Even though I have only been quilting barely over 2 years, I am impressed how many scraps I have already amassed. They are good for appliqué, funky adlib borders, bottled rainbows , miniature quilts (not my thing) and patterns like log cabins.
There are a variety of log cabins, from the traditional, through pineapple, through wonky. However, while cruising around in Flickr, I found another take that creates something like a Drunkard’s Path. The maker was trying to recreate the Subway quilt made by a respected Japanese quilter Kumiko Fujita. She figured out the pattern and drew it using the table function in Word. Well, I can do that. So I did. What fun! Basically, the logs of one half of the block are half as wide as the other side. I didn't make it nearly as fine as her's, but I think it works anyway. Somewhere in her blog is a discussion of how fine you might go to create the roundness. The center block in hers was one of the wide colors, but I chose to use a half square triangle. It’s easily paper pieced (I did it with freezer paper, as usual!). My pattern creates a 6 inch quarter block plus ½ inch seam allowance. This link will get you to the PDF file, if you want it.
Basically, pick 2 color families and then values within the family from your scrap heap. Piece four quarters either going light to dark or dark to light in values. Then play with arrangements.
I liked the cross arrangement for my first block best, but may mix the arrangements up. I basically intend to make these as I collect a lot of some colors. When I have enough, I’ll put them together in a quilt. It’s really fun and quick!