One of the best things about the blogosphere is that I get tips all the time from other quilters.
I recently learned from Melissa at Happy Quilting how I can be piecing two projects at once! What could be better?
I’ve always used scraps for starting and ending a series of chain piecing because that gives me all the pieces at once, still without having to cut off thread tails.
The scraps used to start and end sections of chain piecing end up looking like this–pretty ratty!
Here’s an explanation of chain piecing in case you aren’t familiar with it.
To piece a second top as “leaders and enders” instead of using scraps to chain piece, I figured it had to be a SIMPLE top or I’d end up confusing things for sure! So when one of my quilt groups decided to exchange improvised blocks (sometimes called slabs if they’re all one color), it seemed like a perfect opportunity to make the slabs while working on something else.
This is a pile of scraps..
I’m piecing slabs from scraps and they’re improvisational, so there ARE no mistakes, only opportunities for further improvisation! Woo-hoo!
And this is a block improvised from scraps and cut to size!
SO, while piecing the tops I wanted to consider for the Quilt Alliance challenge…
Cat Circus, my quilt for the 2015 Quilt Alliance challenge
I also pieced several improvisational slabs for friends.
Blocks improvised from scraps
Win-win! And most importantly, it was FUN 🙂