At least it’s gonna be around here.
In my efforts to tame the mountainous fabric collection I’m blessed to be in possession of, I shot off my mouth and said I plan to make at least 25 scrap quilts this year.
While that seems like a lot when you’re at the beginning, I’m hopeful it can happen because of three reasons:
I recently finished getting all my fabric organized into the tubs under my cutting table. However, there is still one box of fabric that won’t fit in this location, so my intent is to use up enough fabric that my entire stash fits into these bins (and also to have fewer bins under there, too). A lofty goal, indeed.
I also have several large bags of scraps, and two big tubs, that I’m working my way through, and I hope to have those gone by year’s end as well.
So . . . while sorting the scraps, I cut the smallest pieces into useable sizes and put them into these smaller bins of pre-cuts. I mostly use Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Users System for this, altho I think I cut even more shapes and sizes than she does. I can do a more in-depth post on my pre-cuts later on, if you’re interested in seeing exactly how I do mine.
Anyway, I’ve processed so many of the scraps that the lids won’t fit on some of those bins now, so it’s time to actually use the pre-cuts. Last year, I used up all my 2 1/2″ squares in a couple of scrap quilts, so I’m good there, but the lid wouldn’t fit on the bin of 3 1/2″ strips.
About the same time I discovered that problem, my friend, Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts, posted THIS sweet project that she had just finished, and told how she did it!
So I just yanked that bin off the shelf and went through it and cut enough pieces from those strips for TWO quilts like this. I’m doing one in all bright-colored scraps, and the other is more planned out with red, tan, and navy to be used as a quilt for my guild’s Veteran’s quilts project. I have the top of the first one finished, and am working on piecing the bright one.
And while I was at it, I cut some pieces for a Log Cabin quilt that I’ll be making using this tutorial over at A Quilting Life:
Scrap quilts go really fast, and they can be used as leader/ender projects for other things you’re sewing on. I have pieced entire scrap quilts as leader/ender projects. It’s like a bonus!
With my renewed dedication to spending more time sewing for myself this coming year, I think I can make this happen. Now to go through the UFOs and pick one to concentrate on so I can knock it off my list. I’ll pick one and show you later this week what I’ll be working on.
What fun project have you started your year off with?