We found out the end of July that my husband got a job back in DC (where we used to live), so most of our house looks like this:
Then in August we found out we’re going to have a baby!!!
So needless to say, things have been a *little* busy over here with trying to sell the house & dealing with morning sickness & wrapping up our lives.
One of my tasks was to seriously look at the fabric & only keep what I love. I gave a bunch to Quilts from the Bluffs, but also ended up putting a lot in the scrap bin. This is all great fabric, but some of the pieces are really too small to justify keeping in their color bin & other pieces I honestly wouldn’t use. For these fabrics I cut them down & they become part of my “pre-cut” piles that I use for scrap quilts. I cut all the pieces into these sizes:
5″, 4 1/2″, 4″, 3 1/2″, 3″, 2 1/2″, 2″, and 1 1/2″ squares
All the pieces except the 1 1/2″ are organized by size & placed in bins. The 1 1/2″ go in their own bin for my on-going postage stamp quilt. I’ll blog about that another day!
Yesterday I saw that Sandy from Quilting for the Rest of Us is hosting an online mystery scrap quilt with a pattern written by a fellow guild member, Charlotte. Clues will be released monthly through Novemeber, December we take a break & then start assembling the top in 2014.
Since this sounded like a *true* scrap quilt where anything can used next to each other, & I have all these nice precut pieces I decided to join in & use this as my “incentive quilt.” i.e. once I get all the chores for the day done like packing & giving away things & organizing the business to be setup in Virginia, & planning cute baby things to make- I can play with scraps! Now yes, I could make any quilt I have in progress be my “incentive quilt,” but really those scraps are taking over my life at the moment and from Sandy’s description this won’t be an “intensive” mystery quilts like some others out there, so this will be a nice relaxing break at the end of the day.
I’ll be posting my progress as the months go by so you’ll be able to see the quilt develop- I can’t wait to get started but first I must tackle packing!