My Guild (The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild) does a thing called “adopt a box.”
The guild has a supply of fabric used to make quilts for a local battered women’s shelter (Safehouse). Member can browse the tables of fabric and take whatever they want to make a Safehouse quilt. We’re talking a lot of fabric to choose from.
Rather than rent a storage unit to store the fabric between meetings, member are asked to take a box home and bring it back the next meeting. Members’ homes become the storage facility.
I’ve taken boxes off and on over the years. I brought a box home after last weekend’s meeting. The fabric is two layers deep and you can only see half of it.
Although it looks like a lot of fat quarters, it’s mostly scraps. Sometimes the boxes have all yardage and sometimes they are full of orphan blocks and UFOs. When you grab a box you never know what you’ll get.
Working with scraps is my method of choice. For the past couple years most my quilts have come from my scrap bins, with the addition of a background fabric. I was in heaven when I saw the contents of this box.
And since they know how much I love and appreciate them, those blue and cream scraps told me they want to become a Traffic Jam quilt.
I’ll add my own scraps to the mix and look at this as a long term project. Each adopted box can contribute until I have enough blocks for a twin size quilt. It can serve as a leader and ender project.
When the need arises, the project comes.