Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Too much fabric!

I'm cleaning out my upstairs craft room, and moving stuff to the new refinished basement craft area.  It's amazing what I have found.  the fabric below does NOT include the three full bags of poly-cotton, uglies, and small pieces that went in the garbage.

These are the fabrics to be given away, maybe.  I then read Bonnie Hunter's take on scraps at her Quiltville site.  She reminds us that there is plenty of $$$$ represented here, and could we put some of the fabric to good use, in a scrap quilt?  And yes she has wonderful patterns to choose from.  So I read about her system, selected some patterns, and pulled fabric, and started cutting.

Her you see 3.5 inch strips, 2 inch strips, 5.25 inch squares,6 by 1.5 inch strips, and 8.5 inch squares.  the 3.5 and 2 inch strips can be used in many ways.  the 5.25 inch square will be used in a no-waste method of making flying geese blocks. See  http://www.patchpieces.com/files/flyinggeese.pdf for how this is done. The 8.5 inch squares are for Bonnies' Mountains Majesties project.

I have made progress.  I have come across embarrassments.  Like the red and black check fat quarter, never touched, with the date of 1988 on the selvage.  Or the fabric below.  I think this was a remnant on sale - that's the only excuse I can formulate right now.


(Colors are worse in person.)  Oh well. Cut into smaller pieces it may look OK, and if not, cut it into even smaller pieces.


Cheryl Willis said...

I am a scrap quilter and do similar systems (I like to make piles) I didn't want to overload myself by cutting all the scraps so I just cut for a project and toss the extras into 'their' pile, when a pile gets deep enough I make another top from it. I like 2 1/2" for some reason. Your flower material would look great cut up. cw

quiltfool said...

I'm doing the same thing with my scrap bins. But, I have not moved on to my stash. I'm feeling burdened by my stash and am going to donate a lot of fabric to project Linus. They don't care if it's all cotton or not. I don't know when my stash got out of control...well, I know when, I don't know how. Enjoy digging through it. And, as someone that has cut some truly ugly fabric into little squares...if you get small enough, it just becomes a color with no pattern. Except for frogs. For some reason, no matter how small I cut a frog print, I still see a frog. Lane

Linda and Piwacket said...

I love Bonnie's inspiration. I've been shopping from my stash for awhile now and just filling in a little here and there for a particular project. I'm laughing aloud right now at Lane's comment above about the frog fabric...he's right!

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