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Don't leave your 2 1/2 inch squares unchaperoned!

Don't leave your 2 1/2 inch squares unchaperoned!

Old 12-13-2013, 09:24 AM
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I only cut remaining 'scraps' from finished projects into 2 1/2" strips, if the pieces aren't big enough to be a fat quarter. My fabric cabinet has;
a shelf for flannel and pre-cut 8" batting squares that will one day be in a rag quilt,
a shelf for larger cuts (think 4 yds or more)
a shelf for smaller cuts that stand on edge like books (1/2 yd to 4 yd)
and the top shelf is 2 1/2" strips and fat quarter size cuts

If it's smaller than 2 1/2" I get rid of it. I tried saving smaller pieces, but never used them. You'd be surprised how many patterns can use 2 1/2" strips!
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:58 PM
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I am still trying to use up my scraps. I'm thinking I never will as I have made four and hard telling how many more I will be able to make.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:54 PM
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Just recently , I was at a Quilt Show, & there was a group of quilts that had a challenge. They took 2 !/2" squares & made 1/2 square triangles. Out of these 1/2 square triangles They all had to figure out all kinds of designs. I wish I could explain this better, but some looked kind of like some Log Cabins or trip around the world or Greek Key.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:14 PM
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Isn't it amazing how scraps just go on and on and on? Maybe they multiply like dust bunnies.
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Old 12-14-2013, 04:42 AM
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I did that when I "tried" to move a lot of scraps from one place to another....cutting 2" squares for Double Irish Chains....made a double, and a king, and "still" have enough for a single bed.....oh my! But I do like the Irish chain quilts!
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:49 AM
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I would be interested to know what other patterns you use two and a half inch squares for.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:51 AM
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I have the same problem with my string scraps (anything small or less than 2"). I made 65 eight inch blocks and enough piano key strips for a border and the bin still overflows!!!
Making another similar to my avatar.
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Old 12-14-2013, 07:41 AM
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I just finished cutting all my collars and neckbands into strings. I've been cutting up shirts for the last year waiting for the energy to sit at the sewing machine and do some of Bonnie Hunters patterns. I now have a huge bag of strings. I love scraps. Next I need to finish cutting for the Sister's Choice quilt I started and can't quite get back to. I spent three nights cutting scraps into two inch squares a few years back, then made the quilt I wanted, then another and it seems like I still have enough squares to make a few more.

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Old 12-14-2013, 08:48 AM
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Do you remember Erma Bombeck?

She once wrote if you put 2 wire clothes hangers
in an empty closet alone one morning,
then go back that night they will fall out all over
you. They reproduce like rabbits.

The same with SCRAPS.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by BarbaraTX View Post
A few years ago, I cut up all my scraps into 2 1/2 inch squares for a quilt pattern I had. Fast forward a few years. I have made 2 full size quilts, several table runners, tote bags, and just this past week, I have sewed 1000 of those little buggers together. I have barely made a dent in my collection. I think they are reproducing when I'm not looking. So if you have a collection, keep an eye on them.
Hi BarbaraTX, Oh so true,I have lots of those squares,21/2 and 3''.The trouble is if you keep leaving them they get frayed, then what ! I must piece them for sure. Letty
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