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It's unclear to me what about our current 'stay-home' status made me think to dive into some sewing with repurposed clothing. But it did, and I must say, it was immensely enjoyable, with two distinct results.

First was Skirted, which began with a skirt I wore and loved for years, until it mysteriously became too small. But I couldn't seem to pass it along, and apparently it was just waiting for a fun improv project, where I mixed it with a variety of stash and scrap substrates.
Second was Unmatched, which came to be after I cut up a pair of fine-wale corduroy pants. Coordinating this repurposed fabric proved difficult at first, but a beautiful Kaffe stripe saved the day, and once I found that, the rest as they say, is history.
So I took so long pulling this issue of The Scrap Basket together, that I have another quilt finish to share. Just don't want you to miss this one, which I'm calling "Let It Be." Made from pretty much all my colored solid scraps, it grew into a pretty wonky quilt, but it just seemed right to leave it that way.



Jennifer's Bar Quilt caught my eye with its fun mix of color. Look close to see how her quilting just added another beautiful layer. [jennaquilts]
I fell in love with Roxanne's "sherbertish" improv when it was still a quilt top. Her multi-spiral quilting gave it such dimension! [roxiquilts]
Michelle calls this one “Scrap Dive - Study no. 3”, and what an interesting study it is. With its minimalism in shapes yet maximized color, it makes quite a statement. Michelle says, "The [quilting] lines rotate between vertical vs. horizontal in color block areas, and then grid quilting lines in the black and white." Wow. [ml_wilkie]
There's something about 
Yvonne's Downstream that I find totally engaging. In describing it, Yvonne says, it "was designed while thinking about the intersection of glassy corporate office buildings, urban living, and natural spaces." I've enjoyed exploring it several times, trying to see what Yvonne sees. [quiltingjetgirl]
Love this unique piece from Carolina, which she named “November 76” because it is the Lunar calendar of her birth month. She painted the moon for every day of the month, and then hand-quilted each block. Definitely one of a kind. [carolina_oneto]


Preparing to join in Summer Sampler 2020 soon, deciding on a fabric pull was of the utmost importance. As in previous years, I crafted some swatch cards, so I can easily keep track of what's what in the coming months.

I print mine on card stock after I fill in the fabric detail using a basic WORD document. I like to note that info JUST in case I run low on something before my blocks are done. Then I cut my swatches 1" x 1 1/2", run a little glue stick along the top of each swatch to set it into place on the card. Then when I have the whole row cut and lightly glued down, I machine-stitch across them. Twice. Nothing fancy, but I find it is a handy resource with a project as long as the Summer Sampler.

If you'd like a copy of my blank template, just reply back to this email. and I'd be happy to send it to you!


Goodness there are alot of great tutorials out there lately! As I began to gather a few to share, they seemed to just keep on coming.
P.S. My instagram feed is full of 100 Day Projects, and one of my favorites are the fabric postcards being made by Sarah, aka @saroy. You've got to see them. If you'd like to hear more about how to make them, see Sarah's post here.
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