Do you ever have trouble throwing away leftovers from a project? Ha! I think that's why all of us are in the "overflowing scrap bin" boat! Well, Tuesday I spent the day making t-shirt quilt blocks....
...and by the way, I am loving having a design floor! This quilt is going to be a monster - queen size - and having a room that is only mine, with floor space to spare, makes it so easy to lay it out. And as an added bonus, the dog absolutely refuses to come upstairs, so I don't have to worry about her walking through the pieces!
Well, after cutting out those blocks I had a well-loaded trash can...
But I also had a good-sized tub filled with the larger pieces left over after cutting out those blocks. Now, that's a lot of good fabric, and it hurts my heart to throw it away.
And if this crazy time that we're in now has proven anything, it's the benefits to not throwing things away! I have other tubs full of t-shirt quilt left overs, and this past month those scraps have come in handy to make face mask ear loops and ear-relief headbands for nurses. So never let anyone rag on you for saving things - we now know that there may come a time when those "bits and bobs" are necessary!
These pieces, though, will probably be turned into another one of these quilts...
...a simple beach blanket, made with no interfacing on the t-shirt pieces, and no batting. Just sewn together, spray basted to a piece of backing, quilted with stitch-in-the-ditch, and bound.
And even though we can't be at the beach right now, we can still enjoy laying out in the sunshine! We also discovered that if you use Crayola washable markers, you can draw on this quilt to your heart's content, then throw it in the wash - and it will be clean for the next time!
I hope this gives you some inspiration for what to do with your leftovers from projects - remember there's always a use for those scraps!