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Thread: How good are you at THROWING AWAY????

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    Super Member Beachbound's Avatar
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    Seriously, how good are you about throwing away those strips, orphan blocks, scraps, crumbs, etc? I usually carefully put everything in bins and about once a year decide to try to use some of it up. Right now I am making those mug rugs and I can't tell if my stash is getting smaller. About now I feel like the guy who tries to finish the internet...it just isn't going to happen! :lol: So...do you throw this stuff away, do you keep it until you use, do you close the door & don't worry about using it?

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    I got really brave this year and got rid of lots of stuff. That's not like me at all but I just couldn't stand the disaster in my sewing room.
    I kept only what I love and I'm a lot happier. I don't miss one thing I gave away!

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    I throw away alot. I just don't have the room to keep every little thing nor do I have the time to sort through it now and then to find just the right piece for a project.

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    AAARRGGGHHH - you said the "T" word!! Never throw anything out!!!

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    I throw it in a box and when it's full I give it to someone else. If you check the classified section here, you can mail it to someone who will pay for postage, or do a PIF. One quilter's scraps are another quilter's treasure!!!!

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    I could be better. Is there an APP for that?!

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    From the looks of my sewing room, I must never throw things away. I just keep moving everything from one place to another when in straighten up the room. I've tried taking somethings to our local charity resale shop for craft goods, but I take in one box and come out with two.
    I think when you try to use up your scraps they just expand when exposed to light as you dig through the containers.

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    I met a woman that weaves rag rugs and she is thrilled to get my strips or fabric that she can cut into strips. This way I dont feel Im throwing away, just passing it on.

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    I pass some stuff on to charity.

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    I am saving for a PIF soon. Could be exactly what some else is searching for and only needs a small scrap.

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    I must confess, I hold onto every little scrap piece. I do mostly machine applique so I do use many small pieces. I also keep all my cut off salvages because someday I might just need them. I'm terrible when it comes to throwing away anything that I might find useful some time in the future and then I can't find it!

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    I give all my scraps to the young ladies that I mentor once a week during the school year. The love to cut into squares and make nine patches. Now I have the classified here to continue to give them away....

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    You could always send them to me!!!!! I love scrappy quilts.. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


    I use them all, cut them to the shape I need and pass on the ones i wont use..

    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: if anyone wants to get rid of anything less than a fq but bigger than 1x1 i would gladly put them to good use.. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    I only keep things that are even strips or squares, no scraps

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    I give mine to a friend who does miniature quilts. She loves me!!:)

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    [quote=luvTooQuilt]You could always send them to me!!!!! I love scrappy quilts.. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


    I'll split the postage with you, and split the scraps! I love doing appliqué.... Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    AAARRGGGHHH - you said the "T" word!! Never throw anything out!!!
    this is my way too
    I do sell off some fabric yardage that I know I'll never use.
    I wouldn't think of parting with my scraps - I love my scraps - can spend hours cutting scraps into 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2" and 3" squares - carefully placed in labeled boxes, perhaps never to be seen again.

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    I'm a keeper :lol: :thumbup:

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    I take all my tired of it scraps to the community quilt class I teach and the members there take them. Orphan blocks are made into potholders for me. When a potholder gets dirty I toss it, that's easy for me to do. I just think less laundry.

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    I keep throwing stuff at my trash can but it just can't catch it!
    peace

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    I use anything larger than about 1x1. I do tons of miniatures and use it. For orphan blocks I put them into totebags. If anyone has orphan blocks that they don't want - I'll be glad for them!

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    If you can't use it, give it to someone else. My friend does only rag quilts, and gives me scraps. I told her not to throw anything 2" square or larger away. She gives me leftover blocks, and even some pieces 1 yard long. I am using them happily. There are probably other quilters who would love to have some fabric help.

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    Not very good :lol: but I am trying to make quilts from my scraps this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pattypurple
    From the looks of my sewing room, I must never throw things away. I just keep moving everything from one place to another when in straighten up the room. I've tried taking somethings to our local charity resale shop for craft goods, but I take in one box and come out with two.
    I think when you try to use up your scraps they just expand when exposed to light as you dig through the containers.
    I believe you are right when you said they expand to light ,I had A bunch of strips stuff in A LITTLE cardboard box and dumped them in plastic tub so I could get to them better for the string quilt and it filled the plastic tub. Got almost 2 quilt tops done and u can't see where i used any of them. I don't throw much away what don't go in to quilts go in to flannel bags for animal beds.

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    I've given a few boxes to some quilters here on the QB, but mostly take to the thrift store. I sent a large box (about 15 yds)to someone a while back - stating up front "I have a smoker in the house" I got a nasty note back complaining about the smell. She didn't feel she should have had to wash the stuff. Well it was free and I paid for the shipping too. So I just give to the thift store.

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