Remember that little bowl of snippets?


These were the corners I trimmed off the connector squares when I was making Devil’s Claw.  I took it as a challenge to see if I could use them in some way.  So I started sewing, not trimming, just sewing. 


And this is what I made with those little snippets – a little zippered bag.  I need more practice on the zipper but I’ve heard that practice makes perfect.  Ha! 

Some answers:

Yes, Laura Boehnke lives in Garner and used to work for Country Threads.  She has a husband and 4 boys and she’s a good friend.  She lives just down the street from Connie and has what many quilters think of as the perfect job.  I would answer that with one word that makes it a very hard job – deadlines!

The Civil War Cruise that Connie is teaching on is sponsored by Stitchin’ Heaven and has been advertised in quilt magazines for months.  I had every opportunity to go along but I would much rather stay home and watch Connie’s dog, Hope.  I’m not much of a traveler.

If you have asked me a question in the comments, I will always try to answer in another comment.  If you would like a private answer, please contact me through my personal email 

Tomorrow is a busy day – window washer, carpet man, and root canal in the afternoon.  Ugh!

21 thoughts on “Remember that little bowl of snippets?

  1. Maryjane

    Boy, you are fast!!! That is the cutest! You could use velcro instead of a zipper. Would be much easier I think.
    Tustin, CA

  2. Launa

    Mary, My grandma would have smiled and complimented you with, “Waste not, want not.” Your cosmetic bag is really attractive and the dot border is great contrast. Love it!!

  3. Penny C

    What a beautiful zippered bag your snippets turned into!!! Now I know what to do with all of mine and don’t feel so much like a hoarder having saved them!!!! Good luck with your busy day.

  4. Patricia Pierce

    I’m not sure how you find the time in your busy life to put scraps together so quickly – and then actually have a finished product. I’m impressed and the bag is so cute.

  5. Rose Mikulski

    You’re always an inspiration, Mary! Sometimes it nice to take a break from making quilts and make something small. Once your small project is completed, your ready to make another quilt. I have some small rectangle corners from my feedsack paper piecing project that I’ve been wondering what to do with, now I know, I’m going to send them to you–just joking.

  6. lynda arduser

    Morning, Just wanted to tell u I really enjoy your updates and projects. Have a wonderful day! Lynda

  7. Diane

    HI Mary–Good luck with the root canal. I’ve heard they are not as bad as they once were.
    Now I feel guilty for not using my little snippets!! Love the bag:) Thanks for the great idea; I will definitely use them next time. I have a mother duck sitting on 11 eggs outside my window in a residential neighborhood!! She and the drake wandered our neighborhood for a few days looking around. It looked like they were on a “tour of homes” and they chose ours:) I just have to keep the mean, nasty, large neighbor cat from attacking her and the babies. Another adventure:)

  8. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hello Mary,
    What a great little bag! What did you line it with? More spots? Good luck with the dentist tomorrow.
    Kind regards Fiona.
    (Lovely and sunny here in Holland today, and a public holiday: the King’s Birthday. Spent it making an applique of a hedgehog.)

  9. Debbie Cornella

    You are amazing!!!!! Creating something so beautiful out of something that many would have tossed.
    Way to go!!!!!!

  10. Dolores

    Now I know what to do with all my little squares that I sew togather from my little Conor’s. Nice job. Love it.

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