In the olden days, way before our mothers were born, quilts were made from scraps and every little bit of fabric was precious. Scrappy quilts were created from worn out clothing or flour sacks or whatever and imbued with memories and sentimentality.
But let's get real. Most of us don't live in a sod hut on the prairie anymore, and here we are looking at quilting on our laptops or Ipads and have an abundance of fabric, more than we could ever use in our lifetimes (not to mention secret stashes).
When I decided to start QAWM a few years ago it was out of a need to use up the fabric I had. In the meantime I got more. And more. And I am still waiting for delivery of more.
LET'S USE IT UP!
Pictured here is a bunch of new unwrapped stuff to jump start me on my scrappy-quilt making. But even this is formidable. It is all so perfect and that makes me feel I ought to have a specific plan, yada yada yada.
Instead, I look to my scrap bins, which are all arranged so nicely next to the new untouched fabric.
I know I can find strips of the correct size (2.5" wide) for my scrappy Trip Around the World. And because they are in the bins, the bloom is off the rose and they can be put directly into use. Yay!!
Opening the first bin I find a leftover piece of patchwork...Wow! (easily distracted) What is this ?
O I remember, it is the leftovers from a small wall quilt I made in December. Because I folded it up and stashed it away like this, I didn't realize what a nice aglomeration it was... But I digress. Perhaps I will return to this and make something else from this start.
Back to the scraps. This is from just two of the bins and is plenty to get me started. Yay again.
A word about making the Scrappy Trip. I was informed that Bonnie Hunter was the instigator and tutor for the easy method to make this quilt. Here is the tutorial I will be following.
About QAWM: Rule #1. There are no rules.
Since February is a short month, and the weather is usually dismal, I like to think we can stay home, without having to make excuses, and just focus on quilting. It is not essential that you make what I make, unless it is agreeable and fun for you. If it isn't fun, why bother?
What we make does NOT have to be a bed quilt. It can be just a block to try out the method, or a mug rug, pillow cover, table runner, tote bag, placemat, baby quilt or lap quilt. I AM TELLING MYSELF THIS TOO.
And it does not have to be quilted, immediately. Or ever. I am leaving lots of unquilted tops in the archives for the surprise and delight of generations that come after me. I hope they are encouraged to finish them for me, hahaha.
I do plan to use the fabulous quilt as you go method if I should get close to a twin size in my patchworking. QAWM and QAYG...what a lotta initials.
OK, let's get started!