The Year of the Scrap

Hi and welcome to Seam Work! This is a new blogging space for me, heck, this is a whole new website, and business and lifestyle...for me. So much to tell you. I might as well start from the beginning...

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I have been blogging about my quilty adventures over at Chezzetcook Modern Quilts for the last five years. I didn’t start blogging with a business in mind. The blog was always my personal quilt diary, that I let everyone read :) But sometimes sharing your thoughts with the world can lead to other things. First, I started the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, and then I started teaching quilting at Patch Halifax, and then I opened my Etsy Store, and then my husband and I opened a Gardening Store, Urban Gardens and by December I was writing a business plan of my own, to open a sewing studio...and here we are,  Seam Work open!

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Seam Work is a studio in jazzy downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. We are powered by six Janome sewing machines and will offer classes for beginners to experts, from quilting to garments. Folks will also be able to rent our machines by the hour during open studio time and could even rent the whole studio if they would like to host their own class or meeting. I am so frigging excited about all of this! Outfitting the studio has been like ten Christmases rolled into one, and I am having so much fun meeting all the makers in the Dartmouth Community.

So what does the Year of the Scrap have to do with all of this? In a nutshell, all of this busy business means that quilting outside of class samples and goods to sell is very rare. BUT, I am feeling really creative and I don’t want to add anything new to life, so I will use scraps to satisfy my creative cravings.  How many times have I said I am going to sew from my stash and my scraps...too many to count. Time to put my scraps where my mouth is! Time to make all the scrappy things.

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My first scrappy strategy this year is making pillows out of the scraps of projects as soon as I make them! Like these two pillows that I made this week from scraps from two baby quilt class samples. So I have a quilt, a pillow and no new scraps!

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I also put a big dent in my strip scraps making  fabric garland. I started with this big bucket of scrap strips, some rope...tv time... 

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...and 15 feet later, I think it's sweet in the Studio window :)

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Are you a scrapper? What scrap projects do you have planned this year? I want to hear all about them.

Well. I had better get back to it! This space is still my quilty diary, I hope you like reading it and won’t share too many of my secrets...

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