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:

  1. 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!!!

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  2. 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!!

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

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

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

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  6. 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 :-)

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

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  8. 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!!! :)

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

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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

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  12. 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!

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

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  14. 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!

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

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

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  17. 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.

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  18. Treasure out of trash! Way to go!

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  19. 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

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

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

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

    You are not alone :)

    Kelly

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  23. 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!

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  24. 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!

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

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  26. 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

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

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  28. 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

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  29. 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.

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  30. 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.

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

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

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

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  34. 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

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  35. 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!

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

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  37. ONLY YOU!! LOL!! Great little quilt!

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  38. Very creative Barb! Love what you came up with.

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

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  40. Very clever and very attractive!

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