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Old 03-08-2012, 10:26 AM
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I am trying to organize my fabric - what would you do with a fabric piece that is is shape?? I am debating about squaring it up - -OR cutting it into stripes OR -HELP

The piece measures approx 35" tall x 25" in the middle
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:28 AM
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I have a box that I put all my scraps in and then go back and cut them when needed just fold them and try to remember what you have .................
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:29 AM
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I keep my scraps in the shape they are in - but then, I do paper piecing and use a lot of odd shaped pieces.
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:39 AM
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I'd say to fold it as is until you find the project you'll be using it in. You never know if little bits would be just what you need until the time comes.

Also, my first few years of playing in fabric, I didn't applique. Now that I do, there are considerably smaller pieces that would really work for me. If you're not interested in dealing with the pieces under a specific measurement and sincerely doubt you'll change your mind later on or have no interest in learning other techniques, then by all means, cut it into some pieces that fit your needs and hang on to the tiny scraps for a quilty friend or local quilt charity. Someone will make good use of what's leftover. Happy organizing!
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:50 AM
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What I would do is just straighten up the piece and cut that extension off the top and see whether I could cut a 3" or a 2.5" or a 2" square out of the part I cut off. I have special containers for those sizes. I would just then put the larger piece back into my 'blue' fabric drawer.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:06 AM
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When I have a piece of scrap like this, I usually cut it down to a fat quarter. Then with the remainder, I stick it aside for applique or for a hand pieced tied quilt.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:20 AM
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As an art quilter, I never know what size will be needed so I leave scraps as is, just fold and put away. However, how neat are you? does it bother you to have unsquare material? What works best for you is what is best.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:30 AM
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I might cut off the "tail" so the rest of the piece is easier to fold.

Other than that, I would leave the piece "as is" until I had a use for it.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:31 AM
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I'd fold it and put it on my top shelf.

The top shelf of my cabinet is smaller pieces (fat quarters, slightly smaller pieces and 2 1/2" strips). The next shelf has larger amounts that stand on their sides. The next shelf has material on bolts laying on their sides. The bottom shelf has flannels.
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:37 PM
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i leave all scraps at the size/shape they are. never know whether i'd need the length or width for something.
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