|Fabric scraps of even the smallest size (1" x 1") can be sewn together to become the starting point of beautiful patchwork.|
Recently, I have been adding to the collection of my low volume fabric scrap stash, thanks to using fabrics that read as white, to the quilt blocks I have been sewing. I love when those scraps accumulate! Sewing scraps together is something that I have been enjoying for years and when I say I like to use up even the tiniest bits, I am not exaggerating.
One practice I use, to get the most out of utilizing my materials, is to keep a small container with those small scraps in it, next to my machine when I am sewing. This way, when I am about to start sewing a seam, I can slip a pair of fabric scraps under my presser foot to stitch together (this is called a "leader"). It saves me having to trim long thread tails on a project, it allows me to chain piece when I am sewing quilt blocks and since I also use a pair of scraps at the finish of a seam on any larger project as well, (this pair is known as an "ender"), it doesn't take long before I have pieced many small scraps together.
|Scrappy patchwork pieces replace the single cut of fabric for the center of this quilt block.|