Whee! I am playing in the scrap bin! I decided to put my strips in order for their size. I have a box of less than two inches, a pile for 2 inches, a pile for 2 1/2 , a pile for 3, a pile for 3 1/2, a pile for 4 and last a pile for 4+. The little pile by the bin is weird sizes or squares or need straightening or something. I will put the piles in the gray plastic bins in the back. These just have odds and ends in them. Can you see what a dent I have made in the scrap bin? HAHAHAHAHA, none at all. When air gets to the scraps, they expand. I am sure of it.
I mentioned I was taking a bargello class at Quilt U on the web. Well, here is my little finished top. I really liked how it turned out. The teacher was not too thrilled with my fabric choices. This is what she said "Rebecca, I like the fabrics you have choosen, however I think your colour range is a little too wide. With a lot of colours, you will lose the Bargello effect. Can you try using perhaps the blues and oranges with the print, and obmitting the purple and gold? Let me hear your thoughts. " So I considered her opinion and then kept my own colors. I was reading McCall's Quilting With the Pros II, December 2006, and there was an article on Kaye England. Here is her quote. Q: What is a common shortcoming among many of your students and how do you help them overcome this? A: I think a lot of women don't value their opinions enough. I work real hard to help my students trust their judgment rather than ask their friend in class because I want them to feel confident with the skills they already have. ... (Design Tips) 1. Focus on value as opposed to only color. 2. Trust your own judgment. 3. If a block isn't working out, you can always use it to make a potholder. Some people act like this is brain surgery, but I remind them that it's just a block." So, anyway, my point is, it is my project and I like my colors. I was a little offended as I did not ask for her advice on my color choices anyway. I realize that she was only trying to be helpful, had the best of intentions, is the teacher, etc., but it is MY project. I will be the one living with it.
And with the fabric left over from that project, I made this. This cute little bag, called the ScrappySak, takes about 6 fq's total. It is designed by Nancy Mirman and Ellen Hauben, Design and Planning Concepts, 17 Summit Circle, Somers, NY 10589 (914)277-5210. This is not a hard pattern at all. The directions are very good and the pattern comes with full size templates.