I first came up with this idea in 1991, when I purchased this book and fell in love with this scrap quilt from 1935 which is comprised of over 5,000 1 inch pieces. (That's my first test 9-patch on the pattern page.)
The first step in making a quilt is cutting the clean, pressed fabric. I've been collecting Ricardo's old shirts for a while now -- it was time to slice them up for the quilt.
I recently bought this fancy ruler thingy with cutting slots that makes the job much easier.
After I cut each piece of fabric I pile up all the little squares...
...and stack them into neat little piles.
Unfortunately the piles tend to get messed up -- I've never come up with a good organizational system.
This box of squares cut up years and years ago is completely out of control.
Next up: hand piecing