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    I put them all in as baskest till I get a lot of them, then I spend a day cutting them using Bonnnie hunters system. Then when I want a day of mindless sewing, I pull them out and make 4 or 9 patches to use in scrap quilts.

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    I keep scraps/trimmings from each project in a small plastic zip bag so they are already color coordinated. Strips go into a storage bin for future LC's. Tiny scraps get used for leaders and enders because my Bernina is picky and tends to snarl thread on the first few stitches. There is quite a bit of information on this Board regarding leaders and enders for you new quilters. It took me awhile to find out about them, but once I did it sure saved me a lot of grief!

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    I have mine in large plastic bins. I definitely would go to Bonnie Hunters site. She is amazing. I met her in person this spring at a show. What a lot of energy she has!!

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    I am one who saves everything. If it's 1/2 inch wide, I make 1/8 inch seams. Of course, it depends on the color and the type of fabric. I have made several confetti quilts. If the piece is missing a little bit on one corner, add a little piece there. You would be surprised at how much it takes to put on a little corner. Those seams eat up a lot.
    I have made several freedom quilts. Start with a small piece of a very bright color, any shape and start sewing another small piece to it. Just be sure your seam is a straight line. Trim with ruler and cutter, not "by eye". Add pieces log cabin style, on each side as you go around and around and around. They can be any width that is 2 12 inches or less. I get 4 or more blocks going at once so I can chain stitch. When the square gets near your target size (8 or 9 or 12 inches etc.) add what will make it come out near that measurement. Around the outside I sometimes add a strip made up of lots of small pieces. Then square to the size you want. When you have all your squares made, put it together with sashing: white or black work wonderfully, or use your favorite color. Just keep this sashing as plain as possible; if it is big print or too busy, it will make the whole quilt look way too busy. Corner stones would be very nice. On the last one I made, the cornerstones were 2 1/2 inches square, and one of them had eleven pieces in it. I always tried to make them at least 4 or 5 pieces, so you can see I use really small pieces. Another thing: the smaller my pieces, the smaller I make my seam allowance. Those small squares all have 1/8 in. seam allowances.
    Anything left from this goes in an old pillow case to give to the animal shelter or sprinkled outside for the birds. LOL

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    I don't cut mine. I put them in a big trunk along with any left over completed blocks from projects and then when a pattern says cut something from a variety of pinks or browns or whatever, I go through and pull out what I got and use them up that way. I hope one day to figure out what to do with the completed orphan blocks but at least they are all in one place.

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    I don't cut my scraps until I'm ready to use them and then never throw anyway anything too small or unwanted-all those scraps go into a pillow (made from unwanted fabric) for the animal shelter.
    I also have my grandchildren & children with disabilities next door help me with these-a teaching moment on sewing & compassion.
    Maire

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    Madquilter, what a great idea. Separating the lights from the darks. Right now, I have old doctor bags full of scraps. But I am guilty of throwing away small pieces of fabric. I only save the bigger pieces. Maybe I should rethink my method because I do applique an awful lot.

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    I cut up anything less than a fat quarter.. I am a scrappy quilter..

    I cut with the Go so Ill match up the scrap size to die ..My biggest Go is the 9in hexie and the smallest is 2x2 so ill have plenty to match fab to die with.. and Ill keep cutting till i have nothing but threads left... Toss in appropriate sterilite drawer - each die cutout has its own.. When they get full I sew, sew, sew to make more room..

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    IF there is anyone who tosses out their scraps shoot me a PM.. Ill gladly take them !!!!!

    I make a lot of donation quilts for Newborns in Need....

    Every lil bit helps..

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    I just finished a 2 month project of cutting up my scraps and cleaning out my fabric. First figure out what sizes you want and the smallest you will use. I decided the smallest for me was 2.5 inches. Anything else can be thrown out. Yes I said Toss it. Unless of course you are or your know someone who is going to make a crumb quilt I think they are called .. Not me. I did
    Fat quarter
    10 inch
    5 inch
    3.5
    3 inch
    2.5
    Some I did leave in strips 2.5 wide There were a few strips that I thought I may use for borders so left them wider at 4 and 6 inch.
    Not many though.
    I figure with the larger pieces I can always cut them down if need be
    I now have everything in small baskets.
    I am much happier. LOL

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    I am an obsessive scrap cutter
    Starting with 6" squares, if the piece is large enough
    5" for eventual Nickle Quilts
    4 1/2", 3 1/2", 3", 2 1/2", 2" and triangles out of odd sized scraps.
    I gave away my 1 1/2" squares to a bunch of Board members awhile back and no longer save them.
    The 2" and 2 1/2" will eventually become 8" finished squares (each with 3 solid blacks in it) with resulting quilts for charities.
    Last edited by gollytwo; 09-03-2012 at 06:39 AM. Reason: spelling correction

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    Call me crazy..or something...but I saved my scraps and leftover fabric for all my projects since 1999. Yes, I'm a bit of a pack rat anyway but that's another story. Occasionally I used a bit of leftover scrap in something new I was making but mostly the scraps grew and grew. I bought new for any new project. Well now...fabric is much, much pricier that was 12 years ago so guess what? I have quite a lot of very good fabric to use..and I paid a lot less for it. I haven't cut it all because I can use "string" sized pieces or larger chunks. When I cut scraps my favorite sizes are 2 1/2" strips, 5" squares 2 1/2" bars, etc. I have been using the precut scraps in a couple of Bonnie Hunter free patterns. I completed Pineapple Blossom (Quiltville Blog) and I'm working on Bonnie's "My Blue Heaven.". I love them. And you know what? I haven't even put a dent in my 12 year supply of scraps.

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    depending on the size and shape, tells me what to do with them.....I make a lot of Charity String Quilts so have one large box of nothing but precut strips. If the scrap is square-ish....I cut into strips, 1-/2", 2, 2-1/2"......If the scrap is fat-quarter size goes into my color sorted drawers, if on the smaller odd shape size goes into color sorted bags for applique work.....Have also started cutting 5" squares for twisted pinwheels......
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    Mostly, I don't cut my scraps until I'm ready to use since I don't know what I may want to use it for. If I do cut ahead, it is blades for a Dresden Plate or hexies for a GFG because they are a work in progress for me. I only throw away scraps that if I make a 1/4" seam on both sides there wouldn't be anything in between the seams (Like someone else said if you make it from scraps, it is free).
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    I'm doing a project with 2 1/2 inch squares I dont precut any unless for a project
    *Rachel*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtgirl View Post
    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.....
    If you want to get rid of the really small pieces, there a bunch of us that are making postage stamp quilts, and 2.5" quilts. We would be thrilled to take those off your hands. We need variety in our swaps.

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    I cut them first into 5" squares, if not enough for that, 4 1/2" squares and if not enough for that, 2 1/2" strips. I do not let them pile up anymore. Last year I spent an entire month cutting up scraps! Never again.
    Sue In Bloomfield, NY

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    Do you really know what kind of people are on this Board? "The greatest people in the quilting world". I no longer feel like "The crazy lady scrap hoarder'. I don't cut anything until I find a use for it (and I know I'm going to find a use). I can't bring myself to throw out a scrap so it goes in the proper drawer or tote and sooner or later ends up in a quilt.

    Dingle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xtgirl View Post
    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.....
    there are ladies on this QB who would take any size scrap. some make postage stamp quilts, some make doll quilts or small wall hangings, etc. you get the drift. If you don't want them post on the QB in the Free offers or PIF section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    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.
    My thoughts too. Thank goodness I just had them in a bin. I have discovered the fun of making fabric bowls with 1" pieces wrapped around clothesline. Like peanuts, hard to stop at one!

    piney

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    Many creative people here and many ways of doing things! I've discovered scrappy quilting and cut my leftovers into 1.5", 2", 2.5", and 3.5" strips and squares a la Bonnie Hunter. I find I'm sewing MORE by having the pieces ready to roll. I buy fabric in smaller pieces (usually 1/3 yard) for strips when I feel the urge to buy fabric - gets me lots of options and usually easier on the budget. If I need larger pieces for a pattern, I hit the stash or buy what I need, especially borders and backgrounds. There's definitely no right or wrong way...just keep it fun. :-)

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    I just finished cutting a bunch of scraps. They started in a drawer, all scrunched together so I pressed them and layed them on a TV tray to keep them flat (mostly strips). I cut mine into 2 1/2", 2", 1 3/4" and 1 1/2" squares. Don't know what I'm going to do with them but at least they are all cut DH commented that it appeared I was desperate to save the fabric, but hey I payed for it so I'll use as much as I can!
    kathyd

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    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

    Sounds like a great system. Thanks for sharing.

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    I cut mine into strips mostly: 6.5", 4.5", 3.5", 3", 2.5", and 1.5". Smaller pieces are used in my 3.5" crumb blocks!

    *The Postage Stamp swap- using 1.5" squares- is going if you'd like to join in~
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryAnnMc View Post
    I am working on my first *real* quilt, and decided to start out right by cutting all my scraps Bonnie Hunter-style as I cut my quilt pieces. Big mistake!! Of course I had miscut several pieces. Then many pieces shrank when I starched the pieced blocks for squaring up. Since my scraps were all ready cut into smaller pieces, I had to order more fabric, and beg for i spy squares. Next time, no cutting scraps until the quilt top is DONE!!!!!!!!! But I like having the scraps ready to go.

    How much did your pieces shrink when you starched them?
    Had you washed your fabrics first?

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