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Thread: Another question about scraps.

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    Another question about scraps.

    I'm starting a quilt top that has appliqued beach balls on it. I had to trace all the pieces onto the paper backing of the fusible web and i'm in the process of cutting out the pieces after having fused the glue to the fabics. My question, what do others do with the scraps after cutting out the template pieces? The scraps have the fusible web on it and even though I tried to lay them out so that there was minimal fabric waste, there is still some waste. I can't for the life of my think of what to do with these scraps. Anyone have any ideas or do you just toss them?
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    I toss "those kinds" of scraps. If I didn't my husband just might put me in the looney bin.

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    I do not toss these. I am currently useing and seeking out others for crumbs (scraps) to make my blocks.
    The blocks are 3 1/2 inch squares. true it will take alot of these to make the top. Have over 100 done for this project already. Just have to be patient' . the fusalbe is sewable. can still be used.

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    I always tossed them before, but maybe won't in the future.
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    I keep them in a separate box, especially for future applique, small pieces for features on faces etc!
    It's quarter to me time!!

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    I generally toss them ,learned the hard way what can happen if they get mixed up ( fusible on the iron) . I keep them ( seperate container) if the pieces are fairly large.

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    i have a special tote i put applique scraps in- so when i am going to do some applique i can look through those scraps first before using new pieces of fabric- especially if i need some small pieces-like flower centers, eyes, ect-
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy View Post
    I keep them in a separate box, especially for future applique, small pieces for features on faces etc!
    this is what i do, also
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    Has anyone seen the technique "snippets" ? You use the tiny fused pieces to draw figures...it's fun!

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    Well I have heard of confetti quilting, which sounds similar, do you have any pictures to share with us AnnieF?
    It's quarter to me time!!

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    I have used tiny pieces with fusible on them to do a matching gift card. I cut out little shapes, peel off the paper and dry iron press the shapes to form a picture on the gift card. I also save a few pieces in an envelope with the quilt name on it in case I need a repair applique in the future.

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    We had a guild workshop using snippets. Here's my rendition (about 24 inches). My sister was here just before Christmas; she liked it so it went home with her One of the gals made a small version of a wreath on onsaberg fabric and embroidered JOY underneath and stuck it in a small 3 x 4 frame. Really simple and very classy.Name:  106.JPG
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    If the scraps are of a useful size why not cut out some other shapes for another quilt or wall hanging?
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    I can always find something to do with these scraps, I try and not throw things away that can be used, even if I just pass it on to someone else.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I think because I love the colors that these scraps are in I will start a scrap box for fusible scraps. I love the snippit idea. I will have to look more into it. Some of the pieces are big enough to use for stuff like that. No pictures to post.
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    Any scrap 2 inches or more gets saved in scrap box. Anything smaller gets donated to some ladies that make crumb blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    We had a guild workshop using snippets. Here's my rendition (about 24 inches). My sister was here just before Christmas; she liked it so it went home with her One of the gals made a small version of a wreath on onsaberg fabric and embroidered JOY underneath and stuck it in a small 3 x 4 frame. Really simple and very classy.Name:  106.JPG
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    That little hanging is gorgeous! Great ideas everyone!
    It's quarter to me time!!

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    Keep them. They are pure gold when you get into snippets or when you really just feel like playing on a bleak afternoon.

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    I have been saving mine in a separate container from other scraps. Some day I will make an art quilt using these pieces. Note the "someday".

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    I save those & any other scraps in a big bag for grandkids. The boys love to "sew". I made a "sandwich" of a rectangle of muslin front & back with thin batting. When the boys are over & not entrenched in DS I put them each at a machine & let them sew. They love to try all the stitches-usually I put in a colored thread. The 10 yr old over laps his like a crazy quilt & the 7 yr old puts them all over. Even if they get trashed in the end it's great practice for them.

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    I haven't done that kind of applique in a long time, but I would save them in a separate box - you never know when just a small piece will come in handy on a future project ... chances are if you are using the material now you like it and will likely use it again.

    My newest applique project is a bouquet of balloons (23 of them) about the size of a quarter. I am marking the back of the fabric and cutting out circles (a little each day) and saving them in recycled pill containers. They stack in them very nicely without getting all messed up. When I am ready, I will stitch a running stitch around each one and pull it up around a stencil that can be pressed and start making my blocks. They will all be hand appliqued on so I am not sure how many blocks I will make - we will have to see just how "crazy" I end up getting ... lol But, you cn bet I will save any that do not get used - I may want to do it again some day or share with some other "crazy" person.

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    I put them in a zip lock bag and use them for other fussible projects.
    Anna Quilts

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    This is what can be done with scraps. http://tomrussellquilts.wordpress.co...usible-scraps/ Oh, to have his scraps!! Beautiful work!
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    I use them for snippets, great book, then I also use them to iron on pentex and make bookmarks with them and sell them for 50 cents each. Works great.
    Life is short, live it while you still can. QuilterMomma

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    Quote Originally Posted by texpat45 View Post
    This is what can be done with scraps. http://tomrussellquilts.wordpress.co...usible-scraps/ Oh, to have his scraps!! Beautiful work!
    Those are beautiful. I'm saving that site to look through more later, but what a beautiful use for my scraps. Since this is my first applique attempt it may take awhile to build them up to make something with them.
    Tammy

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