Things to do with fabric scraps

I was recently going through some of my old art quilts looking for samples where I’ve used fabric paper, and rediscovered this cute little art quilt “Scraps”.

“Scraps” is about 18″ x 12″ and it was made from – well – scraps! – stuff that would normally end up in the rubbish bin. After teaching a surface design workshop one day, I ended up with a lovely pile of color coordinated bits and pieces. I guess I had nothing better to do the next day so I quickly made this art quilt from the leftover scraps.

Fabric Paper

The fabric paper (the main pink background) is made from my favorite muslin, tissue and cheesecloth recipe which I hand painted and added some free motion quilting using metallic thread to give it some additional texture, design and sparkle.

Fabric Paper

The pale green patches are made from hand painted and heat treated tyvek with some embellishment and stitching, and the appliques are made from foiled and painted brown paper. I added some hand stitching around the edges but as I recall, that was tough work. Tyvek isn’t that easy to hand sew.

Fabric Paper

To make the prairie points I used more of the brown paper fused to peltex with some machine wrapped cording to finsih the edges.

Fabric Paper

Then I sewed the center piece all together and mounted it onto a free motion quilted background. It’s had to believe all these bits and pieces were almost destined for the rubbish bin. Don’t you just *love* this little quilt?

Fabric Paper

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