Scrap Happy Scrap Purging

This blew my mind: According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2015, 10.5 million tons of textile waste (mostly discarded clothes) ended up in U.S. landfills. While I know it is a drop in the bucket; in a teensy way I am doing my part for recycling and reusing textiles. 

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Like many quilters, I am a hoarder of fabrics. Ruthlessly tossing anything under 2” wide (and seriously, those pieces I knew I’d never use) I cleaned up my scrap bin. 

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Ironed, cut into squares and strips and sorted by size. Seeing the fabric squares piling up has inspired me to make another scrappy quilt – which is one of my favorite styles… AND… hey! would make a great Scrap Happy project, right? *eyebrows wiggling up and down*

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Scrap Happy is a fun reuse-recycle-reduce activity (hosted by Kate and Gun ) to help one use up scraps of anything from past projects (check out the link)! I am still working on a plan for the Alison Glass Scrap Happy Roundabout quilt blocks. 

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Oh! I saw a quilted heart in a vintage/antique shop this weekend. I asked the proprietor if this was in any way connected to the First World War sawdust heart pincushions? Alas, he had no clue what I was asking about. It probably is not (upon closer inspection of the beads and lace), but it was exciting to think so. 

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Have a good week! — Joanne

11 thoughts on “Scrap Happy Scrap Purging

  1. The eyebrow wriggling cracks me up! You have been so organized in getting your scraps ready–very impressive. And, yes, you are definitely doing your part in reducing waste!

  2. This is going to be fun to see when you are done! And, thank you for sharing about the sawdust hearts. I had never heard about them before and they are so amazing!

    1. I had not heard of these hearts either until reading about them from Cathy over at NanaDotCathy’s blog They are amazing to read about!

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