Every Last Piece

Every Last Piece by Lynn Harris | Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | Scrap Quilting

Every Last Piece

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Every Last Piece by Lynn Harris | Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | Scrap Quilting

Every Last Piece Scrap Quilts on Sewing With Nancy with host Nancy Zieman and guest Lynn HarrisWhether you have bins of fabric scraps or just a few odds and ends that you can’t part with, Lynn Harris, Nancy Zieman’s guest on this episode of Sewing With Nancy, will share refreshing ways to incorporate scraps in quilt designs. Learn to use fabric pieces of every size, from tiny scraps to larger pieces, during the featured program, Every Last Piece.

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Every Last Piece episode is online. Pick up the book and the supplies at Nancy’s Notions, including:

  • Every Last Piece book/DVD 
  • Template Plastic, two 8–1/2″ x 11″ sheets
  • Glass Head Pins, 100 count
  • Klasse Universal Needles, five needles
  • Klasse Quilting Needles, five needles

Window Garden Quilt

In our featured Sewing With Nancy TV show, Every Last Piece, Lynn shares her “string piecing” methods for creating beautiful scrappy quilts. If your scrap bin is like Lynn’s, it’s overflowing with scraps of all sizes and shapes. The square blocks in Lynn’s Window Garden quilt are made with “strings” of fabric. The secondary pattern is created with the addition of Hourglass blocks. This is a great way to make a bigger quilt from fewer string-pieced blocks.

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String Quilting Basics

Lynn will demonstrate the basic techniques of how to create string-based designs on this episode. Start by choosing larger scrap pieces that extend past your desired block size. Vary the angle of the seams for added interest. See how easy it is—on this episode of Sewing With Nancy.

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Wind Farm Block

Trim the string blocks to fit Lynn’s Wind Farm Block template included within the book and cut the wedge template shape from coordinating fabrics. The effect is a spinning pinwheel design with a unique scrappy touch. (Focus your eyes on the blue areas and the spinning Wind Farm Wheels pop!)

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Now it’s time to take strip piecing to the next level. Instead of creating square blocks, stitch leftover pieces to a specific shape. Rose Lattice, Lynn’s quilt, creates great visual movement by cutting the blocks on point. It’s a relatively simple way of creating a free-form block that really makes a statement. See the quilt on this episode of Sewing With Nancy.

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Paris on a Shoestring Quilt

Large pieces of a Paris map fabric inspired the name of this quilt, Paris on a Shoestring. Lynn played around with string triangles that she made ahead, and then laid out the blocks in a star design. What a great way of combining pieces with yardage!


Solar Flare Quilt

No matter what size or shape, use those treasured scraps to fit any template shape. Solar Flare, Lynn’s next string quilt, combines triangles of scraps and other triangles of solid fabric. A layout suggested by her son, has both drama and style.

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Lynn’s Beach Balls quilt is an exercise in a controlled use of color. The design features monochromatic string-pieced squares in the background and brightly colored beach balls made of wedges. The best part—the design was totally created from her scrap bin. Watch how Lynn demonstrates working with this traditional Drunkard’s Path design on Sewing With Nancy on Every Last Piece.

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Making Stars from Fabric Scraps

When your scrap box is dwindling down, it’s time to make stars! Lynn worked on making stars for several months until she had accumulated several hundred! Yes, several hundred patches. Then, she laid them out into 9-patch units. Work in small batches, and soon, you too will have enough stars to make a small or even a bed-sized quilt named Stardust.

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For a chance to win a copy of Every Last Piece by Lynn Harris from F+W Media, please leave a comment sharing which quilt (above)  you would like to make.


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The winner of a copy of Magic Inch Quilts from Modern Quilts Studio is Zina.


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Her comment is: I have a box of 1 1/2″ squares I have been adding to. Believe it or not, I have dipped into that box a few times for those tiny piecing projects!



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  • Anne
    July 2, 2019

    I would love to make Wind Farm or Stardust. Time to dig into those scraps!

  • Mary Teed
    July 2, 2019

    The quilt wind farm block looks like the best one to use up all my extra leftover pieces of fabric. Every last piece book looks interesting, I remember seeing the show with Nancy and it’s author when it was first aired. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you

  • Mary K Bell
    July 2, 2019

    I would love to make Paris on a Shoestring or else the Beach Balls Quilt. I love doing round, shell like shapes. I need to discover all that is in my stash. I am thinking of doing the Beach ball with some Halloween/Fall prints that I may have buried in my stash.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    July 2, 2019

    With all the scraps that I have, I could probably make both of my favorites, String Quilting Shapes and Beachballs quilts!! Sew much to do…….

  • Cathy Lambert
    July 2, 2019

    I love Rose Lattice. I have plenty of scraps to start on a quilt like that.

  • Brenda Beane
    July 2, 2019

    This is such a great concept. Sometime the scraps are so small that this is such a great use of them.

  • Melinda Davis
    July 2, 2019

    Paris on a shoestring is a definite “gotta make” for me. Im tired of traditional solid or tonal backgrounds for my quilts and this looks great

  • Nancy Lewis
    July 2, 2019

    I really like the Paris on a Shoestring quilt. I have so many scraps, but putting them together always bothers me. With the background fabric of this quilt, the mismatching of fabric blends very well. This is a beautiful quilt!!

  • Alice Cornelson
    July 2, 2019

    Wow! What amazing quilts! Hard to choose just one. I have a ton of scraps that I have been saving and did not have any ideas on what to make with them. This book seems like it was written for me and my stash which would look amazing in the Rose Lattice quilt. And, leftovers would go to the Stardust quilt. What a great book of quilts for someone who doesn’t throw away the scraps, (me). Thank you!

  • Andy C
    July 2, 2019

    Stardust is very nice. I may also try Windfarm, and Paris on a Shoestring!

  • laura mitchell
    July 2, 2019

    Rose Lattice caught my eye, although they all are wonderful.
    I have a huge container of scraps and need to use them up!

  • Marylou Wahl
    July 2, 2019

    I love both string shapes and making stars with scraps-what great patterns to use up those scraps!!

  • Bonnye
    July 2, 2019

    I like string quilting shapes and the stars. I am organizing my fabric so this would be a great time to make several of these quilts.

  • Martha O.
    July 2, 2019

    Definitely Stardust, and then strip piecing for non-square shapes!

  • Millie McCarthy
    July 2, 2019

    Solar Flare is the quilt for me because it seems you can make it in any color. But also in the colors above it reminds me of a “ray of sunshine.”

  • Ann West
    July 2, 2019

    I would make Stardust quilt first, then make Window Garden, and finally Solar Flare. Then I would start all over again. Love the idea of using up all my beloved scraps! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Lu Rae Smith
    July 2, 2019

    I would like to make the Wind Garden quilt.

  • DebbieW
    July 2, 2019

    Paris on a Shoestring is the one I would make, love the color combinations.

  • Linda Clark
    July 2, 2019

    I like several of these quilts but I would start with Making Stars with Fabric Scraps.

  • Pam
    July 2, 2019

    I would make the Rose Lattice string quilt. I love string quilts!

  • Julie Kill
    July 2, 2019

    It’s so nice to have ideas to make use of scraps that would maybe otherwise be thrown away and wasted! I would like to make Stardust for our 25th wedding anniversary for my Husband. I may also incorporate some items of clothing into the quilt to make it a heirloom quilt. Windfarm is my favorite though, I would make that one now!
    Thank you!

  • Dixie
    July 2, 2019

    I would like to make Paris On A Shoestring.

  • Lorraine Alves
    July 2, 2019

    I would make Paris on a Shoestring. The use of the scraps sewn on or in the Paris fabric is stunning. I would use the technique to make quilt blocks of the places I have traveled as a way to remember the fun times.

  • Martha Morgan
    July 2, 2019

    Paris on a Shoestring Quilt and String Quilting Shapes. I have been collecting my scraps in a “system” for a year and anxious to make a quilt with them.

  • Anne Z
    July 2, 2019

    I love the Rose Lattice string quilt. It is so dramatic and to think it is made from scraps. Great design idea!!!

  • Susan
    July 2, 2019

    Rose Lattice would be my choice to create from scraps. Even though it is made from many scraps, it has a sense of order about it.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    July 2, 2019

    The pastel background enhances the colorful circles and gives the Beach Ball quilt great eye appeal.

  • Denise Penn
    July 2, 2019

    It would totally be Stardust!!

  • Hannah W
    July 2, 2019

    I’ve always wanted to make a string quilt like the Rose Lattice. The scrappy stars also caught my eye.

  • Betty K
    July 2, 2019

    I would make Paris on a Shoestring.

  • Jan Carnes
    July 2, 2019

    I would like to make the Beach Balls quilt.

  • beth d.
    July 2, 2019

    I would like strings into shapes where they are strips together in threes or fours.

  • diane c
    July 2, 2019

    Wind Farm and the String block.

  • Viv
    July 2, 2019

    The Solar Flare quilt looks like a fun quilt to have around all year long. I’d love to try that one. Maybe I will!!

  • CathyH
    July 2, 2019

    I would like to make Solar Flare, reminds me of fireworks!

  • Robin Williams
    July 2, 2019

    I think the string designs are so interesting. So probably paris on a shoestring.

  • Rosalie Morales Sharps
    July 2, 2019

    I think the Paris on a shoestring is a great quilt…would make it first I think!

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    July 2, 2019

    Solar Flare Quilt with scrap made stars would be a good to make gift. Thankyou for the design choices team Nancy Zieman, the book would be great also.

  • Pat
    July 2, 2019

    The Rose Lattice quilt is the one I would like to make. I love on point layouts and the use of the string pieces makes it all the more impactful.

  • Sharon
    July 2, 2019

    Window Garden quilt

  • Barb K
    July 2, 2019

    I like the Stardust quilt–Thanks for chance at the great book!

  • PJ Miller
    July 2, 2019

    I love Rose Lattice.

  • Clovis
    July 2, 2019

    Solar Flair Quilt reminds me of the end of the stories for CBS Sunday Morning,

  • Carolyn T
    July 2, 2019

    Hands up! The Beach Ball quilt. A stretch of grass, sand or water, a few family members, and a beach ball and these Michiganders are tossing the ball around before lunch.

  • Charlotte
    July 2, 2019

    I really like Beach Ball but never seem to have enough neutrals in my stash! They are all neat really.

  • Anita
    July 2, 2019

    I LOVE the Stardust quilt. I’ve had my eye on it ever since I first saw the book. I’d love to make a memory quilt for myself out of all of the scraps of quilts that I have made and am making so I can look back on them in my old age and think “Gee, I had a lot of fun.”

  • Lorraine Ferguson
    July 2, 2019

    It’s hard to decide – but Window Garden and Beach Balls, jump out first.

  • nancy gibbs
    July 2, 2019

    Love String Quilting Shapes. Love setting on-point.

  • Joan Vlieg
    July 2, 2019

    I would do Paris on a Shoestring

  • Patricia Hamilton
    July 2, 2019

    Beach Balls is such a fun quilt. I like the contrast of the sandy beach background with the colorful beach balls.

  • Kitty Kontak
    July 2, 2019

    I love the Paris on a shoestring quilt.

  • Mitzi weber
    July 2, 2019

    Love, Love ,Love the beach ball quilt. That is summer fun for sure !

  • Cathy
    July 2, 2019

    Wind farm block really caught my eye. Whimsical but not too random for me.

  • ellen cooley
    July 2, 2019

    I love all of quilt patterns, use scraps very well,.thank you

  • Lynn
    July 2, 2019

    Beach balls reminds me of small children running through the sands chasing their toys.

  • Helen
    July 2, 2019

    So many good ideas for small pieces of scraps. I have many bins of scraps and now string piecing gives me several ideas to try. Paris on a shoestring is intriguing.

  • Jan N.
    July 2, 2019

    I would make Rose Lattice. I love colorful quilts and I have a lot of bright colored scraps that would make an awesome, happy quilt.

  • Barbara H. A.
    July 2, 2019

    I am just learning to “use what is on hand” and discovering the beauty of scraps. Thank you for this lovely lesson.

  • Katherine Parker
    July 2, 2019

    Would chose Wind Farm for grandson.
    Thank you Nancy. it is a privilege to be part of your emais, etc.
    Haven’t quilted in quite some time.

  • Bronda
    July 2, 2019

    I am determined to use more of my scraps. I want to make a string quilt and love the Wind Farm. Here’s hoping to use up some of that endless stash!

  • Janine R
    July 2, 2019

    What great quiltsd LOVE to make all of them!

  • Diane N
    July 2, 2019

    Rose Lattice, Paris on a Shoestring, and Stardust are my top 3! I love this idea.

  • Karen King
    July 2, 2019

    Wind farm looks like a quilt with a lot of movement, so I would do that. I also like the beach ball quilt; actually I like all the quilts! Using up my scraps is a win win for me!

  • April Lubbock
    July 2, 2019

    I really like the beach ball quilt

  • Carolyn Madren
    July 2, 2019

    The String Quilting Shapes would be my favorite, but also like the fabric stars.

  • Ann Lane
    July 2, 2019

    Do I like chocolate or vanilla ice cream? I like both. Same with these quilts. I am intrigued by the star quilt. I can visualize, like Betsy Ross, sitting and cutting out stars?

  • Juanita R. Decquir
    July 2, 2019

    I would make String Quilting Shapes and maybe try Paris on a shoe string. I have some Paris fabric in my stash and lots of scraps. I love string piecing !!!

  • Patricia Wester
    July 2, 2019

    Definitely Stardust. I love stars of any kind and so many tiny ones are charming.

  • Lillian K
    July 2, 2019

    I love all of them, but if I must chose – – I will start with Solar Flair or Beach Balls. I have a lot of scraps and need this book for some more ideas.

  • Teri c
    July 2, 2019

    I’d love to make Solar Flare. All the projects look like a fun way to use up scraps.

  • Christi
    July 2, 2019

    I would make the Beach Ball quilt first.

  • Gail Beam
    July 2, 2019

    I love all of the quilts, but I think my favorite is the beach ball quilt.

  • L Watson
    July 3, 2019

    “Stardust” is definitely what I would pick, little stars against the white background has such a fresh modern look.

  • Rita
    July 3, 2019

    String quilting shapes would be a beautiful quilt to make. I have 3 bins full of material just waiting to be madd into a quilt.

  • Laura Beth Hollenzer
    July 3, 2019

    I was so excited to see the Strings Quilting Shapes quilt! Also I love tbe other variety of quilts, to use up all the scraps we quilters collect. Lynn has used some very creative ideas to inspire my quilting abilities to use up my scraps. Thank you Nancy for all your creative inspirations of ideas, methods and fabric artists you continue to make available to us over the years on your show. God Bless you. Laura Beth Hollenzer, Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Caryn Sweeney
    July 3, 2019

    I would love to make String Quilting Shapes. My colour scheme would be drastically different and my vlocks would most likely not all blend as well as this one! I think ill start soon, first to gatherbthe scraps! Thank you for inspiration.

    July 3, 2019

    I would love to have a book of instructions so I could use every last scrap that I have saved over the years. I just couldn’t throw the material away as it is all so beautiful in it’s own way. But to make a quilt and it all fits in would be wonderful. The Beach Balls quilt would work for me as I live at the beach but then again the strings quilt is just gorgeous. I need all the help I can get and winning a book would be fantastic. Thanks for listening.

  • Eva Osmun
    July 3, 2019

    I have sooo many scraps! This would be a great way to use them!

  • Joyce West
    July 3, 2019

    I especially like Stardust and Paris on a shoestring and want to make them.

  • Teacherneedssolice
    July 3, 2019

    I think I would most love to make the stardust quilt. I am always looking for ways to challenge my quilting skills, but I always want everyone of my quilts to be meaningful. My current skill challenge is the use of negative space. I have a fear of negative space. I love the idea of making hundreds or thousands of stars from every last piece and then arranging them into the negative space of the stardust pattern. That would be really cool.

  • Deborah J Paisie
    July 3, 2019

    Have been cleaning up fabric for over a week, making a save pile just for quilts like Stardust and Beach ball. I can’t keep all of it, so I donate the other pile to the High school Textiles and Fashion design class the scraps are greatly appreciated by the students.

  • Marie
    July 3, 2019

    I made up a star pattern of my own a couple of years ago. It was my first blue ribbon winner at the fair! I love stars and different versions are so pleasing and an excellent way to be creative with scraps. I will likely make another for myself.

  • Kar
    July 3, 2019

    Love Wind Farm Block for the movement. Have lots of scraps in my stash … knew I was saving them for something special and fun!

  • Anne Scott
    July 3, 2019

    I love all of the quilts, but I especially like the Solar Flare quilt. Or maybe the Beach Balls quilt. It would be hard to decide which, but since I don’t think I have tons of shades of one main color, I think I’ll have to start with the Solar Flare. I’d love to have this book!

  • Margaret Klute
    July 3, 2019

    I would like to make the Rose Lattice quilt or Paris on a Shoestring. I have been wanting to try this technique for a while now.

  • Sherry Hickey
    July 3, 2019

    I would like to try making the Wind Farm quilt. I love the way the pinwheels pop!

  • Rosie
    July 3, 2019

    The Window Garden quilt would be my first choice, but I would enjoy making any of these beauties.

  • Bonnie
    July 3, 2019

    What a great way to use up scraps! I love the Rose Lattice quilt. It is so bright and colorful. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Joyce Bunt
    July 3, 2019

    I would like to make the Window Garden. It caught my interest and I can see it in jewel tones, my favorite. I have lots of those left over pieces. The whole book is thought provoking.

  • Ola Norman
    July 3, 2019

    Solar Flare Quilt is beautiful.

  • Karen Tucker
    July 3, 2019

    Solar Flare!!! It”s 4th of July and it reminds me of fireworks.

  • Joanne Nyquist
    July 3, 2019

    I would like to create a quilt using the solar flare!

  • Sara Blasingame
    July 4, 2019

    I love all the quilt designs it has been awhile since I made one , but the String Garden really stood out.

  • Barb Butts
    July 4, 2019

    I would start with Stardust. It’s so colorful and could use small pieces I save. Thank you for the chance to win.

  • Regina Harris
    July 4, 2019

    I really like the look of Paris on a Shoestring Quilt and would like to try and make that quilt.

  • Shirley C
    July 4, 2019

    What a great book with so much information to use up scraps of fabric! I really like Paris on a shoestring. I need this book for guidance.

    July 4, 2019

    Stardust quilt is so beautiful. I would love to make that quilt. Disabled with several health issues and quilting is about all I can do that I love. Being able to make this quilt would be a constant reminder to look beyond the stars to God above.

  • DeAnna S
    July 5, 2019

    Love the Solar Flare quilt. I save most every scrap I have!

  • Cindy K
    July 6, 2019

    Making stars from scraps and solar flare both look like something I’d like to make. Scrappy and string quilts are my favorites.

  • LoAnn Trowbridge
    July 6, 2019

    I think I would make “Paris on a shoestring”. My granddaughter went to Paris and it would be a nice gift to remember her trip!

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