Consider that I have been a quilter for 30 years, consider that I now own a small quilt shop, consider that when I buy fabric I buy what I like and therefore, some of almost every bolt has to go into my stash, so just imagine how big my stash is.
Now my question to you is; why would one of my friends give me packages of her scraps? Well, the good news is they were all packaged into baggies of the same size pieces, that does help.
After getting the last machine piecing project done I was having a hard time deciding on what to do next so I went into my basement, looked over the shelves and noticed a bag that looked like it had little 2" or 2-1/2" precut squares in it. I figured that they could easily be sewn into 16-patch blocks so I brought them upstairs and started in. I wish I had taken a picture of the little bitty sandwich bag totally stuffed full.
First off, I found that the bag has a bunch of the green check squares and fabric that was an orange and green watermelon print. I decided to sew those first. Then that got boring so I started sewing the bright bits together. I'm still sewing on these but I did get the check/watermelon blocks done and have a total of 15 blocks. Once I check the size of the little squares I found out they were cut at 2-1/4" (now why would anymone cut blocks that size?) so they finish a 7" square. By framing and sashing the block and with a small border I will be able to stretch these into a 40" x 60" inch quilt.
I guess I could have thrown these little devils away or I could have donated them to a guild charity group but, if you know me, you now that I can't throw fabric out or even donate it if it's not sewn together. I just have to "do it myself"!
So my friends, if you want to remain my friend, do not EVER give me a gift of your scraps! (Yes, Joan T. I am talking to you.)