Two months ago I spent the better part of a day sorting my scraps into color groups. (Instagram pic)
Yesterday I worked on pink-orange-yellow-and-green improv blocks for my monthly charity quilting bee. After my day of scrap sorting, it was easy to grab the colors I needed.
But then I read about Pat Sloan’s Scrap Busting Progress. Pat regularly culls her scraps into 5, 3.5, 2.5, and 2 inch squares.
So I hucked all the tiniest crumbs into a bucket and tossed some bigger scraps into another bag for pressing, trimming, and storing.
Then I looked back at the pile which had magically grown as I trimmed.
Now I’m feeling indecisive. I think the best approach is to ask how I use my scraps the most. I most often use pieces of any size in improv.
But, would I use squares more if I took the time to make them? Would I miss not having scraps around for improv blocks? Would I rather have a crazy-wonderful improv scrap quilt someday or a glorious square patchwork quilt?
As for the comments on my last post, I absolutely loved reading about all of the places we quilters would like to go if we could drop everything. (I also loved the nice compliments on the pattern – thank you!) Winners of the Airplane pattern are number 2 and 17. I’ll send out those emails tonight!