Saturday, March 17, 2012

Save Me From Myself

It's Saturday at 7:30am as I type this post, and I've already been up for 2 hours. I've planned our meals for next week, made a grocery list, and done a load of laundry. I hope the husbatron wakes up soon, so I can eat a real breakfast.

Now, on to the meat of the post.

I'm a few weeks months behind everyone else, but I'm finally getting on board with the whole decluttering train a little bit at a time. The other night, I got it in my head that I needed to throw away/donate/recycle 31 things from my sewing room, since there are 31 days in March. It took me less than 10 minutes, and it's kind of hard to tell that I threw away anything at all. Oi.

I donated a pile of quilts to donate to the local guild at the last meeting for some of their charity efforts. I had a fun time making these quilts, but we don't have a need for them right now, and their existence has been properly documented in photos.

letting go II

And I also sent a small pile of unfinished projects to Sarah. Again, I enjoyed working on these projects, but I haven't found the inspiration/kick in the pants to finish them in the past couple of years.

letting go
I'll admit it. I'm a hoarder of scraps. See this post for evidence. It's become pretty apparent in the last few weeks that this monthly jelly roll quilt project isn't exactly going to help my little scrap-hoarding problem. Yes, I'm using a jelly roll to make a quilt each month, but I'm not using up the entire jelly roll each month. There have been a fair amount of leftover scraps from each project thus far that I have saved. Because I am crazy.

In an effort to get some of the crazy out of my sewing room and into someone else's, I'm giving away a few sets of scraps.

Group 1 - I save all my "cutaways" from flying geese units, snowball blocks etc. This set of cutaways came from this oversized Schnibbles quilt. I think the fabric group was called Spring Meadow. It's a fun and happy set of fabrics for anyone who's welcoming the warmer weather and sunshine with open arms.

spring meadow scraps

Group 2 - This set of scraps is kind of hard to see, but it's from my first ever (and only so far) sampler quilt. I love this quilt and fabric. It makes me think of everything I love about fall. I also have a little more yardage of the fabric, so I have no need to hoard all these itty bitty pieces. The fabric group is Sonnet by April Cornell.

sonnet cutaways 

Group 3 - These scraps are from last month's jelly roll project. Since I did my own thang for the border, I don't need to save the 15" that remain at the end of all 40 jelly roll strips for the border, as the pattern dictates. 15" x 40 strips = 600" worth of jelly roll strips to play with. Maybe make some of those Granny Squares that are all the rage? I'm also throwing in all the "cutaways" from the block construction. The fabric group is Botany by Lauren and Jessi Jung.

botany scraps

Group 4 - Finally, these scraps are leftover from my Glam Garden Gala dresden quilt. I thought they'd make the beginnings of a great confetti quilt (like the confetti block I made for Jules), but I'm not entirely in love with the fabrics for this block, mainly because I can't decide on a background fabric color. I'll save this quilt pattern idea for another pile o' fabric scraps.

glam garden scraps 

So, if there are any fellow scrap enthusiasts out there who'd like a chance to own some of these scraps, just leave a comment on this post, ranking the groups of scraps in order of your preference.

For an EXTRA entry, leave an additional comment, letting me know if you've enjoyed a good (new or old) movie lately and what it was. My Netflix queue is looking a little tired.

I'll close down the giveaway on Monday night and announce the 4 winners thereafter.

Update: Comments closed. Thanks to all who entered!


  1. I would like to enter: rank of 1, 4, 2, 3 (top choice first!).

  2. I have been watching old Sandra Bulluck movies lately - The Proposal, Miss Congeniality, Notting Hill and Two Weeks Notice.

  3. I would love a chance for some scraps. Rank: 1, 3, 4, 2. Thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Got a good laugh from The Proposal. We currently have the newest Three Musketeers. Hope we like it because I'm in the mood for a good movie.

  5. You crack me up, Megan! We thank you again for the pretties you sent our way - I can't wait to put them to use!!! I'm currently re-watching 24, and The X-Files - whichever I'm in the mood for at the time I turn it on! I can't sew while watching movies I haven't seen before - too distracting. We use Amazon Prime for streaming - we get better quality of streaming, plus it's cheaper than Netflix, PLUS we get free 2-day shipping on most Amazon purchases! Check it out!!

  6. As I am relatively new to quilting, I haven't built up a good stash of scraps yet. I would love a chance to get your scraps. Thanks


  7. I love scraps! To have the variety of prints. My choices would be in the exact order you numbered them. Thank you for the chance. Also, I am going to check out your jelly roll a month thing. I have been reading your posts, but not participating. I have a jelly roll to use!

  8. I am not much of a movie watcher, but have you watched The Blind Side? So good! My 13 yr old watches it often and is now interested in football. :)

  9. Nice! My order of preference is 3,2,1,4. Thanks for the scrap giveaway!

  10. We've been enjoying the Planet Earth DVD's lately. Guess it's not really a movie...

  11. As Good As It Gets Jack Nicolson.

  12. Great scraps! My favorites: 3, 4, 2, 1. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Death proof is a great Quentin Taratino movie, if you like his stuff ;)

  14. I love scraps; any and all. If I must rank them 4,3,2,1. Thanks for your giveaway.

  15. I watch very few movies. The latest we tried was Cowboys and Aliens (not my pick); it was horrible! The Kings Speech was good.

  16. I'm going to make some scrap quilts soon to help declutter my scraps. I can easily add in a few more to brighten my day things up, bring something new.

    Group 3 is my fave, then 2 and 1. I already have my own scraps like 4 from the g3 quilt.

  17. Netflix instant:
    The Best and the Brightest. (I love NPH.)
    Being Human (US version makes more sense than the BBC one.)
    28 Days (rehab Sandra Bullok.)
    Loverboy (Super creepy, extra insane)

    We watch a lot of movies. Lots of kids stuff. Lots of Jackie Chan, too.

  18. Well I might as well chime in here. I have buckets of scraps, but not YOURS : ) I think the order I prefer them is, Glam Garden Gala, Botany, Spring Meadow, and Sonnet. Thanks so much!

  19. Boy, do I identify with everything you said. Early morning rampages of productivity, wanting to throw half of everything in the house away. I'm just crazy, but for you we can call it spring cleaning! I love, love Downton Abbey right now. I watch more TV than movies. Please do not enter me in your contest, just commiserating :-)

  20. I'd love some scraps!! Thanks for offering!
    My preference is 4,1,2,3.
    I haven't had a chance to watch many new movies lately (18 month old at home!), but would recommend the last one we saw at the movies, Extremely loud and incredibly close.

  21. I will pick 2,3,1,4 as my choice! Thanks for the generous giveaway! :)
    I watched Cow Boy versus Alien las week. Consider an old movie to me. I am Daniel Craig fan :)

  22. Extra entry here.. I will suggest The Hunger Game.. It's a new movie now in cinema! :)