Monday, February 28, 2011

Splendid Scraps! A Unique Use For Quilt Scraps.

If I had to use all my fabric stash before I entered the kingdom of heaven, the gates would rust while I worked my fingers to the bones.  I have a problem.  I think I'm over the acquisition phase, but I have trouble getting rid of even the smallest scrap of fabric, because I am sure I could find a use for it.  My husband tries to slip little pieces into the trash when we are making a quilt together and I snatch them up and put them into my 'some day I will make something out of this' box.  After all, they are lovely little treasures!

Just look at these precious scraps!  Now tell me you wouldn't risk ridicule over each and every inch.  I acquired the green flower print from my grandma after she died.  She was in the process of making a dress, which she  probably started before I was born!  She was the ultimate recycler! I could tell you some stories about my grandma and her husband, but I will save that for another day!  Remind me to tell you about the collection of elastic saved from her unmentionables.

Soooooooo....what does one do with all this rescued fabric?  I made miniature quilts, to be used as coasters!  I asked my husband to make a little holder so that when they are stacked, it would evoke images of 'The Princess and the Pea' children's story.  The wood came from an old discarded church window.  Splendid Trash?  No?

I would rotate this picture, but I don't know what I'm doing!  The remnants you see are lovely memories of little dresses, baby quilts, party napkins, pillows and the fabric I bought to make my daughter an outfit that never materialized.  At least my grandma cut her pattern out.  Oh my, I am sentimental~

There you have it!  I love my little quilted coasters!  Grandma would be proud that her dress has a purpose, even if it's mission is to keep the coffee table clear of unsightly stains. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hello World!

As if the world needs another blogger!  My tiny voice is yet another grain by the sea, tossed about on the shore of blogger land, waiting to get between the toes of a passing reader in the hopes of sticking around long enough before the irritation begins.  I am fully aware that frugality can be annoying, but oh, the joy of it!  Hang-on and catch my passion for turning that dumpster-ready-Goodwill-reject object into a lovely treasure!  Here we go..........weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!