Hello all, Mary Ellen back again,
I hope you all enjoyed the holiday season, despite the COVID protocols we all experienced. I’m hoping that life will begin to return to normal as vaccinations become more available, and the government entities work out ways to let folks gather safely.
Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? How many resolved to use the fabric you already own rather than buying more? I resolve that every year with only moderate success, but I think COVID will be helping me stick to it this year. I’m noticing that on our guild FaceBook page there are posts about using your scraps and stash appearing. I’m working on favors for an upcoming party (wedding shower), trying to use my scraps. It’s a small fabric patchwork basket that I’m making assembly line fashion. When I complete one, I’ll post a photo and share the pattern source. I’m at the point in the assembly where I need to quilt the outer basket before lining it. I decided to use up scraps of batting in this project too. I’m making what I’ve heard Bonnie Hunter call Frankenbatting (sewing together scraps of batting to make a larger piece). I don’t know that this process would be a good idea if your preferred batting has some “poof” to it, but since I use mostly Warm and Natural the squashing of the batting’s loft is not an issue for me. Here’s a photo of what I’m doing. Normally I would use white or ivory thread, but I used red on this piece so you could see the stitching. Once you’ve stitched enough pieces together to get the size you need, this can be cut up just as if it were whole cloth.
Saw this meme on FaceBook this morning, and if one substitutes quilting for crafting, I think we all can relate! Stay safe!