Scrap Empowerment

I turn 34 this Saturday. Being the person that I am I can’t wait until then to open my birthday presents. My husband bought me two books and some cooking tools.

IMG_4318 IMG_4306Quilting Happiness has some nice patterns in it, but the book that really blew me away was Cut The Scraps! I love this book. Being a new sewer/quilter there are a lot of ideas that just haven’t occured to me. I chalk it up to lack of experience and how my brain works, but this book was a revelation. It has really inspired me to organize my scraps. I had a few drawers full of scraps and no idea what to do with them. The author Joan Ford talks about how she cuts and organizes her scraps. To her anything less than a 1/4 of a yard is a scrap that should be dealt with. She cuts her scraps into 2, 3.5, and 5 inch squares. The book then has patterns that use these sizes. She also talks about sorting your scraps as well. I got started right away and I feel so good about the scrap situation now. This is what I have done so far.

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 Most of my pieces are so weird that they end up being 2 inch squares. I had to take a break because my back got tired. I still have this

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and this

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to finish. I also have another drawer to go through. I’m not discouraged or daunted by the amount. I know this is a very small amount compared to someone who has been sewing for years. I can’t recommend Cut The Scraps! enough. Its an amazing book and I haven’t even looked at the patterns yet. So far it has been a good birthday and its not even my birthday yet!

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