I really AM clearing off my cutting table. But I'm sewing up the scraps and goodies as I go! I found these cute potholders online, so I made up 6, 4 on the diagonal...
From the online source:
Mine (not quilted or bound yet, obviously):
I cut a "base fabric" (this is read yucky stuff I had a chunk of on my cutting table) into 6" squares and just made sure they were covered, then trimmed them down after sewing the selvages on. This time I did not take the time to switch thread out every time...I just kept a dark wheat color in and let the stitches fall where they may.
Here is my next cutting-table-clearing project. I used 10-1/2" square base fabric (the red). Then I marked a dot 1-1/2" from the same corner and 5" from each side of the opposite corner. I used a gray pencil to connect the dots from each 1-1/2" mark to a 5" mark on an adjacent side. Then I drew a line 1/2" in from where the 5" mark side was to create sort of a triangle. Then I just took a piece big enough to go from one side to the other and started adding selvages.
I'm sure this is like any other sewing project...everyone has their own way of doing it. I line up the selvage side of the fabric with a pencil line and sew as close to the edge as I can. I do two blocks at a time so I can have a leader/ender thing going. The next fabric is placed facing the same way so that the selvage is on the same side as the first one. I overlap the previous raw edge only as much as I have to and then stitch closely to the selvage edge again.
Here is one block that is 10-1/2" square. Same sewing as the potholders...make sure some is hanging over and then trim to original size when finished.
Even though what I make is nearly always scrappy, I usually have some unwritten rules. They are written in this case! I didn't use a red strip for my first one since the center of the block is a red print. I broke my own rule by using some very small pieces for the last print that don't have words on the selvages. I repeated a fabric in a block a couple times, but once they are sewn to each other, it will be so busy that it won't matter.
After I got to where I didn't have enough selvages to start another 2 blocks, I moved something on my table and found 3 very long selvages. After I do some baking for Rachel this evening (and clean up), I am going to do a couple more if I have the energy. Wish me luck!
Here are all 8 I did this afternoon...each block finishes at 10" square.
Here is where I sort of got my inspiration (from an online picture):
I used a Thimbleberries red, so of course I am not in danger of burning my retinas out. Isn't that cool? Instructions for the Red Zinger are here along with lots of other patterns.