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Bonnie Hunter wrote in her “Scrap User’s System” article that our scraps are worth just as much as new yardage from the quilt shop.  For me in England, that’s £9.60 per metre, or approximately $14.25 per yard in US dollars.  That’s way too much value to toss into the waste basket, and it really gave me pause to think.  That is when I started to respect my scraps.

I’ve been saving all my small pieces of good quilting cotton for years but didn’t really know what to do with them until I found some fantastic inspiration from three sources:

Last week, in between other sewing projects, I started making some crumb blocks of my own.

Here are some blue blocks showing their stages of evolution:

And some scrappy multi-colour blocks:

Eventually all the blocks will be trimmed to 8.5 inches square to finish up at 8 inches.

I’ve heard several people describe the making of these blocks as “therapeutic,” and I have to agree wholeheartedly.  This kind of sewing doesn’t require a lot of concentration, and after about two hours, I felt very happy and productive to have created these little cuties!

Happy Quilting!

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I didn’t make any positive progress on my pink and purple Flying Geese quilt at all this week.  But, if mistakes are educational, then I have learned a lot!  😉

First, I thought I had the perfect backing for the quilt — a beautiful shade of pink in 100% cotton.    Got it all basted and started the machine quilting.  However, it’s a bed sheet, and now I know why quilting on bed sheets is not such a good idea — the threads are so close together, it’s difficult to quilt through.  Even with a small needle (10 or 11), it still leaves a big hole in the fabric.

I was so unhappy with the results that I unpicked two hours’ worth of free motion quilting and undid the basting.

Then I found another length of regular quilting fabric in my stash that was a good match for the colours, but I didn’t have enough.  There were two others that I thought would make a good pieced backing using the instructions Mary Johnson wrote for HeartStrings, but I didn’t have enough of those, either.   Aaarrrggghhh!

Finally the light dawned on me to cut the quilting fabrics into 10.5 inch squares and piece them together patchwork fashion to make a backing by one of the methods used by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  That will give a good variety of prints and use up even more stash.  I’ll probably start that tomorrow.

Haven’t finished any other projects to count in my totals this week, but I did start working on a UFO for Judy’s February Quiltathon and hope to finish that today.

Totals for Week 7 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Bought year-to-date:  9.75 yards
  • Used this week:  0
  • Used year-to-date:  10.75
  • Used (net):  1 yard

To see how others are doing in their Stashbusting this week, please visit Judy Laquidara’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Quilting!

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This week I cut up 6.5 yards of fabric and started making blocks for my first Quilts of Valor UK quilt.  The pattern is like the HeartStrings group Happy Blocks, but for grown ups.  I had 8 fat quarters and three 5-inch charm squares of the novelty prints and 2.5 yards each of the background prints.  The quilter at this blog used two alternating fabrics as the borders for her (more…)

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