Second Chance Quilt: There’s Only A Little Bit, But I Love It

Sometimes you have only a little bit of fabric, but you love it. What can you do with it? Here is one idea.

First, get it organized and see what possibilities there are. These were small leftovers from a jelly roll.

TIP: When using scraps and leftovers, cut LARGE to SMALL. I cut as many 2-1/2″ squares as possible, then 2″ squares, then 1-1/2″ squares. All in all, it was more than I thought it would be.

There were 36 pieces–mostly 2-1/2″ squares, with a few smaller ones.

Let’s turn these into a project…Small Blocks are a good way to start. Goal: 3-1/2″ (unfinished)

I added borders.

If the square was 2-1/2″ it required 2 1″x2-1/2″ and 2 1″x3-1/2″.

If the square was 2″ it required 2 1-1/4″x 2″ and 2 1-1/4″ x 3-1/2″.

If the square was 1-1/2″ it required 2 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ and 2 1-1/2″x 3-1/2″.

Soon I had 36 blocks.

Now, what to do with them? Well, I could make 36 Christmas Tree Ornaments.

OR, nine coasters…

OR, four pot holders…

OR, one pillow sham or mini quilt.

I decided on the mini quilt.

A little hand quilting, just because it is soothing.

And, ta-dah! A finish.

It is 18″ square.

If you are looking for other ideas that use only a little bit of fabric, here are a few tutorials that might be just what you are looking for: Quarter Turn Quilt and Window Box Quilt. Enjoy!

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