Sarah’s Stream of Conscienceness on the Subject of Scraps
I’ve been asked to teach you something about scrap quilts. I don’t really knowanything about the subject, so coming up with an enlightening program is not easy forme. As often happens, my thoughts have turned to my friend Joe.Joe lives his life based upon a philosophy inspired by an episode of South Park. In thisepisode, Cartman was a guest on the Jerry Springer Show and repeatedly said, “It’syour sexy body, you do what you want with it. Whatever!” Joe began applying thisstatement everywhere in his life. If I was painting my sewing room red, he’d say,“It’s your sexy room, you do what you want with it. Whatever!” At dinner, if I wasgoing to order something he didn’t like, Joe might say, “It’s your sexy meal, you orderwhat you want. Whatever!”As inane as it appearred at first glance, I have to admit that this philosophy’sbrilliance eventually shone through and I began to apply it to my quilting life. It’s mysexy quilt and I will do want I want with it. WHATEVER!Keep in mind, you’re working with garbage. You were going to throw this stuff away.You can’t mess it up much worse than garbage. There’s no place to go, but up.My quilts are not meant to be heirlooms, nor are they perfectly executed. I like tothink of them as family room quilts. I want to make quilts that friends and familywant to curl up under with a good book or while watching TV in their dens. I don’twant to make anything that’s so perfect that they feel they have to fold it up and putin the closet to be viewed on rare occasions in a dust free room with everyone inHAZMAT suits. The cats are welcome (but not encouraged) to shed and barf on myquilts, as they are built to be loved to death, literally until they fall to pieces.That means I care more about design than technique. If my points aren’t pointy andmy seams don’t nestle, who cares? It’s my sexy quilt, I’ll do what I want with it. AndI encourage you to do what you want with your sexy quilts.Designing BackwardsMost quilters, I find, start a project in one of two ways. First option, they pick apattern that they want to make, then proceed to pick fabrics for that pattern. Thesecond is they start with a piece of fabric they’ve fallen in love with, then pick apattern and coordinating fabrics from which to make their quilt. Most quilters havean idea of what they are going to end up with before they start.I start with a bunch of triangles, strips or odd shaped scraps. I have no idea whatpattern I’m going to use or where I’m going to end up. It could be beautiful, or itcould be an ugly piece of crap. My way of scrap quilting is starts with a leap of faith,a sense of experimentation, and a huge desire to do what quilting experts say Ishouldn’t.