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Thread: How do you organize your scraps.

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    Super Member joyce888's Avatar
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    I've seen so many gorgeous quilts made with scraps and they have inspired me to start saving mine. But my question is do I sort by size, color, motif, or what? I have found when piecing blocks I'm not a fan of pieces less than 1 1/2". Also do I make up blocks with leftovers as I finish a quilt or mix them all together with other scraps? It seems to me to be harder to put a scrap quilt together than a planned one.

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    organize?????????????????????????????????????

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    Right now mine are not organized at all. Although, I hope to get them sorted by colors in the near future. I think this would be easier to put together scrappy quilts.

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    my method of organization is...." all in my sewing room" LOL/..... in a perfect world, I'd sort my color amd or theme( since I do alot of quilting for Veterans, I have one area set aside for patriotic fabrics)

    but mostly, I'm content if, I get it all into one room... smile

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    I cut my leftover fabric into squares. starting with 8.5, 5.5 3.5 and 2.5. the rest that are striplike I put in a bag for a future string quilt. the squares are separated and kept by sz. I have almost enough of the 8.5 of Christmas motif for a full sz quilt! and the 5.5 will be for a masculine quilt to send my dsil who will be in Aphfanistan (sp) in June. So, for me cutting the extra fabric right away, with a project in mind, helps.

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    I did a post on my blog a while back on this. You can view it here:

    http://andicrafts.wordpress.com/2010...ing-the-stash/

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    i don't cut mine down until i need them.

    i typically use my scraps to make swap blocks since each block doesn't have to be made from the same fabric just the same color requirements of the swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrio
    I cut my leftover fabric into squares. starting with 8.5, 5.5 3.5 and 2.5. the rest that are striplike I put in a bag for a future string quilt. the squares are separated and kept by sz. I have almost enough of the 8.5 of Christmas motif for a full sz quilt! and the 5.5 will be for a masculine quilt to send my dsil who will be in Aphfanistan (sp) in June. So, for me cutting the extra fabric right away, with a project in mind, helps.
    I'm with you. Only in the past six months have I started this habit. When all my pieces (including binding) are cut for a quilt, if the remaining pieces are less than 1/4 yd, I cut it up...usually into 2 1/2 inch strips, but sometimes into 5" squares. I take real "scraps" and put them into a shopping bag. I've only done this this year, since I discovered Crumb Squares. I realize I've thrown away many quilts in my trash can over the past ten years.
    I do not organize any of my scraps by color.

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    Mine are in tubs by color. I tried cutting into specific sizes but never had the right size so now I don't cut until I know what I need. This is not very organized, but it works for me.

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    Mine are organized by boxes. When the first box fills up, start a new one. So far there are 5 going plus a huge tote on wheels. Each one is a new present when I decide to dig through it.

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