Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What I do with my scraps (and yes, you can call me insane)

I am a hoarder. Not compulsive, not yet at least. But I am incapable of tossing a piece of fabric that is larger than a 1/2 inch. (Yes, 1/2 inch. I know I'm crazy.)

Back in January, the fabric scrap was piling up. It had taken over the sewing room and occupied 3 big bags, threatening to spill over even further.

And so, I made a scrap quilt.



This kind of piecing is very freeing. There's no color scheme, no planning, nothing. I just pieced fabric together (knits, light-weight, heavy-weight, it didn't really matter), and squared all my blocks to be 10.5 inches square. Then, I added sashing and a border (which magically made this cohesive) and called it done.



Of course, since I loathe quilting with a passion, it has sat in the to-do pile ever since. I'm crazy busy in April, so perhaps in May, I'll take it out and finish it.



(Incidentally, this quilt reduced the scrap from 3 bags to 1 bag. However, the scrap is creeping up again - perhaps another quilt?)



(I was not joking about the 1/2 inch - this block is proof.)

Though this is a little insane, this kind of scrap quilt is true to the spirit of quilting. Women all over the world have recycled their fabric scrap, old clothes, you name it into scrap quilts whose only function was to provide warmth. I feel very pioneer.

11 comments:

loopylulu said...

Wow that is serious dedication, I would never have the patience. the quilt turned out awesome though and it's such a great way too use up all those small bits.

Lilia said...

I'm right there with you! My huge bag of scraps is keeping one of my dining chairs from being able to scoot out all the way. I'm panicking and had the thought that I should just sew all the scraps together and make a blanket. You've inspired me. Now if I could just find the time...

Stacey said...

I think this is wonderful! And after all, isn't this where quilting came from?

Sew Shy said...

Reethi, that's a great quilt! You may hate quilting, but you it's definitely one of your talents.

sandyvan444 said...

I feel the same way that you do about throwing away fabric. I just cant bring myself to throw away even the tiniest piece. Just cant do it! Your quilt turned out absolutely wonderful. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!

christina said...

That is just gorgeous! And the colors work so well together. I really admire you for using literally every last scrap.

Doanda said...

hey Reethi- this is a great quilt!!! I love the color- cant imagine u made it from scraps..what size is it? have to show my mom ...she needs to take a scrap out of your book (pun fully intended)

Candace said...

A lady on one of my groups pointed out that you pay the same for your scraps as you do your yardage, so to use it up is great.

Yellow Jade said...

I really think this is so pretty. I love it alot. I have been wondering what kind of quilt to make for my king sized bed. This is something that is not too scrappy, or girly looking (as my husband would say) and doesn't looked planned. I have done several quilts similar but until I saw it on your bed didn't realize how pretty it was. Thanks so much

Anonymous said...

I've never tried quilting and since I started sewing, I must say I haven't really been drawn to it... but seeing your quilt made out of scraps has really inspired me enough to want to try it... I've been wondering what other sewers do with their scraps, I'm glad I found your blog. I have 2 bags full of scraps, and just can't bring myself to throw them away. I thought about using them for stuffing a decorative pillow I want to make for my daughter's room, but I'm not sure using scraps will work well...My grandmother used to make blankets out of scraps sewn into circles and attached together. I thought I would try that, but it's sewn by hand, not my favorite thing to do, and I really like your quilt.

I've been reading your blog for the last hour, and I like your humour. I too have problems with finishing armholes and also stretch necklines and hems...I think I read you are in Ontario, are there any Fabric district in Toronto? I will be going there soon. Thanks!

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.