It's time again to look at our scraps - I know that December is a difficult month for me in this respect, because I spend the month sewing frantically and just tossing my scraps in a bin. But there's only so many hours in a day, and the scraps will just have to wait!
But I am busy this week turning scraps into cash - I got a commission for three (yes THREE!) beach blankets made from the backs of t-shirts from this summer's t-shirt quilt work! I've been busy turning them into piles of 12.5" squares and 12.5" four-patch blocks....
And now I'm starting to sew them together - finally! These are big quilts - about 84" square - so I have to lay them out on a sheet on the den floor...
...then pick them up carefully in columns and sew them together! There's a lot of careful numbering done to keep the arrangement in order but so far, so good.
These will be backed with 90" wide muslin, and no batting, because they are heavy - the combination of the t-shirts and the size give a lot of heft to these quilts! Simple straight line stitching and cross-hatching, and a scrappy binding (let's use up those scraps too!) and they'll be ready for delivery in time for Christmas!
I also made these little folded fabric stars and tied them onto a two-pack of Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark for dinner party favors - but I think they'd be really cute for the mailman, too! I may make a few more to leave in the mailbox and a few other special places this year... It's a great way to use up Christmas fabric scraps!
So - are you doing any scrappy sewing for Christmas?