Some days I am itching to sew, and other days I just feel like slicing things up. Yesterday was one of the latter, although I am well over it by now! What you see above is the result of cutting fabric — lots and lots of fabric — into 2.5″ strips so I can make my newest scrappy project bigger. (BTW, this is why I still don’t have hemmed and photographed FQ skirts to show you.)
Overflowing the white basket are sets of 16″ strips (each set = 1 dark, 2 light, and 3 medium). Lots of strip sets. If this gets done without being downsized somewhere along the way, it will be the largest top I’ve ever made. BTW: I found the tutorial that planted this insidious idea in my head. If you’re tempted, you’ll find detailed instructions here.
Next to the basket are a whole lot of 4.5″x2.5″ rectangles cut from the WoF strip leftovers, destined to join some pre-existing ones that I’ve been collecting in a large zip-lock baggie. Eventually they will become scrappy Flying Geese units for… I don’t know what yet. I just want to make them. (This is how UFOs happen, folks!) And a smaller pile of leftover leftovers trimmed to 2.5″ squares. I have a large baggie for those, too, and no specific use for them, either.
And then there are the scraps. The little scraps. The ones that I couldn’t get a 2.5″ square from, but that whimper pathetically when I think of tossing them and plead with me that they are big enough to keep.
I did throw the smallest trimmings away…
but only the ones that are under and inch or so. Is there a support group for those of us who keep anything larger than a postage stamp?
I’d insist that I really do use them, because I have in fact sewn quite a few together from time to time. But since they have simply migrated from the “smallest scrap” containers into the “constructed fabric” bin, I’ve really only made larger scraps from them.
Given that one of my stated July sewing goals is to fit some improvisational playtime into the schedule, perhaps I will concentrate on improvising with these eensy-weensy pieces, and see what happens.
I’d ask “what’s the smallest size scrap you hold on to?”… but if you’re one of those folks who doesn’t keep anything smaller than a charm square, I don’t want to hear about it. (Except that I do, because your comments make my day!)