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Slowly but Surely

Scrappy September has gotten off to a slow start.  It’s already the middle of the month, and I don’t have a lot to show for it.

That doesn’t mean I’m not making progress, though.  I’m ready to sew my 2-ish inch strips together for my rug!  Yea!

Bright, happy flowers are a must for my sewing room.  The walls fake paneling–in gray–and they depress me.

It’s always nice to have some help on a project like this.

We took the scraps out of the bin,

we sat and sorted them (by color and size, of course.  Then we decided that they didn’t need to be sorted by color…),

and then we ate them!

Huh?

Here’s hoping there’s a bit of sewing time in this mama’s future!

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Scrappy September

Since my husband is back to work as of today (well, officially as of last Thursday, but today is the real deal, with students and all), I’ve decided that now is the perfect time to take on some new scrap-bin projects. You know, with all the free time I have, being the mama of a very attention-demanding 10-month-old.

It’s OK, though. I think Scrappy September will be a month we’ll both enjoy. I’m sure Finn will love digging through my scrap bins just as much as I.

Here’s my plan.

I have had two projects in mind for a while, and I’m just going to break down and start them. The first is this spiderweb quilt, which I’ve been wanting to make for a couple of years now. I was recently inspired by Amandajean’s finished spiderweb quilt. She does beautiful work, and now that I’ve seen hers, I must have my own.

I harbor no delusions of finishing this baby anytime soon, but I really think it’ll be satisfying to get a start on it.

The second project I have in mind is a braided rug. My great-grandmother made beautiful braided rugs, and I really want to carry on that tradition. Of course, hers were made with heavier fabrics than the quilting cotton scraps that I plan to use, but I think that’ll be OK. A good friend of mine has a braided rug (made by her sweet grandmother) which looks to be made from lighter-weight fabrics, and I really like the floppiness of it.

There are several motivating factors at work here. First, I have two tubs full of scraps, and I really need to start using them. Second, in addition to being Scrappy September, it is also Spendthrift September (or Stingy September??) in our house. I do, in theory, have a monthly fabric allowance, but I’ve been trying to resist the temptation to buy stuff the last few months. It’s not easy, let me tell you, but it’s certainly been worth it to, you know, keep food on the table.

Kidding.

Maybe.

In any event, I’m very much looking forward to using up some of my scraps and decorating my home in the process.

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