When we moved here to Arizona, I brought along bins and bins of fabric.
I've organized baskets into colors, separating the yardage from the scraps.
What takes up a lot of room are the scraps.
You know, those little pieces usually smaller than a fat quarter, or WOF but only a few inches wide.
I've donated 3 large bags to my local quilt guild, but there appears to be as much fabric as I started out with.
I am determined not to move all this again, so my goal for 2012 is to use what I have.
One of the best sources I have found for scrap quilt patterns is Bonnie Hunter of Quiltsville.
I've just started working on her free pattern Scrappy Trip Around The World.
My fabric preferences have really changed.
At the price of fabric this is a great way to use up those old colors too precious to toss or give away.
Bonnie's pattern calls for 2 1/2" strips, but I decided to make mine smaller.
I've been cutting up my scraps into 2" strips.
Lots and lots of 2" strips.
(I have another quilt in mind that I will also be using these for, but more about that later)
This is the first time I have made a Trip Around The World quilt.
A very old and traditional pattern.
Bonnie gives great step by step instructions over on her web site.
I liked Bonnie's version because there is no need to match fabrics at any level
First you start by sewing (6) 2" strips together, and then sew them into a tube.
The colors can be very random, but it's a good idea to alternate lights with darks.
Sub cut into (6) 2" sections.
Unpick the rows alternating at each colored square.
Sew sections together to make a 9" block.
I've tossed each block up on the design wall in no particular order.
These will be re-arranged once all the blocks are completed.
Already a fun pattern is beginning to emerge.
This is one of those quilts where a scrappy block can be made from time to time in between other quilt projects.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.