Monday, March 4, 2013
I have been thinking about my two towers of scraps lately and I think I have found a way to help me to get them under control. I have not done anything major to deal with the situation so it has basically stayed the same since I last posted about it. To my credit, I have taken out strips that I could use in my mini basket and mini star blocks and I have made sure that I have not added to the problem. I have been dealing with all current scraps by immediately cutting them down to usable pieces. Some of these pieces have been really quite small because quite frankly most of my scraps are small bits and pieces or very narrow strips that are less than 2" wide and more often less than 1.5". Why save such small pieces when they seem to just get thrown into these piles? The reason is simple and that is because I do like to make small blocks and they only require small pieces. But, like many quilters I am always getting sidetracked with other projects. Taking control of these scraps is just a matter of making a specific plan and spending the time to do something with them - at least that is what I keep telling myself!
As I have been making my mini basket and mini star blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (hosted by soscrappy), I have been using some of the scrap strips that are at least 1.5" wide and cutting out the square, qst and hst shapes until the pieces of fabric scraps are done. These blocks require 1.5" strips as well as 1" strips and pieces so each block really does not use up a lot of fabric.
Who knows, after I get hundreds of them made I will have a new quilt and I will be using up the smallest of scraps. I can also see using them in borders as well - the possibilities are endless. Of course, this would end up being a very long term project but I am okay with that - I plan on living a very long time! I also need to challenge myself to make string and crumb blocks every week. I do like to use these blocks in my Project Linus quilts so that is definitely a win-win situation. So that is the plan for now - I just need to stick to it.