Sunday, July 30, 2006

Oodles of Scraps


Cher from Marathon Quilter and I had a great scrap cutting session yesterday. She got half the scraps in her large tote cut up and sorted into baggies. I cut up the scraps left over from cutting 12 1/2" squares for the Broken Dishes quilt back, plus most of the scraps in a small tote. I don't know how many more totes of scraps Cher has, but I know I have several that are much bigger than the one I tackled yesterday. It was really great to get so much accomplished, and much more fun doing it together than by ourselves. We decided we need to have a scrap cutting session at least every 2-3 months until we get all the scraps under control. We took a short break for tuna sandwiches and chips for lunch, then a bit later headed to Starbucks for coffee and a visit to the closest quilt shop - one that Cher hadn't ever been to. I'm happy to report that I bought nothing! Before you send too many pats on the back, however, I'll confess that I hardly ever go to this quilt shop because she doesn't carry fabrics that I like. Her prices are really high also. She does a booming business with most of the quilters in town, so I don't feel so bad that I don't spend money there.

Here I planned to get Dishes on the longarm today, but instead I find myself still cutting scraps. The tote I tackled had dozens and dozens of large squares - 8" I think - that I'm cutting into smaller, usable sizes. Takes a lot of time! So I have the ball game on the radio and I'm cutting today.

Our neighbor ran a garage sale yesterday and he had an exercise bike in very good shape for $25. We brought it over so I could try it out for a week or so. I've felt so very guilty about not getting exercise. I rode 20 minutes at the start of the ball game today. If I can do that once a day - or even 3 or 4 times a week - I should start getting into better shape. I'll try it for the week and probably buy it. If I watch Simply Quilts while I ride it I should be able to exercise without totally giving up the time for quilting!

10 comments:

ForestJane said...

Nice to get a lot accomplished, and with a friend to make the time go faster too!

Linda_J said...

I was waiting for one or both of you to post about your cutting party, Patti! Sounds like you both had a productive day of it. I am not surprised about the latte run, knowing Cher, LOL.

Bike while Simply Quilts is on and there is a half hour multitasked--good plan if the bike works out for you. The seat bothers my more than ample rear end so I don't use ours--rather walk.

Judy said...

Wow that is one huge pile os scraps!! Way to go with all that cutting done! Can't wait to see what becomes of it all!

Cathi said...

How great to have a fellow blogger so close by...wish I could come over and join ya, I have a huge blanket chest of scraps! A bit far from Ireland, LOL!

Juliann in WA said...

the scrap cutting party is a great idea - hope you enjoy the bike - I listen to books on cd when I am on my eliptical trainer -sometimes I watch tv too and it does help the time to go by

Screen Door said...

Good for on the exercise front. Statistics say exercising for 20 minutes 3-4 times a week, lessons chances of so many illness, plus it's suppose to give you more energy for----you got it---- quilting. There's too many quilts out there waiting to be made to waste time not feeling well.

P.S. I think about what you said every time I touch the iron. Thanks again.

quiltpixie said...

congrats on both fronts: getting scraps cut up and a bike!

Darlene said...

WOW - you both got alot accomplished. This is a chore that I need to do too but... LOL

McIrish Annie said...

love the scrap cutting party!!! I think I will suggest this to our quild prez...

I tape Simply quilts or Monk and walk on the treadmill at least 3 times a week. Then I don't feel guilty about watching TV... keep on pedaling!!!

Cher said...

glad to hear you finished up that tote! good luck with doing the bike..I had a lot of fun, thanks again.