Note that the pieces are sewn back on in a random fashion
Thanks to a comment/ request, here are some tips about making the Mile-A-Minute quilt in the version I do:
1. Start with a strip and sew scraps down it's length. Press open.
2. Cut the strip + scraps into pieces, then randomly sew those down the length of another strip. Do not keep them in any order. Rotate them around. Press, etc.
3. Sew those pieces down the length of another strip.
For those who would rather see a picture:
Eventually you have crazy patch rectangles/squares. They will tend to have straight lines because you used a lot of strips.
Decide how large you want the block to be. I like a size that is the same as a square ruler (6", 8", etc.). You need enough pieces sewn together so the patchwork is larger than that block size.
This looks suspiciously like a log cabin type block
Use the ruler to cut out a block BUT do not line it up along all those straight seams!
You need this to be larger-than-block size so you can lay the ruler down at an angle.
Disclaimer: my favorite rulers are actually OmniGrids!
Now just cut it out with the rotary cutter.
Don't worry about the bias edges too much, just handle them with a bit of care.
This looks much more interesting!
This sort of quilt does well with sashing, and that makes everything straight grained again.
Hey...this quilt has legs just like a ironing board....
So that's the Mile-A-Minute.
It's like making your own fabric, so you could cut any shape you want. It could even be a piece in another quilt block pattern!
Remember to turn the cut sections all different ways when you sew them to the next strip, and tilt the ruler as much as possible when you cut out the block.
And I bet you already know what to do with the parts that are cut off!
NOTE (1/ 26/ 11): Making your own fabric out of scraps can be done many ways, and has been done for many years. As I mentioned at the beginning, this is just my version of something that was shown to me by a friend who learned it from someone else. It's very similar to Eleanor Burns' way of making Log Cabins and a variety of art and Crazy Quilt techniques.
Although I've been using and showing this technique for several years, I just recently heard that it has been published as a pattern, with the same name, by Carol Coski of Quilt Away (http://www.quiltaway.com/) You may want to look into it...I have not seen the pattern, only the cover on her website when I "googled" her name.