Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Scrap management = Greatest Hits!
It's been awhile (hello 4+ years) since I've talked about what I do with all my fabric scraps. I've mentioned that I'm not a big scrap keeper. I don't save every little bit leftover from a project. I found that when I did I felt burdened by those scraps and always felt like I needed to do something with them. They sort of zapped me of all creative freedom.
However, each and every time I make a quilt I cut leftover fabric into 5" squares and 2 1/2" squares. Well, I only do the 2 1/2" squares if I have enough for at least four squares. Those 5" squares are a very handy size for little projects, applique, swapping with friends and such. Plus, I love a good scrappy patchwork quilt and 5" squares are perfect for that any day of the week.
I keep stacking up the 2 1/2" squares until I think I have enough to make a bunch of 9-patch blocks. (See why I make sure I have at least four squares of any one fabric? Four at least but five is best.) Sewing up these little 9-patch blocks is a snap and with a little sashing they make a great quilt.
The most treasured of favorite fabrics. All compiled together. Just like a greatest hits album.
I call these quilts "Greatest Hits."