Saturday, September 11, 2021

Waste not

Today I decided I was finally going to do something with my scraps
I had started to cut them up in hopes of making something out of them but really 
Didn’t know what 

Then I saw a YouTube video similar to this 

So I’ve decided to do just that only not with a new jelly roll 
I’d make my own up with the scraps 

So I started to just sew all the bits and pieces I had already cut up 

I continued chain sewing until it was just one long piece
And then ironed it all 

This was just one lot of scraps all blues and greens 
This is another lot of the most recent projects 

I’ll cut these up into 2.5 inch wide by however long the scrap will allow me
And continue to join them to my one long piece 

I’ll then go through my big bag of scraps and do the same 
I definitely won’t have enough for a quilt top yet. But at least the scraps will be all sorted and 
In one neat pile 

The weather today looks grey but the wind is kinda warm 
So that’s a nice change 

Still in lockdown 
Still no light at the end of the tunnel as yet 
So I’ll be here still plodding along 

Stay safe and well 
See ya 


  1. I need to come back and watch the video. In days gone by I don't think people went to fabric stores and bought just fabric for a quilt.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

    1. It used to be people just cut up old clothes and things to make quilts
      This going to buy new fabric and cutting it up is a relatively new thing

    2. I once saw a 1930s (Drepression era) quilt made out of flour sacks. People couldn't afford dress fabrics so cotton print fabrics were bought up by flour mills to make flour bags. The flour bags were way too nice to throw out and got used to make quilts. Does anyone else remember flour bags? Mum used them for dish cloths and to wrap bread. The school age me carried my lunch in one before i got a plastic lunch box.

    3. I personally haven’t. But I know during the war people used them for clothes. The flour company found out their four sacks were being used for clothes so they started using pretty fabrics and making their labels easy to soak off. One time big corporates actually worked with the people.

  2. Angela i keep all the odd shapes too (cut off the minimum needed to straighten curved edges) roughly sort them into size and shape (triangle, square, weird 4 sided shapes) then make squares by following this technique
    I make my squares bigger than hers and in fact have two or three sizes in stacks in a box waiting for my next 'imagineering' session when i work out how i want to join them up.
    I really love having a crumbs session for about a week each winter - using up that year's scraps and stacking them neatly in the 'next stage' box.

    1. I had some triangles as well. I’ve kept them for that reason. They were too good to cut up
      I’ll check out the video. Thanks