When I made Trudy’s Arse Kicking Quilt, I trimmed many of the cross blocks down so that I could get more crosses into the quilt. I made sure that most of the trimmings were wide enough so that I could use them again. I was not sure what I would do with the trimmings at first; I just knew I could not throw them away and I knew I could not mingle them in with my other scraps.
Last weekend I was cleaning up my sewing space and the trimmings were calling my name and asking to be turned into something. I was worried how the pieced strips would hold up being turned into blocks then later quilted, so I decided to do the quilt-as-you-go method for the little quilt. I figured this was the best way to ensure that the blocks did not come apart in the process of making the quilt (however I was not careful enough sewing the strips to the batting and I found part of a strip that has a raw edge exposed and I am a little dumbfounded on how to fix it. I cannot sew it down from the front to back since the quilting stitches are confined to the front/batting, and not the back. Ack!).
The back incorporates the remaining trimmings (I used every single last one that I had leftover). I like how it turned out. I am not sold on the backs of quilt-as-go quilts though. I am not sure I like the puffy looking part between the few quilting lines that show up on the back.
I pressed my seams open between the blocks and, using a decorative stitch on my sewing machine, I stitched in the ditch to attach the backing to the front/batting. The stitch extends on either side of the “ditch” and helps to reduce the bulk that the batting seam creates. And I like how it looks.
I then used another single decorative “X” stitch to tack down the center of each block.
I machine sewed the binding and am ok-happy with how it came out. I still have some perfecting to do with that method.
This little mini quilt (measures ~16″ x 24″) will be sent to Errick’s wife so she can use it as a portable diaper change pad and then later (after a good washing or two), their son can use it to tuck in his bear.