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Monday, March 16, 2009

This Is A First!

This is a photo of my scrap basket. I've had this basket for a little over 3 years and this is the first time I have seen it empty since the day I brought it into my sewing room. I should have taken a photo of it before I started! It took me all day to get it empty, my shoulders are tired and my eyes are crossed but it's a job I can mark off my list for this week.
It holds lots of scraps. There were 4 pieces of yardage that are the thin fabrics so I hunked them up for string block foundations. Then all the other fabric was cut into 2 1/2" strips--my bin was almost emtpy, bricks, squares and half squares, 2" strips and strings.
My plan is to stay on top of my scraps now. I have a couple of zip bags full that need to be taken care of and I probably have others stashed but for now I'm feeling pretty darn good. I do know there is one bag from this summer when I bought a bag of scraps. Oh, I buy scraps! When you can cram a bag full of fabrics you don't have for only a few bucks, that's a bargain. I passed up a super sale this summer when the lady said I could have the whole basket for $5. It was the same size as my basket and I've kicked myself in the hinnie every since. I was trying to be so good. That will never happen again! I'll buy the darn scraps.
I collect scraps, I make scrap quilts, it's what I love, it's what I do, it's what I'll continue to do! Who will the next one be for? I don't know, I'll figure it out when I figure it out.


JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Guess you are scrappy queen - good work on emptying that basket.

Brenda said...

I love scraps too, but I have never bought them. I never thought of it as 'how else can you get fabric you don't have' before... good point!! And, that you take the time to make them useful, huge investment, but oh so worth it!!
Good job getting that basket empty!! I have been sorting through my room and I keep finding little piles of scraps - thinking it's the only one!!! 'hello?!?!" Now I am trying to make it a one stop for scraps - and I love scrappy quilts too!! I am also making 'crumb' blks. I am just sewing odd shaped scraps together (the ones that don't measure to fit a specific measurement) and then, when big enough I will cut into a specific square size. I like the randomness of it, and anything goes for me!!
May your needle never be without thread!!

Quilter Kathy said...

I laughed about the scrap basket that you passed up...trying to "be good"! You sound just like me!
Congrats on emptying your basket!

Cherold said...

Wow! too cool...glad to see you working soooo very hard...lol.


Sue said...

I'm so proud of you!! Ya dun good!

Pam in KC said...

It's fantastic that your scrap bin is empty and cut up. I'm in the mood to cut something, so maybe instead of starting a new quilt, I'll spend some quality time with my scrap basket.