I am embarrassed to say that I have not made it to my quilt guild’s meeting once this year. Everything that we take the kids to happens on Tuesday nights. So, this week with my daughter home from college, I took advantage of the extra driver and made it to the meeting.We are really fortunate to have a large guild of about 400 members and every other month bring in a great teacher who stays for two days of workshops and one of the nights gives a lecture to the entire guild.
This month was Bonnie Hunter who makes amazing scrap quilts from recycled scraps and men’s shirts. She was extremely energetic and has made great use of her scraps specifically what she calls ” leaders and enders”. I really didn’t think this process would be beneficial to what I am doing right now-oh, how wrong I was! I am just generating a huge amount of scraps and would love to deal with the scraps other than jumble them into a bin. I did buy her book and love it. Yes, I am a bit of a book junkie, I admit but this was worth it.
I will start a little bin or basket of two inch squares when I cut my solid colored strips and see what happens. I also have a huge amount of vintage feedsacks and pillowcases tucked away in a drawer that I could use for the same purpose.
So, last night at 9:30 when I sat down to catch up on my blogs, I read this post from Be*mused who made a cute little basket from Pink Penguin. I downloaded the free pattern and escaped upstairs to get to work….And two hours later, I made my own cute basket.
I pieced the little squares individually but how easy it would be with a strip unit. I just love it and I haven’t made something other than a quilt in a long time. I used regular batting for the lining but next time would choose something a little stiffer. It’s going to be the place next to my sewing machine where I put the glasses I can never find! And I think it would make a great gift.
So, go find your scraps and get to work. Fifteen minutes here and there and you will have an instant gift.
Happy Sewing, my friends.
ooohhh – I would find that book fascinating! I have started quite the collection of hubby’s dress shirts – he keeps putting one elbow out of them on a regular basis and I can’t bring myself to throw away all these great shirts. I cut some of them into triangles and made a Christmas Advent Tree quilt (no – I never did get the binding done, but my machine is back from being repaired!) I may have to investigate this for other inspiration. Maybe I should wait until I finish SOMETHING before starting yet another project?….Maybe I should, but I probably won’t!
I thought of Sharon immediately upon reading your post and lo and behold she has commented already! Keep at it, girls. I love the little basket, Colleen. I might have to check out the free pattern.
You don’t have to “start” it but it gives you great suggestions how to cut and piece it efficiently as you get a shirt added to the pile. Then-when you have enough to piece a quilt- you can and it’s less painful.
little baskets such as that would make great gifts. very handy and pretty too!