Monday, January 07, 2008

How small is "too small"?!?

I can't believe I'm saying it, but I am tired of 1 1/2" squares! That's right - I said it!
Step #2 had 900 1 1/2" squares. (Done)
Step #3 has 720 1 1/2" squares. (Halfway done)
Step #4 only has 120 of these squares. (Not started yet)
And so I took a wee break from the squares today and jumped ahead to Step #5 to sew something different...don't tell anyone!
On the Stashbuster's Yahoo group there has been some discussion this week about how small is "too small" of a piece of fabric you would keep. I keep everything - even the seam trimmings from paper piecing blocks and very rarely throw out anything except snips of beige thread. I put the tiny scraps in jam jars and line them up on the shelves of my sewing room. Here is one of my shelves. I will sometimes sort through the bits and take out specific colours to make a mini quilts such as I did for this quilt. But mostly I just admire the pretty colours and it makes me feel happy. So here is a photo of what I was doing tonight...cutting off the dog ears, putting them in the jar. Looks like I better look for a new jar...this one's getting full. There's probably still room for the other 180 snips to fit in!


  1. Crumbs (LOL). If I can get a 1/4 inch seam on all four sides I keep it, if I can't I don't. If I did this house would be swamped in fabric. I love the jars though.

  2. As I was cutting the ears off the 512 halfsquare triangles I was making for a mystery quilt I am in, I wondered what I could do with the bits.Thinking that was crazy I threw them in the trash.Now I could pull them out and bottle them or maybe you would want them and I could send them to you.Hahahaha

  3. A very happy and colorful little shelf *s*

  4. Love your jar collection!

    Your colors are wonderful! I can hardly wait to see all those little blocks come together.

  5. Wonderful collection of jars with oh so pretty snippets of threads.

  6. What happens if you run out of room for jars? Maybe I'll find a really big jar when I move and work on filling that one with the bits of fabrics left over from trimmings.

    BTW, your jars do look cute.

  7. I love your jars. The smallest I keep is a 2.5" square. I have got a load of 1.5" strips though for log cabins.

    love and hugs xxx