|Someday these will be a quilt|
What has since muddled my judgment? I think it was piecing my Penny Sampler, in all of its paper-pieced glory. During that project, I found myself using—and as a result, collecting—tiny bits of fabric.
I decided over the weekend to remedy the disorder in my scrap collection. (The fact that I have in the works a thousand more important projects with a holiday deadline didn’t sway me from this goal. I may be a little lacking in the reality-skills department!) In general, I organize my scraps by color in clear plastic bags and store those bags in a big plastic bin. It’s completely unsexy, but it works for me.
While examining those bags, I unearthed fabrics for two projects. First, I found enough 6½” x 7” rectangles to make quilted tissue holders for the 20-plus staff members at my younger guy’s preschool. Making these tissue cozies is addictive, and sewing 20 of them is doable by Christmas break, some six weeks away.
Second, I found and cut many, many squares for Obsession, the project pictured below, from Laura Jane Taylor’s Quilt-opedia.
|Obsession, from Laura Jane Taylor’s Quilt-opedia|
I originally discovered that quilt on Kinda Quilty. It’s a scrappy project that appeals to me. Although it uses many different fabrics, there is still an overarching design and unifying color palette. It’s also a great project for using some of the low-volume charms from the swap Chelsea and I organized last month. (That swap is over, but we’re hoping to run another in the new year. I’ll keep you posted.) I have zero time to begin constructing this quilt right now, so I’m shooting for a January 2015 start.
|Farewell, beautiful fabric—see you next year!|
How do you tame your scraps? What do you keep, and what do you toss? (I threw out some slivers of Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee and Hope Valley lines, and it about killed me!)
Also, have you voted for your favorites at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side yet? One of the contestants is Kinda Quilty’s version of Obsession. Many of my blogging besties also submitted quilts. Check out the festival for some good quilty inspiration, and cast your vote for your favorites through November 7.
Update: So I was just on the Lark Crafts blog, and there’s a giveway for John Q. Adams’ Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays. Few people have commented for a chance to win. But hurry—the giveaway closes on Wednesday, November 5, at 9 p.m. EST.
Linking up to Let’s Bee Social, WIP Wednesday, and Needle and Thread Thursday ...