I have mastered the scraps! I have battled and won! They are contained! I have trimmed and cut and put order to some of the chaos and declare victory! Phew….that’s enough for now! Yesterday I declared victory over the basket of blues, and since then I have gone through the red & oranges and basket of browns & blacks. The yellow stacker is EMPTY! (Ok; I haven’t tackled the laundry hamper and those zip lock bags, but I have met my goal!!!)
I was getting a little anxious because nearly a week has gone by and I had not “pulled” my fabric for Carole’s Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery Quilt! Are you dancing too??? Info on the mystery is here – Square Dance Begins
As I was taming the scraps, I was setting aside pieces cut to size for the Square Dance Mystery.
Step One is to cut those fabrics.
Today, I gathered up those pieces and counted out what was required and determined I had plenty set out for a Twin Sized project. All is ready except my fabric A which needs to be cut.
(Do you see Elvis?) (Notice the Superman fabric?) (How about those wonderful fish?) (and Cats?) (hiding in among these lovelies are llamas too!)
Everything came directly from the scraps in the “yellow stacker” that I have mentioned in the last few blog posts except Fabric A. I (gasp) took it out of my neutral box that was set aside for my Bonnie Hunter project that is a UFO. It was “just the right size”. I went with it because Carole had suggested a tone on tone would be favorable for this constant Fabric A.
So, many thanks to the friends who have gifted me their scraps in the last year! I look forward to including them all in this Square Dance mystery!
When you are out “shopping” for fabrics, I strongly encourage you to pick up a few yards of those great neutrals that work for background fabrics and stash them away. A few days ago a friend of mine came in search of “low volume” neutrals for background fabrics. Sometimes they are not easy to find, and we went “digging” in the scrap bins for her bits and pieces.
I am heading “back” to the sewing room to cut “Fabric A” and put all those lovely scraps that I have cut and sorted for this project into a nice basket to await Step 2 in February! And, perhaps, between now and then I will get back to one of those other projects that has been hanging around for a while!
PS – One of my readers asked “what sizes” do I cut and save – Here is “MY” list – which, as I have mentioned is a combination of Bonnie Hunter and Joan Ford. I have this list on the wall by my cutting table, and it is a good reminder. It helps me to look at the fabric and get the best use from a raggedy mess! Remember – press and CUT THE SCRAPS!
|1.5||2 x 3|
|2||2 x 3.5|
|2.5||2.5 x 3.5|
|3||2.5 x 6|
|3.5||2.5 x 6.5|
|4.5||3 x 5|
|5||3.5 x 6|