ACK!!!!! I just cannot help myself. I am ADDICTED to scraps and scrap quilts. I see a pile of scraps and I get excited - way more excited than when I see bolts and bolts of beautiful new fabric. I must be SICK or a pioneer!!!!!
As I was going through those tubs the other day - I found a bag of fabric scraps that were cut up. Matter of fact when I delved deeper into the pile - I found that TWO quilts had been planned from the scraps. Hmmmm - I can do something with this and add to my collection of community project quilts that the Monday girls are helping me put together.
Like I said - I want to deal with the entire basket of stuff BEFORE I hand out the kits to everyone.
|This is a kit that someone gave to me to be assembled and given away as she no longer wanted the kit.|
|I had made the blocks at some point and it was on the 2014 shelf. Well now it is in the bag with the other kits to be assembled.|
There are now SIX kits in the bag all ready to go. I think I have about 14 more kits to prepare - then I will hand them out.
Speaking of the other kits - here is what I found in that scrap bag and will be added to those kits.
What is all this???????????? Well - on the right are muslin squares and on the left is a jumble of odd sized strips including the too small pieces of poly/cotton for the bag linings or the backings. Oh yes - we are NOT going to let anything go to waste. I also added the smaller pieces of fabric that were orphans in the cotton basket.
|The start of a great scrap quilt|
|Using the muslin as a foundation - just whack those pieces down. I like to press after each seam|
|The block is done - well the muslin is completely covered|
|This is the back|
|Trimmed up to 8 1/2" square|
|And while I was cutting the 2 1/2" squares for the bingo block - I discovered that some of my shoe boxes filled with scraps - well let's just say that something is going to have to be done soon as many of the lids are popping!!!!|
|The completed blocks - I did manage to get FOUR more done last night (so got 12 done in total) - they are so fast to sew up.|
|This is my asket of scraps and I am thinking that there is going to more strips than there are muslin squares - well - I'll just make another one. Don't forget - I have more scraps!!!!! (and why not use UGLY fabric as that base fabric)|
|The FIVE tubs of fleece and minky/plush fabric!!! I know - I zipped out and bought two more tubs simply because it looks much neater than it did.|
|These two tubs filled with yarn and knitting supplies are stored in another area of the basement.|
|I dug out the tub with the fashion fabric in it. So these three tubs still have to be sorted through. I hope to get that done in the next day or so.|
I tell you when you get started with this cleaning up thing - you just can't stop!!!! Perhaps it is the weather??? Or I am tired of tripping over some of the stuff. I really do NOT mind having AMOUNTS of stuff - I just want like items to be GROUPED together (which I am making excellent progress on), I want the stuff to look neat (hence the containers) and I want it to be accessible so I CAN USE IT.
Oh my god - I am so excited about this - I am tempted to rethink what I take to the retreat!!!!!! BUT - I hope to have all these kits done before the retreat. Although - I do have stuff that I have to prepare for classes. Oh dear - well better get my butt in gear!!!!! I must admit that there are days when I think I should retire. I know - I don't have an official job, but with the long-arm and teaching - there is a lot of work and a lot of prep work and I don't even do it full time!!!!!!!!!!! But NO - I am not ready - not quite yet.
But using up scraps is sure a lot of fun. I just remembered some more scraps that I had - leftovers from our quilt show - the members boutique. No one bought them and I was going to take them to the guild for the members to have for free. Well - I am a guild member and I have been storing them in my living room - I am going to put them to good use. Might as well be me as someone else.
Well I was going to post the pictures - but will have to wait until tomorrow. My computer does NOT like this particular camera chip and I have rebooted the computer several times and still not happening. I have an appointment at 9 so no time to dilly dally!!!
Look what Lynn bought for me last weekend. She was in the US and remembered I like Quiltmania magazine. Yes - this is the latest edition!!!! Thanks Lynn.
|Most recent issue of Quilt mania|
So................. are you wondering what happened when I got home yesterday???? Was I still pumped up to clean out the bedroom????? Oh you bet I was. I got my iPod - cranked in some music (OK - so it was the radio station), got the camera, and my little white stool - I don't do sitting on the floor if I can help it!!!!
Well - a couple of hours later - WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will post the entire saga tomorrow. It was a MIND BLOWING experience, but I feel awesome and wait until you see what I found and what I got rid of. I am giving us (that is YOU and ME) a week to get through the bedroom - I still have a few things that have to be dealt with, but that shouldn't take that much time. Then on to the bathroom. So - did you get to work in the bedroom???? Why not???? It really doesn't take that long - come on - you already know pretty much what has to go. I am waiting to hear all about your experience - or at least did you go to Gail Blanke's web site. Did you??? Well - spring is coming and wouldn't it be nice to have everything neat and organized??? Then you would know what you need (or my case - NOTHING) for the summer.
I just have to say that this exercise of getting rid of things is so freeing!!!!!!!!!! I have done this in the past, but sort of - but this time - I was pretty ruthless. OK - I still have LOTS - but at least it is all stuff that I love or will wear (now that I can find it!)
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!! (and get into that closet!!!!!!!!)