There are times when I want to be in the creative process, but nothing happens. I will take out my fabrics and just stare at them thinking of new projects, but end up without ideas. When I am void of inspiration but feel like making something, I will work with my scrap squares. Depending on my mood, I may spend my time cutting the scraps into squares. I keep this container by my sewing machine and drop squares into it as needed when I am working.
Other times, I just sit down and start sewing the squares into 9-patches. I once tried to use this as a leader/ender project, but got so caught up in making 9-patches that I realized I can only sew on one project at a time. I keep these 9-patches in a large shoe box. When the box is full, it is time for a new quilt.
The quilt pattern that I use with these scrappy squares is the Trip Around The World. I have made one full sized quilt using this pattern, but mostly I make lap quilts because I run out of scrappy squares. So I guess that a shoe box holds enough scrappy squares to make 1 lap quilt. I have given many of these as gifts to my family.