So far this week I used two OLFA rulers, the OLFA 121⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler to cut the 8½” x 8½” fabric squares and the OLFA 61⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler which I used yesterday to mark squares for the Cathedral Window Quilt. Today I’m using the small but mighty OLFA 41⁄2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler.
My OLFA Splash 45mm rotary cutter and OLFA 41⁄2″ square ruler are ready to start.
Once I cut all circles for this week’s project, I ended up with 128 of these corner pieces.
With the cost of fabric being what it is, I always try to save as many scraps as I can. In this case, the scraps were not big enough to cut them into a usable square. It would’ve been a lot of work. I also wasn’t sure I’d ever use something so small. So, I came up with the idea of sewing four corners together like this.
Once I sewed the corners together, I was able to comfortably make 2” x 2” four-patch blocks.
From all the Cathedral Window Quilt scraps, I was able to get 32 four-patch blocks.
You can sew these together to make a potholder, a trivet or even a small doll quilt. Combining them with other fabrics will naturally make a larger doll quilt or even a table centrepiece.
On the topic of scraps, I’d like to introduce the UNIQUE quilting Fusible Batting Seam Tape – 38mm x 9m (11⁄2″ x 10yds). How many times have I had leftover pieces of batting – many of which are long and wide? I take those pieces, butt them together and use the fusible batting tape to join them together. The tape is so lightweight, that once it’s applied, you don’t notice it.
It’s quick, easy to use and fast. I always have a few rolls on hand.
Squaring off scraps of fabric and joining leftover batting together are ways I try to reduce what goes to the trash bin. Reusing scraps helps reduce waste!
Another week is over. Hope everyone enjoyed making a Cathedral Window Quilt using OLFA square rulers and finding out how to use the leftover fabric scraps. I’d love to hear of other ways to make use of fabric scraps – please share your ideas.