Eileen is very creative and very good at anything she does. She did a lot of sewing for a while, but has moved on to oil painting. So she decided to gift me with a bag full of fabric!
A few pieces were "re-gifted" and probably can't be used for quilting. The two below on the left are upholstery fabric and the one on the right is a shiny cotton-poly blend. I'm sure I'll find a way to use them, though!
Some pieces were just a couple of inches long and less that a fabric-width wide. Others were a full yard!
Some fabrics just cry out to be used in an art quilt. I can imagine using a metallic thread to quilt around the trees and leaves in these fabrics. Of course, for the time being, imagining is all that's going to happen!
My favorite quilting blogger, Bonnie Hunter, has come up with a whole system for cutting small pieces of fabric into sized scraps so that they are ready to use in a scrappy quilt. I've finally gotten far enough along to have a fair amount of scraps, so I'd spent the day trimming and sorting.
Eileen had been making a landscape quilt, so little pieces were missing from many of the fabrics.
The only way to go was to trim up the fabrics into larger pieces and then to cut the remainder into smaller squares and rectangles. Step One was to trim off pieces that had already been cut into.
Sorting out the rectangles by width:
Squares by the bag!
I think this effort will all have been worth it. My big projects, like the Otsego Lake quilts, are all planned out, but for the Barrister's Block quilt-along I'm increasingly turning to a scrappy look. There's certainly plenty to work with now!