New Year’s Day

I stayed up all the way to 11 o’clock last night.  That must be some kind of record for me.  My parents are big into staying up on New Year’s Eve night but as soon as I was old enough to enforce my will I started going to bed.  They’ve given in to me.  Last night they called at 6:00 PM to wish me Happy New Year since they knew better than to call at midnight.

This morning I spent some time cutting.  Usually that is my least favorite part of a project but for the last few days I’ve had the urge.  I’m making a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt. It needs lots of 2.5 inch by 16 inch strips.  I started cutting in my novelty fabric bin.  It has been a trip down memory lane.  I still have pieces of some of the first fabrics I ever bought.  There are also fabrics in there that I swear I’ve never seen before in my life.  I know I didn’t buy Blue’s Clues fabric!  I used to do a lot of swaps so it had to come from there but I don’t remember it at all. I also found a few panels that I was planning on making quick charity quilts from.  I set them aside in a visible place so I don’t forget that I have them again.

I also started to do some fabric reorganization.  Lately I’ve been buying bigger pieces (1 yard or more) so I’ve been taking those out of the bins where they get all smushed and folding them neatly.  For right now I’m stacking them in a sweater hanger since I don’t have a lot of them.

Some of the big pieces are fabrics I bought at a quilt store going out of business sale.  I like them but I have no idea what to do with them.  Some are Laurel Birch and some seem sort of mystical/magical.  I’m waiting to be struck with flashes of inspiration about what to do with them.  Now that they are more visible maybe I’ll come up with an idea or else I’ll just feel more guilty about not figuring out how to use them.


  • Kati

    I love those scrappy quilts that are posted on that site. That’s the kind of quilt I wanna make, not really planned out to the hilt, just kinda beautiful in a scrappy kinda way. Now if only I could find the courage to cut into my fabric stash. (I keep buying fat quarters with the intention to do something exactly along these lines, but I cut like I sew: haphazardly. And I’m afraid to spoil the beauty of the fabric by cutting off-kilter. So I keep it and look at it, but haven’t done anything with it in almost 4 years.)

    I’d love to see how your scrappy quilt looks when you’re done with it, blues-clues bits included?

  • Peggy (Margaret) McCall

    Happy New Year Heather! Your cutting day sounds peaceful! I will check into your updates for your scrappy round the world quilt. Isn’t it amazing the material and even suppplies that we accumulate? Everytime I start a project I end up organizing and reaquainting myself to forgotten buys ;).

    Thanks for replying to me about machine quilting and handquilting. Now to be specific, do you machine quilt on a regular machine? I am just learning that and I find it difficult.

    Enjoy your peaceful day!

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