My goal is always to get organized; but my idea of organized is a clean sewing table for room to stitch, but still being surrounded by fabric to inspire me. Snippets, squares, and strips accompany my thoughts as I begin each day and float in my head as I go to sleep at night. Sometimes inspiration hits me and I must get it from the brain to the fingers into a quilt. My newest drive is equal size strip sets of two sewn into pinwheels. Sew two 2″ strips together with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press to the dark. The set should measure 3 1/2″ across. If they do not measure 3 1/2″ adjust your seam allowance until you get it exactly right. Do one block until you get it right. Do as I say not what I did. I think I am so good that I cut 6 or 7 strips, sewed them together, cut apart and made 10 blocks. My sew allowance was not right on so then I decided to square up my blocks and some of them were not big enough to square up and blah, blah, blah. I then decided I should rip them apart but these started out as scraps so I threw them away. They bothered me in the waste basket because after all it is good fabric and my favorite colors; so I dug them out and rotary cut them to go into a Chicken Feed scrap quilt which is another way I use scraps. Anyway after 6 hours of time wasted, believe me. Do one block until you get it right. Then chain sew with accuracy and pride. I feel so much better. My blocks I stacking nicely and my scrap pile is going down, is more organized, Accuracy counts even though we are working on scraps. I am using yellow and blue scraps since these are my favorite colors and they dominate my scrap pile.
With all my scraps I started cutting 2″ strips from all my yellows and blues. I used my Accuquilt Go 2″ strip die and as I sort my scraps I press piles until I have 6 layers to cover the strip die. Then one trip to the cutter, crank it through and there are 30-40 strips to sew together. I try to have all four squares in the pinwheel match, but it is a wonderful way to design and get accurate results.