I'm going to share a little secret with you all as I prepare to baste the swamp cabin wallhanging. I make alot of quilts..not by Bonnie's standard, but still A LOT, and in alot of sizes.
Betsy and I jointly bought a roll of the W&N type cotton batt, with a half price coupon for one item. We are on our 3rd roll now, but I'm off track. The batting is 90+" wide. Often that leaves me with about a 30" wide piece the width of the quilt I basted. What to do with those pieces isn't a problem..but they pile up faster than I make wall hangings or table runners or bags, etc.
And when you want to use a "scrap" for a project like this one today, you unfold all the pieces and try the new thing against it to see if it's big enough. So what I did in late Dec. was sit down and MEASURE ALL those scraps. Then I pinned a small piece of paper to each one, and recorded it in a notebook. Today having found a stash piece for backing that is about the right size, I'll just look in my notebook and see what I've got that will work in that pile of scrap batting. If I use it all, I'll draw a line through the iisting, if not, I'll remeasure it and put the leftover back in the rubbermaid.
If I do this with the cut-a-way part as it forms, I'm already ahead of the game..thought you might like to know. A bit anal of course, but sure does save time and grief.
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