So, I was merrily cutting and sewing, making dozens and dozens of little flying geese to be used in the Crumb Along. I think I made about 80. Then I moved to the next step, which was to use the flying geese in stars. I quickly realized that I'd made mine completely different from Jo's, and they would not work in the stars.
Jo started with rectangles that were approximately 1 1/2" x 2 1/2". So did I. She used triangles cut from squares that were 2 1/2". So did I. But she sewed her triangles on differently, and ended up with little squares. I trimmed all mine back to the size of the original rectangles, thus rendering them useless for the stars.
I will happily make more little square flying geese so that I can make the stars for the Crumb Along. I therefore had several dozen little rectangular flying geese to use for something. Several months ago I had started a medallion quilt (starting with a center block and working out) with leftovers from other projects. It has a center block surrounded by a border of rectangles, and also has two white strip borders. I sewed a bunch of the little rectangular geese together and added them to what I'd created already:
I'll call this Mish Mash #1, since I know there will be more. And there will be more to this one. It now needs another border, and then I'll decide where to go after that.
While I'm showing a quilt beginning using lots of scraps, I'll tell you about what happened at my first guild meeting last month. A woman (I don't know who she was) came up front with a large white garbage CRAMMED FULL of scraps from two recent quilt projects. She asked who it was in the group who made doggie beds, and she donated those scraps to be used as filler for the doggie beds. I wanted to jump up and scream, "I'll take them!!!!" but I'm new, and all I could do was cringe. I later noticed during the show and tell that no one had a scrappy project of any kind. Now I'm not going to assume that no one does scrappy quilting, but that day, no one was showing anything. So I'm going to take my queen-sized scrappy log cabin quilt and this little medallion piece to show them that even the littlest crumbs can be used in great projects. I want to make the point that even our scraps cost $8-$10 a yard - so they need to be used, not put inside doggie beds.