Well , Use Up Your Scraps month has come to an end. It was a valuable experience for me. I was able to use up a lot of scraps, and to organize the ones that are left. Almost every scrap has a home, either in a zipper bag or clear box, grouped by color or by planned project.
I didn’t focus just on fabric scraps though, I extended my thinking to sewing notions. If I don’t know how to use something in the first place, I can’t use it up! So I made myself sit down with different threads, needles, and sewing feet, to find the best combination for me. Also, I thought about how to better organize my sewing routine. I stacked some pieces of so-so fabric and batting scraps right by the machine, as well as a notebook. I don’t like to get up in the middle of a project to get supplies for stitch practice or to write down an idea – hopefully having the supplies close will make my routine run more smoothly.
I also focused on using my textile books and videos. I read three books I’ve been meaning to read for a long time, and watched 8 videos!
Final Score –
2 finished lap quilts (one I wrote about before, and now this one)
1 lap quilt almost done
1 crib quilt almost done (the penguin quilt)
12 log cabin blocks, ready to go into planned projects
10 spools of thread used up
I think I am done with log cabin for a while! The best thing about all this focus on using up my scraps, is that while I was working I got lots of new ideas. I think I will do Finish Up February, and then I will reward myself with Materials Madness March!