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Thread: Scrap Sorting... Your Ideas?

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    Super Member Mamagus's Avatar
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    I took on the almost monumental task of sorting my scraps last weekend. I started with "Quilt" magazine`s Chip, Charm, Chunk, Strip, String, Stray method and almost lost my mind. TOO MANY decisions!

    So I took a break. Called my sister and we chatted. She asked, "How do you look for a piece of fabric?" I thought for a bit and replied... By colour. Bingo! We had it!

    I went back, threw all the fabrics in the big bin again and started sorting by colours. I guess if I EVER run out of projects and decide to do a scrap quilt I'll re- sort then but for now they stay as colour groups.

    How do you sort your scraps!?

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    My scraps are all just sort of stuffed in a bag right now. Actually don't have a lot, but the collection is beginning to grow!

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    Same way you ended up doing yours..by color.
    that Chip,charm chunk would of drove me crazy too!

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    my 1 1/2 inch strips are by light and dark, the rest are just put in drawers. I know I should do something like by color, we'll see :)

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    Mine are divided by size, then color. I have my larger scrap pieces in one drawer and the smaller truly scrappy pieces in another drawer, both by color.

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    If you go by color, what do you do with the prints that have more than one color? That is where I get confused. Thanks for helping.

    JOY

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    Joy ~ good question, some prints are confusing. I usually do the 'squint' test, then it goes into the closest color-way.

    My scraps are in a use-able mess.
    I have a tub for smaller than a FQ,~ great for making one or two blocks
    a small box for 3.5"+ wide partial strips ~ Quiltvilles Strip Twist
    Then 2 drawers full
    1)for smaller strips ~ string quilts
    2) for assorted smallish pieces ~ applique or crumb quilts
    Then one more bag for 1/2" strips, that is for making baskets.

    I wish I had room to do the color and size sorting.... but my "studio" used to called a bedroom. ;)

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    SORT????? You mean we are suppose to sort them????

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    SORT????? You mean we are suppose to sort them????
    LOL you are to funny.
    other than 1 1/2 strips, I don't sort either

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    my "larger" scraps are sorted by size 5", 6", 7" etc.

    my "smaller" sizes are sorted by colors

    I don't have bunches of scraps and a lot of them are from my mother, and hers are VERY organized. She even had a shoebox full of 1.5" squares, she used to make Cathedral Window quilts and used them for the centers...not sure what I'm ever going to use them for but just can't bear to part with them.

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    i cut leftovers into 2,2.5,3 inch strips, and into 2,3.5 and 5" squares, put them in clear shoe boxes, the rest is all tossed into a tub, when it gets to full, i give away, seldom use any of it

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    Don't ask me..mine are all stuffed into about 3-4 Wallyworld bags and stuffed between the wall and the bed :oops:

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    I don't have too many so they are stuffed in a picnic basket.

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    I toss all my scraps in a bakset next to my sewing machine. I use the small scraps for leaders and enders and the bigger scraps to foundation piece blocks. I end up with a pile of blocks instead of a pile of scraps. It's the only way I can keep my scraps controlled.

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    All my real teeny scraps go in one box. Bigger scraps not yet by colour but 3 separate boxes of prints, solids, and Christmas prints (I do alot of Christmas things for selling). But the boxes are getting harder to close so I guess next step is colour sorting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryb119
    SORT????? You mean we are suppose to sort them????
    Looks like we use the same sorting method.

    :lol: :lol:

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    I put my prints in a category called prints!

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    i been thinking as i was going through some of my christmas ornaments some of the balls with scratches and thought i would donate them and then it hit me i am going to try to decopauge some of my scraps on them and see how they turn out i might just have a new christmas tree theme for next year we will see there i go with another project for me to do but it might be fun

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    Mine are all in one big tote. Maybe someday I'll sort them.

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    Originally I did by color but then some how they are just stuffed into containers with no direction. Someday.......

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    I sort by color also. As for prints, I put them with the color that is the most predominant color on the print.

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    Well...right now I have been lazy and my scraps have grown again..but when I sort them ...I sort them this way
    2.5 inch strips...actually as I do a project all of those scraps go in the same basket..so those are always sorted.

    Then when I go thru my bin I cut 5 inch squares out of the bigger peices.

    I also have a bin for 2.5 inch squares

    then every other sized strips gets sorted according to length and I sew those into panels...from those panels I can make several different scrap quilts and it uses them quickly..I also use these panels to make piano keys on my scrap quilts for borders. ( although not traditional keys because they are differnt width strips.)

    I somehow always use 5 inch squares for things and also 2.5 inch strips and squares..so it makes sense to me to sort these out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I sort by color also. As for prints, I put them with the color that is the most predominant color on the print.
    That is what I do also.

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    Scraps I cut up to useable sizes, like 5 in sqs and 2 1/2 in strips. Then I put them in plastic baskets from the Dollar Tree store. These are also good for fat quarters. So easy to pull off the shelf and see what I have. They are 8 by 11 inchs so they fit on a bookshelf perfect.
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    I really dont have enough scraps to "sort" I only have one bin and they are all shoved in there right now. :)

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