I haven't been sewing much this week, since I have been spending my quilting moments organizing and cutting scraps. I do love my scraps but haven't felt inspired to work with them as often as I could.
This is a Tshirt that a friend bought me for my birthday...I do like to think I am the "Scrap Queen" but I sure would like to have them more accessible.
First of all, if you want to be totally amazed with fabric organization, go check out Teresa's system posted on Stash Manicure - click here
(and then come back here with your jaw hanging open!)
I am also inspired by the scraps sew along
on this blog
and want to get my scrap system organized into a more useable system (not even in the same ballpark as Teresa's system, but better than it has been) so I can turn my scrap gems into quilts.
One job I did was to cut up the rest of my dotty scraps for this project
- into 1 1/2" squares and 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles. That was a fiddley and boring task but I'm now organized to finish these blocks, which I have been sewing as a leaders/enders
Then I dug around in one of the scrap piles and pulled out old chunks and bits, and cut them into 2 1/2" strips.
While doing this, I was pondering why my old
scraps weren't inspiring me to actually sew them, and why they look so ugly compared to other people's scraps (go look at the great scraps at Freda's Hive
) and what I could do about that.
First I decided to cut them into more interesting shapes...half hexagons appealed to me.
Then I decided that I needed to add in some spice...some pretty new fabrics, and I found just the ingredient...a scrap bag from Hancock's
that my friend Jake brought back from Paducah in the spring. It was full of strips from Kate Spain's
fabric line Fandango
. I cut them into 2 1/2" strips and that was when I started to LOVE this project! I have no idea how it will turn out, but it is now more appealing to find out!
I also got into my bright scraps bin and remembered how much I love the primary bright colours.
I ironed some of those, sorted them into a small bits container and the larger pieces were cut into border blocks for the mystery BOM
at my guild.
There will be 40 blocks in the border and I have a good start on organizing those blocks.
So now I am feeling more organized and feeling the scrap love again!
I'm so pumped to get to the sewing machine and see how these projects turn out.