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Thread: I'm jumping in..starting my journey into developing a scrap system

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    Senior Member sew4nin's Avatar
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    Hi Purple Petal.

    I am near St. Louis (St. Charles) MO, also and what a coincidence - I am working on organizing my scraps, too. I have not been to the GW outlet, but drive by it all the time. I agree with you and others that playing with the scraps is part of the fun. I feel totally satisfied just going into the sewing room and cutting and organizing.
    I wish someone would come up with a way to do a scrap swap. That is how addicted I am.
    Thanks for the additional inspiration. I think I will go downstairs to cut some strips.

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    sew4nin--if you like to dig, GW is a blast--got some good quality clothing--exactly what I needed--all of the rejects from
    other GW goes there b/f going into land fills, so I don't feel I am taking from others who need clothing.
    skjak--thanks, haven't heard of Mary Ann Kenney

    par4theday--I think I'll get the Leader/Ender book

    Omabi--Oh I wish now I had kept my son's clothes to make quilts--welcome to the board, I feel honored mine was your first post!

    jungle--you must have made lots of quilts

    jeanneb52--"mating" in the dark-- too funny

    georgiamarbles--would love to see your grandmas quilt, hope you post pic--i'm a newcomer to QB as well, love this place--very welcoming

    GeriB--YoYos & buttons--yet another project!!

    Wonder why dryer sheets work? this suggestion has come up a lot. I tried it and it works..

    Here's my lessons:
    I'm still cutting.
    I wake up thinking about my fabric, and it's the first thing I do when I get my chores done and my other work finished. I look at every piece of fabric I see (and I mean every piece--do you know what I mean) & my mind tries to figure out how I'll cut it up. Oh the madness!

    I still have several men's shirts to deconstruct & then I'll be able to start sewing

    After cutting strips (mainly 1 1/2, 2, & 2 1/2"), I'm going to change my cutting strategy & go for cutting bigger rectangle pieces, I want to start sewing & playing. I told my self I can't start till I finish cutting.

    My biggest piece is a 3xL men's shirt back, it came out to a 28" x 28" square
    yokes cut into 2" and 1 1/2" strips
    sleeves come out to be 20" X 10" depending on size
    Pockets, cuffs, are good for smaller squares that I cut while I watch TV
    My hands are always busy with cutting something
    I like cutting the smaller pieces, not so much the strips,
    I like the feeling I get when I see the piles stacked neatly waiting for me.
    I feel like I am "stocking" my sewing pantry
    I feel very productive & peaceful.

    My husband is happy that I'm happy.





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    Quote Originally Posted by fayzer View Post
    I can't wait to see what you create with your hard work.
    Same here... woo hoo! I really admire your dedication! I wish some of it would rub off on me & my scraps! I used to be so good about cutting my scraps into a variety of shapes the minute they became scraps & now I just throw them into a giant Rubbermaid tote. And the weird thing is, I don't mind cutting fabric (I know some people hate to do it). Oh well... someday...
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    There is someone on the board that made a quilt with mens shirts (I think) and she cut the shirts up and used the botton section for sashing. I hope someone can find that picture to show you.
    SueDor

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    here's a graph (I obsessed about) to come up with the scrap sizes to cut:

    Beginning Unfinished Blocks
    HST 4Patch 9Patch 16 Patch

    1.5" 2.5" 3.5" 4.5"

    2.0" 1" 3.5" 5.0" 6. 5"

    2.5" 1.5" 4.5" 6.5" 8.5"

    3.5" 2.5" 6.5" 9.5" 14.5"



    since most quilt patterns can be graphed into geo shapes of HST, blocks, & combos thereof
    my thinking was, I can just pull my precut strips, combine them to my heart's content & be confident they'll all go together. I don't even need to have a pre conceived pattern. I can just play till I decide how I want to put them together. this idea appeals to me immensely.

    Last edited by PurplePetal; 06-06-2012 at 09:46 AM. Reason: graph didn't come out right.

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    sorry, i tried to fix the graph but it wouldn't accept my edit. I'll try something else to make it come out right

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDor View Post
    There is someone on the board that made a quilt with mens shirts (I think) and she cut the shirts up and used the botton section for sashing. I hope someone can find that picture to show you.

    here you go sue. i think this is what you are talking about.
    Quilt from men's shirts

    here are a few others:
    Plaid log cabin - FINALLY finished!
    Recycled Shirts
    Fabric for men's quilts?

    there are plenty others on this board. i searched on 'men's shirts quilts'.

    oh and here's a tute on how to cut men's shirts up for quilting.
    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html
    Last edited by Havplenty; 06-06-2012 at 09:53 AM.
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    ok one last one and this one is made from hawaiian shirt prints. i really like this quilt and this one will cause me to start scouring thrift stores for hawaiian print shirts.

    Hawaiian Shirts Recycled

    p.s. you all are enablers. i wasn't looking for any additional projects to start as i got my hands full now with projects and two additional ones floating around in my mind to design. now i am thinking about these shirts and my mind is spinning. oh the possibilities. i will certainly consider shirts for male oriented donation quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Havplenty View Post
    here you go sue. i think this is what you are talking about.
    Quilt from men's shirts

    here are a few others:
    Plaid log cabin - FINALLY finished!
    Recycled Shirts
    Fabric for men's quilts?

    there are plenty others on this board. i searched on 'men's shirts quilts'.

    oh and here's a tute on how to cut men's shirts up for quilting.
    http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.co...e-thrifty.html
    My Quiltboard Blog
    ~Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are..(Marianne Williamson)
    ~If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.(Amy Tan)
    ~As long as one keeps searching, the answers come.(Joan Baez)



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    mary, thanks so much, wish i had seen the "how to cut up tut" (before) good lesson, now I have it.

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