My stash is spread around my house. Mostly it has been in my room under the window, but one large box was in my baby's room on the buffet like thing we had in there. Since we are expecting another small one, I thought I needed to consolidate it. Here it is altogether:
And here are the scraps:
See that little grocery sack on top there? Well let me tell you a little story.
I've always wanted to get into quilting. With everything else I've done it has always seemed like a logical place for me to go next. My mom told me stories about how her grandma used to make quilts out of scraps, some of them only an inch wide. I thought that sounded cool and neat way to NOT throw things away. I always feel guilty about throwing things away. So any scraps that were an inch wide or bigger I saved. At one point I had so many I decided I wanted to segregate a certain color, so I chose pink. Why? I have no idea! I've always hated pink, but I had scraps so I pulled all the pink one and left them in a bag. Years later...
Enter Melissa Corry
and her Wonky Stars Quilt-A-Long. I think I started following her because Sew Mama Sew told me to and kept following her because she kept having giveaways. So I figured I would make her Wonky Stars full size quilt with my pink scraps, and guess what? I pretty much did the whole things with JUST PINK SCRAPS! I threw in a little purple to *pop* but I didn't need to. That should put it into perspective just how much scraps I have.
Those first 2 pictures I posted are after I did the quilt, and after I went through my scraps again pulling what really might be too little to work with. That was an experience. Many thoughts of "Hey, I remember this fabric! I got it from...." and "Oh, look, Uncle Mike's pants! What did I do with the other leg?"
This is where the grocery sack on top comes in: That's all the stuff I decided won't work for future quilts. But there is so much of it I can't just throw it all away, can I?
I mean, I saved it all because it is big enough to sew onto something, but man, that's just too much. And no, fabric scraps don't work very well as stuffing for toys. Tried that! What do I do?
Also, I told you I'm trying to make more room in our house by consolidating our spaces. I'm thinking about going insane and ironing all of my scraps. I know that would help a lot. I mean, after I finish the first set of wonky stars, I ironed all of my pink scraps and WOW! They took up only like 1/2 the space that they did before. Check it out:
:AfterAm I nuts for wanting to do that will ALL of my scraps? I mean, really, iron them all?
Or a I just becoming more space conscious? Or am I just being OCD to the extreme?
I did go through the the wooden toy chest and the plastic tub after those pictures were taken. I folded everything, though I do need to organize it, I'm thinking by color. But there is more space in there now. I even put some of what's in the cardboard box in there and found, who'da thunk it, another box of scraps!
And that big plastic bag on top of the toy box is ALL clothes I want to get use in my sewing and won't give away because a) they have sentimental value (but can't be worn anymore) like my Grandma's bowling shirts or b) they are stained or c) I only bought them/kept them because of the fabric. I should consolidate that too. Any tips?
I know there is another thread on organizing your stash so I'm not really going there... Where am I going?
I decided it would help to put some of this in the bottom of my closet but then when I cleaned that out I learned that the pipe from the bathroom that my closet shares a wall with is so old that it has started dripping out through my wall... Gotta wait at least another week to get that fixed. So what do I do with it all? I really want my room back. Maybe we should just buy a bigger house?