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    scraps------by size or color?

    I did both. I cut 3 1/2", 4", 5" some 6" squares and 2" strips. The cut squares are stacked in color sequence. I've just stored the strips on their sides, no real color organization.

    Then I have a drawer stuffed with odds and ends from when I did all that cutting. I was messing around with it last night, making a crumb block. Not rocket science, but I'm having a time trying to make a block out of so many smaller pieces. It's my first attempt so just experimenting right now.

    An idea I thought of was to try a crumb by color and put multiple colors in a top like a color graduation type concept?? But then I'd have to "colorize" that drawer. Thinking of the time it would take and came up undecided.

    Surfed around on the 'Net looking at pics that others posted of their stashes. Let me say, it's as bad as being in a fabric store-----OK, not THAT bad. I can't buy anything in someone else's picture! LOL

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    I keep mine in large plastic zip lock bags! Not by color or anything, if too small to use in they go!

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    Sort them... hhhmmm What a thought, maybe for this winter :shock: but until then all go into bags , just whatever .
    Sharon But will be interesting to see how everyone does it ....

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    I sort by color.

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    i sort by color and keep them in zip lock bags also.

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    By color, in plastic bins. The teeny-tiny pieces all go into a plastic bag together, regardless of color.

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    I hate scraps...
    I get a bag full and send them away to someone that wants them.
    Really though...I have been trying to cut them into strips and squares to use as beginners and enders.
    That isn't working out too bad actually.
    I don't sort by color. I just toss all into a basket for later...much later!
    Kirsten

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    I sort mine mostly by color and I store them in the plastic stoarage things with drawers. The really small pieces have their own drawer.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Right now they all go in a big box or in ziploc bags. When I get time, I cut them into 1 1/2 inch squares to get ready for the postage stamp quilt I plan on making. The cut ones go in a plastic Rubbermaid container until I get enough for the quilt.

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    I have a laundry hamper that mine go into. When it's full, I go thru it and TRY to sort it out. I'll take the smaller pieces and sort by color into ziplocks. Bigger pieces just get folded and put back in the bin.

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    I guess I store them by size first and then by color.

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    What is the largest size scrap you are willing to throw in the wastebasket?

    In other words, what is the smallest scrap you are willing to save?

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    i'm about 2 inches.

    i do a lot of paper piecing with very tiny sections so even a 2 inch is good for me.

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    I sort mine by color but it is a total mess right now. :lol:

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    size...then color

    anything bigger than a fat quarter, goes in one area by color
    all fat quarters sorted by color on another shelf
    anything less than a fat quarter, in clear shoeboxes......

    I've learned, as with all crafts, if I sort and put away as I'm working then it never overwhelms me. ......... I said I LEARNED this, i didn't say I DO it all the time! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    SORT??? Gee are we supposed to do that? I toss everything together and then when I want something, I spend about half an hour looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    SORT??? Gee are we supposed to do that? I toss everything together and then when I want something, I spend about half an hour looking.
    LOL!! I'm all for whatever works!

    Don't ask why, but another thing that I think I'll attempt for no apparent reason, is any trimmings, like no wider than 1/4" or so, I wanna put into a clear jar to use as a decoration. Again, don't ask why. :P

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    I sort itty bitty bits by color and the rest by shape: chunk or strip.

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    I have all my fat quarters and yardage sorted by colour, then I have bins with left over binding, pieces over 6 in square, 4in, 2in. The smallest I will keep is 1.5in, as I have an ongoing postage stamp quilt presently about 3ft x 5ft.

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    The Quilt Show just had a great idea in their recent newsletter.

    Scroll down about half way -

    http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/newsletters.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearpaw
    The Quilt Show just had a great idea in their recent newsletter.

    Scroll down about half way -

    http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/newsletters.php
    That's a great idea! And so pretty too.

    I have all my scraps in a big rubbermaid tub. Not sorted at all. But I have to admit I love "diving" into it on occasion just to play with the pieces. I'm like a kid in a candy store. :D

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    One of my friends used those little pieces to created a strip of fabric about 18 inches wide. When she has a goodly amount, then she cuts her blocks from the created fabric. she calls quilts made with this fabric "Under the table" since that is where she tosses her scraps. She has a huge table in her studio. I assume there are some boxes collecting the fabric! :)
    She is not putting them on a foundation--just sewing pieces together until she gets aprox the width she wants. She had two quilts in our quilt show.
    She used solid fabric with her scrappy fabric.

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    I sort by color... not nearly organized enough to cut my scraps into squares. The stay whatever size they are and get put in the appropriate bin.

    One for red/pinks, blue, white, purple and green (together because there's not as much of those), etc...

    My stash stays small because kids and friends are allowed to "shop" here.

    Have a quilty day,
    Kara

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    if it's smaller than a fat 1/8, it's a scrap. how do i sort them?

    this is trick question, isn't it?

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    Mine are sorted by color. Fat quarter sizes (approximately) are in plastic shoe boxes, yardages are sorted dark or light with a note pinned to them telling how much is there. Then for the tiny scraps, they are in a storage container that is made up of small drawers and sorted by colors. I use those for paper-piecing.

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