Random Scraps

The Progressive Party is undertaking a grand experiment this time. Not only will we be passing our projects from person to person, we will be passing around a bag of fabric in the opposite direction. Each month members will receive a work-in-progress from one person and a bag of fabrics that was chosen by someone else. The object is to see what beauty you can pull out of whatever comes your way.

Lest you think we are merely torturing ourselves, we each agreed to collect 20 pieces of fabric, no less than 1/4 yard each, with a good mix of lights, darks and mediums.

I haven’t pulled out the 20 pieces that I’m going to send out into the world, but I have decided what the beginning of my project will be. We’re doing row quilts again, and I have some pieces left over from another project that are too good to toss.

I have no idea what the original project was. I don’t recall finishing it, so perhaps some day I’ll unearth the unquilted top and can compare it with what comes of this Progressive round.

Preparing for this project made me notice all the other random scraps that I have scattered around the sewing room, waiting for me to remember them.

There’s the frog square, for example.

I read an article about creating stars with strips. The technique is to sew two long strips on the diagonal, trim, and use as a border for a center square. It’s actually a lot of fun, but as is my habit when I learn a new technique I practiced on whatever was at hand. If it works, great; if not, well, the scraps were two inches from the trash basket anyway.

The thing is, I really like the frog. And I don’t have any more fabric just like it. Which isn’t to say I don’t have any frog fabric. Not only that, I have a series of frog quilts. The last one is called, “Yes, More Frogs. Deal With It.” But I don’t have any more of this frog fabric and I’m not sure I want to spend the time or money acquiring it. Still, I like the block and someday I’ll do something with it.

The same is true of my Tower of Scraps.

There is an experiment in paper piecing, little bits left over from trimming, one pulled from a packet, and some just separated from their own kind. At the time they went up on this section of the batting wall I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do with them. The idea is long gone, but the Tower remains. I’d like to think of it is a testament to the power of creativity, but if I don’t do something with these scraps soon, I’m afraid it will just be a testament to my inability to throw things away.

2 Responses to “Random Scraps”

  1. TheaM Says:

    it looks like the start of a postcard swap to me!
    I miss the Progressive Party so much – can’t get anyone interested in it around here.
    There are no scraps in my scrap bin that are bigger than 1/8 yd much less 1/4 yd – stuff that big goes back into the stash.

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