Forgive my ramblings.........
Waste not, want not. We have all heard that little saying sometime in our lifetime. It is crystal clear, we all know what it means. I think everyone of us can agree that there is way too much wasted in this day and age, especially by the younger generation who was brought up to think of everything as "disposable". Myself, I was brought up by a mother who grew up in Germany during WWII. Her father died in a concentration camp in Russia. There were 6 of us kids and we were made to clean our plates at meal time, often being reminded that mom, her mother and sister walked down the streets of Berlin while it was ablaze with only the clothes on their backs. They boiled grass to eat. There was no food. Then I married a man whose parents were raised during the Depression. Between the two families I learned about not wasting anything.
I dumped them all in one big tote bag and tonight I started to try and tame the nightmare. What follows is my start of what promises to be a long process. I am sure some of you would throw the whole tangled blob on the trash and not waste your time fooling with it. But not me. I see value here and let me explain......
The above bunch is ideal for the first and second rounds when making grannies, or other motifs.
This next bunch is smaller amounts, too short for even the center of a granny, but useful for something else I have been dreaming up.
The above pieces are way too short for my recent project, but ideal for hanging Christmas ornaments, or for tacking the layers of a quilt together. They work well on colorful baby quilts if you don't have time to hand or machine quilt.
These small 1 to 1-1/2 inch pieces are definitely way too short for anything but the birds will love them for building their nests. I will save them in a baggie until next spring. I'll put them in the grape vine ball I hang out for them.
Now remember I mentioned the recent project where I was using the pieces too short for grannies? I started the post with this picture and I am giving you a sneak peek and hope that by my next post I will have something more concrete to share with you. I have laid in bed at night thinking about it, trying to come up with something different. In the meantime my thoughts are jumping all over the place. Yes, you see an African Flower in the upper left of the photo (just experimenting here with the color combo), and yes, there are a bunch of grannies started in the upper right hand. When I get bored I hop from one project to the other. And so I say to you keep the scraps. You never know what you might come up with ♥