Strings and crumbs have been my mainstay since the late 90s when we lived in Saudi Arabia. I was consignment quilting for a lady on the compound and selling at local craft fairs. I ended up with a lot of scraps from those projects. Fabric was expensive and good cottons hard to find on the local economy. Once I realized that important fact, I became frugal….scraps became important! I started cutting up everything in sight. I boxed each size strip, each size square in it’s own shirt box. What a joy to grab a box and sit at the machine. No muss, no fuss, no waste, no measuring, cutting, nothing but sewing and pressing. Squares became 4 patch, 9 patch, HSTs, snowball blocks…the strips turned into rail fences, 9 patch blocks and all manner of string pieced blocks.
Scraps certainly weren’t new to me…I come from a long line of scrappy, utilitarian quilters. I remember being at the farm (my maternal great grands – Wharton) and being in the “spare room”. Ma had a huge trunk that had come from Arkansas on a wagon…and it was stuffed full of scrappy quilts and needlework table/dresser linens. I loved that trunk. Have no clue what happened to it or it’s contents when Pa died and Ma moved to the nursing home.
Great Grandmother Fulton was a scrappy quilter. We are fortunate to have one of her quilts in the family. Her quilts always used the bits and pieces from pajamas, shirts, dresses, aprons, table cloths, curtains, and undies. I played in her scrap basket and handed her bits to stitch. Her templates were drawn on newspaper, cut out and carefully traced around. It’s a miracle anything ever fit! The finished quilts were always lovely and one of a kind.
Mom made scrappy quilts, but she could afford to purchase matching fabrics and seemed happiest working in a more controlled scrappy environment. Me…I’m the throwback to those earlier generations! Give me scraps and turn me loose :-)
During the last 20 years, who knows how many scrappys have been made, quilted, donated. I’m happiest playing in scraps. You’ll notice a stringy, scrappy theme in most of the quilts I’ll show you :-)
This one started with a stack of greens…and a box of strings. (strings are strips of fabrics left when you square off the ends of yardage or trim quilts before binding…and they’re normally less than 1.5″ wide). I think the pattern is a Rocky Road variation. My templates are “scrappy” too as I cut them from an old cutting mat. They’ll withstand rotary cutting like champs! Waste not, want not…think someone important said that, lol.
Christy quilted this one and I’m just now getting the binding done and photos taken. I should have another one to show you tomorrow or Friday. I’m so thrilled she quilted while she was here…now I have nights and nights of binding work to be done.
Susan ~ Patchkat