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    Cutting scraps??

    Do you cut your scraps or just put them into storage as is? If you cut them up what size do you cut them into. I want to do something with mine before there get to be so many I just give up and pitch them all.
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    DON'T pitch them. There are so many things you can do. I'm in the middle of making scrap quilts, and having tons of fun. There is a thread that is on the board with wonderful pictures of some of the quilts from scraps. They go together very fast. If you want to not use them, there are plenty of quilters that would be happy to tak them off your hands.

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    Go to Bonnie Hunter's site www.quiltville.com There are lots of ideas for how to cut your scraps, how to organize your scraps and lots of quilts to make with you scraps!!
    I also recomend the Scrap Therapy book by Joan Ford.
    I have used both methods and I have made several quilts from my scraps.
    Have fun!
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    I put scraps from quilts in a tote under my sewing table. When it starts hollering at me, I go through and cut out 6" square (or sometimes 4" squares) from the larger pieces and use them for Linus quilts. The rest I save and use for strip quilts or scrappy log cabins. I throw away any piece that can't be a 2 1/2 x 4" rectangle. Some of the reds I might save if they're 1 1/2" wide for bright strips in a strip quilt. Don't throw your scraps away. If you don't want them for quilting, make a pillow and take it to your Humane Society. They love them for the animals.
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    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
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    Absolutely don't pitch them. Remember you've already paid for the fabric so anything you make out of them will be free! I love scrap quilts so 6" and 5" squares are my go to size..but I did the scrap therapy so have other sizes as well.

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    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.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    Do you cut your scraps or just put them into storage as is? If you cut them up what size do you cut them into. I want to do something with mine before there get to be so many I just give up and pitch them all.

    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.
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    I just sort by color, as I have no idea what pattern they will eventually turn into. Don't toss them , so many beautiful quilts have come from scraps... and the more scraps the better is my philosophy.

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    I don't cut my scraps as I never know what I will need for paper piecing... I toss in a tote, then find a pp project to do.. lots of fun!
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    I am learning a hard lesson now after either giving away or throwing away my scraps. I had pieced a queen size quilt about five years ago. Before finishing it I had decided to wait to use it because we got a puppy and she slept on the bed sometimes. My DIL saw the quilt and loved it and I said I would finish it for them. She asked if I could make it a king size because they were going to get a new bed. I've been using every little scrap I can find to finish it. I know I took a lot of fat quarters and fabric yardage to Goodwill, and I wish I had not done that. At this point, I swear I will never part with my scraps. Besides the quilt for DS/DIL, I love making scrap quilts.

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    I also don't precut scraps so that I can use it however I want when I use it. There are lots of ways to make quilts with scraps. I read a posting on the board last year about mile a minute scrap quilt. I haven't made one with it yet but I know I will. I am trying to get them together by color though. to me that seems like the best way to keep them. But for those who are highly organized and want them all in precise order, then maybe you would prefer the method of precutting before storing. It is really how you want to use them.

    Jill I wish I had been at the goodwill store you took them to a minute after they put them out for sale

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    Hi Cheryl
    Here is an idea....join us at the candy swap...it is here on this site (somewhere I am new) anyway the candy swap is 2.5 inch squares to make a postage stamp quilt. You cut 50 2.5 squares and send them to the group leader then she swaps them and send you new ones back...you can send up to 20 sets.
    If you don't know what a postage stamp quilt is just google it...they are wonderful!
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    One day I was reading a thread and found a person that wanted scraps so I sent her all I could find, along with fabric I knew I was never going to use. I need to prepare another box to her. It goes against my grain to throw it away and yet I know I will not use it.

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    I never cut my scraps until I'm ready to use them in something. I do some applique and some paper piecing so I don't know what size scrap I might need later on. Plus I love digging thru the bins hunting for that one fabric that's perfect for a pie plate or a scarecrow shirt or corn or, or, or. And scraps have to be small enough I can't get a quarter inch seam on all sides.

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    I don't cut mine until I need them. I use some scraps for embellishments or applique. Then again, I may cut them down and make a scrap quilt. Depends on what I have and what the mood du jour is. I keep two bins (one darks and one lights) When they get full, it's time to use the scraps.
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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.....
    Don't throw anything away (unless it is ridiculously small)! That is an absolute guarantee that you will need it within a month of getting rid of it.
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    I started cutting my scraps about 6 months ago. I cut them into 2 1/2 4 1/2 5 1/2 and 6 1/2. I put them into separate buckets.

    This week I started sewing. Because the strips were cut I was able to sew 40 half log cabin blocks in 3 hours. I am hoping to make a number of lap quilts for Christmas. My machine was in the shop for a good part of the summer so this was the first chance I got to sew.

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    I know in my heart that I can use 2 inch squares but find it so tedious to cut them. So I take misc scraps and first cut the biggest square that I can get up to 10 inches. The the next biggest from 8.5 down to 3.5. (I get a lot of scraps.) They are filed by size and when I am kitting up, I just go to the size I need and pull them for use. Not enough to do by color or design except for the 5 inches.

    There are times I just want to cut out pieces and not sew. Lots of patterns out there for 10 inch and 5 inch squares that can be adapted for all the others.

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    I cut mine into 2 1/2" squares or various size strips. I have made several scrappy quilts from the strips and have a large box full of squares.

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    I am sure that the minute I cut my scraps that I will need something 1/4' bigger. That is Murphy's Law of quilting. I would never cut until I know what I will be making. I recently made a very nice log cabin quilt for a class using left over fabric from other projects--that translates into FREE. Can't beat that.
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    I hate that Murphy, don't you? I'm like that too, I don't cut scraps unless I have a reason to

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    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.
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    Put me on the list of those quilters who now save scraps as is without cutting. Many years ago I would cut all of my scraps into strips thinking I would make string quilts with them, but as I used those strips last year to make a braided rug I looked at some of them and wished I had the larger piece to use in a quilt. As for the size that should be saved, take a look at "crumb" quilts. Those use scraps less than an inch!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I was cutting my scraps into all different sizes and decided not to do that anymore. Maybe I need a 3 inch square and the color I want has previously been cut into a 2 inch square so I can't use it. I'm going to cut all my scraps into 3 inch strips. That way i can cut off what I need as I use it. I can always trim it smaller but I can't put it back on,

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