Scraps, scraps and more scraps! Every project means more and more, bits and pieces, and what is it about quilters that we cannot throw anything out? Well, for a confirmed recycler like me, it is just not possible to send something to a landfill that I can use somehow. But this is getting out of hand. I have made dog beds before with the leftovers and batting scraps, but the shelter now won’t take them. Seems that there is some new rule that says the beds mustn’t be anything that a dog could chew or choke on. So now what? If I had been using some kind of system where bits get cut into usable sizes, this might be more manageable, but the prospect of ironing and cutting just these bags of scraps is just too daunting. It would take days, and this is only a fraction of what I have to deal with somehow.
We woke this morning to a complete power outage from the ice storm last night. We have a generator and fireplaces for some power and warmth, so I won’t miss the football games today and I can get on the computer. It would be a good day to cut up some fabric, and January is often a good time to clean out too. Once before, I did a couple of projects with cutting up scraps. You can see the evolution of going from a scrap pile like this…
to an Offset Diamond Quilt…
then using the leftovers from that project to a finished travel tote. Click Scrappy Project for the tutorial of turning trash into treasure.
But now back to the situation at hand. This tower has six baskets, all like these two. I cannot seem to cut things up unless I have a plan. And I have no plan. I have been noodling with EQ8, but I am not coming up with anything new. So, there will be a delay in a mystery quilt along, nothing is working. Each time I think I may have a design I like, it looks too much like one I have already done.
Then there is the closet, with shelves three feet deep, stuffed with yardage. So much autumn, which I love, but which right now is uninspiring.
Bolts of fabric and batting are crammed into a shelf.
With more bolts on another shelf, I have plenty of fabric. So why is it that I always seem to need a color I don’t have?
Yardage and more batting for personal use, there is even more here on additional shelves stuffed just like these two. I just need the right project.
The Asian collection has taken up residence in a directors chair, no room for it anywhere else. I am drawn to the lighter palette now. I’d love to do something fresh for spring.
These pretties I have yet to open. The lighter and brighter colors appeal, and I have another bundle of all spring colors I really want to dive into. But I lay them out, and have no idea what to make with them.
In a corner are more patriotic orphan blocks, there are 9 blocks 12-1/2 inches, plus a bag full of patriotic fabrics to make more blocks, sashing, or borders. But I need to get something for backing, as there is not a red or blue print in the stash.
Back to the design board, still nothing. I found a block that looks nice on its own, but it is nothing special, certainly not mystery quilt along worthy. Bah!! What do you do with your scraps when you are stuck for inspiration?
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