By the time you read this on Friday my 3 oldest boys, along with my husband, will most likely be home after being gone a whole week hunting for bull elk. They’ve had a good time seeing hundreds of elk and getting within a few yards of them, seeing them bugle and watching some cow elk playing, kicking up their heels. One morning Wesley saw a mountain lion with her cub walking along. Unfortunately, they did not bag their game. 😦 I guess the elk have to win some of the time. 😉
I have been doing quite well, surprisingly, with only my 3 youngest and myself at home. I was able to accomplish things I normally am unable to get to. I did some organizing of my papers using David Allen’s book that I reviewed yesterday (that was a tremendous load off my mind), organized another mess of CD’s, my linen closet and my last project I’m still working on – cutting fabric scraps.
I have a bag full of fabric scraps from some quilts I have made. You don’t want to toss them but they don’t seem to be of much use except for little projects that the kids want to make. Well, I read on someone’s blog (can’t remember who’s) about a website called Quiltville. Bonnie, who operates this site, is an avid quilter and her specialty is making quilts out of scraps and shirttails. Read this link she wrote on what to do with scraps. So I’ve been following her suggestion and have been ironing, measuring and cutting all my leftover scraps, placing the different sized squares, strips, etc. in individual Ziploc baggies.
When cutting a piece of fabric I have this particular quilt in mind from Quiltville.com – the Pioneer Braid. I cut my pieces (2 1/2″ x 6″) from the fabric with that quilt in mind. Whatever is left from the fabric I then cut into 2″ or 1 1/2″ strips or squares. I’m tossing anything less than 1 1/2″.
I won’t be able to make this quilt for quite some time because I don’t have enough scraps for an entire quilt top. But at least I’ll have my scraps all cut up and placed in a baggie, along with the directions on how to make the quilt. As I get more leftover pieces, I’ll cut them adding them to the pieces already cut. I hope I’m not totally wasting my time doing this. I don’t quilt very often even though I thoroughly enjoy it so it may be years and years before I get to this Pioneer Braid.
How do you use your fabric scraps? Do you save them for your children, toss them or what? I’m not a real crafty person so I’d be curious to know what some of you do.
I’ve had a productive week but I’m anxious to see the rest of the crew. Seth is back now from Ohio but I’ve only seen him for about 3 hours, (he went to bed early the night he got home and left at 3:30a.m. the next morning for the hunt) so I’m looking forward to being able to give him a hug when I feel like it and telling him how good it is to have him home.
Have a wonderful weekend.