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Thread: Scraps.. do you cut and store

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    Senior Member dahlshouse's Avatar
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    Just wondering how is best to save leftover pieces from quilt projects... Should I cut up to store as FQ, 5", LC, or what ever piece allows? or just save all together in color tub?

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    I like scrap control...i spent w/e ironing scraps and cutting into usable squares, strips, and rectangles....after that, to tiny pieces go into container and is eventually used to stuff toys made for gifts!

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    I toss my mine into a large basket I keep under the arm of my sewing table. However, since reading posts on here, I'm ready to start cutting mine, as it would be a much more organized system. I have a blanket chest full of scraps, but for some reason, can't part with them.

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    Have you done a search for scrap ideas? There have been a lot of discussions about this topic.

    What types of patterns do you use? What size and shape do you find yourself using the most of? do you like wild and crazy scrappy or are you more of a planned, few color type quilter?

    I'm wild and crazy so I sort by size, othe people are more planned and will sort by color then by size.

    I like a couple websites for ideas:
    quiltville.com and http://www.maryquilts.com/

    Once you decide the type of scrappy quilter you want to be, then you can sort easily.

    Here's where I describe what I do with my strips:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-144123-3.htm#3918884

    I also do crumbs, here are some photos of finished ones:
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...78030079qxCABm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dahlshouse
    Just wondering how is best to save leftover pieces from quilt projects... Should I cut up to store as FQ, 5", LC, or what ever piece allows? or just save all together in color tub?
    Bonnie Hunter at http://quiltville.com/ has a wonderful system http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml

    With that said ~ I don't use her complete system, just some of it. BECAUSE I do not have the space, for multiple tubs and bins

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    I do not cut scraps as I never know what pattern will strke my fancy. I do sort by color and type. Batiks and metalics have their own bin , everything else has a color bin.

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    I save my scraps - they have to be at least 3 inches by 1.5 - I use them for log cabins. I save them in a drawer (large plastic storage dresser) and when the drawer gets full, I start another log cabin.

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    I dont cut mine, what if I cut them and then I want them a different size later on. Mine are thown in totes by color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn
    Quote Originally Posted by dahlshouse
    Just wondering how is best to save leftover pieces from quilt projects... Should I cut up to store as FQ, 5", LC, or what ever piece allows? or just save all together in color tub?
    Bonnie Hunter at http://quiltville.com/ has a wonderful system http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml

    With that said ~ I don't use her complete system, just some of it. BECAUSE I do not have the space, for multiple tubs and bins
    I use one of these and they really don't take much space :-)

    http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod1490070&iid=Category|TOPSELLER|Storage and Organization|10 Drawer Organizer

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    I have just started to cut mine. I decided to cut the largest square or strip the piece would allow and then go down from there. Putting them into baggies right now. As my stash grows and my quilting takes on a bigger life I will probably think of something else.

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    I cut mine, for some reason I need fabric without cut out pieces, or being uneven. Crazy huh??

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    to lazy to do anything with mine so. they are in a bin and I just grab and what ever I get that is the next peices to go in the scrap quilt project of the day.

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    I cut my leftovers into 2 1/2 inch strips. For my quilting style, that works the best.

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