Three Scrap Tactics

Days of summer for teachers are among other things, time to get the house in order and get geared up for the next school year. I spent the last two days in my sewing area. I sorted and organized and then came up with three quick quilts that I pieced in an attempt to make a dent in the mounds of scraps that are taking over my space.  I have it all sorted now and the smallest of scraps are bagged and ready for a first days of school project in my 5th grade class. Students use fabric scraps to make a collage of positive character traits. I'll post it when it's complete. The below image shows scraps left over from a baby quilt I made a few years ago.  I had a few squares left so I incorporated them into a selection of layer cakes that I had in my stash. The squares are 5 1/2 and I have 12 going across.

Below is a picture of the original quilt.

Below is a picture of the original quilt.

I loved this fabric and would have bought more but it was discontinued. I'm happy to have a few scraps left over.

I loved this fabric and would have bought more but it was discontinued. I'm happy to have a few scraps left over.

The below top I pieced from a bin of left over jelly rolls. I used a free pattern called Jelly Roll Jam. 

My plan for the Jelly Roll Jam is to use a solid border, a 2 inch patterned border and then the same solid border. I'm undecided on the binding fabric. This will make for a larger sized quilt. This Jelly Roll Jam pictured above only measures 36 1/2 by 36 1/2.  

This is a string quilt and I certainly have a ways to go making more 10 inch blocks. I was inspired by this Pinterest post.

I feel like I accomplished a lot in the last few days. The only problem was that I lost the clear bobbin cover to my machine in the mound of scraps that I had on my table. I scoured the area and I still haven't located it. So, I'm out of commission til I get another one. I plan to use nail polish to make a huge X on the next one to make it  easier to see.  Some of you may have more than one machine so that you never experience down time. I guess this is an omen that means I should stop quilting and enjoy the last of the summer days out in the sun.  Do you sometimes feel that you spend too much time quilting?  I know that I felt that way a little this summer. When I am back to school, I'm way too wiped out to quilt in the evening . I know I have to pack it in sometime now that my space is so organized. I guess once I get my bobbin cover replaced, I'll have to get at it on the weekends. When are you able to get quilting time? Let us hear from you and thanks for visiting. Best, Mary