Whew! I just finished a flurry of small, screen-printed sewing projects to give as gifts. I literally snipped the last thread and threw them into my suitcase a few minutes before we left for our vacation.
Right now, my worktable is one big jumble of scraps and fibers. When I get back, I'll have to sort them and put them away (no doubt in between washing cycles for a mountain of laundry).
I actually enjoy sorting through my stash. It's contemplative and not too mentally taxing (I sort broadly by color and toss into the appropriate bin, no folding). Sorting also gives me the opportunity to revisit the variety of fabrics I have and plan my next project.
I have a few things on my radar that I'd like to create next.
One is a cute Demi Apron from the Summer 2011 issue of Stitch that my colleague Barbara Delaney made recently.
Another is a Faux Patchwork Pincushion from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts. I think my daughters will enjoy making these with me.
And I'll definitely be making more of these Easy Patchwork Dog Bandanas. My daughter Meredith wants to help me make some of these, too. She likes to bring them along as gifts for the pets of the family when we visit friends.
All of these projects are quick and easy, and they use up your scraps and small pieces of fabric in a hurry.
Speaking of doing something in a hurry, you can download the digital editions of many of our special issues, including 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts and Stitch Summer 2011, right now and start whittling down that stash and creating fun projects in no time.