Saturday, September 15, 2012

I HAVE BECOME A GARBAGE PICKER...

Last Thursday a friend came over to use my Go cutter. As she was using it she was throwing the scraps in the garbage.

 I told her not to be surprised if I didn't dig in the garbage after she left.


 She looked at me funny and said...you want these scraps!


 I said yes, I sure do.

 They were not much to look at but I could see potential.

 So.....in the garbage I went...wasn't too bad, no nasty food, just strings, not even a chocolate wrapper to graze the chocolate off of it (just kidding).
Got my trusty Go cutter out and this is what I came up with....using my heart die and my rick rack die.
Still needs to be quilted....but in time!

45 comments:

Teresa in Music City said...

LOL!!! I love working with scraps! Does my thrifty soul good to know I am creating something beautiful out of something that would have just been thrown away :*) Good for you!!!

Suzan said...

When I first saw the AccuCut unit I thought it was something that I would never want. Oh, I was so, so wrong! Though I hate to cut, I thought that I was too cheap to pay for a machine to do it for me. I am saving up my money now to get one. Look how cute that little table mat is and you cut it in no time. Excellent!!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Beautiful. I love it. You are so creative! Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

So very cute, and I'm sure quite satisfying to pull "something out of nothing"...

landscapelady said...

That's really cool, who would have thunk?
that beautiful quilt - from trash to treasure ;-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I do not have a GO, nor do any of my quilting buddies, but when they throw away a nice size piece of fabric, I too go through the garbage and claim it :-)

JustCindy said...

You did good with the trashy scraps! LOL That is too cute.

Denise :) said...

Haha!! Crack me up ... not even a chocolate wrapper ... poor thing! I love scraps, too! At the quilt show I went to today, the guild sponsoring it had a "boutique" and at the end of one of the aisles, a bin of *free* scraps! You'd have loved it! I got some really great pieces!!! :)

Tangos Treasures said...

LOL, NICE!!

Sheila said...

You know what they say "one's quilters trasher is another quilters treasures" :) I love the colors, it's just beautiful!

evelyn said...

LOL-Good for you. I have lots of bits and pieces from anothers "trash" can. Love them. Your little quilt is so cute. I gotta get me a Go.

Sasha said...

I love what you did with the scraps!! It's funny that you posted this, because I was just looking at all the corners I snip off from my drawstring bags and started wondering if I should be saving to make fabric buttons or magnets =P

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.. I was thinking today how it is just too hard for me to discard a scrap that has potential. I think the piece I was looking at was approx 2" square. Yes I saved it!

Lesley said...

You are amazing! You created a beautiful little quilt out of discards! Yay you...the quilt is adorable!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Wow, you sure do a lot with that Go. You are so creative. I love it. I like the pleats on the ends too. Very cute!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

What a fun little quilt you made with those 'leftovers'...sounds so much better than 'scraps' LOL!!! TFS

Frog Quilter said...

I agree with you...fabric is so expensive now.... I love scraps too. Guess what? They multiply over noght

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Barb the trash picker lol. I think most if not all quilters have dug through their trash cans a time or two. I know I have. Plus, you made something cute out of the trash pickings.

Jan said...

Treasure out of trash! Way to go!

SewCalGal said...

Hey, I've done the same thing. I would have never thought of picking up scraps others wanted to toss, until I got an AccuQuilt GO! It is so easy to cut scraps into usable pieces. But, I love what you created. You have now convinced me I MUST get that rick rack die.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Trash picking and dumpster diving have their rewards! I do think twice now about throwing away useable scraps..........your trash save is beautiful!

suemac said...

Oh so cute. I save every scrap. I find lots of uses for them.

wackywoman said...

Excellent!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I so understand. I wanted to park my car outside of Hoffman Fabrics Dumpster and take up residence...LOL

You are not alone :)

Kelly

ButtonMad said...

Wow its beautiful Barb! Amazing the potential we throw away so easily!
We are so hoping you'll be one of the volunteers in our buttons for a tutorial exchange!

hetty said...

I love scraps and I would certainly jump into any dumpster to get them. Terrific quilt you made there with your trash treasures! I love it!

Marjorie said...

You are amazing. What can I say? That is beautiful.

andsewon said...

I did a post not long ago on the same topic, less waste with GO! if ya utilize it! I applique a goodly bit so small comes in handy as well! I need the rick rack die. Waiting on a good sale!
Lola

Jean said...

Very cute! during classes, people throw away big pieces of fabric sometimes. I hate that!

paulette said...

Hi BARB!
Love that rick-rack!! I have some GO! dollars burning a hole in my pocket...hmmm...that die looks VERY sweet!! Love the runner!!
P

Nanci said...

ha ha, a true quilter goes through it all....I have little scraps in a basket, but am sure not going to do little stuff such as you did...makes the cutter look more inviting so I better start saving for it.

Miss Nancy said...

I would have done the same thing. If it might be usable, I save it. Love what you did with the scraps. Good work, good thinking.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Michelle said...

Oooooh - I want that ric rac die! Good for you, making something out of nothing! :-)

pinsandneedles said...

Hehe! What we quilters are willing to do for fabrics. You are not alone my friend! Nice!

Jeanne said...

Nice save from the trash can! I've been called a trash picker at retreats, but have recived some great scraps from it.

sandra said...

Love ya Barb, you always make me smile. I am with you and save the pieces,you never know. I use to do a lot of applique so like to have lots of scraps. Cute little mat. blessings Sandra

Snoodles said...

Woot! I bet you would make a good dumpster diver, too....well, if it was all fabric and no yukky stuff! Heehee! Great project you made!

Linda said...

Good for you, Barb. You know I save anything that can make a 1 1/2" square.

Joanne Lendaro said...

ONLY YOU!! LOL!! Great little quilt!

Anonymous said...

Cute! Love the scraps-digging!

QuiltNut Creations said...

Very creative Barb! Love what you came up with.

Sheila said...

You amaze me ,that is so creative , just love it !!!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Hi!!! Love it!!! It is very cute!!!!

Rhonda said...

In a word...... OUTSTANDING!

Catherine said...

Very clever and very attractive!