I am an avid recycler. Nothing makes me happier than making do, and finding new life for old things. A couple of years ago I found what must've been a 10 pound bag of scraps in a thrift store, most cut into approximately 3" squares. There were fabrics in there going back to the 60s, and I have had the best time trimming and sorting them into piles, and remembering the times when certain prints and colors were in style. I've used these fabrics in several quilts and I think they really add a distinctive feel to my work.
Some of these scraps ended up in a quilt I called "Town Square," which was a wedding gift to friends who really loved it.
There was a lot of blue in the mix, and I also made this still-unquilted wallhanging, "Aquarium." It was fun to play with the values.
I still have a significant stash of squares in a brown, orange and pink range, and I'm looking forward to playing with those soon. All the reds ended up in a particularly scrappy quilt I made for myself.
I just had it quilted--it's the first quilt I've had professionally quilted, but given it's size (about 100x110) I just couldn't muster the enthusiasm to do it myself. I love the look of this quilt. As soon as I bind it, it's going on my bed. Of course, I may have to redecorate around it.