Scrapbusters, Part 2!

Or is that Part Deux? Dos? Zwei? Whatever – today’s the follow up to last Wednesday’s talk about minimizing my scraps.

I shared last week that one way I’m reducing my fabric scraps is by making a hexagon quilt. I’m starting to sew some of the sections together so I can free up my paper templates – with absolutely no thanks to my assistant. He has no shame, sleeping on the job!

If you look carefully, you’ll see pugs on skateboards. The fabric made super cute pajama pants!

The second way I’m ridding myself of scraps is through a crazy quilt. Generally, I find crazy quilts a little too chaotic and cluttered for my taste… but I don’t have to always love them to enjoy making one to gift. This one will likely go to my mother, who loves crazy quilts and appreciates the frugality of using what you have to make something that can be treasured for years to come. I’ve made six blocks out of 64, just as the mood strikes me to make them, so it’ll take me a while to pull it together.

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a creative person’s mind looks like… it clearly looks like 8.5″ crazy quilt blocks.

What I’m absolutely loving about the crazy quilt blocks is that I can sit down and Just Sew Shit Together. Besides being an excellent title for a biography of the Texas Chainsaw Killer, Just Sew Shit Together is a good philosophy for quilting. After all, if we as quilters can make something nice by bringing order from chaos without a lot of stress and aggravation, then maybe we’re headed toward Zen in creation. And best of all, we don’t have to chase people with chainsaws to make it happen.

Who wants to do all that running?

Until next time,

-Tommy

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