You know those warnings they have on tv? Viewer discretion is advised?
Well - be warned - Quilter's discretion is advised - for this post.....
I have been busy working away on the Flowers in the Sun quilt. All of the strips were cut. The templates were traced and the curved pieces cut out. The curves have been sewn. And all those blocks were trimmed square. All the HST's were assembled. I have finished making the total 192 - 5 1/2" squares, which make the 12 flower/leaf blocks. Here is that pile o'fabric!
Last warning - If you can't stand the sight of fabric scraps - Look away now!
This pile is the result of all the trimming, including selvages and squaring up the yardage in preparation for cutting the strips.
Now, I can't see paying good money for fabric, cutting it up, and then throwing it away. But this is a queen size quilt. And I adjusted the size of the templates to ensure there was as little waste as possible. I also made certain the templates were laid out on the strips to the best advantage.
What to do with this mess now? I have given it a little thought... And am setting this outside, beneath the cedar trees. The robins have returned. I seen them yesterday while I was dutifully doing the dishes. And I am confident they will make good use of these bits, building their nests.
For those who were brave enough or just plain curious... I must ask.... Would you be willing to use a pattern that required the wasting of fabric in order to achieve the design you desired? Do you consider this amount of scraps to be a waste? Love to have your feedback on this!