Oh what a night! We had another action-packed evening together as a guild.
Keeping Your Resolution to Reduce (Your Stash)
For our evening program, Vickie Rooks and Dawn DeLong presented the joys of scrap quilting. Vickie shared the stash-organizing techniques that she learned from Joan Ford’s Scrap Therapy. Joan has two books out: Cut The Scraps and Scraps Plus One. She has 7 steps to get your stash organized, and Vickie shared three of them with us:
- Get Started
- Cut scraps into 5″, 3 1/2″, or 2″ squares
- Sort your squares any way you wish, ie: by color, value, or style
During her presentation, Vickie decided, on the spot, that she had no more use for her 2″ squares. So she donated all of them with the container to the Silent Auction! Go Vickie!!Vickie brought several quilts to show how she has used up her scraps and they were beautiful. She has used her scraps to make many quilts, including “Race” quilts, “Mile-a-minute” blocks, and her own “Ring Around the Pentagon” blocks.
Dawn was inspired to organize her stash by the “Paralyzed by the Stash” post found on Bonnie Hunter’s website. Dawn organizes her stash in a great way:
- 5 1/2 yards or more get folded on a cardboard bolt
- 1-5 yards gets folded to a width of 6″ and stacked
- 1/4 to less than 1 yard get folded as you would a fat quarter and stored with other fat quarters.
- Anything less than 1/4 yard (a scrap) gets cut.
Dawn uses Bonnie Hunter’s system of using scraps-she either cuts squares or strips. If the scrap is 12″ long or longer, it becomes a strip. Anything shorter than 12″ gets cut into squares. Dawn can even find uses for 1 1/2″ squares and strips! She brought several gorgeous quilts to share with us, including one that was hot off the sewing machine about 3:30 that afternoon. At least one quilt was made from a free quilt pattern found on Bonnie Hunter’s website.
Thanks, Dawn and Vickie for sharing this great information. Now it’s time to get organized…
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Well, that just about covers it. Come by and visit again. Next up: A Featured Small Group