I turned my focus on my sewing area. Here is a place I want to be! I organized stacks of fabric. I picked up scissors and rotary cutters and placed them in bins. I organized spools of thread. I looked at my scrap bins and decided it was time to turn all that into quilts.
I searched blog land for any and all ideas pertaining to scrap usage. A lot of quilters have had the same idea this year. Lots of folks want to be able to clear the clutter. I found this tutorial from Lori of Bee in My Bonnet. She had a form of consolidation that I decided I could work with to fit my need. Take every scrap and cut it into squares or strips in sizes that I would find useful in a quilt. I cut 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 2.5 inch and 3 inch squares. I used leftover binding strips and random strips from other projects. A whole day of cutting and more. I put the squares into clear jars and when the jars got full I made a quilt.
First, I used plastic bins to sort my scraps into lights and darks.
Next, I placed cut squares in jars marked 1.5, 2 and 2.5 inches.
Cut, cut and cut.
Sew, sew and Sew.
Darks and lights.
Let me stop right here and give a shout out to my old Viking Designer II sewing machine. For years she has been a hard worker. Those scraps are full of dust and lint. Please clean your machine often. I had no idea how fast lint collects and often I had to clean this area while sewing scraps.
Use your brush to clean your machine in all those tiny spaces.
And this is what I made from all those scraps.
I call this Chain Mail. The background fabric is a yard cut novelty print from JoAnn's and has French postal markings. The pattern is a Double Irish Chain. This is from 1.5 squares. I practiced some straight line quilting and it looks nice.
This quilt is a four patch using Kona White with lots of pretty colorful 2.5 inch squares.
This next quilt used strips and scraps of various sizes. I was creative and used some beginner improv in the center and created a scrap happy border. The colors are actually quite nice. The photo doesn't fully capture the depth of the dark colors.
With some of my reds and lighter beige scraps, I worked on reducing some of my older fabric collections. I like chickens and I have several fat quarters of chicken prints. I have been saving them for that special project, but it is time for them to go. I will add some borders and it will be cute.
None of these quilts are finished. This winter, I will have a marathon longarm quilting week. I seem to do that every January and February when recovering from a busy holiday season.
I will wrap this up for today. Take care.