Last night at our guild meeting our presenter was Joan Ford of Scrap Therapy. She had been at our guild in 2011 just after her first book, Cut the Scraps! came out. Now with her second book, Scraps Plus , is hot off the presses with new patterns and demonstrating how adding one new element to the scraps can lead to an unbelievable number of new quilt ideas. The ‘1’ can be a unifying color, focal print, one yard of new fabric, one fat quarter, one shape, etc. – You get the idea!
As she talked about her scrap cutting method she said that while cutting up the scraps and organizing them into shoe box bins is a great idea, they really don’t do any good unless you use them! OK – so it hit me over the head. I’ve been organizing my leftover fabric for the past 2 years – but haven’t used them for much of anything.
So today as I was organizing left-over fabric from the two quilt tops I made last month I decided to get out Cut the Scraps and I came across the Town Tote pattern. Just the kind of project I am looking for right now. I still have to quilt one of the quilts and bind both of them – but I can work on the tote ‘in between’ – I know, I know I should just work on one thing and finish it – but sometime I just need a little diversion…..
NowI get to play with my fabric scraps a decide on the fabric for my new tote.
There is always time to quilt!