Most quilters I know have a hard time letting even the smallest pieces of fabric go. I have seen entire quilts made of selvedges! I don’t keep the “dog-ear” scraps produced by clipping 1/4″ seams, but I do save miniscule pieces of felt (two large drawers full), pockets of old pants, and every shred of favored commercial prints.
While saving scraps is in keeping with the resourcefulness of early blanket-makers, it can get out of hand. Cleaning up this weekend, I put the scraps that were on the floor to use (above & below) … which was fun and productive. It got me thinking about Script Quilts again (and working on one of them, last picture, below) because to me the scattering of different-sized scraps, some of which repeat, is a lot like speech.
Since I am taking inventory of my studio and labeling everything, I figure as long as I label WHERE these itsy bitsy pieces are going, and limit the amount to the small-ish bin designated, I’ll be okay.
To be continued…