Today was my first day of dedicated “Use It Up Sewing” and I’m just not sure where I stand on my resolution. I took a look around my studio and decided to start with the baskets of random scraps overflowing at my feet.
It looked more approachable than the semi-sorted baskets under my cutting table.
Yep–after some minor sorting, started with this–
I’m a big believer in random selection for this type of thing, so I grabbed fabric pieces and started sewing them together. After ONE WHOLE HOUR, this is all I had.
Not liking it at all. Didn’t speak to me at all and I didn’t see how continuing in this manner would make it any better. In the past, I guess my ‘random sewing’ has been using scraps that I’ve selected to go together first! So, I took a moment to consider how I should proceed.
Some of the scraps that jumped out of that basket were leftover binding strips. Ah-ha! There are yards of leftover binding strips in my baskets. Mostly dark colors. I always thought I’d use them for binding a small project, but that rarely happens. Usually not the right color or not enough…you know how that goes. So I grabbed them all out and ironed them.
Yards and yards, with a couple long strips of fabric and a pile of squares that will maybe all go together into a project. As I was ironing them, project ideas kept running through my mind. First, I was just going to start sewing strips together and make squares. Boooooring! Then log cabin type blocks. A tiny bit less boring. Strips framing a focus fabric. Maybe. I don’t know what, yet, but apparently I am project/goal oriented.
I looked for binding strips in my light color basket, figuring I’d want the contrast. This is all I found…
Evidently, I really don’t like light colored binding!
I had to walk away from the scraps for a while, ’cause it was time to think about using fabric up making bed quilts. This is my view…
Fabrics that I’m not using like I did a few years ago. I started to feel like it was hopeless, but then I realized that this is an ongoing project and today is only the first day! Step by step and it will be conquered!
But there sure is a lot of stuff to use…