After finishing a big project and preparing classes for the next quarter, I took a little break and used some of the scraps from the unsorted pile. This is where scraps go before I cut them into the standard sizes I use for storage.
Cheryl Arkison, who blogs at Dining Room Empire, calls this type of block a slab. Of course the idea of joining scraps as you find them has been used by many people in various ways. I really enjoy making them in a single color, so I made a few when I had a minute.
Of course, this didn’t make a dent in the scrap pile, but it was fun! Has anybody out there found a way to make a real dent in the scrap pile? It seems to me to grow and grow, with no decrease in size no matter how many scrap quilts I make!
I’ll be teaching two classes at Studio Stitch in Greensboro, NC, this coming quarter.
First is a “Secret Message Pillow”. Go by the shop to see the sample and sign up! That class will be the morning of Saturday, January 27, which means the pillow will be finished in time for Valentine’s Day.
Scrap quilt made with strips that finish 1″ wide
Second, I’m teaching a scrap management class that will show several ways to use even small scraps to make beautiful quilts. I call it scrap management because that’s what most of us need: management of the scraps. One option is shown above. That class will be March 24 and we will have all day to play with our scraps.
Detail of Scrappy New Year
All you need to bring is the basket (dump truck load?) of scraps that have been accumulating in your studio. Sign up at the shop and come have fun!