I have found another way to use those pieces of fabric, scraps of batting that I can't use for big projects.....playing card sized free machine quilting practice pieces. I have cut up fabrics and batting a card size. Then every morning I sit at my machine a quilt it in what ever way it takes my fancy. I use those reels of thread that have only got a little left on them first. This sometimes means the threads don't match the backing but that's OK as it pushes me out of my comfort zone with colour ways. I get surprised at how well some colour schemes actually work.
1. Cut up scraps of batting a similar size. Mine fit in an ice cream container for easy storage
2. Cut up bits of left over fabrics or "failed" fabric a similar size to the batting rectangles
Chose a variety of fabrics to work with. This makes it more interesting and challenging. Add a a backing. I use off cuts of my backings from other quilts. Use plain colours or surface design fabrics to quilt on.
3. Quilt a little quiltlet a day
Experiment with shapes and colour
Make a journal entry for the day
Practice swirls, geometric shapes and faces
A testimony quiltlet
Experiment with contrasting unusual colours
Try cross hatching
combine a picture and patterns. A wee owl on a branch
Put patterns onto other shapes
It is amazing how much you can improve each day just with a little practice.