Tuesday, November 16, 2010

...when I was 17, it was a very good year.

ok, I am ready???

Good morning!

I'm Miranda  here is my blog. I am 17 years old, I have an obsession with fabric, a love affair with my sewing machine and I love to quilt! And I bet many of you never would have thought of sewing at my age, at least that is what Madame Samm shared with me. (did you know she only began quilting in June of this year and she is just a few decades only than me lol ?)
Charlie and Me
This is Charlie- he is always with me throughout my crafty & quilting adventures and often likes to make a very cute appearance on my blog.

I am sew excited and honoured to be here today, but a little nervous, as I have never written for sew many people before. As I write this post I think there is 1241 followers...Scary!!
Anyway, today I though I would share with you a little about how I got into quilting, my quilts, my stash and how I am manicuring it (or intend to anyway!).

How did I come to be a quilter?

I have been handsewing since I was very little- I use to make clothes for my barbies and make cushions for everyone! but it wasn't until my 16th Birthday that I got my first real sewing machine.
To be honest I don't quite remember what sparked this obsession but one day I decided I would like to make a quilt (however as my mum would say- unlike any other normal person I decided to leap into making a full size quilt after having only made a small wonky pinwheel block! haha). I had never made a quilt before though, nor had anyone in my family and as I had only had my sewing machine a few months, a lot of people doubted that I would actually get very far and a lot of people, especially my mum, thought I was a bit crazy. I really had no idea what I was doing and it was very much a "learn-as-you-go" experience but I needed the challenge and I really enjoyed it. I did a lot of googling (if that's a word) on quilting basics as I got to each step and I used up all the printer ink on quilt  pictures (dad wasn't too happy) but I was determined to prove to them that it was possible.

My First Quilt in all its wonkiness!
As a result of having taught myself I don't always do things the same way as others- I'm sure I have raised a few eyebrows at the guild before...especially when I had basted a quilt with sewing pins (that was a bit ouchy but it did the job!). The owl fabric I used in my first quilt I found on Ebay and absolutely adored it. I think it was also the start of my slight owl obsession. As my mum thought I was completely crazy she refused to buy anymore fabric too and all I had was various shades of blue so it's lucky I love blue! I finished this quilt on the 2nd of October last year. My Grandma was coming to visit us from Perth the next day and she had given me the sewing machine for my birthday so I really wanted to finish it in time for her. I remember walking into my Mums room that morning and going "Tada!" She was so surprised and I don't think I have ever been so proud in my life!
My 2nd Quilt "Just dreaming summer" and WIP. Finally decided that I want to hand quilt it.

You can read a bit more abour my first quilt on my blog but I know this quilt will always be special to me and even with all its uneveness, I love it for the journey it took me on and the people I met along the way. Although since then I have now discovered many tools including rotary cutters and special rulers, my quilts still seem to have a wonkiness to them, which originally use to really upset me (I was a bit of a perfectionist), but I have grown to embrace the wonkiness and accept the fact that I can't cut a straight line to save myself (dad often helps with cutting lol). In the end I decided that they are not perfect but neither am I and as I am having fun it doesn't matter!

My first quilt was also sort of a therapy me. At the time I had been suffering from migraines (which I found out many months later was a result of anxiety) so it became my go to and cure for when I was stressed or not feeling 100% and it gave me something to be proud of. Although I am a lot better now, you will still find me quilting during stressful times! The past 2 years I think I have started quilts either a few days before exams start or during the middle of exams! It's a bit difficult to explain and probably sounds a bit silly...but when I finished my first quilt I thought to myself, "that if I can make a quilt and not really know what I am doing, then surely anything is possible if I set my mind to it."

Mums Fancy Pink Quilt
So why do I quilt?

~I quilt because I love fabric and colour and seeing a quilt and fabric come to life.
~I find the process very rewarding
~I love the challenge
~ Sewing is actually very calming and destressing! I recommend it next time you are feeling stressed :)
~ Although my quilts seem to take a while to finish, it's the journey that makes it all worthwhile, the story and the inspiration behind it along with the memories that a part of it that make it special. So never ever be ashamed of a quilt thats been in the process for a while, even years! It also takes time for inspiration to strike, it's not something you can make happen, you just have to wait.
~ I love that feeling when you are suddenly bursting with inspiration! ( yes...I am probably a bit crazy!)
This is an Art quilt on the Aurora Borealis/ Northern Lights I made as one of my major works for Studio Art this year. I wish I had a better picture of it.

Where do I sew?

I am slowly taking over the study! Originally I had just a small space on the table but that small space has grown to the whole table (including surrounding floor and wall space), 3 shelves in the bookcase and a shelf above my table. When I need to cut fabric, sew on borders, binding or quilt, I take over the dining room table. I guess you could say I am slowly taking over the HOUSE!

As I was telling Samm the other day, my design wall is more like a design floor that comes with complimentary cats and a dog. Whenever I turn my back, even for just a second, a naughty one appears on it! those with cats know it can be very annoying. Charlie on the other hand likes to think of himself as a quilt sitter/ guarder and he keeps the cats of the quilts, which is good.

 Stash Time!

To be honest as I'm still new to the sewing world I don't have a very mpressive stash, it's looking a bit sad, especially in comparison to "Teresa's giant wall o'stash"! Have you seen it? it's amazing! BUT I do love scraps, possible a bit obsessively as I keep even the tiniest of scraps. I often have to say to myself  "Miranda, honestly, are you really going to use that?" I have actually tried to use these itty bitty scraps before, but they just fall to threads so I wouldn't recommend it.
In the new year I intend to organise my stash by colour and I love the idea of organising scraps into squares and strips, especially as I would love to make a scrappy string quilt. Unfortunately as all my quilts have been so different, my scraps don't all go together harmoniously so this could take a while!

I am also going to find lots of pretty glass jars as I have a gorgeous one my dad gave me  which I like to store my coordinating scrappy strips in. I think they look really pretty so work great for decoration  and I find it really inspiring when I am thinking how to use the scraps. It allows me to clearly see all the fabric mixed up together, ecouraging me to use them too. I put in any coordinating scraps I find and then when I decide to make a quilt/ have enough on the jar to make one, I instantly have a conderful mix of fabrics that go well together and as I am indecissive- I dont have to spend hours trying to pick coordinating fabrics.

How am I going to manicure my stash?

My stash isn't that large! ok ok I will manicure my scraps. After 5:15pm on Tuesday I will have finished all my exams which will mean no more school or study and Uni doesn't start until March, so I am very excited to finally have all this time to bring my ideas to life. I have a list on the side of my blog with lots of scrappy projects I am going to try but these are a few of my own scrappy projects.

so this is how I have been manicuring my scraps....

House Cushion!
Scrappy Owl!
I am also going to be making scrappy name cushions for my cousins for Christmas and making a wall quilt soon with a huge tree with little owls and the leaves are going to be made from lots of scraps, I am really excited!  maybe if I am lucky I will be able to come back and share it with everyone.

Whew....That was a long post! lol

Thank-you so much Samm for the opportunity to be here, it has been so much fun! and thank-you so much to those of you who leave a comment or come and visit Charlie and I. We would love to have you join us on our quilting adventures and as I start this new beginning. I promise Charlie doesn't bite...but you might get stuck throwing his ball for him!

Monday, November 15, 2010

De-Stashing by the yard

A pile of blankets ready to donate, which took at least 10 metres out of my stash.

Hi:  This is Brenda from Scraps and Strings posting today about how to use up  three to four metres (or yards) of your quilting cottons in a quick two hours. Every year, I try to sew several donation quilts for an international relief organization which distributes blankets and comforters measuring 60" by 80" to people in need. These blankets are a good way to destash the oldies and uglies and no-longer-my taste fabrics. They are utilitarian blankets which don't have to be beautiful, but they have to be sturdy and well sewn.

Here’s the simple steps to making a 60 by 80 donation blanket that will keep someone warm and a way to use up several metres (I’m Canadian) of fabric at the same time.
A blanket we made last winter for Haiti relief after the earthquake.

  1.   Start looking: Go through your stash and get out several pieces of fabric, including fat quarters. You need about 3.5 yards or roughly 3 metres for the top.
  2.   Start backing: For the back, take your fashion fabrics, corduroy, wool, or a big piece of sheeting that measures about 62 by 82 or sew pieces together until you get that size. If you have quilting cottons that measure 3.5 yards or more, cut that fabric in half across the width and sew the long seams together for a backing so it measures about 84 by 64.
  3.   Start cutting: For pieces a half yard or bigger, cut them 8.5 inches width of fabric. You will need 15 strips WOF.

4.      Start sewing: For this blanket pictured here, I had two different blues and several coral fabrics. Some of the corals were fat quarters. I cut the corals strips in half to measure 8.5 by 20" (or whatever half of WOF is) and sewed the coral to the blue. I sewed the long blue/coral strips together, alternating the coral from left to right. 10 strips makes a top 80 by about 60.
The square knots front and back of a donation blanket.
5.      Start layering: Layer your backing, batting and top on the floor or on large tables, centering the top on the backing,and tie in a square knot every four to six inches with crochet cotton or perle cotton. This is where you get the kids and husband to help.
6.      Stitch a bit more: When the tieing is complete, take the whole thing back to your sewing machine and bind it by bringing back to front and stitching it down securely. The goal here is a well-constructed blanket that can be used for shelter and warmth.
7.      And a few more thoughts: This is a small commitment of time and fabric for people like us who have lots of both. I've cut and sewed a strippy top like that in less than an hour, and with three or four people, can tie it in another hour. Give yourself another hour for finishing it and sweeping up the scraps and you've kept someone in need warm for another night with three hours of your time and materials you already have at home. Happy blanket making!
Thanks for having me post to you all and to Stash Manicure and
 Madame Samm, what a great way to get the message out to our quilting community

Saturday, November 13, 2010

I Heart Scraps

Hi!  It's Sherri from A Quilting Life!  It's always fun to be posting here at Stash Manicure (thank you Samm)! I also have a post over at my blog today--that post and this one begin the same but also have different ideas at the end--I hope you'll stop by a A Quilting Life as well!

Well, I love scraps and all the fun things you can do with them...so today I thought I'd share just a few of my ideas. I've been collecting 2 1/2" squares for a scrappy quilt for a couple of years now.  It's okay if this quilt takes a long time to complete...I want it to have lots and lots of variety.

 When I first started this project I didn't have enough of the colors I wanted.  So I've been patient (sort of).  I've been saving my squares.  Every now and then I go through and make a few more blocks.

I'm making blocks in six different color ways--pinks/purples, reds, oranges, blues, yellows, and greens.  Actually, just the other day I figured out how I want to set them all together--when I started this project I had no idea what I was going to do with these blocks, but now I have the quilt completely planned.  I just need to save a few more scraps.

But sometimes you don't want to wait years to use your scraps, right?! Sometimes you want quick projects...something you can make in a couple of hours or an afternoon.  Jodi (yes, THE Jodi of Pleasant Home) made me the adorable "Snap Happy" bag above. She used scraps, and it's just as cute as can be!

I recently made these two little zipper bags--again using strips from my stash.  Whenever I cut out a quilt I cut the remaining pieces into strips or squares so they're ready to go for a scrappy project!

Well, these are just a few of the ways I use my scraps.  I also use a lot of my scraps to make hexagons...but I'll save that for another post!  Have a great day!

Friday, November 12, 2010

If Mama ain't happy it's because she is not Quilting...

I am  trying to create some PEACE.
My daughter's Missy H. 
Hi all, I am Denise.  I blog over at myfamilythinksiamworking where Madame Samm found me doing my thing and asked if I would do a guest post.  You will have to excuse me if I am a little giddy; you see…it is my first guest post…EVER!

How do you use your fabric scraps:
I LOVE scraps!  I am a scrap hoarder; I hate to toss them out.  You can really do so much with little bits and pieces of fabrics from a stash and I find it fun to see different pieces of fabric in different projects that I have done.  Here is a peak at my closet of scraps and projects.  We have a serious lack of closet space in this home of ours, so I have to keep it relatively small, i.e. share my linen closet with my scraps.  This means not buying in a lot of yardage unless I have a specific project in mind.  Fat quarter bundles are my favorite!
My scrap stash is organized by color in clear plastic shoebox bins and then larger yardage for backing, etc in a large plastic bin in my clothes closet.

Then there are the baskets…strings for string quilt (long-term project), baskets of WIP,
baskets of magazines with to-do projects, baskets with hexagons…you get the idea.

This basket sits in my sewing table.  When I find a project in a book or magazine, I put the fabric with the pattern and it sits here until I am ready to work on it.
I made my first quilt for my hubs almost 20 years ago, back before we had children and my time became theirs.  Oh, I would make little projects, wall hangings, baby quilts, pillows, etc, but I felt like life was too busy to have a big hobby.  I have only been seriously quilting again for the past year since last Christmas when my wonderful hubs gave me the gift of a quilt class.  So, for several weeks a girlfriend and I would grab our sewing machines and Starbucks, and head off to quilt class in a LQS Something to Crow About.  A night out each week just for me; it showed me how much I really needed to do this just for me!  Not to mention, each week I was tempted by all the gorgeous fabrics to add to my growing stash!  At the end of the class, I had overflow of red and black fabrics from this lovely quilt.

(I just love the stained glass look)
Some of the scrap stash from this class quilt has made its way into many of my me-time projects over the past year. 
Here are a few…

Lone Star, aka Nellie's Star, uses a lot of the black and some cream.  Pattern is from McCall's Quilting September/October 2010
Scrappy houses…these are truly tiny scraps, as the entire quilt is 15 x 15,
Note the red, gold, blacks…the class quilt scraps baby!

Mug rug…the gold moon and black from the class quilt…
The rest is all scraps from my stash too!

Okay, so the only thing from my stash here is the red stripe down the middle,
But hey, it is from the stash and the class quilt!

String blocks…all those leftover strips that are too small to do much with are making a wonderful stash of rainbow blocks for a future strip quilt. 
The red block and the golds in the yellow block…all from my class quilt stash. 
These are my go-to, nothing-is-inspiring-me-but-I-want-to-work-on-something project. 
So eventually they will get done, eventually.

In addition, my latest me-time project…a quilt for our local high school soccer coach…I literally had to buy NOTHING to do this top I had so much in my stash
(the T-shirts were donated!) 

It is so fun for me to trace back the stash fabrics from the latest project to the original project. 

What makes you do a certain project...do you do many, one at a time…
If it is a gift, I like to match the quilt to the person and the colors they like.  It stretches me a bit at times, using colors I might not necessarily pick.  I see what I can use from my stash and then go shopping for the rest.  
Also if see a quilt on a blog or in a magazine that I want to do, I star it/save it for later.  Then I start going through my stash to see what I can use and buy additional fabric, because that is where a stash comes from right?!?  Shopping!  I love Etsy for finding fabric bundles! 
I like to have more than one project going at a time.  I like to make a quilt top and set it aside until I have 2 or 3 done, find just the right backing, etc, and then I baste them all, and start quilting.  When those are done being quilted on my machine, I go on to the next project I have waiting in the wings…usually something small and quick.

Something like a little walllet or a table runner that I can put together quickly from the stash/leftovers.

How do you balance how many hours a week you quilt?
I have my sewing space set up in a portion of our master bedroom where my machine is always out and ready to go...

...and I am lucky enough to work at home, so sometimes before the kids get home from school I sneak in a few minutes to sew.  Or like today, dinner is in the Crockpot (my BFF), I can spend the time I would making dinner, sewing (cue angles singing)!  On the days I don't work, the kids are in school, and hubs is at work, so I take advantage of that time to sew…that is if my house is not crying out to be cleaned!  LOL I like to try to spend a few minutes each day working on a project...it keeps me sane, which makes my family happy.  Because you know the saying "If mama ain't happy… 
So that is just a little bit about my stash and how I use it! 

Thank you so much for your comments..hope you leave some
or many. My first post, can you believe it?
Mama Denise

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A little whimsy I always say!

Hi Everyone.
I’m Holly Mabutas, artist and general overseer of whimsy at Eat Cake Graphics (a rubber stamp and quilt pattern company).

Madamme Samm asked if I would write a little post about how I manage creativity, running a business and life in between. I have a stash, mine comes in the form of ideas, deadlines, stamps and pattern design (and of course fabric - which I can never get enough of).

Well, let me be the first to admit that some days I manage things splendidly...and then there are those days that I really need a crash course in time management because good grief, where did the day go.

For me, creativity comes in waves and I need to be conscious of those times as much as possible. I’ll go on a drawing streak and ideas just seem to flow from my pencil to the blank pages of my sketchbook. I am sure you know what I am talking about. You are probably one of those quilters who will be inspired for days and then you wake one day and nothing. You don't even want to walk into your sewing room. Anybody have their hands up?
I hear you.

For me and maybe for you too, your sketchbooks, notes on napkins, whatever you use to get what's in your head out on paper contain ideas in all forms – from totally complete to scribbled thoughts not fully formed. So there is always something to go back and look at, maybe spark something when the creative well isn't overflowing. I enjoy these times and I don’t think anything can replace actually holding a pencil in hand and sketching, doodling or just writing. And there's absolutely nothing that can replace getting on a roll at retreats! No cooking, no mail, no phones (ok well, maybe no phones). You can just quilt on a marathon. I get it. You are in the zone per say.

Then there’s the part of actually running a business. We are all managing some kind of business, maybe not income based, but running a thought process, figuring out which quilt you are going to make, which one will have you place binding on today, or sending off to a long armer (quilting-by-check as they say), we all are always managing something right?

I started small, so managing it wasn’t very time consuming. But then things grew and I now have an online shopping cart and maintain (try to anyway) two blogs. I bet many of you are in the same boat. I know Madame Samm manages two blogs, don't know how she does it all but she does it all. And there are many of you who manage kids, work, quilting and side jobs. We are women, that is our lot in life. Managing.

I branched out into quilting, adding appliqué patterns in 2006 (before that my business was strictly rubber stamps). So while the drawings overlap in both, that’s pretty much where it ends. Some days I’m out working in the garage making rubber stamps – pressing rubber, cutting wood for mounts, wiping sawdust off my clothes and then at other times I’m printing patterns. With patterns most everything is done on the computer, aside from actually sewing the quilt. I’ll have both printers going and papers all over the place waiting to be collated into a finished pattern order.

Managing a business, especially a “one person show” means you have to be ALL things – design, production, shipping, customer service, marketing… Much like quilt blogging, I know it can take over your life too. Some days you spend more time blog hopping than you do anything else. You have to be a good photographer, you have to have the right words to comment, you have to add photos to your blogs because who isn't visual these days! You don’t necessarily have to be an expert at all these things, but you have to be open to trying things, sticking with things that work and letting go of the things that don’t. Believe me, even after 10 years I’m still learning all the time.

And last, but certainly not least, there is family, making time for my husband, pets and the household. Some days the dishes are in the sink or “hmmm where did that layer of dust come from?” My husband works full-time so I do try to leave weekends, or at least one weekend day open as much as possible. Right now that’s been a little more challenging because I’ve added going to school to the mix – hoping one day, in the not too distant future, to design fabric.
So I guess when it comes to managing it all – creativity, blogging, business, life – it’s truly a balancing act and realizing that sometimes getting out of balance is just the nature of it all. It’s making sure we don’t stay that way and remembering what’s important that matters most.
How do you do it all? Short of just wanting more time that is. :)

Thank you so much for having me as a guest!  Leave a comment here - And...if you stop on over at my blog Sprinkles of Thought there's a free pattern giveaway - yahoo!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Oh look a video of Block of the Month Clubs

BOM I just completed!

Hi, I'm Valerie (you can find me over at Val's Quilting on most days) and I LOVE to Quilt! I most especially LOVE Block of the Month clubs as they are an excellent way to make a stunning quilt by creating a new block each month while learning a barrage of techniques as you go.

I need help deciding which one(s) to do...

My Block of the Month Club programs teach with private step by step how-to video blog and picture tutorials weather you're a beginner or an advanced quilter, my tutorials are an excellent way to start your skills and hone them and I will show you how, sound fun?

Pastimes Online provides you everything you need to get started, silk pins, sewing machine needles, 100% cotton hand dyed floss and wool, 100% silk floss and luscious dupioni silks...sound enticing now?

We are about to launch a new array of block of the month (bom) clubs from beginner to advanced. One of these will suite YOU! Each bom will include all of the above plus prizes (i.e. scissors, rulers, fabrics) each month.

Help us pick which ones YOU would LOVE to do by Voting through our Block of the Month Poll!!

Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson, 12 month bom, quilt as you go, to include stitching & the cutest Christmas wool applique within a crazy patch design.

Life is Beautiful by Hugs and Kisses will be set in the mood of creams, browns, lilacs and purples, with an interesting applique & quilt as you go technique. A 'beautiful' journal pattern including all the blocks.

HocusPocusVille by Crabapple Hill was one I just couldn't resist. Starting with the amazing drawings that will be stitched in veriegated flosses, and the adorable 9-patches will be perfect to hang during the fall.

Pies and Tarts by Sue Daley is one that is just stunning, with the overwhelming beauty combination of the curves and piecing. This will sure to be a show stopper. English paper piecing technique will be mastered throughout this process. Acrylic templates, paper templates and more included in this kit.

Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches is the most adorably whimsical piece of patchwork and embroidery I've seen, this will look amazing in any hallway, or bedroom making it joyful and happy.

So I want to say, "thanks so much!!" Madame Samm for having me spend the day here with all of your wonderful viewers in this fantabulous community of quilting, sharing and loving each other up so much!! I've had a great time and would love to come back and chat about my favourite cutting tools including the desirable Gingher line of scissors, Gingher's unbelievable rotary cutter and sew much more on my next visit. If you need a fix or want to read up on Pastimes at www.PastimesOnline.ca, and sign up for our quarterly newsletter, The Times!

Until next time, stay happy and creative,

Editors note:: From Madame Samm's desk...when I invited Valerie to Stash Manicure it was to provide the readers YOU, with information on what to do with your stash (our stash)  to showcase, what was available in the Block of the Month world...It was not my intention or Valeries to think this was an Advertisement  of any sort ( I thought it was more of  a Marketing tool...find out if others like B.O.M's too...... This was my call, not Valerie's in any way)...I was the one that was sew excited to hear of what was available out there. I have seen many posts here that could certainly lean towards promoting  yourselves, your site, your new pattern, new blog, new event...... I look at Stash Manicure as a place where QUILTERS of all descriptions can come together and be educated and entertained.  Everyone who has posted here gains more traffic on their blogs. That is still  yours- future guest and all bloggers intent. Thank you for being here today and possibly  tomorrow..lol
 I am honored Valerie took the time and energy to be here today...  I am always YOUR cheerleader... the question I ask...will you be HERS and OURS? 

Piece be with us all... Madame samm

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, SCRAP uses!

Hi everyone! I'm Vicki from Sew Inspired and I'm excited to be posting on Stash Manicure today! I like to save all my fabric scraps that are big enough to hold a seam allowance and I have a few ideas for using them up. Here goes:

1. Give your scraps to a kid. And then let them do what they want with it. I have a bag of fabric scraps that I don't want for my own use--my kids know they can use what's in there as long as they don't fight over it. The other day my 10-year-old son asked me if he could make something from a small rectangle of denim fabric. At first I hesitated, then thought of asking him what he was going to do, and then I just told him, "yes." I haven't been the best at letting my kids be in charge of their own creative projects, but I'm working on it.

I hang on to batting scraps too, the ones left over from trimming the edges of a quilt after it's quilted. A few weeks ago my 12-year-old neighbor had me help her make a pillow out of an old sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off. We were able to almost fill it up with my batting scraps--I'm glad I didn't throw them away!

2. Weave potholders. We have a potholder loom from Jennifer at Craftsanity and she included instructions for weaving with strips of woven fabric. My son and I have made a few of these and they definitely use up larger scraps quickly. These potholders are also good for using up fabrics that you don't love any more as the print usually gets obscured when you weave the fabric strips.
woven potholder

3. Join an online bee. I've been participating in two online quilting bees this year--each month, one member sends fabric to the other group members, who then sew up quilt blocks to the specifications of the sender, and then mail them back. Obviously, you don't have to use scraps, but you can if you want! For one of my groups, I requested these scrappy square blocks (made partly from my scraps and partly from regular stash fabric):

blocks received so far
For my other bee I divided all my strip scraps up and sent them to my friends to make string blocks. (I thought I took a picture of the stacks of strips before I mailed them, but I can't find it so I guess I didn't.) I can't wait to see what the blocks will look like!

If you want to know more about online quilting bees, including how to join one or start one, you can get lots of great information at QuiltingBeeBlocks.com.

4. Make a charity quilt. A couple years ago I was working on getting rid of some fabrics I was tired of and I made this quilt top:
pink and purple quilt top
I cut my fabrics 6.5" wide in one direction and 6.5" or smaller going the other way, depending on the size of the fabric. It was a quick little quilt top that ended up being quilted and donated by my church friends.

5. Make a scrap ball. It's a ball, made from fabric, and stuffed with your tiny, un-sewable scraps! I first read about this idea from the Future Craft Collective last summer on craftzine.com and I made a couple of these balls with my boys. It is a great way to have zero waste from your projects!

6. Make a ticker tape quilt. This is an adorable, quilt-as-you-go type quilt created by Amanda Jean from crazy mom quilts. It's a perfect project for tiny scraps. I still haven't made a proper ticker tape quilt but I hope to soon! Maybe a potholder or doll quilt to start.

That's it for me--I hope you'll try something new with your scraps in the next few weeks! I'd love to read your creative ideas for fabric scraps in the comments.

Thanks so much, Madame Samm, for inviting me to contribute to Stash Manicure! I can't wait to do it again!