Sewing a Gift that Keeps on Giving

I'm working on sewing a baby quilt gift right now, and due to some tweaking I did of the design, I'm going to end up with not only some scrap ends, but a few extra strip sets. I love a project that keeps on giving.

The quilt that keeps on giving.

For my quilt, instead of sewing two opposing rows of diagonal strips together to make a chevron design as the pattern suggested, I decided to add sashing strips between the rows. I found the perfect blue, and it was the right fit to complete the quilt top.

Now, I've moved on to hand quilting. It's been awhile since I've had a hand sewing "couch project" to work on, and I'm happy to have one. I hope to finish and bind the quilt in the next week or two. The baby boy I'm making it for is almost five months old!

Because of my design changes, I'm left with enough strip sets to make a whole other quilt—and I already have a recipient in mind. My sister is expecting baby number two in September! I'm already contemplating what color sashing strips I could use to set off the black, white, and gray in a different and fun way. Possibly red? Maybe a bright green?

I also have some scraps leftover, which will be perfect for making the Fun Friends doll from Deborah Fisher's book, Sew Fun. I made my niece a Fun Friends doll for Christmas, and it was a big hit. The doll went together really quick using scraps from a quilt project.

You can find the Fun Friends doll pattern, and a bunch of other cool projects in Sew Fun, available in the Sew Daily Shop.

Do you have any projects that keep on giving? Do you like making new projects out of the scrap ends of previous projects? I can't wait to hear. 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 

3 thoughts on “Sewing a Gift that Keeps on Giving

  1. after making any type of sewing project, the scraps are cut into 6″by no larger than 3″ strips which are used in scrap strip quilts by using the sew and flip method. My children, grandchildren and great grandchildren say “tell me the story on this material”. A great way to use all the scraps and having special time with the young ones.

  2. after making any type of sewing project, the scraps are cut into 6″by no larger than 3″ strips which are used in scrap strip quilts by using the sew and flip method. My children, grandchildren and great grandchildren say “tell me the story on this material”. A great way to use all the scraps and having special time with the young ones.

  3. When I finish a child’s project I like to cut a pair of 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces. I put them in a bag and when I get enough sets I sew them in rows, all mixed up, for a matching game quilt. I sew a 2 1/2″ sashing between the rows then add a border. Easy peasy!

    Sometimes when I have extra blocks or partial pieces of a quilt, I will use it in the backing. It can make an interesting pattern and even make the quilt reversible.

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