Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Scraps are taking over my life!

I have shoe boxed sized plastic containers for my scraps. There are 1 or 2 containers per color scheme. Not much I know but sometimes it feels like they are taking over my sewing room cupboards. So.....I decide to make another scrap quilt.
I think what I like about scrap quilts is that they feel free. Nothing has to be purchased except the batt and sometimes the backing fabric. And I even sew pieces of batting together for a quilt when I collect enough left-over sections from other quilts. I love that I can just cut the scraps into piles of lights and darks and put them together without much thought and end up with a definite pattern and a great looking quilt. This backing was just 2 strips of fabric that had been hanging out in my sewing room for years (probably left over from my Mom's stash). Didn't even bother to take a picture of it since it was so boring compared to the front.
I wish I still had some of the utility quilts that my Mom made. Anything went with my Mom. She would spend hours cutting and piecing the front of the quilt and then put a wild orange floral silky fabric on the back....just because. We loved the quilts and used them for years and years before they became so threadbare that they no longer kept us warm. That's where I got my love for quilts tho...watching her and later helping her.


Mrs Moen said...

Oh that is a lovely quilt, Lynda! Isn't it just marvelous how a few boxes of scraps can turn into something so pretty and colourful! I love the way you have pieced the binding as well; I do that too.
Your mom sounds like she was a wonderful quilter; even though her quilts are gone, you still have such warm memories of them - and the quilting bug.

Guðrún said...

Nice memories. I love the look of your scrap quilt.

Eila said...

Beautiful guilt!

Brenda said...

You are amazing!