Happy Tuesday! It’s quilt your stash day! Throughout the month of January I’ve
done quite a bit of organizing for the new year including some cleaning and
list-making. I’ve also decided how best to work my stash sewing into my schedule and chosen some scrappy projects I want to make this year. I’m actually really glad I took a month to do this instead of jumping right into a project. But now that the month is coming to a close I’m ready to get sewing!
As I’ve thought about my goals of using my stash and making scrap quilts this year, I’ve realized that my grandmother’s love of scrap quilts has really made a huge impact on my quilts. One of her favorite quilts was her charm quilt made with half-square triangles. She saved bits and pieces of every project and also collected scraps from friends to make this quilt. She knew exactly how many pieces were in her quilt, and she also knew there were two, but only two, of one of the fabrics: the rest were all unique.
But this quilt wasn’t made quickly…it was made over time. And I think it’s important to remember this year as we sew with our scraps and our stash that a lot of scrap projects won’t be “quilt in a day” projects.
But since I do want to get a lot of scrap sewing done this year, here are some of my favorite tips for accomplishing a lot in the sewing room:
- Always have something ready that you can pick up and sew. This can be handwork or simple machine sewing. I’ve really tried to do this over the past few years, and it’s really helped. You can accomplish a lot in even ten minutes if something is ready to work on without any preparation needed.
- Utilize the “leaders and enders” method of scrap sewing. This entails having something quick and simple to sew at your machine as you begin and end your regular sewing. By sewing scraps together at the beginning and end of chain piecing other projects you can get a lot of extra sewing done in just a little extra time. (For a great explanation of this method read Bonnie Hunter’s ideas on Leaders and Enders).
- Try to sew something every day…even if it’s just a little bit!
These ideas have really helped me get things done!
I want to leave you with a few thoughts from Scrap Quilts: The Art of Making Do which has some really wonderful ideas. Author Roberta Horton states, “Ofttimes I’ve admired a scrap quilt only to discover that I didn’t like some of the fabrics used in it.…It’s important to understand the relationships between fabrics. They don’t all do the same job within a quilt or a block. Some are there to catch our attention….Some form a contrast so we can better appreciate the beauty of another one.” I’ve come to understand this too…I don’t have to love every bit of fabric in my quilts as long as I love the quilt as a whole.
So gather those scraps…and get ready for a fun scrap quilt tutorial next week!
Thanks so much for stopping by!