Friday, January 12, 2007

Marsha as Mentor

Marsha is nothing, if not practical. That's not to say that she isn't a rampant stash-builder like so many of us. But she uses everything up. She'll set aside her scraps as she finishes a quilt and when she has time, she cuts them into standard sizes and puts them away. She's amazing. She accepts itsy-bitsy scraps from the rest of us with the greatest delight. "My limit is an inch and a half," she proclaims. I've never put that to the test. I hate to see a good woman fail and I know she'd feel too sorry for the miniscule tidbits to cast them off.
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She has a scrap quilt that she hand pieced. She's the only person I know who does hand piecing, as a regular activity. Em and and a couple of others do a little of it, but I was amazed at Marsha's full-size quilt, entirely hand pieced in odd moments here and there. Somehow it is a "free" quilt -- made from scraps in segments of time that would otherwise have gone to waste. She explained that she'd cut squares all the same size, put them in a baggie, and then hand-pieced 9-patch blocks in the dentist's waiting room, during the kids' play practices, in front of the television, probably even sitting at red lights, for all I know.
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I decided to give it a try. I have a lot of left-overs from a couple of Moda projects that I did in the past year or so, and I thought I'd cut them up and bag 'em.
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Later today we're leaving for a weekend trip to visit our sons; having something small to take along made sense since my current handwork is quilting the border on Joe's quilt. On my way to the Moda, however, I just about tripped over the tote that holds the Daiwabo scraps. And lots of them were already cut to 2.5 inch squares, left over from the two quilts I'd made. It was only a half-hour or so of work to press them and cut some more. I now have a little tote bag outfitted with a baggie of 2.5s, a baggie of what appear to be 2.5s but really should be checked, a 4.5 square ruler, a 6x1 straight ruler, a very small Olfa mat, pencil, and my old small rotary cutter. Am ready for the trip (once I get my clothes packed and find the directions to Andrew's!). Stay tuned.

4 comments:

Ms. Jan said...

I've started cutting up my scraps too and am even doing nickels (5"). Bonnie has great scrap quilt patterns, too.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Let not a moment go to waste! I applaud your efficient use of time, can't wait to see the results...

Morah said...

I love to have a handwork project ready too....that reminds me...in-laws will be here to watch superbowl...not necessarily my idea of fun, but if I get a something fresh ready before they arrive.....

graceamazes said...

Quelle surprise! Stole a minute at the office (hectic!)to catch up with your blogs and... VOILA!... there I am!

You know how you take for granted things you do naturally and easily and are astonished when someone else finds them out-of-the-ordinary or admirable? Well, that's exactly how I felt reading your blog! Thank you!

Off to Seattle for work on Thursday and preparing to put my little box with 9-patch makin's in my suitcase. Taking husband this time, so it's hard to say if I'll get anything done, but I like to be prepared!

Marsha
(who now has a blogger identity, though still no blog)