For the longest time I was saving my scraps in a big tub with no organization at all. Earlier this year, I finally tackled the scrap tub and managed to somewhat tame the madness. I sorted the scraps by color and each color group got their own little (shoebox size) container. I figured this would be all the scraps I would keep so I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed by them.
Since this picture, I’ve added a few more containers and my scraps are threatening to take over the closet. And we all know what comes next – soon they will be overflowing into my sewing room because scraps multiply. Every. Single. Day.
Time to do something.
When Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs showed us her disappearing nine patch baby quilt a couple of weeks ago, I decided that would be the perfect project for some of the scraps I have. I chose to use pinks/reds, because that bin is the most stuffed, and because I have the perfect flannels for the backing. I’ve also been so busy doing quilting for other people that I really needed to do something quick and fun.
I used white to keep everything from looking too scrambled, and I like the way it looks. This is the perfect size baby quilt measuring 41″ x 41″. I still have to baste and bind, and then I’ll donate it to a local group that makes quilts for sick children.
While I feel good about doing a quick, easy, and ‘just for the fun of sewing’ project, I’m amazed at how few scrap pieces this actually took out of the scrap bin. It made me realize I have waaaay more scrap fabric than I thought, and I’ll be able to make many, many quilts.
I think I need a bigger scrap project!
I’m waiting to pick up some white batting, which I’ll get tomorrow, and then I can finish this one up. I plan on making a blue/green one next, and then I’ll find a bigger project to do. It’s so fun to make a quilt from scraps, it feels like I’m using free fabric! 🙂
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