It’s one of my very favorite things to do. Just like Simms Taback’s Joseph (from Joseph Had a Little Overcoat —I love the illustrations and the story about craftiness and thriftiness).
In this case, I’m making a picnic quilt out of items from my fabric stash. I’m a freehand, Gee’s Bend kind of a girl when it comes to quilts, and I love to use scraps with some kind of story. I also made a New Year’s resolution to use things in my craft stash rather than buying more materials. I haven’t completely stuck to this, but I’m making a good stab at it. The bottom of the quilt is a piece of red nylon I bought for I don’t know what. The patchwork top is made up of flotsam and jetsam: chambray curtains that were once a tablecloth, curtain fabric from my daughter’s nursery, and funky faux patchwork from an old 70’s smock of my mother’s (the rest of which I made into a knitting needle holder). The middle of the quilt sandwich is also made up of fabric scraps of various kinds, just not as pretty. I machine-pieced and am hand-quilting with embroidery thread.