Scraps. Every quilter has them. Some of us have mountains, some have them color coded by bins. I have a small 6 inch square cube (it's actually a Missouri Star cardboard box) that I only keep my Island Batik Scraps in. When the occasion calls I use them and create! Or when it overflows...
I must admit that I only save my Island Batik scraps (I love being an Island Batik Ambassador). They're so precious! My other scraps are often donated to friends who like scraps, but my Island Batik scraps are saved and cut.
It all started when I got my GO! Cutter from Accuquilt. Suddenly I could cut fabric like never before. I discovered that cutting 1 1/2" squares using my strip cutter was slick! And so began the obsession. I now cut them all the time from all my Island Batik scraps. I have cut THOUSANDS. I'm not exaggerating! It's just too easy and too fun to play with.
The one exception is neutral fabrics. I don't always want squares, so I cut these down into 1 1/2" strips that I can subcut later once I know what size I will need. I'm proud to say that the ONLY fabric I cut that wasn't in my scrap bin for this quilt was the border and the dark blue squares! Like I said, it's become an obsession.
I started with some blocks.
That got made into larger blocks...
That got sewn together and quilted! I decided all those thin 1" finished areas need large circles so you could see how thin they were. I then filled the larger open squares with feathers and left the blue and colored squares alone.
I can never get enough feathers. Or enough Aurifil Thread and Hobbs 80/20 Blend batting! They're the best!
Scrap quilt complete. The problem? I used less than half the squares I cut! Oops. I guess I'll have to design another quilt using small squares soon.