Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a linky party going on right now, where folks who have a problem with scrap hoarding (and what quilter doesn't!) can share their methods of taming the beast, so to speak. Lots of great ideas for organizing scraps into useable sizes, by colors, storage systems, etc.
Here in our neck of the woods the scrap pile next to the bookcase had been growing into a pretty unmanageable heap that kept spilling over into the middle of the room. Then there is the closet that has large bins of scraps, totally unorganized except for a couple small bins that only hold those miscellaneous, not-already-spoken-for-in-an-ongoing-project fat quarters. Yep, no organization at all since the big move back east a year and a half ago.
So, our little country church long ago had a sewing circle and a small group of quilters, all of whom are now either passed or living in nursing homes. Since we joined the congregation after moving here last year, I've been thinking it would be nice to test the waters and see if there was interest in a quilt ministry. I put out a sign-up sheet a couple weeks ago, thinking there might be possibly two or three interested enough to sign on. Lo and behold, last Sunday there were 10, that's right TEN people signed up including a young teen, and a couple have asked if they can bring a sister, or a friend too! That I am astounded would be an understatement! Yikes, what do I do now?!
All of this to say my pile of scraps plus some yardage is about to disappear from the sewing room this weekend when we have our first meeting. Scrap problem solved, sort of, for a moment in time!
Of course, now we'll have to come up with a system for storing fabric donations at the church. And, since this is a group of mostly non-quilters who don't have fabric stashes to raid, we'll be looking for all the donations we can corral to get us started on our mission. I've rounded up a few rulers, a couple of older cutting mats, and a rotary cutter to get us started at our first meeting.
While rummaging through the scrap bins I found a few extra blocks and some unsewn pieces left over from a quilt made over 14 years ago when my daughter began her college adventures. Cutting a few more triangles provided enough to assemble our first quilt top in the same pattern, the cover quilt on an older Thimbleberries publication called Cozy Quilts.
We already have a recipient chosen for our first effort, and I can hardly wait to get started and see where we are led to serve next.
So, my blogging quilty friends, if you have any insights to share on facilitating a quilting ministry, or teaching non-quilters some of the basics, I'd love to hear about your experiences. I'm a total novice at all this. In the meantime I'll be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, then off to read how others have tamed their scrappy beasts.