Week in Review 2020 – 01/10

Common Problem

Do you wonder what to do with all your leftover precut fabric after making a quilt top? I’ve tried various solutions over the years. None have been perfect. The result is a surplus of scraps I will never use in my lifetime.

Rainbow Aura – the front side

I think I have found a solution. It may not put a dent in the current mountain of scraps, but it does mean I won’t be adding to it. It also has the added benefit of shrinking my stash of must have, but never used or partially used yardage purchased over the years.

Creative Solution

What am I doing now that I wasn’t in the past? I’m piecing the backside of my quilts with the leftovers from the front, augmented by fabric that has been languishing in my stash for years, even decades. Because so many of the pieces are precut, the units are pieced the same way as on the front side, and the “filler” can be done with strips, it works up really fast. Would you believe I pieced this 50″ x 40″ back in just three studio days?

Rainbow Aura’s back side

There is something so liberating when you piece this way. The colors naturally come together, since it is the very same palette and fabric used on the front side. Not to mention the pride I take in using 100% of my leftover precut fabric.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


  1. Great idea Gwyned!
    This can work on all sizes.
    And gives your studio a green footprint. 😇

  2. Hello Gwyned! I think the satisfaction you feel at using “scraps” is akin to my rampaging through the refrig, determined to use each leftover. Somehow, like magic, it all turns into a yummy casserole (?) & we are all happy…or, at least, not hungry. And i can see into refrig again!

    1. Seems I took the scraps/refrigerator analogy too far. I’m still learning how to manage my newish blog interface. Embarrassingly, I discovered your comment in the “trash”. Trust WordPress to have Trash and Spam folders. I’m a big fan of casseroles.

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