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:
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?
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.
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!
I’m sure I would feel better if I just sewed something. I’m itching to start a new project but I don’t want to add to my “quilts to be finished” list. At least the taxes are sorted out now, so there is more time to sew things.
I cut out the charms I needed for the last April birthday person in the mini-charm facebook swap group. Tami had asked for blues or yellows. I went with both.
And then I sorted them prettily:
My birthday is in May so I get to choose soon! There are SIX others also in May so I will be doing a lot of cutting. Fifty charms per person is the equivalent to just under .2m, so by the end of the year I will have used up approx. 5.5m. I’m determined to do as much of this as possible without buying anything.