Now, I don't have a newer photo so you'll have to take my word for it, but at this point only the purple, pink and brown boxes will close. In fact, the green, blue and black & white boxes are so stuffed they now stand on the shelves alone. I can't put another box on top because the scraps fill the space from the bottom of the box to the top of the shelves above. I'm afraid to breathe on them for fear of being buried in an avalanche of scraps! It's a lot of scraps.......... a LOT! So I needed a plan to tame this crazy mess!
This lovely book landed at my house shortly after it was published & I've pulled it out often and pretty much just drooled over all the photos. It's just filled up with really wonderful patterns & eventually I'd like to use at least three of them.
For my first foray into the scrap boxes, I've decided on this quilt. It's called The Missing U and is made up of large single color slab construction blocks.
Since the sheer volume of scraps feels pretty overwhelming right now, I've decided to work with one color at a time. I started with the RED box. After sorting through the scraps, tossing bits that were just ugly, pressing all the pieces and making piles of teeny pieces, thick strings, thin strings, chunks of various sizes I discovered something unexpected: there are a LOT of solid scraps in those boxes. I decided to take all the solid bits out and will deal with them separately and at another time. Right now I just want to play with the prints.
Here's my first three blocks! Right now the blocks are 16.5 inches square, but I might choose to trim them down a bit at a later date.
PURPLE was the next color! The purple blocks proved to be a challenge. While the purple box had quite a bit in it I quickly discovered that it's all the same maybe 10 prints and the pieces were small. The purple blocks took quite a while to make due to the small pieces. All in all, I was feeling tired of purple by the time I finished these up!
This is going to be a relaxed no deadline kind of project. I'll pull out a box and play in the scraps as the mood strikes me. This kind of quilt block construction takes a bit of time and makes a grand mess all over the sewing room, but it is really fun. All in all, I think it will be a very enjoyable project and someday I'll have a really fantastic slab quilt!
I'll be sorting out and pressing PINK scraps next! Wish me luck!