Annabel (age four) likes to sit under my desk and collect small fabric scraps as I create them. If she's busy while I'm working, she'll go through the bin later. With a glue stick and a piece of paper, she's started making 'quilts' by arranging the scraps on paper and then gluing them down. This is her Riley Blake Challenge project, entitled Icicles. It's quite a bit different than my ferris wheel pillow, but it is winter in New Hampshire and I thought it was cool she was able to use the pointy triangles that were left over from my paper piecing marathon to make something relevant to what's going on outside. I taped two pieces of standard-size paper together so she'd have a larger 'quilt'.
Instead of wadding up the scraps, we make small piles so the pieces stay flat. Ordinarily these are what ends up in the garbage. They're so colorful it's sad to toss them. I love seeing her work — watching her process in arranging the pieces in ways I never would have come up with myself.
These were the little pieces of Kate Spain's Sunnyside that were left over from my cat quilt. So cheery!
The best part of this for me, honestly, is that I did the exact thing when I was a kid. I used to sit under my father's drafting table collecting cardboard scraps from his architectural models and make mini buildings with them. It's great to be passing on another tradition.