Some of you might recognize the green plastic basket on the left! These two baskets held the majority of my stash of scrap fabric. These are the smaller leftover pieces of fabric from other sewing projects. My mother used to roll up all her remnants and tie the rolls with small strips of fabric and that is what I do, too, having learned from her! At one time, I tried to keep the patterned fabrics in one basket and solids in the other, but, over time, things got mixed up.
I am now on a mission to reduce this stash of scrap fabric! To that end, I've been cutting out squares of fabric, in two standard sizes: 3.5 inch square and 3 inch square:
The taller stack on the right has the 3.5 inch squares; the shorter stack on the left has the 3 inch squares.
When I cut out the squares (using the rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler my daughter gave me as a birthday gift several years ago; prior to that, I would draw around a template with a pencil and cut everything out with a pair of scissors), I cut the bigger size first, then, the smaller squares. At this time, I'm not cutting anything smaller than that. Any remaining fabric bigger than an inch square gets stuffed into a gallon sized plastic storage bag, for a potential crumb quilt. I've given myself permission to toss out any fabric less than an inch square. A long, long time ago, I made a log cabin quilt using one inch squares and strips of fabric one inch wide. And this quilt, which I repaired last year, uses 1 inch by 3 inch strips:
|Repaired Roman Stripe Quilt|
I actually made two such quilts! The first one I made was given away to someone I used to work with. This is the second one I made and I still have some extra patches leftover from when I made it, back in 1981! I'm thinking of incorporating those extra patches in the new quilt I'm planning to make with the squares.
I started sewing some of my 3.5 inch squares together this evening. For now, I am sewing nine squares together to make a nine-patch. I still don't quite know how they will all be put together, but, that's to be decided later. For now, I'm having fun playing with my fabric.
Today was another warm day with a high of 96F. I exchanged emails with a couple of friends, replied to blog comments, read and commented on a few blogs, learned how to add blogs to my reading list because I am no longer receiving email notifications of new blog posts on those I used to follow by email (thank you, June, for telling me how to do it), did a load of dishes simply to run the dishwasher (I've been told I need to run it at least once a week or so to keep the hoses flexible; otherwise, they get brittle and can spring leaks), called friend R to chat with her, and video chatted with my daughter.
Brunch, eaten rather late because I wasn't feeling hungry, was a burrito from the freezer, followed by a slice of mango. I ate some of the spicy snack mix from the Sri Lankan store with my evening cup of tea. Dinner was rice, shrimp curry from the freezer, and zucchini. I had some chocolate wafers for dessert. Still later, a snack of saltine crackers with peanut butter and peach jam; delicious!
Today, I am grateful for:
- The fabric stash!
- Time to play with fabric
- Working appliances, especially fans, and the electricity to run them
- Cool evenings
- Helpful blogging friends
Today's joyful activity was sewing and playing with fabric
This week has been a very relaxed week, which has been lovely because it's been a bit on the warm side, but, I need to tend to some neglected housework, next week!
Monday's To Do List
- Water the garden, front and back