Did you see Vicki’s comment about donating my scraps to someone who might use them for something like QOVs or other charity projects?
I’m sad to say that my immediate first reaction was…(in a really whiny voice)
But, but, but….I might need those scraps some day.
You know, for when they stop making new fabric.
I’m trying to work my way through that sewing room a little bit at a time, and the next time I’m up there this week, I’ll be eyeing the scraps and other piles of fabric a little differently.
Vicki W says
LOL! I went through the same phase but once I started filling boxes I almost didn’t stop!
This past spring I decided that instead of taking time to re-measure and organize a bunch of strips I had, I would just donate them. So, at the time I was on the Heartstrings group list – I posted a message and sent out five priority mail envelopes full of strips. So now, I organize my strips ala Bonnie Hunter style. It sure does help.
Ummmm, excuse me???? Don’t you own a quilt shop now??? Don’t you think you’ll be making new scraps, never mind all the full bolts of fabric you have???? LOLOLOL
Cathy Stoddard says
Suzanne, I know EXACTLY how you feel. I actually would call myself a fabric hoarder. I have this fear of some sort of disaster – did you ever watch the show Jericho? – and the world being thrown back into kinda the 30’s – depression era, only worse – there would be NO MORE FABRIC!!! What would we do????!!!! Well, I am prepared – I would be able to clothe and keep an entire metropolitan area warm. To me, this is not unnecessary spending, but disaster recovery planning – I am one smart girl – LOL! I am even searching for a pristine treadle machine – has to be a Pfaff – who knows how long we would be without electricity? DH is very handy, and we have several generators, but who knows how long fuel will be available??? I haven’t gone as far as asking DH to build a fallout shelter, we are in a very rural area and the chance of being exposed to that kind of stuff is remote – although, it would be a good place to store stash – lightbulb switching on!!! My stash should be protected too – man, that is going to be one big shelter. Better get DH on that right away! OK, to get back on the subject, I did join Stashbusters – actually it is a Yahoo group called Stashbuster. Many on the list are on a no-buy pledge. While I am not on no-buy, I do get MANY great ideas and lots of inspiration there. At first, I thought I would do Bonnie Hunter’s system, but that was more than I wanted to deal with – it is a great system – just more than I wanted to keep track of. The Stashbuster group had a spin-off of postage stamp quilt makers. I made a few doll quilts – postage stamp style and really liked it. I now cut most of my scraps into 1.5 in strips. They are ready and waiting for me when I want to work on them. No remembering where I am, or what block I’m working on, hard to mess up a 1.5 inch block! I do cut some 6.5 inch squares for disappearing 9 patch quilts. I just love those. They are great for a quickie last-minute gift and look great with all-over freehand quilting.
Thanks for sharing with us,
My absolute favorite quilts that I have ever made are all scrap quilts made entirely from my scrap boxes. That’s the only way I’ll ever get rid of my scraps!