Whenever I see someone post a tip on “how to use your fabric scraps” I go running to see. Invariably I’m wrong. You see, it seems my concept of what scraps are is different from others’. Scraps for me are what other quilters –no matter how frugal– throw away.
I bought a serger at the same time I purchased my latest sewing machine. I’ve used it off and on, mainly to make pencil cases and a couple of bags. I’ve loved using it for these few items, but –admittedly– it’s been underused. So this week I decided to really delve into all its possibilities.
You will recall a couple of days ago I posted about some of my scrap busting efforts, including a couple of pieces in which in addition to itty bitty scraps of fabric I had included bits of thread and yarn.
I came across a little project that combines itty bitty scraps with Christmas! And it involves two favorites of mine… circles and trees!
For someone who complains of not having enough time to sew, I sure seem to be able to accumulate scraps! Truth be told, I think that’s because I save everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Quilting quality fabrics are hard to come by here, so I am always trying to find ways to economize.
Now that all my *big* gifts are finished, wrapped, and ready to go, I have been focusing on small, quick gifts. You never know… it’s always good to have a few on hand.
This week I’ve been working on a new quilt. It’s all pieced and today I was ready to start machine quilting it. I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted to quilt it, but wasn’t quite sure about what color thread to use. Time to audition a few.
These days most of my time seems to be taken up in teaching. I keep forgetting to take my camera and take photos of the shop where I teach – thought you might like to see how we go about finding our quilting supplies here (kind of like a scavenger hunt). I’ll try to remember…