Sunday, March 1, 2009

Scrap Therapy

I'm too tired to post photos because it was such a busy day but I went to a class today after church at my quilt shop. It was called Scrap Therapy and it was a cheap class, only $10 and all we had to bring were scraps of fabric (no U-Hauls allowed, they said! ha!), two rulers, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat. I got a very good lesson in rotary cutting and really got my money's worth for the class.

When I got home, I did not want to quit and just kept cutting. But it's very tiring because I have to stand up to make sure I'm cutting straight (I also noticed everyone else standing so I assumed I was doing it right! ha!). We cut 5 inch, 3 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch squares. They will offer another class to make a quilt from what you cut in the scrap therapy class. I haven't decided what I will do about that. I have to live from week to week with my schedule.

It was a wonderful way to organize your fabric, especially if you mainly quilt. The teacher in the class said that anything smaller than a fat quarter was considered a scrap so I didn't cut any fat quarters I had. After she made that statement, I was thinking as I was driving home that this is a good time for me to go thru all my fabric stash to organize it better. I am going to keep my yardage that's never been touched as is, keep my fat quarters, put them in color families, and then go thru the other fabric that's leftover from making garments and make fat quarters, and all the different square I can get from them and organize what's cut into color families and sizes. Then I can go right to what I need and I realized with the 5 inch squares, I'm really making my own charm packs. Also when I do the applique on the clothing, receiving blankets, burp pads and baby/children things, I can go straight to my square cuts or fat quarter or yardage and it will be organized.

This is a good time for me to do this since next week I have one doctor's appointment and am having a "procedure" done that will incapacitate me for 2 or three days from sewing. So since my machine is due for servicing, I am taking it tomorrow and leave it with them for the week to service and update it, if needed.

Maybe tomorrow I can post photos of our scrap therapy session! It was a lot of fun!

3 comments:

APA said...

WOW! It sounds like it was a very informative and useful class. Uhm. They offer it at the local shop here. For now, I think I'd like to cut fat quarters as a start. I had never thought of that. Thanks! So good you enjoyed yourself as well as came away with a good idea of how to manage your stash and scraps.

I'll be thinking about you as you have your procedure done. Hope all goes well!

audreypawdrey said...

It sounds like a very informative and useful class! I keep thinking of doing this with my scraps but haven't progressed that far yet. I do cut scraps into 5" squares because I use those a lot and I definitely cut 1.5 inch squares still from my postage stamp quilt. Here is another scrap organization system:

http://www.quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml

Cheryl said...

I teach Scrap Therapy at our local shop. It is a fun class. And for the project classes, I encourage bringing all scraps and sharing. That has been a blast!