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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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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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