Tuesday, January 06, 2009


I've been making my family flannel pj pants for Christmas for years.


Over the last dozen or so years, I have been collecting the leftovers in three large rubbermaid bins:
That one was much fuller to begin with. I saved all of these, planning to make some quilts. Since my "stash" wasn't getting any smaller, I decided after Christmas just to cut all of the scraps into 4.5 inch squares. Here is a photo of what I've done this past week:

How many do you think? 1701. That is, one Thousand, seven Hundred, one. And I still have to finish the bin you saw above, and another bin stuffed to the rafters. I was beginning to think there would be no end, except I fer sure don't want this hanging around another year, waiting to be done, right? So I'll keep on, keepin' on. I think I'll put a little blurb on the sidebar with my progress.
By the way, a 72x88-inch quilt will take 396 squares. That means I already have more than enough for four quilts already.
I think I should have done this a few years ago, dude.
Update: I found two MORE rubbermaid tubs filled with flannel scraps. I have no idea how long it will take me now, to work my way through them!


Kimberley said...

WOW!!!! That certainly is a lot! Do you remember which pattern went to which family to make family quilts or are you going to match what might go together best? Ashley promised to show me how to use a sewing machine after Christmas...I am trying not to knock her door down in my anticipation!

G.L.H. said...

Actually, I'm trying to get each pattern into each quilt. It's pretty amazing, I can remember almost every time, who had which pjs.

Inglesidemom said...

I have almost that many mismatched socks...

ztoamom said...

it doesn't surprise me AT ALL that you remember who has what pants. I remember strangers who bought certain aprons. I know what apron you have. ;)