Monday, August 2, 2010

Finally Got To Start Playing!

I finally managed last weekend to get started on finding my 15 minutes to play. 

I'm making fabric, and cutting it into squares. In my first two sessions, which might have gone a bit longer than 15 minutes, I got 6 squares made. Does that happen to you? You forget to stop after just 15 minutes? Or you're having so much fun, you don't want to stop? This could get dangerous . . .
This is all vintage fabric that I either inherited or purchased really cheap somewhere. I have a huge collection of it, and since it was already "other people's scraps", some of it is in really tiny pieces that I can't bear to throw away.

In the making of these blocks, I didn't throw away any scrap that was bigger than a sliver. I just kept throwing the smaller pieces back in and adding them to the larger piece I was making. It's my goal to not throw away anything that is even remotely useable.

I can't wait to see more of them as I keep going, and I already know what I'm going to do with them. I'll keep you posted . . .

10 comments:

Kath said...

Hello Shelly, before I opened this post, I had just a small version of your pic. At that size, it looked as tho you had added green sashing around your blocks and it looked very good! Maybe you will consider doing that :D
I'm with you on the tiny bits, it only takes 2 minute bits joined together to make a tiny bit and 2 tiny bits to make a small bit and so on.. LOL
best wishes from England

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I think this is such a great thing to do with vintage scraps... they are so fun, and feel "like home" keep on playing Shelly. ;-) looks great!

SewLindaAnn said...

For those teeny tiny bits, and threads you can put them into an old pillowcase until it's fluffy enough for donation to an animal shelter. I got that idea from someone in blogland but cannot remember who. It's a great idea nonetheless. Enjoying the play time, I don't record (no blog yet) but am doing it.

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! First, I LOVE your vintage fabrics, and think this is the best thing to do with them. Just what they would've done back in the day.

Second, I can't believe you did SIX in 15 minutes! It takes me that long to make one. I would like to watch you sew. Does it look like a tornado?

Shelly said...

That was TWO sessions worth -- so I guess I did do 3 in 15 minutes! They're only 4 1/2". And yes, I did make quite a mess. When I was done, I scooped it all back into a basket and set it aside. Can't wait to get it out again, tho.

CharlotteP said...

It is fun...and addictive...and you can feel virtuous for using up really tiny scraps! Great vintage fabrics too!

QuiltSwissy said...

I am glad to know others cannot toss perfectly good little bits away either. I don't feel so obsessed now.
glen: well, maybe a little!

WoolenSails said...

It hard to piece for only 15 minutes, lol.
When I am piecing, I spend hours and don't realize how much time has gone by. Fun scraps to work with.

Debbie

Sujata Shah said...

I agree! 15 minutes are never enough but it definitely makes me going! Love your scraps and can't wait to see more of them.

Mary said...

OHHH love the vintage scraps. I've got old feed sacks and my grandmothers blocks. This could be the inspiration I've been looking for.