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Old 10-14-2015, 03:03 PM
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Anything that can't be folded, I cut into 2 1/2, 2 and 1 1/2 squares. Batiks, I keep as small as 1/2 inch wide for mini log cabins. I keep them in 2 gallon zip lock bags.
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:54 PM
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A friend gave me a nice amount of scraps today. I love them. I love making scrap quilts! We were at our little sewing party and of course they all have to tease me about wanting all scraps. I have lots of yardage, but there's just something about scraps that tickles my funny bone.
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Old 10-14-2015, 05:44 PM
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I went to a retreat last weekend and came home with lots of new to me scraps, some saved for me before the retreat and some were donated during the retreat. I like variety in my quilts and do lots of charity sewing. The only time I got teased is when I sewed a QS warm wishes with only 4 fabrics - when I had the top together I was asked if I was alright.
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Old 10-14-2015, 06:37 PM
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I love Bonnie Hunters scrappy quilts! I cut into squares - 6", 5", 4" etc, 2 1/2" strips & into clear boxes. The rest is sorted by print or solids & used for string quilts, crazy piecing to trim to 8" or 9" blocks. I am saving smaller squares for a friend who is making a postage stamp quilt.
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Old 10-15-2015, 02:40 AM
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I use to keep all scraps and realized one day I had more yardage to cut then I'd ever use anyway so why was I saving scrap pieces. I take my scrap bin to my guild sew days, there is always someone that wants them.
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Old 10-15-2015, 04:41 AM
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I use Bonnie Hunter's method but I also cut 5" squares.
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Old 10-15-2015, 04:42 AM
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Like Onebyone, I used to keep all my scraps. I almost NEVER used them. Sooooo a couple months ago I folded anything bigger than a 1/2 yard on comic boards, folded fat quarters into ribbon boxes sold at Michaels, and cut any other scraps (except batiks, for applique, which I don't have a lot of) into 2 1/2" strips, 5" squares or 2 1/2" squares. Everything is sorted by size and then color, in clear containers in the closet. I decided I would never "paw through them" unless they were organized by color. The scraps were put in a pillowcase for someone who collects for dog beds at the shelter. No guilt and I feel like I have more control and will actually use what I have. Only you can decide what you are willing to live with, what sizes you will use etc. Good luck.
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Old 10-15-2015, 06:12 AM
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I have friends who love any scrap of batiks even an inch wide but cottons only last in my scraps if they are at least 1.5" wide, otherwise they are stuffed into doggie beds.
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Old 10-15-2015, 06:40 AM
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Sew teeny pieces together randomly, cut that into 5" squares, make a scrap quilt out of them.
Die cut tiny pieces into 1.5" squares, save for the Postage Stamp swap that they have here quarterly.
Die cut bigger pieces into squares....2.5", 3", 5". Save for something. I don't know what.

Bigger chunks, 1/4 yard or larger throw into a drawer. When that fills up, start another drawer.
When that overflows, buy a wire rack and start keeping boxes of fabric scraps on it. When that fills up, start storing the scraps in plastic tubs in the garage.

That's all the farther I've gotten with it. I may have to sell the car to make room for my scraps. But that's ok.
I have this awesome new sewing machine and when I retire I'm going to be quilting like crazy and I won't have time to be driving around.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:06 AM
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I keep 2 1/2" strips and 5x5" squares. Anything else goes in a tote to give to my DGF and either she keeps it or gives it to her DM to use.
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