When I mean leftovers, sometimes I mean food...of course. Using up our leftovers is a big project here, and we come up with lots of ideas to make less food waste.
Food is not the only thing that can be valued, even when a 'leftover'. Take my quilting scraps, for example. I LOVE making scrappy quilts. Fabric scraps were once paid for and so they cost the same as the whole fabric. With some creative ideas, scraps can make fabulous quilts. Take this example below.
This picture is of the lesson in the Block of the Month which took place at the West Australian Quilters' Association this month. It is a simple bordered square, but when cut into 4 you turn two of the resulting squares and get a new pattern.
I have a block to make for the Association, but I got inspired to see what I could make using the same layout. I had found some random 4.5 inch squares in a tidy up in my sewing room, and -wonder of wonders -some 4 patches I had made but done nothing with! What would happen if I put these together, and recreated that BOM layout? I already had some leftover green strips from my last finish here- http://earthmotherwithin.blogspot.com.au/2018/01/water-play-my-first-finish-of-2018.html.
Here is the result -above. I am enjoying this process very much -especially because it is simply using left over pieces which have sat in the sewing room for years, and now they get to shine! I have got about half the blocks made already.
I have started my regular morning walks, and really am taken by flowers and trees around my suburb in the early morning light. I can't always get to my beloved beach, but this is almost as good.
The quince, olive and pomegranate are in my garden, colouring nicely. We are scoffing black grapes from our vines at the moment!
There is so much beauty here.
One thing which was NOT a leftover was that DH and I went to a lovely little country wedding in the Swan Valley last weekend. It was extremely hot but the family had cold water and paper fans for us all! Then we had dinner in a winery nearby. Such fun to be with young people starting their married life together.