Monday, October 30, 2023

My 100 day Dance with Scraps (Progress Update)

My friend Sarah kicked off a 100 day project on September 23. Wanting a low pressure way to join in the fun, my goal was to sort through all my bags of scraps and sew them together to make blocks, throw them out, or put them aside for a very specific project. Whatever happens, my mindset is 100 day of play - sewing and playing with fabric without a goal in mind. (This is my first post)

First, I am happy to report that I threw away some scraps that were too small or too ugly. This is a hard step but it is done! All the rest are condensed down and reasonably sorted. Still a daunting task - pictured above is only some of them - but now they are visible.

Second, I trimmed all this random bits of white/cream solid fabric into 1.5" strips with the intent of making scrappy log cabins. There won't be enough to make a quilt but I hope to put the block to use on a future quilt back.

Third, I made some fall placemats. Two done and one more underway. The binding is scrappy and just a single layer (cut at 1.25" wide) and secured with a zig-zag stitch. I kitted together other scraps for other seasonal placemats too. 

I made some project bags to gift using my tutorial from a few years ago swapping mesh for the vinyl.

My next scrappy project is to make a large open tote bag to carry my gear to guild meetings. My dance with scraps continues!

I'll be linking up with Anne Marie at One Monthly Goal.

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. What a great way to play for the last 100 days of the year. Congratulations on doing the hard sorting part first, and have fun with the scraps - you've already made a lot of great projects from them!

  2. Great! Looks like you're off and running steadily in your 100-day commitment. It's interesting to see how you're approaching scraps - finding different ways to sew them into blocks or practical items. This is really good stuff! I'm pretty sure I'm starting my 100 days November 13, as that will be 100 days before QuiltCon. I don't have project guidelines yet, but I'm working on it!

  3. I can imagine that it was a daunting task to organize all the scraps. But I also bet it feels awesome now that it is done at that you can easily work on your fun small projects to use them up. Enjoy! xo

  4. Awesome! I think challenging oneself to work only from scraps yields really creative projects. Thanks for linking up.


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