that you're on your way to becoming the quilter/hoarder that you vowed not to become! For me, that day has been building for a while, but it really hit me today. After sewing for the past nine years on a 1950s table picked up by my father-in-law at our town garbage, I bought an Amish sewing table online. It is due to be delivered in two weeks and so I started to purge my sewing room this morning. I would really like to blame my fellow guild members for the mess of fabric that I've bought without a purpose, but that is really a small part of my hoard. I have kept every inch of leftover binding, every unused sewn block, every cut off half square triangle, and every single scrap of fabric that I didn't use in my quilts. I also kept the 6 inches or more of backing and batting that I trimmed off many of my quilts. WHY??? And I bug Jane!
I have another three tubs that aren't in this photo. I just kept throwing my scraps into baggies and throwing the baggies into a tub. I don't want to throw my scraps away, but I don't know how to use them, either. I am a fan of Bonnie Hunter and she is the scrap queenand she has the scrap users system. I've also known about Joan Ford and her Scrap Therapy for a while. She has a system of cutting her scraps into usable squares and then incorporating them into her designs. I am planning on making a scrap string quilt, and I've been cutting my leftover fabric into 1-2" strips. But what to do with my previous eleven years of scraps? I spent today sorting the pieces into colors and rebagged them and then retubbed them! Hardly an improvement. But I did throw some scraps into the garbage. Does anyone have a book by either of these talented ladies?
See you girls at guild tomorrow.