I love scrap barrels in quilt shop workrooms . No color or pattern dominates any other. Purple stripes tangle hopelessly with green holly berry leaves while pressing Halloween pumpkins down towards the bottom of the bin. Sunshine yellow checks merge into red plaids and pretty pink rosebuds beg for another chance to be something, even something small. For a buck or two, most places let you stuff a bag full to bursting. Last summer, a quilt shop owner, not nearly as in love with the overflow as I was, said... "just take it". I did. Now what to do with a huge carton of mostly small strips of mismatched fabric scraps? HAVE A BALL.
On the long ride home from St. Louis, I decided to make rag balls, which... suddenly looked a lot like fabric balls, which....when coated with stabilizer, suddenly became fabric beads for colorful bracelets, which.... eventually became the first items for sale in my new Etsy shop.
Now, I have a big stash of colorful bracelets, necklaces and earrings to sell AND hundreds of beautiful, colorful fabric balls. What does one DO with these little gems? TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE! Visit my Etsy shop (click the link on the left side of this post). Purchase a set of 10 beads, send a picture of your solution to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you win, I'll refund your purchase price and post your picture on this blog.