Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pick 'n' Mix

One of my fondest childhood memories was being given a silver coin and going to the local Milk Bar and getting mixed lollies.
It was such a treat and so, each selection took careful consideration. Was it so many milk bottles, chico's and pineapples or did I feel like eating chocolate and want mates and bullets?
Either way, that little white paper bag was my sugar fuelled treasure and I savoured eating every single one of them.
I feel the same way about my little bits and pieces of fabric. They are all little treasures that each hold so many possibilities. As you may have worked out by now, i'm a scrap quilter. I love scrap, unfinished projects, half made quilt tops and ones that have seen better days. I love the challenge that they present. What can I do with that? Do I re-work it and find in my scrap stash fabrics that suit from the same era? Do I pile my scrap into colour schemes and make a new quilt or project? Do I restore it or just finish it off the way the original owner set about to do?

So for as long as I can remember I have been hoarding scrap. Now I have so much its time to share it. I now have giant boxes in the studio full of scrappy off cuts, blocks and pieces large and small. You can Pick 'n' Mix your own bag and its sold by weight. $15 per 100grams of 1950s to 1970s scrap. This will give you about a meter give or take depending on what sort of fabrics you select.

Yes, I did share my mixed lollies with people I liked. Well, never the 'mates', they were mine, I loved how the chewy caramel got stuck in my teeth.

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