I came across a blog quite a while back, a Bee In My Bonnet – when I was looking online for a tutorial on a neater way to bind quilts than I was previously doing. Recently, I came across a blog post on here about how she keeps her fabric scraps – now, if you decide to visit this blog, you will see just why I am drooling over her sewing room, but that’s not the point of my story. My point is she keeps her scraps and cuts them into useable 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 inch squares and strips to be used later for scrap quilts or anything else they come in handy for. http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/from-my-quilty-studiohow-i-save-my.html
Prior to reading this, I was a bit useless with scraps, always thinking “what on earth will I do with leftover bits and pieces in various shapes and sizes”. But AFTER reading this I realise I can keep them and use them later on for anything that comes up! So I spent some time today cutting the scraps of the accent fabric used in the Sweetcakes quilt, into 2.5 inch squares. Admittedly, I probably could also have cut some 1.5 inch squares from some of the bigger leftovers, but honestly I didn’t have the energy – baby steps! At least I have kept SOME of the scraps this time instead of just tossing them – I now have a nice stack of 2.5 inch squares, as you can see on the right hand side in the photo above.
Below are a couple of photos taken today of my progress with the Sweetcakes quilt. The first one is the stack of strips all pieced together, and then the second one is the strips then pinned together ready to be stitched into one whole quilt top! It should all be together by tomorrow afternoon with the borders ready to go around the edge.
Yesterday I cut out fabric for two simple dresses, one for myself and one for my boss. The Christmas decorations and other embroidery projects are still on hold because my new glasses have not yet arrived… They better arrive soon, I’m having withdrawals! (and headaches…) Although I have chosen fabric out of my grandmother’s stash to back the Christmas decorations with, so I guess that can be called progress!
Have a great weekend!