Unraveled Wednesday

I don’t really like scraps. I’m not talking about usable pieces of fabric. I’m talking about those little bits and pieces, triangles and strips that are the result of trimming up blocks. But I know that people make amazing quilts out of these bits and pieces so when I end up with a pile like this, I get a bit unraveled. Do I go with my gut and toss them out? Or do I find an empty bin and start collecting? This time I went with my gut and it felt right.

I have the same problem with yarn. I have one bin of small balls and I search for patterns that use up those bits and pieces. But when I try knitting them up, they never look the same. But it’s harder for me to toss yarn. So for now, that bin stays on the shelf.

I know that decluttering and simplifying are good for my soul. And with my work schedule ramping back up, having empty bins and space on my bookshelves provides a lovely sense of peace and calm. Do you ever feel like this?

I have moved on to the sleeves of my Junegrass and on to a new book (Lab Girl) and a new audio listen (Underground Railroad). And now I am off to see what Kat and friends are up to this Unraveled Wednesday.

11 thoughts on “Unraveled Wednesday

  1. I can’t seem to get rid of yarn or fabric scraps (and I don’t even quilt!). I could not get into either of those books – will be interested to read your reviews.

  2. I go through phases where I purge all the scraps and start fresh and I also go through phases where i feel like I have to keep it all! I enjoyed Lab Girl quite a bit.

  3. I tend to save my yarn “bits” (and then get stuck in a knitting rut with something like . . . gnomes), but I’m not so “saving-minded” when it comes to my fabric scraps. If I could figure out something really clever to DO with them, I’d probably save them. But so far? I haven’t . . . (I love your quilt.)

  4. Lab Girl: amazing! When I finished that book, I immediately turned back to page one and started over! Hope you get a chance to finish it before your back-to-school work takes over again.

  5. I also have a hard time throwing out yarn scraps if there’s any usable length. Sometimes that comes in handy and sometimes they just take up space.

  6. Order and some areas of empty space are calming to me also. I go through my yarn stash every January and find a new home for some yarn. Either I give it to a local high school crafting group or to the Goodwill. I also sorted my fabric stash last winter (it had been a long time) and gave away some pieces. It is easier to part with fabric, perhaps because I make fewer quilts these days. Using up fabric scraps is more challenging to me than using up bits of yarn.

  7. Fabric scraps are good for stuffing “quilts” used in animal shelters, I understand. I save scraps mostly fat quarter size but I’m not sure why…I really don’t use them but others might. And totally agree: decluttering is good for the soul!
    Cheers~

  8. I enjoyed Underground Railroad, too; I heard on NPR that he has a new book out but can’t remember the name of it. I’m attracted to scraps, too, but need to get much better at decluttering!

  9. I feel the same way about those little scraps. I keep a box by my sewing machine. When it gets full I sew a rectangle of fleece into a pillow and stuff it with those scraps. I donate these cat beds to a cat rescue in our town.

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