Do you have a scrap-basket? Is it full of smaller pieces of fabric from your past projects.
Where those projects you loved to make and did you think these fabrics were beautiful, cool, quirky, gorgeous or fun when you where working with them?
Do these scraps feel a bit irrelevant now? Do they make you feel bad as they lay, sad and crumpled up, in a big pile?
I have such a basket. It is rather full at this point. Occasionally, my kids will hunt in it when they want to make something, but generally, it just gets fuller and fuller.
The sad thing is that many of these fabrics were once my favorites. Some of them still are while others seem oddly irrelevant and are leftovers from the time I was into shabby-chic, jewel tones, batiks, earth tones, civil war….whatever.
In meditation this morning (yes, I sit on a Safu in my sewing room and meditate) I got the idea that I should make a challenge out of using my scraps to make a quilt. (If you know anything about meditation this should tell you how terrible I am at clearing my mind).
Here are my rules for this Project:
- I will make one or more 12″ wide blocks every week. Since I am planning on turning these blocks into long bands the height of the block doesn’t matter.
- I will use a mix of piecing, raw edge appliqué, foundation paper piecing. whatever makes me happy that day.
- I am free to use another, non-scrap-basket fabric for my sashing and border if I find that I need one.
- Each block will not take more than 45 minutes to make.
- I haven’t quite decided if I should color sort my scraps and give the quilt a color theme or make a completely schizophrenic mumbo-jumbo random piecing kind’o project. I can see the advantages of both.
Do you want to join me for this challenge?