Thursday, November 6, 2008

2" Scrap Day

Yesterday was quite the day. While much of the country was out whooping and hollering, celebrating the results of the election, I wandered around in a state of stupor. How could our state deem the housing of chickens to be more important than the lives of unborn children? I don't think it is, but the majority of Californians overwhelmingly voted to put egg producers out of business, while at the same time telling parents and family members it is no business of theirs if their daughter wants to have an abortion.

I'm sorry. One thing I do not enjoy is quilt blogs that turn political. When they do, I remove them from my list. But this troubles me greatly, and is the reason I needed to do some "brainless sewing" yesterday.

I try to be organized, in the middle of my dump of a sewing area, and one of the things I have done is organize my scraps. I have tins of 2" squares, 2.5" squares, 3" squares and 4.5" squares. I have tins of bias squares and tins of little 4-patch blocks. Strips are in another container, odd-ball sizes and shapes are sorted by colors in still more containers. It's a bit obsessive, but they serve my purposes.

Anyway, too many tins have been untouched for too long. My "goal," if you could call it that, was to empty the tin of 2" bias squares.

This picture is a tin of 2.5" squares.

It is filled as full as possible. One more square and I would not be able to get the lid on. The 2" tins were just as full. By the end of the day, this is all that was left of the 2" bias squares.

And this is all that was left of the 2" squares. This tin had been so full, I had squares in sideways. It was PACKED.

This was one of the first blocks I made, pulling the yellow star points and filling in the blanks.

I realized that the reason these tins sat untouched was because they were so scrappy. You've probably noticed that I don't do scrappy as well as others do. I need to be in control, and get a definite sense of order or design. I'm not sure I accomplished that in the end, but I did transform two tins of squares into a stack of UFO blocks.

These will be set aside, most likely to be incorporated into baby quilts or donation quilts or something that will be of use to someone. yep. A day of mindless sewing, but at least it won't go to waste.

And that's that.

"This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:21-23

1 comment:

Debra said...

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Stay the Course! Now that I have seen your picture of your HC, I remember it in Houston and even commented that it was striking and unusual. There were a lot of "japanese" inspired pieces by americans. . .so it got boring quickly.

I am trying to be open-minded about this year's fabric but I had the same response as you--"blech"!