Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scrap Busting: Blues & Greens

One of my favorite movies, Sneakers, shares a interesting lesson: you can learn a lot about a person by going through their trash.

I think you can learn a lot about a quilter by going through their scraps.  You can get a sense of their taste in fabric, what colors they tend to use, sometimes you can see what patterns they have used recently (I have a few Dresden pieces myself).

For me, you can readily see that I use and LOVE the color blue.  I'm quite obsessed with it really.

 Blue Scrappy X Block Progress

Green is the next favorite, followed by neutrals. 

Howie has enjoyed inspecting my piles.

Red and purple follow next, with yellow and orange dead last.

As I mentioned in my last post, we're moving in the near future and I'm trying to get my fabric collection ready to move.  It should be fairly easy as everything has a place, but things have been feeling a bit cramped lately.  I keep my scraps in plastic bins separated by color and the blue bin was running over with scraps.

I decided that I would do a combination of cutting strips for my herringbone project, then strips for my new scrap project - scrappy X blocks, then smaller pieces into the 2.5" for hexagons and finally 2" squares for a new granny square quilt.  So much cutting, with great results.  It was a perfect project for the Winter Olympic marathon!

Piles of blue scraps

So far, I've made it through my blue and green scraps and am getting ready to dive into the red and purple collection.

So excuse me while I go back to my rotary cutter, mat, and my collection of Psych dvds.


  1. Such pretty scrappy X blocks and I think you are doing a fabulous job working thru scraps for each color.

    I going to add Sneakers to my list on Hulu!

  2. I'm right there with you on the color preferences! Lol. My blue and green scraps are always twice as full as anything else. I am just about to tackle my blue strings, and this would be a great way to use them, thanks!

  3. My scraps tell the world I am addicted to purple, and can't tolerate browns... Very inspiring to see you using your scraps so wonderfully!

  4. I know what you mean about the blues. That pile is the largest in my stash and the lid for my "cool" scrap bin comes no where close to closing these days. Thanks for the scrappy inspiration! And I love your hedgie!

  5. Psych is definitely my quilty watching pleasure. :) I think you're right about this scrap business...I have a ton of pink in mine! Love these stacks. They look yum!

  6. That's a crazy lot of cutting, but it looks like you have yourself a nice collection to work with.

  7. That is a lot of blue! :) I suspect I have mostly hot colors. I dont know how that would change over time. I can see having a blue problem.


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