There’s a little boudoir pillow (12″x16″) that lives on my lounge chair out on our deck. What with the sun and salt air and drifting drizzle (we only bring the chair cushions in when it’s really raining), that little pillow gets grubby and faded pretty fast. I make a new cover for it every year or so, which is usually long past when it qualifies for a makeover.
Regular readers will know I’ve embarked on a mission to use up strip scraps by making both traditional spider web blocks and some wonkier improvisational ones. I looked at the wonky ones on the design wall the other day, and thought, “I bet those would be great for QAYG”. Quilt as You Go has been around for a long time, but for whatever reason I’d never done it.
Well, I happened to have a long piece of batt trimming that, when measured, was 17″ wide. The perfect size, in other words, for making a new cover for my deck chair pillow. So I cut a piece off (13″x17″), trimmed a lining piece from something in the “how did these uglies creep into my stash?” pile, and went to town.
When the top was done I threw together a quick back from some home dec weight scraps, and my new pillow cover was done.
It was so fast and easy, I made two more for the (not quite as grubby but looking kinda tired) throw pillows on the couch in my sewing studio. Those are each 16″ square, and didn’t take much longer to do than the little one.
This one has a wonky hexagon center:
And this one is built around a wonky pentagon:
For all of these, I grabbed strips at random, aiming only to avoid duplicates and use as many different fabrics as possible in each one. They are a true mishmash of everything.
The boudoir one has a zip in the back, the others got the quicker/easier envelope treatment because I was deeply into slapdash mode.
I kinda miss the added texture and detail of the usual done-on-top quilting, but not enough to spoil my delight in how these turned out. (And OMG, have I mentioned how SUPER QUICK and EASY these were?!?)
Couldn’t be happier with these, although there’s still a mountain of strip scraps to be put to use. I’m going to go rummage in the studio closet and see what other batting scraps I’ve got …
Which has me wondering : we quilters throw a lot of talk around about what to make from our fabric scraps, how to store and organize scraps, how small does a scrap have to be before it gets tossed out, and so on. But what about your batting scraps? How large does an extra bit of batt have to be before you’ll keep, rather than toss it? (If I could make a coaster from mine, I keep ‘em. Not that the coasters have happened yet, but there could be some QAYG ones in my future.)
Leave a comment and share your batting-scrap policy, ’cause I want to know!