sewing scraps together

I get really great pleasure from pinning scraps together and then hand sewing them.  starting small, adding on till it gets bigger and then doing it again. and again. and again.

it’s tactile.  it’s meditative.  it’s productive.

I try not to trim the scraps, instead I choose the piece that fits…..going through each piece, trying it on for size and then finally pinning it in place.  after I get a stack of pieces pinned together, I start sewing. 

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here’s kind-of a messy photo of several blocks…


and here is a neat photo of two blocks

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one is random bits and the other is japanese blues


and here are 3 girls making pizza!!!!  with pineapple!!!!

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once again we shall

see the snow melt

taste the flowing sap

touch the budding seeds.

Smell the whitening flowers

know the renewal of life.

from an Ojibway Thanksgiving for spring.

from “Full Moon Feast” , by Jessica Prentice


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jude
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 00:23:16

    nice scraps. i often leave scraps in little piles because they seem to belong together. it is such a simple process but it fills my heart with joy. yours look happy together.


  2. Steph
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 01:30:15

    Your scraps look happy together and three girls look very happy together too


  3. laneyloo
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 01:30:49

    these are nice Jan. I know what you mean, it is surprisingly meditative and calming. Hope you show us what becomes of the process.


  4. Jenna
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 12:18:12

    Your scrap blocks look very nice. Pineapple is my favorite topping for pizza too!


  5. Miss Behaving
    Apr 01, 2008 @ 01:29:02

    It all looks great. Especially that Billabong shirt 😉


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