The Empty Drawer Mirage

Improvisational quilt scraps

Not an empty drawer…


It was truly a mirage, a delusion, an outright lie I told myself. I really, truly believed that by making this piece, I would have a new, empty drawer to fill up with 2014 scraps. It took me the entire week of my design/ piecing  time that I had allotted for the week. ( A new goal for 2014 -divide studio time into design and finishing time).

The quilt is pieced but I made little headway in my quest to use the scraps. The drawer remains really full but the top is pieced. And my irrational obsession of using up curvy strip sets has been temporarily  taken care of.

The WIld Side

The WIld Side, in process -Colleen Kole 2014

It turned out to be about 40 x 52 without the facings on it yet. I will baste it tomorrow and have it in line for machine quilting.  I think I will back it with flannel , use on it my couch. and go back to my list of what I should be working on!

More about what I have planned for 2014 in the next post.

8 thoughts on “The Empty Drawer Mirage

  1. Sharon Robinson

    It’s so funny that you are doing this! Just last week I pulled out all the curvy strip set pieces from my last class with Nancy and put them on the wall. It was as if they had a mind of their own! My brain said, continue working on the series you’re doing. The curvy strips said, NO! You MUST use us up! I’m glad to know that the struggle is universal!

    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      Yes they definitely have a mind of their own and were a little harder than I thought they would be to sew together. I guess spontaneity should be embraced in all this art making-somedays.

  2. Heather P

    Omigosh, a drawer for scraps!!??! I find this idea very exciting. My scraps are stuffed in bags below the cutting table, and they are getting out of hand. I need a drawer to “hide” them in. Or maybe I should just go through them and throw most of them away….

    1. Colleen Kole Post author

      I am not sure the drawer idea is helpful. Maybe I should just give bags away of it to the local art classes.


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