Monday, January 28, 2008

Cutting and Cutting

The past few days, I've been busy cutting fabric. I put a new blade in my rotary cutter and I've been cleaning through my stash, cutting up pieces of fabric I'm just not in love with any more.

I've been using Bonnie's Scrap Users System for about a year now and I'm loving it. I once stored all those not so nice fabrics in my cabinets wondering, "what in the world will I do with them"? Now, they are being used in scrap quilts and I don't feel guilty about owning them. Some are not so pretty, but as scrappers say, "It just hasn't been cut small enough." I have also decided to start a collection of "Not so Nice" 10 1/2 inch squares for backings. See examples on Bonnie's site. The stack is about 6 inches tall, so I have a good start, don't you think? I am excited to be using what I have instead of complaining about it and fretting over unused pieces of fabric.

While I was in a cutting mood, I pulled out my Civil War fabrics and finished cutting the other 40 blocks for Dear Younger Son's Double Four Patch quilt. I need 100 blocks, now all are cut and 60 are sewn. Yeah! I'm feeling some progress! Baby block at a time..... The Double Four Patches are sewn by hand, maybe that's what's been holding me back!!!!

Today, I'm planning on going through my little laundry basket of ugly and not so nice fabric and reducing it to small usable strips. If I get that done, I'll dig through my 2 1/2 inch strips and start gathering fabrics for Bonnie's Super Bowl Bargello Quilt. Hmmm, sounds interesting, huh? Check it out! What a great way to use up more scraps!


Carolyn said...

That's a lot of cutting, but it will be so easy to pull from the strips and make quilts! I love the baby strings quilt too, so cheerful!

Libby said...

Oh there is just something about seeing those stacks of neatly cut pieces that just brings a smile to a girl's face *s*

Sweet P said...

Wow! You've been super busy!

I also love your string quilt. Gorgeous fabrics.

Diane said...

I have been sorting getting ready to cut. Great minds! :^)
Are you gonna use any fabrics you touch for your bargello or a planned scrappy? I haven't made up my mind yet. I won't need to cut any strips either way, LOL.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I've just been doing the same thing with my scraps...and I'm using Bonnie's system too! Guess we're all feeling the need to get organized for the coming year!