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    Super Member GladGrams's Avatar
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    That' it! I'm done! I can't take it anymore! :(

    No more little bits of fabric that I never use!!!! :oops: It's either me or the tiny scraps and I have to save my sanity.

    Yes I can!

    I CAN use the trash basket and it will accept whatever I put in it - and more importantly - I will not take one thing out of it!!!! :thumbup:

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    I never save tiny scraps either. I do save remnants like triangles left from cutting certain blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GladGrams
    That' it! I'm done! I can't take it anymore! :(

    No more little bits of fabric that I never use!!!! :oops: It's either me or the tiny scraps and I have to save my sanity.

    Yes I can!

    I CAN use the trash basket and it will accept whatever I put in it - and more importantly - I will not take one thing out of it!!!! :thumbup:
    LOL!!! After seeing what my aunt had after years of sewing I probably waste too much but I don't want to end up with tons of junk like she had!

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    I agree. I toss all but the scraps that i would be able to make into 4" squares. All others are to small.

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    SHHHH don't tell anyone but I toss ALOT of scraps. I just don't have the room to store them. I used to have a few brown grocery bags of 2" strips for a log cabin which I always planned on making but never got around to, so I put them (and alot of other scraps and yardage of fabric I didn't like anymore) out in my daughter's neighborhood yard sale last June. POOF! They were gone like a puff of smoke.

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    If it's cuts off triangles I sew them together to make HSTs. I save most small scraps of fabric until I'm done working on that particular quilt then they're gone. I used to give them to a "friend" because she'd asked if I would give her my scrappy pieces, some were as big as fat eighths, until I overheard her tell someone that I was gave her all my garbage. Now, I keep the bigger pieces and the small ones go in the garbage.

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    I agree, sometimes one man's junk is just junk. Unless you have a friend who ask to save some for her miniature quilts, toss it out! Everyone know if you become too sad of the loss of your scraps, you can be successully treatred with shopping therapy.

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    Oh, she was using them and kept asking for more. She just felt like I had so much fabric I should give her more, but she had asked for the left over scraps in addition to the yards of fabric that I'd given her. She was just one of those people that never quit asking and yet never appreciated. Since we're no longer friends my rulers, template material, books, etc, aren't walking away either.

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    This is one of the best ideas for scrap fabric - thread tanglings - batting pieces, etc., etc., etc... Throw all into a catch all bag - then sew a doggy bed or cat bed and fill it with all the scraps. Donate the finished doggy or cat bed to your local animal shelter. The animal shelter will love you and your donations....

    Use two pieces of material - sew wrong sides together - leave a 6" space to turn the fabric right side out - stuff with scrap stuff - sew 6" space together 'use your sewing machine' doggies won't care if their bed is perfectly made.This is like making a throw pillow....

    Have FUN making these beds .... HAPPY EASTER....
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    Thanks for that tip. :thumbup:

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    I toss all scraps. I used to keep them but never used them because I don't like scrappy quilts. I only keep things big enough to cut a strip from, so I guess FQ are my minimum.

    I'm a neat freak and love to throw things away. :-D

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    Wow all you throw awayers. There are lots of people on the board that would love to have all those scraps. Maybe you should save them and find someone that would use them. :-D

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    Maybe toss the scraps into a priority box and when it is full offer it here on the board for the price of postage?

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    This is a good idea Amma!

    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Maybe toss the scraps into a priority box and when it is full offer it here on the board for the price of postage?

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    There are a lot of people on the QB who would love to take your scraps.

    I'm in scrap hell myself right now. Thanks to the Boomerang Swap, I have a stack of bits and pieces waiting to be sorted. All my foldable pieces go back in the color bin. The little pieces go into the tall scrap bin.

    In my eager-beaver mode, I decided to keep all the trimmings from my HSTs and sew them into even smaller HSTs. (trimmed they are only 1 3/4") So the madness continues.

    ...in the end - they are your scraps and you need to do what makes you happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenaHF
    This is one of the best ideas for scrap fabric - thread tanglings - batting pieces, etc., etc., etc... Throw all into a catch all bag - then sew a doggy bed or cat bed and fill it with all the scraps. Donate the finished doggy or cat bed to your local animal shelter. The animal shelter will love you and your donations....

    Use two pieces of material - sew wrong sides together - leave a 6" space to turn the fabric right side out - stuff with scrap stuff - sew 6" space together 'use your sewing machine' doggies won't care if their bed is perfectly made.This is like making a throw pillow....
    Have FUN making these beds .... HAPPY EASTER....
    :-D
    Now this is a great idea! :thumbup:

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    Oh please don't throw your scraps away. There are so many quilters on this board that would love to have them. I just gave some away and there are more wanting them but I am all out for now.

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    NO!!! They're crumbs and people use crumbs....not me...but other people. Why not offer them up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    If it's cuts off triangles I sew them together to make HSTs. I save most small scraps of fabric until I'm done working on that particular quilt then they're gone. I used to give them to a "friend" because she'd asked if I would give her my scrappy pieces, some were as big as fat eighths, until I overheard her tell someone that I was gave her all my garbage. Now, I keep the bigger pieces and the small ones go in the garbage.
    WOW ... I can't believe she told someone that ... sister I'd be happy if someone gave me scraps and I found fat eights or a bit smaller ... so much you can do small fabric ... but some is just too small ... and those are meant to be thrown away. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    In my eager-beaver mode, I decided to keep all the trimmings from my HSTs and sew them into even smaller HSTs. (trimmed they are only 1 3/4") So the madness continues.
    OMG I do this too! I have a ziplock baggie full of 1 3/4 HST and another with 1 1/2" all nice and squared up. Although I do have a quilt designated for the 1 1/2" ones because they are all the same dark and all different lights.

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    A lot of my scraps are finally living as I clean out the flooded basement! Big pieces in the wash and before long I know I will have a new pile of scraps...love the pet bed idea!

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    opps- scraps are leaving, no longer living!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Maybe toss the scraps into a priority box and when it is full offer it here on the board for the price of postage?
    I love this idea. My mom saves her scraps for me, and then she asked the ladies at her church sewing circle to save them, and they told two friends, and they told two friends, and now I have a million scraps. I have sorted many of them, but I have a lot to sort still. I will keep this idea in mind and post when I get a box full. I'm thinking priority mail would be a great way to ship them. All you can stuff in a box for a set price.

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    I read a great tip about the triangles you cut off to make half square triangles. Sew an addition seem 1/2-inch from the first one, then cut them between the two seams. You end up with an additional hst to use for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstanbro
    I read a great tip about the triangles you cut off to make half square triangles. Sew an addition seem 1/2-inch from the first one, then cut them between the two seams. You end up with an additional hst to use for something else.
    This works very well, but sometimes they are pretty tiny, great for miniatures though.

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