QM Shorts; Giveaway!

Last week’s QM Shorts post about using batting scraps generated some comments on opposite ends of the opinion spectrum. Here are two.

From Regina: “As someone who…uses batting scraps for purse handles and other small crafties—I am cringing at the size of the scrap in your trash can.”

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And from Cindy: “I can’t keep every bit of quilting leftovers so I draw the line at batting scraps. In the trash they go.”

Do you see the humor? One person is cringing because she feels I’m throwing away scraps that are too large—they might still be useful. The other is saying there’s no way she would save scraps of batting—way too much trouble.

I can see both sides but the point I want to make here is that there is room in the quilting world for both ways of thinking!

 QM Shorts; Giveaway!This is not the Marine Corps (thank goodness!), it’s Quilting! There is space for each person to hold his or her own opinion on a variety of quilty topics. We can all respect each other and learn from each other.

Aren’t we lucky to be part of the world of quilting?! To celebrate, let’s have a giveaway. Leave a comment by midnight, Tuesday, Jan. 24 answering this question: How open are you to seeing both sides of a quilting idea? The most thoughtful answer wins a quilty prize package of cool stuff! The winner is Marti Parsons with her spirited comment about doing whatever makes you bloom!!! Thanks for all the great and thoughtful comments. QM readers are the best!

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.
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154 Responses to QM Shorts; Giveaway!

  1. Dawn Mason says:

    All those scraps would make a darling dolls quilt for my Grandaughter’s doll Bubba!I use my scraps to make crazy blocks to use in future quilts.Nothing is wasted not even the batting bits.

  2. Tamie Powell says:

    I like to make needle cases. You can place a piece of batting, single layer or if it is big enough you can fold it in half. I have made some of these for the nursing home where I work for the lil grannies that sew! Also, good to make eye glass cases, or quilted walker handle covers, mug cozies. Any small “quilty” item!

  3. Teresa Stees says:

    If its big enough for a hot plate its big enough to keep.

  4. Vicki says:

    Batting scraps have so many great uses! Small ones are great for cleaning up your cutting mat with. Medium size are great for making quilted bags. Large pieces I’ve pieced together to fill wall hanging size quilts. But if my collection gets too large then I have to begin discarding.

  5. Angie Trenchik says:

    I really try not to throw away anything that has usable life left in it. If I can’t use it myself, I find a a good home for it. The back seat of my car is always full of things to be donated, or recycled. People who know me, know that. I am always getting bags and boxes of other people’s cast offs. Sometimes there are treasures in there for me, sometimes, “Yikes!”, but those make the best stories. :)

  6. Kris B says:

    Use and reuse. We need to go back to the old ways, and not be such a throw-a-way world! I am an avid quilter and right now on a very limited budget so I use everything, my new thing is using zippers from the plastic bags that new sheets come in. They are very easy to remove and are very durable.

  7. Jackie Roisler says:

    Wow, I really like your choice of extreme opinions of left-over batting :) You ask how I feel, what my opinion is? Opening my mind to new ways of achieving the same ‘ending’ or walking opposing streets to reach the same location is how I LEARN. With learning something new or seeing the same item differently is stimulating to me, ya know the lightbulb gets brighter moment :)
    And to look at the opposing side ;) when my brain is soo filled-up with ‘little, now worthless bits of old info…..can’t recall what I want to, yet I know it’s up there in the brain’ I’ll just forget some stuff to make room for the new :D

  8. Hueisei says:

    I used throw or blanket for batting. Save cost and lighter. Of course, can’t last long but it’s the reason to make a new quilt again.

  9. Nancy Longley says:

    Not only am I open-minded, I am greedy! When I have scraps that I am inclined to toss, I ask myself, do I know a quilter who would love this scrap? If I answer yes,(which is usually) I put said scrap in “her” plastic zip bag to give her when I see her next. Often, our meeting will happen at Guild when I will be delivering numerous gift bags of scraps and in return receive my share of “saves”. This continuous cycle of trading means that I have a stash only of my favorites, and no pile of unwanteds,..even batting, the scraps of which go to the friend who stuffs new doggy beds for the animal shelter!

  10. MoeWest says:

    I’ve never worried about the quilting police. It’s wonderful that the internet brings so many ideas to us. I pick and choose what works for me and throw in some of my own. I’m going to start using my smaller batting scraps for dusting now.

  11. Kelly B says:

    I totally understand the conflict. I have been dutifully saving those small bits known as crumbs, but find piecing them together time-consuming and tedious. On the other hand, I save bags full of bits too small to be crumbs & other pieces I consider to be unusable. Why do I save them? They become stuffing to make sleeping bags for the homeless (see sleepingbagproject.org).

  12. VickiT says:

    I think being able to consider both sides of anything a good way to live. My husband taught me that even more than how I used to look at things when we met in 2000. Before that time I had a hard time really taking into consideration any idea that was not in line with my own thinking. But, in doing so, it meant that I was not allowing my mind to really take into account another person’s idea. In having a closed mind that way I feel a persons’ creativity is also held back.

    If you are only open to hearing one side of something then you may miss out on a new way of doing something. An example in the quilting world for that would be the numerous ways of making flying geese blocks. In the end, each new way I have seen on my road to learning to quilt still have a beautifully created block. Of all those ways to go about creating that block that is not the ‘original’ way of doing so those new ‘options’ to try may work much better/easier for some whereas doing this block the old fashioned way may create stress for those very same people and frustrate them to the point that they gave up even trying. So seeing a new way to create that same flying geese block may allow those people to make them and have them turn out perfectly. Keeping an open mind for those people mean that they now too can create a beautiful quilt using the flying geese when before using that old fashioned way meant they would never have that block in any of their quilts. Imagine if they had seen the new way to create that block and said to themselves that’s NOT the way they are supposed to be done so I’m not even going to try this new way because surely it must be wrong. Having an open mind and seeing both sides of learning for them has opened up many doors they once previously had closed out of frustration.

    There are so many things in life that we should alway try to see both sides. Another of those hot button topics is how to raise your chlidren. How many ways of things while raising your child have someone else telling you that this or that should be done ‘this/their’ way after that other person saw you doing it another way? In the end doesn’t that child(rend) still end up the same way…..as an adult that has still learned to walk, talk, understand, learn and how to use a toilet? LOL No one way is THE only way to do it and in keeping your mind open you just might find the ‘other’ way to be the one that helps you do it much easier or better than you used to.

    If I hadn’t kept an open mind in 2000, I never would have been in the most wonderful marriage that I am now. I would have found the perfect man who lived two states away and closed my mind right away in thinking it would never work because of the distance. But, that distance thing was a challenge we both overcame and we are now the happiest we have ever been in our adult lives. So yea, seeing both sides of anything can be a very good thing.

    In the example given – who is to say that using that batting to make a quilt and then using the leftover pieces to help the enviornment and save paper/trees etc by using the scraps as a way to clean your floors is wrong? Not only does that help the environment but, saves money by not having to buy the cleaner things for that mop but the gas money going to buy them. In my opinion, the batting was purchased to use in a quilt. That was done and it turned out beautifully I’m sure. Now the leftovers were used for another purpose. If that isn’t a good thing then by that same thought process after we’ve made a big meal and have leftovers, then they must be used the same exact way as they originally were used. This would mean when you have leftovers that means you can’t take them and use the rest of your pot roast dinner and make that into beef pot pies for another meal. You must make the same pot roast meal with those leftovers, nothing else. That sounds kinda boring to me.

    Open minds are creative minds in my opinion.

  13. SusanB says:

    I am very open to seeing both sides of a quilting idea. Usually this is a blessing, other times it is more troublesome.

    Sometimes I save scraps, and other times I donate them and sometimes, even toss them out. When in doubt, I hang onto it for a while to until I get a gut reaction on what to do.
    I like to make a mix of fast, easy quilts and slower, complicated projects.
    I have seen that over time, I grow to appreciate more and more styles of quilting. I have pushed myself to appreciate colors and styles I used to think were ugly or boring. I try new techniques. Each experience helps me to apprciate more quilts, tools, and fabrics.
    I find liking a color or not, is all in how the color and contrast is used. Now when I find myself ignoring or not liking a color, I use it as the main color in a quilt. By the time the quilt is done, I am in love with that color/colors. I particulaly love chanllenges to use a bit of “ugly” fabric or an unusal color combination.
    When the idea or pattern is not right for me, often one of my sisters will think it is perfect. When I toss a fabric, they catch it and make something beautiful out of it. I have seen orphan blocks and UFO projects turned into eye catching quilts by members of my quilt guild.
    One of the best things about quilting is there is so many options and variables that there is something exactly right for each person exactly when they need it. I am quite sure that no matter how my life changes, as I change and grow, there will be more perfect options for me to choose from too.

    Susan in Ga

  14. Dorothy Schreyer says:

    Just as there aren’t quilt police for the size of MY seams, to each their own. If you can find s use for something it isn’t trash, but if you don’t have space to save them they become clutter. That is where a group of quilty friends comr in hsndy, so you can share and not feel bad about tossing scraps.

  15. Linda Kohn says:

    I really hate to throw anything away. I like to try and use the small pieces in art quilts. I do struggle with keeping things though when I am cleaning.

  16. Heidi F says:

    Yes! I’m always open to trying and listening to other talented peoples ideas. There is never just one way of doing anything! And other quilters push me to learn and grow!

  17. Cindi C says:

    Oh My Gosh! Are there only 2 sides? I love it when someone else sees things differently, it leads to so many learning opportunities..shortcuts, time savers, tips! I’ve got some of my best scraps by taking advantage of the “trash” that someone else generates… A whole quilt from snowball blocks leftovers.

  18. valerie says:

    when i first started to quilt i saved every little scrap and cut them to the width that would best suit them and put them in their appropriate little rubbermaids :O) i don’t do that so much any more :O) but i don’t see a problem with someone doing that if they so desire :O) i would save batting of the sizes in that waste basket :O) they have stuff to iron them together to make them bigger :O) and it works! ;O)
    and i ‘purr’sonally like to hear/see how people ‘interpret’ patterns etc – it only enhances ideas that someone else may have or re-enforce what they might have been thinking :O) and like someone said ‘let the fabric talk to them’ [ok might not be exact words :O) ]
    if everyone didn’t have an opinion or were not allowed to ‘have’ an opinion, life would be pretty dull…. God made us all different, but He made us to live together, learn from each other and have our own minds…. it makes the world go ’round :O)
    if you don’t want it maybe someone else could use it – donate :O) i do that with scrapbook supplies as well as my quilt supplies :O) pass it along :O)

  19. Jan Sheets says:

    One has to be willing to try new ways of doing things, otherwise growth is impossible. I love finding different ways, methods, techniques of doing things. It’s how I grow my quilting skills.

  20. Margaret Parks says:

    Not very original, but yes, 2 sides to every story. Scraps to me are like a big box of crayola crayons..So many possibilities…

  21. Jean Belle says:

    My DH is an engineer, and believe me – Engineers think differently! I can’t count the number of times in our 25 years together that we will come up with entirely different methods to achieve the same result. And neither one of us can understand the other’s process. But… in the end, same result. So neither is wrong, and both are right. And if we don’t get hung up on the process, we can both appreciate the result.

  22. Kasey Potts says:

    If I close my mind to one side of a quilting issue, then I may never see the simpler way, or the more efficient way, or (heaven forbid) I may never come up with that one design that will bring me joy from start to finish and then 30 years beyond. Closing your mind in quilting, or any realm of life, is a claim that you know more than anyone else in the world. How can you know for sure that you DO know more than the rest if you won’t try their way at least once? I find when it comes to scraps, it often depends on my mood. I’ve made some lovely crumb blocks in the past, but earlier this week I purged anything less than 1.5″ from my scrap basket so I could have a fresh start of sorts. Sometimes, you just have to let go.

  23. Connie says:

    I have a hard time throwing anything away.I love all of the ideas on the blog. I’m thinking about using my batting and fabric scraps to make my cat a few mice on strings and maybe a ball out of my really narrow fabric scraps. I guess everyone will get Christmas pot holders from me this year too.Thanks for the ideas.

  24. MarciaW says:

    The late painter Bob Ross would say (paraphrased) on his PBS shows: “It’s your world. You can make it look like whatever you want it to be.” I practice permissive gardening and quilting, and laugh when see Eleanor Burns throw the scraps on the floor. There are enough issues to deal with in life and whether someone keeps or throws away excess batting is a personal decision. I personally lean toward frugality and keep small quilting items including excess batting – and have used it in a pinch.

  25. Carolyn Ashton says:

    I often think I am not creative or imaginative enough, so I love to get ideas from others and their creative ideas. I helps me to think out of the box that much more. I tend to save too much, because I’m afraid I will need it later or find a great use for it later.

  26. Margo Reilly says:

    Two sides- there are many situations in the art of quilting where there are two sides- ie- choice of fabric- floral vs stripes- choice of binding vs no binding- choice of color- muted tones vs vibrant colors- style of the quilt- log cabin vs abstract and the list goes on and one- but when all is said and done- no matter how we disagree with each other- at the end- we always agree in our hearts that each other’s quilt is “beautiful”- so to sum it up- yes it’s ok to disagree- and it’s ok for there to be 2 sides to quilting-because in the end, when we hold up our treasure and we look at each other- we both “agree” – it’s “beautiful”

  27. pat adney says:

    I save/use all my scraps of batting-pieces smaller than about 6″ square go in my bags of threads and clippings from quilting /these scraps accumualte very fast and are used for dog and cat beds for the animal shelter. long strips are used for quilt as you go place mats or table runners or baby quilts. Squares go into rag quilts for head start kids or the women’s shelter. Our quild gives away hundreds of quilts every year. I can’t afford to give monetary donations,but I can use my scraps to make something nice.

  28. Patti Nash says:

    One goal can always be reached by many means. I try to learn through others as each has their own style and each can be the correct way. I love quilting and this is one area where creativity comes from both your own and others ideas.

  29. Melons Gramma says:

    How boring would this life be if every flower looked the same? If every animal looked like a giraffe? Or every person looked like Humphrey Bogart? Differences are what make life interesting. I for one enjoy the different points of views on everything from technique to taste.
    I have yet to see a truely ugly quilt. Some are made to keep a body warm and cozy, others to express someone’s creativity. All were constructed using someone’s talents and vision. This is the beauty of the art called quilting.

  30. pat adney says:

    I use all my scraps-batting sizes smaller than 6″ square go in with my thread and fabric clippings to make stuffing for dog or kitty beds at the animal shelter or for my DGKs pets. Long strips of batting go into quilt as you go quilts and the squares go into rag quilts for babies or head start kids. My quilt guild gives away hundreds of quilts every year . I can’t afford to make monetary donations,but I can use my scraps and also avoid cluttering up the land fill.

  31. Robin Cole says:

    Since I am just a quilting beginner, but have been seeing for several years I can see both sides. There are times I struggle with what to keep and what to toss. I guess if I had a 5000 sq ft house I would probably keep everything little bitty thing. And just as sure as I toss something in the next week or so I find myself needing that very same thing I tossed. But with just about anything in life there are two sides to every story.

  32. Cindy says:

    I hate wasting anything, but I don’t want to appear on an episode of hoarders either. I have to be in the right frame of mind to make these decisions, so I just pile up my scraps, and go through them when I can think clearly. My daughter has inspired me to push my limits a bit and think outside the box. With that, I try and keep and open mind and not judge. I’m just trying to do what I like for a change. Selfish, nope, it’s just time.

  33. Darla Davidson says:

    I can see both sides of this argument, I my self save the scraps for small trapunto quilting, but I also see if you hang on to too much batting, you could be considered a hoarder, and that gets in to a whole new arena of problems. Quilt what you can and pass the rest on to another good home. One mans trash truly can be another mans quilt peice.

  34. vicki says:

    I give my smaller pieces to my friend. That way I don’t feel like a hoarder! Lol

  35. frances chislett says:

    How boring would it be if we all did the same things and quilted the same way. I like that someone may do the direct opposite of me because I can usually learn a new tip or see a new way of putting together a timeless square into a quilt pattern. Quilters are wonderful helpful people and I have learned so much from them as I am new to this wonderful hobby.

  36. Emily says:

    I love learning new ways to do things. I don’t have much patience so if a technique takes me less time and is easier, I’m all about it. As for scraps, I’m a pack rat. I will though take some time every now and then to go through the little scraps and pitch what I know I can’t use for anything. Usually if it’s less than a 2″ square, it goes in the garbage- fabric, batting, interfacing, everything.

  37. Darlene says:

    The beauty of different opinions is that is gives us all many options to choose from. We don’t always know the background of a person and why they make the comments they do, but in the process I learn more about people and how to do things by listening to what others say. It took many years of practice, but I have learned a lot :-)

    Blessings,
    Darlene

  38. marie sierra says:

    i am open to both sides of this issue..but if it were me..i would collect my leftovers and then find a group who could use it for charity projects, or local school, girlscouts/boyscouts, etc..just so the materials are used up!
    thank you,
    marie

  39. LizA. says:

    I think its smart to be open about new or different ideas, methods or ways to do something. You never know when you might learn an easier method for doing something that you’ve been doing the same way forever. I once asked someone who had posted a binding tutorial why she sewed all her binding strips together with a 45 degree seam but then sewed her final ends together with a straight seam and she replied “because I don’t know how to end it any other way.” Over the years I’m always trying different methods for achieving the same goal. In doing so, I’ve learned what methods work best for me and give me the result that I’m after. I always encourage new quilters to try different methods. I liken it to the way we like to travel. We can take the same old boring freeway which might be speedier but is boring and dull or we can get off the freeway and take secondary roads which are usually much more scenic and more fulfilling.

  40. Madeline Wallace says:

    oh, I want to hear all sides of a quilting idea!!! That’s how I come up with my unique style of quilting. I incorporate some of the old ideas, some of the new, and then add whatever suits my fancy into it! Isnt that the way alot of ideas are born??? Besides, since I am a scrap saver, I just love to find someone who isnt. I love to take their “trash” and call it my “stash”. If you like scrap quilts, you always need more variety! I also have bags of batting scraps that I try to match up and patch together for larger quilts. I grew up with the saying: use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. I dont like to do without, so….

  41. Annie K says:

    Quilting is an artform, in my opinion…and I would no more feel that everyone had to conform to the same set of rules then I would feel that a still life of roses wasn’t really RIGHT, because it was done in watercolors on paper, rather than in oils on canvas. Some people are inspired by scraps, and will actually use them. Some people, on the other hand, are not, and saving them would only turn their work areas into a hoarder’s nightmare. There isn’t a “right” way, there’s only “your” way, and that’s what makes it art!

  42. Cathy Byrd says:

    I am very open to both sides. In fact I frequently battle with myself. How tiny does a scrap have to be before it can be tossed? Well – if you’re making a miniature – then PRETTY TINY. What about a one inch square? Well – if you’re making a postage stamp quilt – then don’t toss it out. That said – HOW to do organize and keep up with all of those tiny pieces? They all are not rectangles or squares – sometimes you have an irregular piece left over from cutting out an applique – what do you do with it? I hate to just cut off the excess and toss it away – what if I NEED that irregular piece? YES _ I could easily drive myself into the looney bin. Then you have to consider how much time do you have? It allllll takes soooooo much time! AUWH! I think that is one reason some of my friends have resorted to making dog pillows for the humane society. Putting your scraps to a good use. They fill a pillowcase with scraps and sew it up. ONLY _ they don’t wash well – so they may be a limited time use.
    I have scraps which are 25 years old, and I pull them out to use all the time.
    SO you see -how conflicting this can be?
    Just do your thing and maybe donate scraps to your local quilting group where they will be loved and used. OR do a giveaway on the net.
    One womans scraps are definitely another womans stash! :-)
    I feel an ease and freedom to use scraps when I have a fear of cutting into a “fresh” piece of fabric.
    Guess I have rambled on long enough today. If anyone finds “the answer” – share it with us all.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at gulftel.com

  43. Jennifer says:

    When I read that post yesterday I had this exact battle with myself! That WAS a rather large piece going into the waste bin and, heavens! there’s a quilt-as-you-go block being sacrificed on the alter! Then, I thought, that is a rather clever idea – I’d not thought of using them to do the dusting. Hmmm, just might have to try that. After that, I contemplated how many scraps of fabric and batting I *already* had…I’d have thrown the darn thing out too! Sure seems we create a lot of self made pressure on ourselves when the whole point of quilting is to give us an outlet from the pressures of the world. Funny, that.

  44. I can certainly see both sides. I threw away a lot of scraps when I first started quilting. Then I gave the thicker pieces to a friend to use in making pillows. Now I use them myself for making dog and cat blankets for the vets and the bigger scraps I sew together for charity quilts. I also use them for cleaning and dusting. Living in the desert, we get lots of dust.

  45. Joanna V. says:

    We all know there is no “right” answer :-D So, For me, I use my scraps for a variety of things, including as stuffing for dolls, pillows, pincushions and so forth. It’s “free” so why not use it. You know it is machine washable and dry-able and you will always have a never ending supply! So, for me, it is a win-win situation and reminds me of what my Nana always said: “Waste not, Want not”. Great topic and I have loved reading everyone’s thoughts on the subject! :-D

  46. Julie Kaye says:

    When I first started quilting I threw most of my scraps away. With that I can relate to not saving the small stuff. Then I learned about bonus quilts and now I never throw anything out. Right now I am working on bonus triangles. They will work as a flying geese border for a wall hanging I’m working on. And yes, I even save the scraps of batting. I use them to dust or to wrap around breakables. Each year more and more of my Christmas decorations are safer due to being wrapped in scraps of batting.
    Have scraps – will quilt, craft, clean, wrap, etc…………………….

  47. Cathy says:

    I can certainly see both sides to this issue. Honestly, I liked the idea of using a piece of batting for dusting – much more efficient than just tossing out the stuff without a second thought. If I REALLY want to tick off those “quilt nazis” out there, I’ll tell you a tale of my daughter’s French bull dog shredding some of the batting scraps. Dog toys?! Hey, another novel use for the scraps! Seriously, I do save my batting scraps – sometimes use them for pillow stuffing – larger pieces for table toppers, placemats and coasters.

  48. deb m says:

    I try to listen to all aspects of quilting with an open mind. Even if I don’t agree or like what is being done I may learn something that I can use in my processes. If you want to be heard and respected by others you must learn to give those same kindnesses first.
    I am a slightly extreme environmentalists (not to be mistaken for the Mentalist, hes so funny). When I saw your batting in the garbage pic I thought it was a good idea, but it wasn’t dirty enough to throw away. In other words, it may not have been time to dust yet, lol. kind of a joke that was funnier in my head than in type.
    I have a pot holder that I got from my sister in TX. It was made by an elderly woman she use to work for (doing household chores) a few days a week. The woman was not able to do much of anything, but would piece scraps of fabric to make pot holders. She use layaers of dryer lint as batting and hand quilted them. I asked my sister if I could have one to hang on my sewing room wall, to always remind me that I can make do with less. I am always humbled by the simple thoughtfulness of others.

  49. Barbara says:

    I’ve found many uses for batting scraps over the years. Have used them to stuff pincushions, coasters, handles for purses, and more. Larger pieces can sometimes even be hand sewn together to create a batting for a placemat. However, what I choose to do may not be what others prefer. That’s the beauty of quilting. There are no right ways to do things.

  50. Diane says:

    Just as there are so many fabric choices (thank goodness!), there are as many choices and opinions about quilting and I say again, thank goodness! It would be a dull world indeed if there was only one color of fabric and only one way of doing things.

  51. Gwen Windham says:

    How open are you to seeing both sides of a quilting idea? To me, rarely in life is there ever an instance when there is only one *right* answer… and certainly not in something as creative as quilting or sewing. There are so many instances where there are two or more ways of doing things– and whichever way you go, you still come out with a beautifully done project.. When we create, we’re expressing ourselves for our own enjoyment– and in the end, if we’re happy with what we’ve designed , that’s really all that matters… It’s the uniqueness in our creations that makes them special! :-)

  52. SewLindaAnn says:

    Creativity is personal and individual, and not everyone’s time and space is the same. It’s important to remember there’s always two sides to a story, regardless of the plot. For the person who cannot/or does not have the mental space to deal with batting scraps it might her moment of letting something go so she can have the freedom to craft at all. When we’re over-loaded, something has to go in order to move forward. On the other hand, I understand the concern over waste, and how it might help someone who doesn’t have much or is thinking environmentally. Perhaps a compromise would be for no. 1 to keep her scraps in a container and no. 2 could go over and pick them up. (Kidding:)

  53. Deanna says:

    Quilting goes to the heart of a person. It is so important to be kind and openminded in comments and criticism of the work of others. Also, by being open, we, too, grow as quilters. My own style and taste have evolved considerably through the years, partially due to the influence of quilts and quilters that were not like me. I believe there is in my style a tiny sliver of every quilt I have ever seen. Isn’t “small pieces of different things all brought together” the essence of quilting?

  54. The great variety of quilt making techniques was born out of compromise! If every time someone came up with a new idea or opinion about something quilting related, we were all too stubborn to try it, there would be no new innovations and less of the eye-popping “Wow” quilts today. We can’t all agree on everything, but trying new ideas helps me to grow as a quilter. Have a super day!

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