating Quilt Potatoes

If you are a gardener you may have used pieces of an old potato to grow new potato plants.

This is another of my favorite ways to create a quilt.

I put all my "Wonder Under backed scraps almost to small to use" in a box and take them with me when I know I will have to wait somewhere for an appointment.

Then I let the shape of the scrap determine what interesting shape I can cut it in.
I cut as many pieces as I can from each piece and throw away the snivels. My supply is very low right now.

I like to keep those precut shapes on a large tray so I can see what I have.

I often use these to jump start a new small quilt.

I start with a background. The background can be a solid piece of fabric. For this particular quilt I used commercial fabrics.

The background for this quilt is also one piece. This was created entirely from my hand dyed fabrics.

A background can also be created with more than one piece of fabric as I did for this quilt. You can do this because of the design or also because you don't have one piece of fabric large enough to make the background.

I fuse the background to my batting before I create my design.

Of course I don't always have enough shapes to create a cohesive design. I cut more shapes as necessary to make a balanced and attractive composition.

It's a fun and freeing way to work and I come up with things I never could with any other working method.


Joanne said...

What a great idea! I can see that there won't be any real sleep in my near future. :-)

Mary Stori said...

I sure wish I could make my scraps look like yours!!

Debbie Jones said...

What a creative way to work with leftover scraps! I love your results!!

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

Thanks everyone.
I'm sure anyone could do it, if they save their scraps!
I'm trying to let go of some of the smallest!!!!!!!

ANudge said...

I've been saving my these kind of scraps for something, and now I know what it is! How creative.

Gayle Bong said...

These are absolutely my favorite. I'd try it, but I don't even know if I have wonder under or the like in my house. you know me. Pretty much just a piecemaker.

Dar said...

Your mini quilts are wonderful. I would say you are a practiced artist to come up with such beautiful compsitions. Your imagination is much better than mine and you can put what's in your mind's eye to the canvas in such a pleasing way.

My verification word was "twinge" and that is fitting - I have a twinge of envy for your talent. :)

Robin said...

Great idea for scrap usage. They would also make a great puzzle.