my first sewing box was a cardboard shoe box grandma gave me when I was 6 years old. she told me that quilts were made from any bits and pieces of cloth leftover from clothing that had worn out and sewing scraps from making new clothes. she showed me that even in worn out shirts the cloth in shirt tails was still good enough to collect. Soon I had a treasure box full on cloth pieces, buttons and threads. Grandma gave me her used spools when you could see the wood thru the thinned out threads. I still keep my stash in cardboard boxes and still throw all colors together in a big bright mess, tho grandma taught me to be careful with pokadots and plads and to choose one print and just pick up the colors in the weave. I dont stick to her rules and just keep adding colors! She taught me to keep my blocks 6" or smaller when piecing a pattern and her opinion of wide cloth borders was that though they were pretty, they were wasteful. She also said to make sure my work was not perfact so I would not offend our Creator. I teach freely to anyone who wants to learn what Grandma taught me. Passing on a tradition.