My first quilting love is paper piecing, so I am unable to toss out ANY bits of fabric. As if wanting to inspire you wasn't enough of a challenge, I had to toss in a 'new-to-me' technique for a personal challenge. So, I started creating crumb blocks. I approached this process 'willy-nilly', no specific instruction and I quite enjoyed it! Oh no!! another reason not to toss out those bits and pieces.
Here is my first block. Crumb piecing is in the green rectangles and a paper pieced ball ornament was transformed into an applique motif. This block measures 12-1/2" sq.
Here is another block with a new motif. This little stocking was paper pieced from a pattern at http://www.circleofcrafters.com/irisfolding/christmas.html. Coloring book pages is another good resourse for motifs. I left the top edge of the stocking unstitched, to insert some christmas trinkets. Here is how I made the stocking into an applique motif.
Here is my third block. The bells are made from red crumbs and stitched down with gold trims. What red, green and white christmas doesn't warrant a touch of gold? How did that scrap of red get stitched in with the greens?
Hmmm, does my parade of blocks look like a pre-planned set? LOL Okay, I confess, I had a hard time making a block without a purpose. I sewed them together, added a narrow border stripe and a triangle finish, and quilted it into a door banner. If you put a triangle finish on both ends, you would have a great table runner. I hope you were inspired with my christmas blocks using fabric scraps.
Here is one more 12-1/2" christmas block. It was made with the little twister template and 5 inch squares.
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