I received an interesting email from Michele this morning. She blogs at With-Heart-And-Hands, A Quilting Journey. Michele got caught up in the Frugal Friday happenings back during Lent and has carried on in that vein. With Memorial Day fast approaching she suggested we post about making quilts from what we have 'at hand', and using the odd bids and prehaps recycled fabric. I'm going to insert part of her email here, in her own words:"I'm posting today about Everything But the Kitchen Sink and showcasing the concept of Kitchen Sink Quilts and Quilts. This includes scrappy Heinz 47 quilts, I Spy or Gee's Bend themes (where you've actually used re-purposed fabrics) The idea is to encourage all of us all to think frugally and show the long standing tradition of using what you have in any ways that you can, whenever you can.
I'd love to see a wonderful showcase of quilts and quilting across America showing our scrappy nature and ability to combine unusual fabrics to encourage fun and frugal creativity.
Link to the theme above from my own blog post and show me your fun and scrappy quilts...whether it is an ancient scrap quilt, your typical scrappy favorite of all time, a hodge podge assortment of I Spy fussies, or Everything But the Kitchen Sink !
Please contribute this weekend through Monday in honor of my 'Memories' theme (Monday is Memorial Day (observed in the US).
.............................or do so on any and all Frugal Friday posts! along with Finn and so many others!"
So I'm going to do that Michele *VBS* I'm gathered 24 of my Everything but the Kitchen Sink, I spy, and Mile A Minute type scrappy quilts. I've condensed them into 4 collages of 6 each. It's barely the tip of the iceberg...LOL
What I realized as I thought about Michele's challenge is that basically she's talking about ALL my quilts! I've had business type errands today, needing the bank, post office and drugstore. And while working on that stuff, I thought about Michele's challenge. What I realized is that I'm quite sure I only have ONE quilt that isn't my "usual" scrappy style. I purchased 3 fabric in Longmont, CO years ago, to make a particular star quilt I loved. It took me forever to get it finished, and it's a smallish quilt! Lesson learned...don't like to work with pre-decided fabrics, and only a few.
I can actually say, and probably have, that I prefer scraps to stash. Of course one has to use stash, and that gradually adds to the scrap collection...thank goodness!
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