The author of a quilting book I read some time ago wrote that she keeps any scraps larger than 1½ inches. I took this advice to heart, and started to squirrel away tiny scraps.
Recently I have been looking at my overflowing scrap box and thinking that I must do something with its contents as the scraps are starting to outgrow the small box I have them stored in, so I set myself the challenge of making something useful out of my tiny scraps.
The first step was sorting the scraps into three colour piles: cool colours, warm colours and neutrals (mostly white). I decided to start with the cool colours, blues and greens, as they seemed to be the biggest pile.
I sorted the blue (and green) pile into small scraps, really small scraps and strings, and I ironed the lot. I set the strings aside and cut everything else up into 1½ inch and 2½ inch squares, as many as I could with what I had.
I was planning to make a humidicrib quilt from the 1½ inch squares. I like making these tiny quilts for the hospital, and I hope they bring a little colour into anxious parents’ lives.
I did not have quite enough tiny squares, so I bulked it out by adding in one of my strings as a border. I think I will be able to make the back from my neutral scraps and raid the offcuts from larger quilts for the wadding.
The finished quilt top is only 16 x 24 inches. The whole quilt top came from what most (sensible) people would throw away as rubbish.
I still have a small zip-lock bag of 2½ inch squares and half a dozen or so strings for future projects. Now all I need to do is tackle the warm and neutral scraps piles.
I showed the finished quilt top to my husband, who said, ‘Those are really small squares’. (He is a master of stating the obvious.)
‘Yes,’ I said, ‘but what do you think?’ (I was hoping for an opinion about whether he liked it.)
‘You’re psycho, Wifey.’