The first week of the month is “QUILT GUILD” week. We have our meeting on Monday, a class on Tuesday and the board meeting on Thursday. I try not to schedule much else, but I did sneak in a visit to a guild member and spend some time in her “over the garage” quilt room. She has a beautiful space with a long arm and two lovely tables big enough for laying out a quilt to mark patterns on, etc. Our time was spent chatting about all the “stuff” you need to have to use your embroidery machine and how to get those embroidery files from the computer to a flash drive to the machine. If you haven’t read my post from earlier in the summer, Embroidery Machine Resources , you will find some useful information. It was fun to share with my guild friend as she got ready to go off to an embroidery machine class!
Following meetings this week, cleaning up after my Table Runner class project, I did a bit more cutting of the scraps and storage.
I un-earthed a basket of “bonus triangles” left over from the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt(s). I sat down and started trimming those Thursday evening, and before you could count, I had 100+ half-square triangles trimmed to 1.5″. I stitched a couple up into pinwheels, but wasn’t sure that is what I wanted to do.
Then I looked at my scrap storage box of 1.5″ squares and a light bulb went off. I decided to make some more blocks from the Scrap Dance Finish. That pattern was all 2.5″, but if I used my 1.5″ squares …what would I get and how hard would it be to handle those little bits. Remember now, I just took a class where they used a grid for small pieces. Well, I didn’t buy any of the smaller grid, and I figured I could press on without it.
I made 2 blocks Friday evening, and 3 more Saturday evening.
It was fun to sit and sort the different bits in the boxes, going “controlled scrappy” for these. (Now there are little stacks all over the top of my desk in various color waves).
My hubby asked how many of these little blocks I was going to make and I haven’t decided. I do have about 200 more half-square triangles trimmed up, so a few more for certain! I might make a few more later this afternoon. They are a nice “bridge” between projects. I like taking a break from cutting scraps to do a little sewing. I am pleased with how these turned out so far.
Using the scrap storage system and actually turning those bits and pieces into something fun makes it worth all the effort. Watch for a future post where I talk about my storage methods. I did write several blog posts in January 2014, about my Scrap Storage System , and what I considered as I “cut the scraps”. Since then I have modified what I store and how I store. Natural progression I think, but I will update in the future on my method.
I still have scraps to clean up and cut and put away. I have 2 baskets of “bits” left over from the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt from last winter and MUST put them away in the next few days! I need my “project box” empty so I can be ready for the NEXT Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt ! Sometime in October the colors get announced. If I have a mess on the cutting table I won’t do the project! It’s a bit like raking leaves, you have to hurry and finish before more fall or you might give up!
What are you sewing today?
Notes: Scrap Dance Quilt Along was a mystery quilt running between March and September 2015 by Caroline at “From My Carolina Home”. There is a button on the right side of my blog to take you to her page.
Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt was a Bonnie Hunter pattern running from Thanksgiving to New Years in 2014. The pattern is no longer available on her blog, but will be in a future book or on Bonnie Hunter’s website.