This quilt is made almost entirely of piano keys. It was inspired by the pattern Sugar Pop N Change by Melisa Corry of Happy Quilting. I was using a bigger scrap basket back then. I think this was at least a year's worth of scraps.
This quilt is also made of piano keys but I cut them into blocks on a diagonal and added blue triangles on the corners. My friend Misha from About.com's quilt forum suggested this when I was asked for alternate idea to just using them in borders. The pattern came from Quiltville.com. Funny thing is I just realized I had printed that pattern out years and years ago, but didn't realize it was the same one until just now. Anyway the blue triangles got kind of lost in among the piano keys on this so I added the narrow white sashing and tiny corner stones and some more blue triangles in the borders. I liked the result so much I kept this one for myself, it's hanging in my office at work. This quilt was a series of happy experiments. Some times they work, sometimes they don't. This one did.
Another quilt made Almost Entirely from piano keys is this Ladder Quilt (pattern by A Quilter's Lumberyard). The original pattern called for a 2 x 4 pieces in the center but I already had a bunch of smaller pieces so I sorted them into color groups and used them instead. With the piano key border this one used a lot of scraps too. Looking at this one now I think it needed something to unify it better but I just couldn't come up with a border that worked. So it got the piano keys treatment. The little boy who received this quilt had just gotten twin siblings. His dad tells me he still plays with the quilt and it is one of his special bed time blankets.
For the scraps 2.5 or 3" x 4.5" I've made a column pattern (see my first post). Here is another more recent example. This one is much busier and I'm not sure but I think I like my earlier effort better. The striped fabric in the sashing is too much, but I had been trying to use that in a quilt somehow and I was determined. I need to give up and just making binding out of it.
For 3" x 4.5" scraps I've used this woven pattern several times using different colored sashing strips. It goes together quickly but I discovered getting that 1/4" seam scant is very important or you don't end up with square blocks. And there are more piano keys - eeck!
This recent quilt was made from 2.5" x 4.5" scraps and 2.5" white TOT squares. The pattern was a free gift in a mailer from American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, designed by Kathie Holland. I threw the advertisement away but kept the pattern. It was very fun to do and I'm itching to do another one in the near future. I did cut a few additional 2 x 4's because I wanted some brighter colors but it sure went together fast.
|Now and Later scraps|
Overall, using up scraps is a big part of quilting. We all hate to throw those little bits away. I've tried to use some discipline and only keep the ones I know I'll use. Mostly. I still have those 3 bags of bonus triangles remaining after my Triangle Madness. Someday inspiration will strike and we'll all be amazed. Ha.