The fun thing (or one of the fun things) about teaching is you can check the store’s scrap basket every week. So I’ve had a few weeks of scraps building up, as well as yardage for binding several quilts, and leftovers from ahem, several projects going back a few months. So I did a sort and tidy this afternoon and feel better for it.
I know the online world is all “pictures or it didn’t happen” but I just didn’t take any. Picture a random but sort of tidy pile of scraps. Got it? Yes! That’s exactly what it looked like!
It was very gratifying to finally nail down what I keep/sort and how I sort it:
- selvedges (not that I’ve ever used them but it’s JUST IN CASE)
- strings/strips (ditto, but I have plans)
- tiny scraps, less than 2.5″ square which I will probably stop saving and will send to someone if you are interested
- 2.5″ squares (LOVE these so much!)
- small-ish scraps (generally around 5″ square or smaller but bigger than everything mentioned up to now)
- FQ or less than FQ but bigger than the small-ish scraps
- bigger than FQ is “yardage”
Tomorrow I get to go to a quilt show (yay!) but I have to take my kids (boo¡). They are great but they do not love quilt shows. I have my bribes ready:
One piece at the end of every row. Two if they behaved nicely. I have no shame.
I started another project. Not quite oops because this is a quick turn around and there is a deadline and a purpose for it. But still…
I used to be part of an organization for which I still get the weekly email; last month I saw a call for entry and upon reading it I knew exactly what I would make for it, were I to make something for it. Fast forward through several weeks of not doing anything and I started it on Friday night.
Because my life is mostly kids, laundry, groceries, dishes, miscellany, etc, I plan most of my projects in my head (yes really, even doing block math and conversions to yardage and price thereof in my head). And I knew I had a piece of fabric that would not only suit this project but be perfect for it and also add a touch of wonderful. So I went to get that piece of fabric to use. Hmm, wasn’t there. Maybe this bin? Why would it be in this bin? Who cares, as long as it’s there. Oh. … Double check over here. Double check this other bin too. Damn. Where on earth could it have gone? I didn’t get rid of it did I? Surely not, because IT IS PERFECT FOR THIS PROJECT AND I NEED IT NOW. (Even thought I bought it for something else two years ago and never used it.) Can’t find it anywhere. Maybe I did get rid of it…now what? There is no other fabric that could be as wonderful as this one and I should abandon all of it and give up.
If you have a half metre piece of pinstriped indigo linen you bought from me at the guild garage sale last year can I have it back please?
Well if you’re going to buy fabric you should probably go big or go home.
First up is the fabulous stripe Cheryl picked out for me for my mighty lucky challenge. I’ve cut into it already and things are looking up. Edited to add: it’s done! check it out here.
Next up is fabric for the belated 5th birthday dress for W. I totally guessed on amounts but I’m sure there’s enough for a sundress at least. The solid is Kona pansy.
Then we strayed away from “necessary for an in-process project” into “I like this lots”.
Back into necessary fabric territory is this high-vis netting. Husband wants me to modify his fabric-and-reflective cycling vest into a mesh-and-reflective cycling vest. It’s 72″ wide. I predict I will have leftovers for years.
And there we go! 4.3m fabric in, 30.21$ out. And when the linkup opens, I’ll join up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash.
Lots of fabric today…a couple more polaroid blocks and I started six blocks for #quiltsforfortmac. That effort is being co-ordinated by the Ottawa MQG and Stacey at SloStudio.
They’ve asked for red, blue, green, yellow, and white, all colours from the Alberta flag.
Trimmed everything up tonight.
I am loving SO MUCH this use your stash business I’ve been trying this year. I highly recommend it.
And the mailman brought me FOUR envelopes today from the facebook mini-charm swap. Lynn F from Ontario bless your generous heart! She sent me 77 squares instead of the usual 50. I’ve received 17/29 envelopes so far and only four people have sent duplicates. So that’s much better as well. I am looking forward to the end of the month when I combine all the squares. And to using them in a quilt. That too.
So all in all, a very fabric-filled, generally happy day. Here’s to many more!