Congratulations to all who made progress in whittling down their pile of UFOs. I, for one, did not finish all the projects lurking in the neglected corners of my sewing room, so I will be dusting off a few of them to complete during the second quarter of 2018 (April – June).
In addition to finishing “Confetti” and “Friendship Row by Row Sampler,” I feel the need to trim my scraps into readily useable strips and squares. How about you? Would you like to join me in the challenge of taming the tangle of scraps?
A fantastic resource in planning your “cutting-up” sessions is Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System. Click here to link to her organizational rationale and storage description.
I typically cut squares in the following sizes: 6,” 5,” 4 1/2,” 4,” 3 1/2,” 3,” 2 1/2,” 2,” 1 3/4,” and 1 1/2.” I find the most uses for 5,” 4,” 2 1/2,” 2,” and 1 1/2,” so in future I probably should just trim my scraps to those sizes. I also cut 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles to use in making Flying Geese blocks, Chinese Coins quilts, and (my current leader/ender project) Roman Stripe blocks. In addition, I cut scrap strips of every width but most often use 2 1/2,” and 2.”
To encourage you to cut and use your scraps, during this quarter I’ll offer several patterns/quilt ideas that utilize squares and/or strips. These will be posted on Saturdays, and will be called “Saturday Scrap Strategies.”
It’s time to “ante up;” leave a comment below to say you’ll participate in the Second Quarter Challenge. Will you work on completing a UFO or in cutting up your scraps . . . or both? I’ll send a prize to the person with the most amusing comment.