Using Scraps - 2.5" Strips
We have already talked about using 2.5" squares, but you don't need to cut all of those leftover jelly roll scraps or binding pieces down into squares. Sometimes it is more useful to store them as longer strips.
These are all projects that use 2.5" strips of various lengths. Even though this means you will have to do a little bit of cutting before starting a project and it is always nice to have scraps cut and ready to go in advance, this gives you more options. I keep my 2.5" strips stored together so that I don't have to go searching for them in my scrap bins.
The Iris Quilt
The Luna Quilt
Valued Scrap Quilt
The Freya Quilt
The Hannah Quilt
The Ivy Quilt
The Debbie Quilt
This is how I decide whether to cut my scrap into 2.5" squares or leave it as a strip: if it is a leftover binding strip or jelly roll piece that is longer than about 5", I will leave it as a strip so that I have more options in the future. If it is just a little bit longer than 2.5", I will go ahead and cut it down into a square. If I am cutting from a larger piece (leftovers from a FQ, jelly roll, yardage, etc.) I usually won't create 2.5" strips, I will just cut my scraps into squares.
I have made scrappy versions of all of these quilts except Debbie — that is going on my list!
Thanks for this tips on whether or not to cut into squares or leave as a strip. I never know what exactly to do 😂
Love the strip quilts! Thanks for the ideas!
Thanks for all of the ideas. I love being able to use up all my bits and pieces.