So what’s really in the spirit of scrap quilting? It comes from so many things. It comes from wanting to use things up. It is the original version of being “green”. It’s all about memories, and it’s all about walking through each piece of fabric and remembering where you bought it, what it’s original intent was and what you loved about it.
This quilt captures so much of that. Here is a special memory quilt made by the mother of a dear friend. She made Christmas pajamas every year for her grandsons. I love that tradition. I did the same thing for so many years and have recently started doing it again. People love Christmas pajamas. The wonderful thing about them is that they are a gift to the maker. They are a gift to the receiver, and the scraps are another gift.
This woman made this quilt using the fabric scraps from the Christmas pajamas that she made for her grandsons. When she bought the fabric, it was a gift to herself because the joy that comes from making something for someone is priceless. People that make clothing, people that make jewelry, and people who make furniture all know the joy of creating something with their hands. There are many other artisans such as culinary artists, painters, sculpters, carvers. When they are doing their craft it is a gift to themselves as well as a gift to the world.
Have you ever passed by a garden and taken in the beauty of it? That gardener was doing a generous thing by planting it. It’s a gift to everyone that passes by.
So, here’s the gift that keeps on giving…scrap quilts. And here’s the one that was made using my Row Houses pattern from my first book Quilts for Scrap Lovers.