I have a problem. I have too much fabric and it is out of control. I toss all of my leftover fabric into a basket so I can cut it into useable pieces later. Well, later never came and I ended up with three large (huge!) crates of scrappy fabric like this:
I use a modified version of Bonnie Hunter's scrap user's system. I only save six sizes:
- 10-1/2 inch squares
- 5 inch squares
- 2-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch rectangles
- 2 1/2 inch strips
- 1 1/2 inch strips
- Leftovers to use with Victoria's made-fabric techique.
All of those sizes are still hidden in those three large crates.
Help came from a strange place -- this McCall's Quilting Magazine:
It uses hand-applique and machine piecing, but I am altering it to use English paper-piecing instead of machine piecing. This is a great hand-sewing project for my travels!
I am committed to making this quilt from the contents of my scrap fabric crates:
I am committed to having fewer things in my sewing room this year. I found stacks of old Christmas cards. I am enjoying years-old greetings again as I cut them into foundations for my English paper-piecing:
While I am cutting these pieces from each chunk of fabric, I am also cutting that fabric into my scrap user's bits. Win-win!
So, which will I find first -- this finished quilt or the bottom of my scrap bins?