NOTE: The DCSMLA is moving to April 8. See here.
Have you ever heard of a die-cut-scrap-make-later-along? Of course you haven’t, because I made it up. And now you’re super-curious about it, right?
There are all sorts of projects out there in blogger land, and you can certainly hop on the next Dear Jane, Trip Along, or Mystery Quilt sensation, but there’s a reason why I rarely join these things.
Simply put: I don’t have time to make another project right now. (Well, there are other reasons too, but let’s just go with this one, k?)
And the whole point behind a quilt along is that you actually work on the project, right along side everyone else who has joined in. That’s the fun of it, right? Somehow, it just doesn’t seem as fun if you miss one of the steps, or you fall behind, or it turns out you really don’t like how your project is turning out.
Then it hit me! While I don’t have time to start another project, what I DO have is several bins just overflowing with scraps, a notebook overflowing with sketches, more dies than I can store comfortably, and a backlog of videos to record.
So, I thought to myself, why don’t I just pick a die, cut up some scraps, and get a project ready to work on for LATER? And that’s how the Die-Cut-Scrap-Make-Later Along was born! (I know it’s not grammatical, but it sure is lots of fun to say.) Now I’m sure you’re wanting some additional details on how a DCSMLA actually works. Here’s what I’m thinking.
The “Die Cut” Part
For this first adventure, I want to tackle the Thousand Pyramid concept. There are many dies that can work for this purpose across all the major manufacturers, and I probably own them all. You might have one or two of them yourself! And maybe yours is still in the packaging, like mine are. Let’s unwrap them together!
Expect a video or two to help you identify these dies so you can decide which one you want to work with.
Even if you don’t have a die cutter or die, you can play along too! I’ll give you some ideas for rotary templates and such. If you’re close by, you can even come to my studio and cut some of your scraps on one of my cutters.
And if you’re not really excited about the Thousand Pyramid idea, feel free to suggest a different die for our next DCSMLA. If this is popular enough, we can do it more often!
The “Scrap” Part
The kinds of scraps I’m talking about are those less-than-a-half-yard, or even less-than-a-yard pieces that are too much trouble to fold neatly, but too large to make you feel good about cutting up into random scraps. Well guess what? You’re not using them, and neither am I, so let’s chop them up and at least pretend we’re going to use them someday.
And yes, I’m counting fat quarters in that equation too. You know you’ve got fat quarters up the wazoo and you’re not using those either. Think about it.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you cut up every single scrap into pyramids, oh no! Why, if you did that, we wouldn’t be able to scrap along with other dies. So I’m planning to scour the interwebs for the best of the best ideas for using those pyramid shapes; I’ll post those up, and when you get a bit of an idea of the type of project that strikes your fancy, you’ll know how many pieces you need. Basically, stop cutting when you have enough!
And hey – maybe you have yardage you want to cut up – I won’t discriminate! I’m thinking some Robert Kaufman Kona Sand or Earth is going to find its way into my project, and I have so much yardage that those are on bolts. Sometimes, you need the solids to unify and tame the scraps.
The “Make Later” Part
I’m not planning to write tutorials for a specific project, and I won’t be stitching anything right now. You can if you want to, but my whole goal is to show you some cool dies and tame my scraps.
I will cut what I need for my Thousand Pyramid adventure, and then set it aside in its own little project bin, with a photo or set of instructions for what I want to make with it later.
It will be like making your own kit! And you know what’s better than making your own kit for you to make later? Making a kit to gift to a friend for THEM to make later! It’s better than gifting random scraps; cutting them into shapes makes it more likely they’ll get used. Gifting the kit gets the scraps out of your house. It’s a win-win-win for everyone involved.
And maybe y’all will want to swap some pieces amongst yourselves & get more variety in your own pyramid project? Who knows? Anything can happen in a die-cut-scrap-make-later-along!
The “Along” Part
Well, even though we’re just cutting, I think we can do this together! I won’t skip any steps; we’ll talk through die selections for each machine, fabric prep, tips to speed up your cutting, project ideas for later, and then do some cutting together! How does that sound?
How long will this all take? Well, since we’re not actually making anything, this might go really fast! However, I don’t want to go so fast that people don’t get to participate along with me, so I think a 3-4 weeks should be plenty of time for this round.
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Oh, and with this new venture, I’ll be letting Pinterest back into my good graces. They’ve made some really dramatic changes, and I no longer have as strong of an objection to their policies. It’s not a perfect model, but it’s a lot more respectful of copyright than it used to be. And it turns out, it’s the perfect gathering spot for the die-cut-scrap-make-later-along. You don’t have to be a member of Pinterest to participate, but visiting the site will come in handy.