So, now you have your scrap stash shrinking and your strip and cut square inventory growing. How do I use all that new found treasure? First, I look at the bulging bags or overflowing bins. What needs to be used? I can almost hear them calling me! Lol! There’s a quilt in the making….or a border……or sashing…..or cornerstones.
The larger squares can be cut into smaller sizes. I had a block pattern that needed four 3″ squares that were the same. Instant match! One 6″ square provided what I needed. Plus I had a whole bag of 6″ squares, so I pretty much had my quilt set up.
I have one large bag of miscellaneous strings. Do you ever have a day where you just need to do something mindless? I sure do. Some days I just need to zone out! That’s a good day to sew those strings together. As I sew, I vaguely sort the lengths, and sew the ones that are similar in length together. Now I have long strips that can be cut into squares or used as a border. I have not used these for borders yet, but I’m sure there will come a time when they will add just the perfect touch. They are waiting patiently in “time out”!
Another, neat idea is to sew those squares, end to end to make your own sashing. Mindless, to be sure. But what a statement! Talk about scraps with attitude! This top has been in “time out” for a while waiting to be quilted. I’m a hand quilter so my waiting to be quilted pile is never ending. Those pinwheels will pop when I give it my special touch.
So, look at those bags or bins and say
“Speak to me!”