When I joined the challenge in January, 2011, one of the first things that happened was some reorganization of my scraps and how I stored them. Before, I stored them, by color, in large zip-lock bags. As part of the sorting, pressing and using them up or folding them nicely and putting them away, I also moved them into plastic bins, recycled produce containers.
That first month, I made the first of the broken dishes blocks, cutting squares with rotary cutter and ruler and trimming afterward ... and created a pile of trimmings.
This project would become my
I didn't always participate in the Rainbow Scraps Challenge–in fact, I took a whole year off in 2012, but it was a great motivation to work on large projects in a small, one-month/color-at-a-time way and some small single-color projects. Here are a few of my favorite small projects:
I still have a few on-going projects for large quilts that I either began this year or picked up and moved further along ... and I do have a few ideas for new projects I'd like to begin in 2015. Here's one.
These butterfly blocks are PIECED (from some very odd-shaped pieces, cut from templates) and I think they would be a great scrap project that would also provide some nice, on-going, hand-work for Slow Stitch Sundays. This quilt was made c. 1935 by Nina Shrock, Harvard County Indiana.
This is the cover quilt for the book, The New England Quilt Museum QUILTS, still available from Amazon.
It is one of five of the heirloom quilts from the museum's collection for which there is a pattern.
I don't plan to use ONLY 30's fabrics in my butterfly blocks, but I think the feeling will be the same. I think making scrap quilts connects us to those depression era quilters. I found this description in the book of that time and this quilt:
The Great Depression of 1929 brought a national concern for thrift and frugality. The Work Relief Program of the Works Progress Administration was created to revitalize home crafts and community projects. The craft program, spear-headed by Eleanor Roosevelt, encouraged women in traditional American Handicrafts. Scrapbag quilts, which are made from tiny "scraps" of fabric, were well suited to the American New Deal. In making such a quilt, a woman reinforced both her clever economy and her unique role as an American craftsperson. This Butterfly pattern was published by one of the most popular designers of the era, Laura Wheeler. The design reflects art deco styles in it's curved arabesques and bold outline, and is one of the favorite quilts in the NEQM's collection.