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Use it Up!

Hi friends!

Some of the Island Batik ambassador alumni  decided to do a blog hop called “Use it Up!”. I love this idea! We all have leftover bits of fabric from our ambassador projects and what a great idea to use up some of those bits and pieces!



So, what did I do with my bits? I started making braids of course! This was a group of leftover 2 ½” strips that I cut into braids pieces using my Braid Template and then sewed them together. The plan is to make a table runner.

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2 ½” strips pieced into a braid

Once I get a few more pieces in there, I will cut them up into blocks, add a little sashing and voila! It will be a runner. I love these colors don’t you?

I also took some smaller bits and trimmed them down into smaller braid pieces using my MINI braid template. I am planning to make a new journal cover using my Jot it Down! pattern.

Mini braid pieces


Now I just need an accent fabric. 

Do I go green? 

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Green for contrast strip.


Or a deep blue?

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Dark blue contrast strip?


Or maybe pink?

Pink contrast strip!


Of course, I should have had these all finished for today but hey, what can I say? It has been a busy few weeks and at least they are started and I have a plan.

It is all good. 

What do you with your leftover fabric? Do you cut it up into strips or certain size pieces or do you just fold it up and put it away? Or…?

Want to win a small bundle of Island Batik scraps? Just some bits and pieces you could use in a small project. Leave me a comment telling me which accent color you think I used and I will pull a winner from the correct answers! Contest ends Monday April 23rd at 9pm my time. 

Have fun with your scraps and I would love to see what you make!

Happy quilting!


Here is the entire blog hop schedule:

Monday, April 16, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Mary Macks Blog (Thanks for visiting!)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018 
Sunday, April 22, 2018 

29 thoughts on “Use it Up!”

  1. these are lovely bits of fabric. with these i would put the dark blue strip. this is going to be very pretty when finished

  2. Dark blue, I think. It will be so pretty when finished, love the batiks! I do not cut my scraps until I’m ready to use them. I do a lot of paper piecing, so I never know what size or shape I will need.

  3. I like them all, but I choose dark blue. Beautiful batiks. Will definitely try braids, perhaps for edging on a pillowcase to go along with the bookcase quilt that I am making for my granddaughter. Thanks!

  4. I’m thinking (and hoping) you chose the dark blue contrast strip because it’s gorgeous with the other batik colors! I like the idea of using up bits and pieces to make something so pretty as a braid table runner. Waiting to see the finished project!

  5. I like the dark blue accent, and I am currently just piling my Island Batik scraps into a small bin. I need to cut them up for something and use them. The bin is overflowing! (Please don’t count me in the give-away, lol)

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