Working with Scraps, Strings, & Crumbs

If you've been quilting for any length of time, you have bits and pieces laying around your work space.  Or perhaps all throughout your home.

We're going to spend the next couple of days talking about basic quilting supplies.  We are also going to consider options for organizing fabric scraps so that you actually use those little bits.

I know that if you're new to quilting, you might not have a stash of all the scraps, strings, and crumbs.  Or perhaps you just haven't hung onto all those bits and pieces.  So I'm going to also give you some information about how to strip your fabric stash, whether it's been on a shelf gathering dust, or it just came home from your local quilt shop.

I'm going to let you know what to expect for the next week, but if you've got a question or comment about something you'd like to see or learn, let me know in the comments below!  I'd love to help as we go along.

Here's the rundown for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, I'll be sharing some basic quilting tools and supplies to get started if you're new to quilting.

Thursday, we're going to talk about a few specialty rulers that I like to keep handy when I'm working on scrap quilts.

Friday, let's go over stripping your fabric stash and we'll probably chat about my latest love affair.  Hint:  It's with my AccuQuilt Go! die cutter for fabric.  It's definitely helping me keep quilting despite the challenges of MS, and it has helped me use my fabric stash to keep some of the ladies of the To Honor & Comfort quilt project busy.

Saturday, let's think about organizing our fabric scraps into a usable system.  If you don't have a way to keep your scraps organized and useful, they will definitely be a monster that is hard to tame after you've been quilting for a while.

Sundays for me revolve around family, quilting, and football (though the order varies from week to week.)  Sunday we're going to briefly touch on the basics of quilting.  Some quick, quilty guidelines to get you started.  Think "Sew, Piece, Press, Rip, Repeat." (Also the order of those steps might vary depending on the project.)

After we knockout the basics this week, stay tuned for A Baker's Dozen of block ideas for working with your scraps.  

Start getting out your scraps and quilting supplies, and let's make something beautiful!