I have used up most of the scraps. I have some left but the color selection does not please me. I must wait for more.
I looked up how to make crumb blocks on Bonnie Hunter's blog and tried that method. I prefer using long strips and making more uniform looking blocks. Linda may get the short crumbs after all.
I made a mistake when I went back to the project. Instead of cutting 6 inch foundation pieces, I cut 5 inch squares and ,happily, made many 5 inch blocks. Bummer. I have 20 6 inch blocks now. I guess they will await companions. I need many more to make a quilt. BUT. I could make small quilts and use them for something else. Perhaps a tote bag?
I doubt that putting a pile of cotton scraps into the landfill has much of an environmental impact. It is cotton and will decompose readily. But it is so much better to use up stuff. My mother loves to quote: Make it do, Do without, Use it up, wear it out." She grew up in the Great Depression. This is the same mother who thought I should throw away all these scraps. HAH I showed HER!
I thoroughly enjoyed the process. I can use my right hand now for the rotary cutter. I must wear a brace and cannot flex my wrist. I will start on a real quilt today. Oh good, more scraps.
Sometimes I would use a narrow, one inch strip. I hate to lose it to seam allowance. I would then use the 1/8 inch side of my piecing foot.
Even though I have a gizmo to hold my nippers, I would often lose them amidst all the scraps.
The squares look veritably ugly before trimming.
I just love how they "clean up."
I have some five inch squares stashed away, all set to use. I will add these blocks to that stash. Perhaps there will be a way to use them in a quilt.
I have been sewing for a while now. I love it. Just the same, I miss messing with machines. I can't get back to the shop yet. I have been instructed to avoid vibratory stimulus. That means no chain saws, no weed whackers and no dog clippers. I am not allowed to flex my right wrist as that will risk ulnar nerve scarring. I am comfortable with the brace on. I can't yet lift heavy objects. Once all healed, I will be back in the shop. I want to dig into that Singer 101. Mostly to see how that wicking system works.