Last year I made a conscious effort to use up old scraps so when I got out my stash yesterday it looked like this:
A cabin bag of larger pieces ( not yards, just pieces left over from backings etc)
And packs of completed Crumb Blocks, 4" and 4.5" sizes, packs of scrap squares of varying sizes, a small jar of buttons ( although I have since found a larger jar and lots of loose ones!) and a tin of embroidery flosses. I also have the usual cutting mat, rotary cutter, rulers, sewing kit, threads and so on.
I also have a large pack of 5" Liberty-style squares. Not really my taste, too pale and flimsy:
And a pack of Fat Quarters:
As I love making Scrap Quilts and over the years I have enjoyed looking at so many lovely RSC photos I decided to make up kits for 5" String blocks (each one in a set colour: blue, red, pink etc), Twinkler Blocks, again in a set colour with the same cream muslin star, 9 patches using 2.5" squares, and perhaps some strips of joined rectangles I can use in a Coin Quilt.
So I have been busy ironing scraps and cutting as efficiently as I can into the sizes of strips and squares needed for these projects. Now I am all set to go to the various Patchwork meetings I will attend whilst I'm here in NZ. I belong to two groups so I hope to sew a lot of scraps up into useful blocks, perhaps even a little quilt?
As I write this post I am smiling at the reactions of me bothering to use up such small quantities of fabric! I know from reading many blogs that so many folk have huge stashes and mine - including my one back home in the UK - must seem so tiny! However as a post WWII child I was brought up on the Make Do and Mend school of thought so I hate to waste anything. If I can make some useful blocks I shall be pleased.
I'll keep you posted!