Sewing Scraps and Cleaning Out the Stash

Here are some scrap pairs sewn last night to be used for the scrap quilt along hosted by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.  This is just the beginning.  I will need to make hundreds of these pairs for a queen sized quilt.

Scrap PairsHere are some up close pictures.  Some of the pairs are uneven, no worries, they will be trimmed up later.  For now, just get the pairs sewn together.

Scrap Pairs up close 1

Scrap Pairs up close 2

Scrap Pairs up close 3

I’m sticking with white and mid tone bright scraps (no cream colored backgrounds or dusty muted colors).   I’m trying not to over think what I am pairing together.  I look for pieces that are similar in length and sew them.  This is, after all, a scrap quilt.

Here is my favorite scrap piece so far.

Pear scrap

I LOVE those pears!  I bought a yard of this years ago from Spoon Flower and have coveted it.  I just cut out a few pieces to use in this quilt.

Here is where the fun begins, scraps all over the cutting table waiting to be pared up and sewn.  (That pink basket will be used to hold the completed pairs).

Sewing table

The good thing about a scrap quilt is that you get to use what has been saved, but for me the best thing is that I get to go through my fabric stash and cull out those fabrics that I won’t use.  Don’t we all buy a bit of fabric thinking that we will use it for something and then forget about it, find it and ask ourselves “What was I thinking?”  I’ve been in a “sort and purge” mode for a few days now.  I have a large grocery bag full of yardage and scrap fabrics, not sure what I’ll do with those yet.

In the meantime, I’ll keep sewing and destashing.

Keep It Simple.

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2 Responses to Sewing Scraps and Cleaning Out the Stash

  1. I think this is a great project: purge while creating something as artistic recycling. I’m not a textile artist (not remotely) but I’m sure I could apply the same rationale to arty things I’ve been hoarding. I find the designs in many of your scraps were appealing and I agree that the pear design is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing how your project develops.

    • Marci says:

      Thank you Laura. I like the term artistic recycling, yes, that is exactly what it is. What I don’t like, someone else will treasure. Thanks for stopping by!

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