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Thread: My new scrap sorting system

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    Super Member LucyInTheSky's Avatar
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    I was inspired by the scrap quilts I see on the board, and by the Multitasking post (and by the fact that my scraps no longer fit in the storage bin that they live in :shock: ), so I'm going through now and sorting/cutting everything into categories:

    5" square
    3.5" square
    2.5" strips
    1.5" squares
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    And in theory, when I cut fabric for a new quilt, I'm going to immediate cut it into usable scrap pieces and keep the bin mostly empty.

    I've spent the last hour ironing (and made a very slight dent in the scraps), and I wanted to take a break and share with y'all! :mrgreen:

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    Sounds like a great plan :mrgreen: When you are done , will you come organize my scraps ????

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    good idea :wink:
    I just checked on my scraps and they are out of control :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bebe
    good idea :wink:
    I just checked on my scraps and they are out of control :lol: :lol: :lol:
    LOL, mine, too! :D I'm still trying to figure out a method that works for me. I've got all my 1930s Repro fabrics together in a large flat plastic storage bin, which seems to work good for those. But all the others, geez, it's a mess!

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    OK I have been working on my scraps as well and thought I would share....

    I am cutting mine into:
    5 inch squares
    2.5 inch squares

    2.5 inch strips..only if I need to even them out because I already have so many and then all the rest are being cut into random size strips if they are already not a strip.

    all of the random strips are being sorted according to length and then being sewn into panels....these panels will be used in my scrap quilts borders ( like piano keys only random sized) I also drew up some sketches of what I will do with the some of the others also did a random courthouse step block quilt last week ...I also drew up some sketches of how I am going to use a couple of the panels so they will all be used.

    I figured for the 5 inch squares I would use charmpack patterns or nickel quilt patterns to use up those ....then with the 2.5 inch strips I can use those for bindings on my scrap quilts....also thought that if I had to much I could also use jelly roll patterns and I also drew up some sketches to use those.

    The 2.5 inch squares I am not sure yet--will probably try to just make a charm quilt with as many as I have and be done with all of my scraps so that all future projects I can use my scraps either as I go--or cut them into the above categories as I go so I don't have a huge tub of scraps....so this has been very time consuming...I have to say I felt I was never going to get through them..but now I am in the home stretch and have about 20 panels of strips...so I can start to press and sew them! wooohoo finally the fun part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Sounds like a great plan :mrgreen: When you are done , will you come organize my scraps ????
    Yeah sure. See you in 2 months!

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    Now that's organization!!! :D :D :D

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    I'm trying to go through my stash and actually use it (I know, it sounds crazy) and so scraps seemed like a logical place to look through. Probably the biggest motivator was someone's suggestion on here to attach scraps to other scraps instead of using a frog when you finish a row. Then ta-da, you have a quilt finished without really working on it :mrgreen:

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    I don't precut my scraps because I don't know what I will want them for. If I cut them into 2.5 pieces I may need them as 3 in pieces. I just put them in bins by color and cut them when I need them into the size I will be using.

    Sybil

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    i don't organize at all. once my drawer is full, i give them away.

    every time i look at my stash of yardage and fat quarters, i already feel enough [self-imposed] guilt and pressure to use it [instead of buying more ... which i do anyway ... :roll: :lol: ].

    i don't need scraps forming a cloud over my head, too! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Hey, check out this web site, I started this a couple of weeks ago and I am having a ball.....scraps are getting down to a manageable level...

    scrap-therapy.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by farscapegal
    I don't precut my scraps because I don't know what I will want them for. If I cut them into 2.5 pieces I may need them as 3 in pieces. I just put them in bins by color and cut them when I need them into the size I will be using.

    Sybil
    That was my worry too. I have lettuce fabric from a BOM from 2.5 years ago that I've been saving "just in case"... but I haven't even thought of it until I'm actually looking at it. In 4 years (just calculated... been 4 years since I've been collecting), I have used the scrap bin once, and that was once it started to overflow, so I don't think I'm really a scrap person. So I'm not overly concerned about cutting them smaller then I need... I have fat quarters in case of scrap emergencies :!:

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    I cut up all my scraps into whatever size they fit into. I even have some at 1 1/2 inch.
    Mostly I tried to get 5 inch squares and 2 1/2 strips, these are the most useable. Then I put them into small plastic baskets from the dollar store, sorted by color. I keep all my charms and fat quarters in these baskets and they fit on a small bookcase that I added shelves to.
    It is easy to find what I need this way. The baskets are at Dollar Tree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kellie G
    Hey, check out this web site, I started this a couple of weeks ago and I am having a ball.....scraps are getting down to a manageable level...

    scrap-therapy.com
    I'd love to play but there's not one in my area :( :(

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    I have a great system: when I finish cutting a quilt, all the small peces go into a drawer then if I need something later.....I DIG! haha! Works every time!Yours sounds nice but only if you come over & do it! Too much like work & I've been retired for 10 years!!! :lol: haha!

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    I'm impressed!! That's some of the best advice I've read. Thanks for the great ideas.
    Janelle in Arkansas

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    Have a mountain of scraps to sort! There is no better time than the present!

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    We must be thinking on the same wave. I started doing that last week, and then Mnday made tqo log cabin scrap table toppers. Really turned out cute. Whan I get a camera I will post.

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    Great organization!

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    I have a 4 drawer cart with the see through plastic drawers. I have mine separated by:

    1 1/2 square triangles
    2. squares and rectangles
    3. strips
    4. large pieces.

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    I am new at Quilting and my house shows it.
    I am so glad to have found this site.
    I'm going back to reading.

    Thanks for letting me join. Charlye

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    I start with the large scraps in one tub, when that gets full I put the smaller scraps in another tub, when that gets full I start cutting. I cut 6 1/2 blocks. Strips I cut in to what ever is close to 2". I sort the strips in to two drawers, light and dark. I love to do string quilts so I always have some ready.The 6 1/2 blocks go in a different drawer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farscapegal
    I just put them in bins by color and cut them when I need them into the size I will be using.

    Sybil
    Where do you get enough bins to put them in?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sewin'sam
    I have a great system: when I finish cutting a quilt, all the small peces go into a drawer then if I need something later.....I DIG! haha! Works every time!Yours sounds nice but only if you come over & do it! Too much like work & I've been retired for 10 years!!! :lol: haha!
    That's my scrap system too. It works for me........for now anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    I was inspired by the scrap quilts I see on the board, and by the Multitasking post (and by the fact that my scraps no longer fit in the storage bin that they live in :shock: ), so I'm going through now and sorting/cutting everything into categories:

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    And in theory, when I cut fabric for a new quilt, I'm going to immediate cut it into usable scrap pieces and keep the bin mostly empty.

    I've spent the last hour ironing (and made a very slight dent in the scraps), and I wanted to take a break and share with y'all! :mrgreen:
    I like your style. (I'm not a "scrapper" but would love to be). I think I might try this, except I may do strips instead of squares for the 3 1/2 and the 2 1/2, since I'm a "stripper." :lol:

    P>S> When is a piece qualitied to be a scrap? :roll:

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