Frugal or spendthrift quilter? Yes

I love to buy fabric, love it. My idea of a great day is to go to a fabric store and just roll around in the fabrics. I like to buy a bunch for a project or maybe just a random piece that I happen to like. I would say that in general, I am a spendthrift quilter.

But every once in a while, another side of me comes out. At those times I get a huge kick out of making things from my stash, fabrics and whatnot that I have on hand. And if I have already used these fabrics for another project and I am using up the scraps, woot woot! It just feels great.

Such a day occurred earlier this week. If you follow my blog you know that I just finished an Irish table runner. I loved it but I had scraps.


I was about to put them into my storage and I stopped.

Couldn't I use these in a meaningful way? Why yes, I could.

First of all bibs. Yes, I have made about 30 bibs for Zara already. Yes, you read that correctly, 30. But it's March and doesn't this wee lass deserve a fresh Irish bib?frugal re 2

Yes, she does. And since I am making them with scraps, why by golly, they are free. (Yes, I know I originally paid for the fabrics, just work with me here.)

I made two to keep here and two to send to her house. I used up the orange scraps from the table runner and most of the shamrocks. The solid green I have lots of, that's actually for another project and I borrowed it.

frugal re 1I had to think of a way to use up the rest of the shamrocks.

An apron, duh!

Yes, I do have about two dozen aprons on a rack.

But this would be fresh and hey, I'm an Irish lass also.

And, you guessed it, it's free!

Shamrock fabric, done.

Orange fabric, finished.

Green fabric, back with the No Dragons on my Quilt fabrics.

Two fun FREE projects before I start working on my competition quilt.

Our Irish eyes are smiling around here.

So am I a frugal or spendthrift quilter? Yes.

And being both, that makes me sew happy!

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