Friday, December 23, 2011

Fabric Murder

I hadn't planned on posting a post like this today, but I just have to get this off my chest.  Last night I committed fabric murder.  It was awful.  And it all started so innocently....

by Ungt blod

After the children were tucked into bed, I decided to "treat" myself to starting that triangle quilt for the Scrap Attack Quilt-Along.  So off I went cutting scraps into sharp little triangle shapes.  Only, I didn't like them.  In confusion (denial?) I continued cutting more scraps reasoning that scrappy quilts look better the more fabrics are added. So, I cut a little of this and a little of that.... still hating it.

fabric murder

That's when I started to panic.  What if I didn't enjoy making this quilt?  What if I couldn't make it look good?  What if the whole project was destined to be a disaster and I'd be better off doing something, ANYTHING else with my scraps!!!!?

So I put a plump stack of sharp, pointy triangles in. the. Trash.

 in desperation

I tried to forge ahead, cutting fabrics I might like better, arranging them by color like so in hopes that I might muster some love for the triangle quilt yet.  But the murdered fabric weighed heavily on my conscience.  The arrangement by color was a desperate attempt, even I could see that, as it nullified all those nice sharp points that had attracted me to the quilt design to begin with.

This morning, in the clear light of day, I rescued the triangles from their sad fate in the (very clean) trash can.  I just can't waste perfectly good, nicely cut fabric like that.  In another context, these were fabrics I would most definitely have used.  No, I couldn't do it.  As the day went on, I did discover my triangle quilt groove and added more triangles to the reject stack in recognition that I really want a more intentional scrappy theme.  I think I have it now, and I promise I won't send anymore scraps to a triangle-shaped doom.

misfit scraps

If anyone could find it in their heart to give these scraps a home, I will mail them to you post haste.  These are dark days for misfit scraps round these parts, and I'd hate to see them come to a sad end.

with remorse,  Rachel

edited to add:  The scraps have been rescued and will soon be off to a new home!

31 comments:

  1. There's room in my house for these poor unloved scraps!

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  2. You have me laughing! I may have committed murder myself a few days ago, but we've already had trash day. I felt bad for a little while, but I'm over it now!

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  3. Oh goodness yes! I could make something lovely with those scraps!

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  4. so funny! i just donated a ton of scraps to an art therapist friend and i'd love to replace a few of them with these ;) if they're interested...

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  5. Ok, Gill, you were first so send me your address! I was dead (wink) serious.

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  6. But they're so bright and clean and colourful. Are you sure you're not being too hasty? But if banish them you must, I can give them a warm welcome!!

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  7. you made me cry out "nooooooooooooo" several times here. sheesh. don't do that.

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  8. they are cute fabrics...can you use some fabric glue and make a string of pennants?? Or sew them together and make some drawstring bags? Or sew two together for a mug rug?

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  9. NO!!! Rachel, why don't you turn them into dresdens???

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  10. OMG..I am DYING laughing...my cleaning lady threw out my "clean" scrap trash can when she came a few months ago. I have been lamenting the poor scraps that met their fate that day. I now make sure the scrap trash can goes in the closet before she comes now!!

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  11. RACHEL! aaaaaaaaaaaahh! You threw away fabric!? lol I will pay you for shipping if you chose to send them to me. I got paypal, and can do it right now. I would love all the pretty brights for my quilted 4x6 postcards. Nothing is ever to small in my fibre world! ; )

    Let me know!
    seriously crossing my fingers...
    : )
    Monika

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  12. Oh no! I love scrappy quilts, (I am making a hexagon right now) So I would love to make a quilt out of these!

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  13. Would love to take those lovely triangles off your hands. I love scrappy quilts.

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  14. Hee hee, sorry, I know, I shouldn't laugh, but fabric murder, excellent :oD Glad you found a home for them, although I would have happily offered to adopt them. Poor, unloved scraps...

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  15. We must listen to our fabric and trust our inner voice! And share the love when you don't love it! I'm impressed that you had time for this so close to Christmas!

    Hope you have a lovely Christmas Day and a safe and happy New Year...

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  16. Oh man...I've had that horrible feeling before...and then it turned into a great quilt (after finguring out a new plan)! Glad to hear the triangles will be going to a good home!

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  17. So relieved the scraps have found a new happy home. We`ve all been there. Don`t feel guilty about your crime against fabric!

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  18. Poor scraps! I'm glad you saved them!

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  19. Aaawwww....I'm glad you saved the scraps too!!! Your story reminded me of my Great-Grandma - she had all types of little quilted pillows using all different fabrics - they never matched - and after her passing, I came to cherish those non-matching quilty pillows she made. Remeber, sometimes even if us adults think something like that is a disaster, the younger ones seem to love them. ;) Merry Christmas!

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  20. I was gasping until you got to the point of rescuing your fabric out of the trash! Glad you had your wits about you!
    (And I think they are just lovely. And a triangle has always been my favorite shape!)

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  21. That's the first thing I thought of when you said they went in the trash! "Oh no! Fabric NEVER goes in the trash! I could totally do something with those triangles! Holy cow!" And then I read the rest of your post! Whew! You had my heart racing for a minute there! So if you are still needing a new home for them....mine is quite welcoming! lol

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  22. Sometimes the fabric needs to go into the trash....or at least the virtual trash and pass it along to someone else. I have a bunch of Echino trimmings right now that I'm debating tossing into the trash too. Gasp!

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  23. LOL! You will not be convicted of fabric murder by a jury of your sewing peers.

    I'm glad you rescued the triangles from the trash. I have a difficult time throwing away scraps. Even the ugly ones. But they seem to multiply somehow.

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  24. Sweetness, you are much too hard on yourself! They were ALL lovely.

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  25. I love these triangles all together. How about adding a fair amount of black ones to unify the really busy ones? Try scattering in a dozen or so. I think it will give it a new look.

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  26. I think those triangles are lovely, and I'm glad Gill rescued them! I do understand the panic and questioning you felt, though.

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  27. They would make a lovely quilt, I would love to sew them up! Great colors!

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  28. glad your scraps found a new home :) they would have been perfect to cut up for a doll quilt or mini hexies...

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  29. Nope. You were exactly correct. They were pretty ugly triangles.

    I am frequently accused of throwing out stuff that could make it into potential quilts, or at least someone else's scrap bag. I feel no guilt! I throw out trimmings from backings, orphan blocks, ugly fabrics, miscuts, and especially selvedges.

    Next to my left hand I currently have a selection of ugly bits (along with a selvedge from a recent binding)destined for the trash; maybe I can find a home for them, too? Come by my blog. They need adopting.

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  30. I enjoyed the communnal dismay of actually throwing fabric away. I wonder if you took all the UFO scraps in the quilting world and sewed them together, can you imagine the size of that quilt! Too funny and so true.
    I have bags of scraps and a house overflowing this stuff to prove it. I keep thinking....some day...

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