Some things just annoy me to the point I need to take action.
Believe me, this doesn't happen often 😏
This week it's this mess.
A couple years ago I attempted to organize my scraps a la Bonnie Hunter into some sort of "Scrap Users System." I sorted 1.5", 2", and 2.5" strips. I even cut some miscellaneous chunks into these frequently-used sizes. The problem is I don't make scrappy quilts! At least, rarely do I go totally scrappy. So my boxes and bins just sat on the shelf. And the strips developed more ravelly edges the longer they sat.
The day had come when I couldn't stand it any longer! I have to admit, though, that coming across a free Bonnie Hunter pattern while purging my pattern files was a big inspiration. The pattern, Strip Twist, uses 2.5" strips.
|Strip Twist by Bonnie Hunter|
So I started randomly sewing light/dark strip twosies and then paired them to make foursies and cut them into 8.5" chunks.
I have to admit it was kinda liberating to just grab and sew! AND, I threw away any bits that were less than 2.5"!!! Sadly, I've hardly made a dent in the bins so far but I intend to keep going, perhaps with a more controlled palette with some of the fabrics that have multiple strips already cut.
My rough sample showed me I need to watch for repeat fabrics and that the really light fabrics seem to just disappear in the mix.
Each quadrant is 8 inches so a finished block will be 16 inches. That should make a nice size quilt go together quickly. I'll start pairing up blocks at the next Devo and Sew day.