The scraps of life

I sat down to work on the Santa embroidery for Better Not Pout yesterday and realized I need some tracing paper to transfer the design.  I knew I used to have some and couldn't find it.  Okay, silly me, just as I was typing that I remembered where it is!  I'll get back to that this week!

Anyway, I got inspired by a link to Bonnie's Crumbie Quilts from Lazy Gal Tonya.  I really love the one that Bonnie did with the cheddar border.  That's what I'm picturing this quilt to have eventually, though I do plan to audition colors when the blocks are done.  These crumb blocks are so fun to do.  Just sew and trim, sew and trim, ad infinitum!  I really have no idea how many blocks this bunch will make, but I think there will be quite a few.  The photo above shows only a small portion of the scraps I'm using right now.  The scraps I'm using now are only about half of what I have all together because I sorted them yesterday as well. 

I ended up doing a pile of reds, blues, greens and neutrals with some yellows and golds thrown in.  The other piles were the brights which include all those colors plus purples- all the really, really bright stuff.  There are some brights in the first pile too, but the majority of them went in the second pile.  I also separated out the batiks.  I always seem to feel that batiks look good together no matter the colors, so I kept them together.  There's a much smaller pile of them, so I'm not sure what I'll do with them someday. 

By the way, this is not all the scraps I have.  This is most of the small stuff, but I have sets of long strips also separated by color.  I pieced together the pinks, greens and purples that I showed you here.  I have yet to machine quilt those.  I also have piles of blues and greens and a set with similar colors to those seen above.  I also have a bunch of stuff in my scrap drawer that needs going through.  I know there's a bag of Kaffe Fassett print scraps and there's a bag of solid scraps.  Chloe also has a bag of scraps she bought once at a quilt shop that I need to go through (she said I could have it!).  Oh my, so many scraps of life.  It's cool how each fabric brings to mind the project it was originally used for.  For instance, those two on the top of the pile in the last photo went into Hana's Quilt.  I can't wait to see how this new crumb quilt looks in the end!