Scrap Happy: management

I have a lot of scraps.  Scraps in drawers, scraps in baskets, scraps I really like, and some I don’t.  Big ones, little ones, some minuscule too.  Some are from quilting, crafting and sewing and quite a few are from old clothing; specifically Bob’s old shirts.  He’s a basic plaid man for shirts.

These past few weeks I’ve seen the need to manage them all.

So as not to overwhelm myself I decided to begin on the cutting table.  You know, all the stuff I didn’t want to put away lest I forget about it.  No judgements now.  You know it happens to all of us from time to time.

I scooted over the wastebasket and immediately tossed the scraps I don’t like.  Then I sorted by type and size.  I began the process of cutting to common sized block sizes.  Inchies, 2.5″, 4″, 5″, but I left the strips alone because, no matter how you cut them, strips make really awesome project starters.

I have begun making inchies, which are cut to 1.5″ to allow for the 1/4 inch seams, from any bits of fabric that will allow a 1.5 cut block.  Smaller that that?  Saved for crumb quilting or straight to trash.

Bob’s shirts I began cutting to 2.5″ and 5″ blocks when I suddenly realized I was working too hard. Five inch blocks can be cut into 2.5 inch blocks!  Larger cuts give me greater future options.

The Kaffe quarter circles will remain as they are.  They can be sewn together into half circles, whole circles or appliqued as flowers or wreaths, or who can say what I’ll come up with in the future?

This is only some of my scraps, but they are labelled and being properly stored.  Probably organized into that basket of Bob’s old filleted shirts! When I’ve emptied it of course.

The 15th of each month is the day Gun in Sweden and Kate in Australia, host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

Though ScrapHappy is open to anyone who uses or reuses scraps to make something beautiful and/or useful, they may not post every time.  Go take a look, because there is always something of interest there:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose

Scrap Happy for November 15, 2019

It’s a bit melancholy for me this round, but I will share with you what I began several months back.  🙂

Each month we took Buddy in to be groomed because he was too big and too HaiRy for us to keep him looking and smelling nice.  And each month the groomer sent him home in a cute kerchief tied about his neck.  I couldn’t throw them out.

hey!  it’s fabric after all!  ok?

So I began making quilt blocks out of them

Some were bones and some were balls

and I didn’t get the Buddy Quilt done in time…

I am going to finish it  and will include a blank block in the middle to put our dog’s names on it. I feel it is a great save of what otherwise would be landfill fodder.   It will be a good memory quilt to honor Buddy and all the other pups past and present.

And now go see what other’s have made this past month for Scrap Happy!

~*~

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda (me),
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen and Connie

 

 

 

Too thrifty?

Maybe, but sometimes it pays off.

I taped down a quilt sandwich with painters tape and after pin basting it, I pulled the tape off and stuck it here.  I thought, who knows, maybe it will come in handy later.

This morning while ironing an approximate fat quarter, left over from a project I am working on, I found a very small hole in one corner.   I decided to mark it so I won’t forget about it when I pull it out to use it.

Can’t miss it now can I?

Are you  a hoarder  thrifty too?  😉

Desk chair makover

I had a favorite chair from my classroom in California that never got sold at my teacher’s yard sale after we moved here.  It had been sitting in the barn for ten years now and I almost threw it away.

However, after pricing the many new chairs available on the market, ones without arms,  I decided I didn’t want to spend the money.

So, I pulled off the old fabric and scrubbed the legs and wheels.

Scary looking isn’t it?

Put on two layers of quilt batting and some upholstery fabric I picked up at *Sir’s in Fayetteville, TN several years ago…

This wasn’t too hard, but I had to be careful to use the right length of staples; not too long.

And Voila!  One less item in the landfill.

The old favorite is now reborn!

Note to self:  If you change the coverings it is probably best to replace the foam padding too…

Maybe next time?

Regarding Sir’s Fabrics:   Sirs Fabrics was one of my favorite places to go shopping for fabric.  The owner used to find some of the most beautiful and unique fabrics from all around.  Deeply discounted close outs, buyouts from stores that went out of business, and sometimes vintage treasures that, though watermarked or discolored with age along the edges were worth the purchase because the centers of the panels were still gorgeous and useful.

Unfortunately, this past winter the building caught fire and all the bolts of drapery and upholstery fabric, the laces and flat folded fabrics on all the tables burnt to nothing.  The heat of the fire reduced the stock and the building to just bricks and rubble.

I often think “I’ll just pop over to Sir’s and see what they’ve got” for my latest project or quilting fabric and then realize they are not there anymore.  I makes me sad that they are gone and I  hope they are able to rebuild.