So I would classify myself as a pretty big football fan. I usually am very excited about the Super Bowl games but this year not so much. I won’t get into all of the reasons why I don’t want the Ravens to win or the reasons why I do want the 49ers to win but I will not be glued to the TV all day on Sunday waiting for the “Big Game” to begin.
Instead I will be sorting. I have way more bins of fabric than I have room to store them. I am going to sort through the scraps that I have been saving for close to 25 years and slice and dice until I have nice neat piles of strips and bricks of fabrics.
I know that this project will be a walk to memory lane. I can see just by looking at the fabrics in the baskets that there are fabrics from quilts that I made when my children were babies. Many of these scraps of fabrics are from clothes that I made for both of them over the years. It will be a lot of fun to look at all of these fabrics but what will be even more fun will be the bags of fabric that are ready to be made into new quilts. No $ spent and laundry baskets of jumbles of fabric emptied. How great is that!
I have a storage container with 3 drawers in it that fits very nicely under my sewing table and a box of 2 gallon zip lock bags ready to be filled with slices of fabric. My plan is to cut 3 ½”, 2 ½” and 1 ½” strips when I can. I am going to cut 1 ½”, 2 ½” squares, 5” blocks. I am going to cut a variety of bricks 2 ½” x 3 ½”, 2 ½” x 4 ½”, 3 ½” x 4 ½” and possibly 4 ½” x 6 ½”. These are all sizes of fabrics that can be combined easily with strips to use in quilt tops. I will then sort them by colors, not to fussy but general sorting.
I am looking forward to getting all of this organized. I have been trying to use more of my scraps lately just to add some zip to my quilts and to also use up fabrics that have been sitting around for years. If I have an organized way to get at the scraps it will make my job that much easier. All of this organizing has been inspired by Bonnie Hunter – you can see Bonnie’s tips on this here – http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/06/scrap-users-system.html. Check it out – she has loads of clever ways to get your scraps controlled.
I am really excited about this. Ok call me crazy for being excited about something as mundane as sorting and cutting fabrics, but I know that in the end the reward will be great! So wish me luck and I will show you the results when I am done.
Enjoy the weekend and the game. Remember to do everything in moderation, eating and drinking.
I am seeing a wonderful postage stamp quilt or two in your future! Bonnie does have good tips !
Oh the piles of little pieces of fabric are just growing and growing. i just found a piece of fabric from a little jumpsuit that I made Elizabeth. Can you believe that she is going to be 25 this month? Where did those years go?