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Thread: Cutting scraps??

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    Cutting scraps??

    Do you cut your scraps or just put them into storage as is? If you cut them up what size do you cut them into. I want to do something with mine before there get to be so many I just give up and pitch them all.
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    Super Member barri1's Avatar
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    DON'T pitch them. There are so many things you can do. I'm in the middle of making scrap quilts, and having tons of fun. There is a thread that is on the board with wonderful pictures of some of the quilts from scraps. They go together very fast. If you want to not use them, there are plenty of quilters that would be happy to tak them off your hands.

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    Senior Member cmrenno's Avatar
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    Go to Bonnie Hunter's site www.quiltville.com There are lots of ideas for how to cut your scraps, how to organize your scraps and lots of quilts to make with you scraps!!
    I also recomend the Scrap Therapy book by Joan Ford.
    I have used both methods and I have made several quilts from my scraps.
    Have fun!

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    I put scraps from quilts in a tote under my sewing table. When it starts hollering at me, I go through and cut out 6" square (or sometimes 4" squares) from the larger pieces and use them for Linus quilts. The rest I save and use for strip quilts or scrappy log cabins. I throw away any piece that can't be a 2 1/2 x 4" rectangle. Some of the reds I might save if they're 1 1/2" wide for bright strips in a strip quilt. Don't throw your scraps away. If you don't want them for quilting, make a pillow and take it to your Humane Society. They love them for the animals.
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    In this order:
    1. Fat quarter if I can get it.
    2. If there's width of fabric, first cut 5 inch x WOF(these can later be 2.5 x WOF,or charms or 2.5 squares)
    3. Then go to 2.5 x WOF
    4. Then 1.5 x WOF (I'm planning to use these in a log cabin quilt)
    5. If I can't get WOF then I cut squares, 2.5 then 3.0, then 3.5 4.0
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    Senior Member AnnieF's Avatar
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    Absolutely don't pitch them. Remember you've already paid for the fabric so anything you make out of them will be free! I love scrap quilts so 6" and 5" squares are my go to size..but I did the scrap therapy so have other sizes as well.

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    What size is too small to keep and be useful? I've been struggling with the whole not wanting to throw any piece of fabric away and I might be getting too carried away.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Do you cut your scraps or just put them into storage as is? If you cut them up what size do you cut them into. I want to do something with mine before there get to be so many I just give up and pitch them all.

    Why would you want to cut scraps at all if you don't have an immediate use for them? Short of cutting a long string off a side or so.
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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    I just sort by color, as I have no idea what pattern they will eventually turn into. Don't toss them , so many beautiful quilts have come from scraps... and the more scraps the better is my philosophy.

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    I don't cut my scraps as I never know what I will need for paper piecing... I toss in a tote, then find a pp project to do.. lots of fun!

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