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    Scraps

    Hi everyone!

    I have a question about getting enough scraps to use in projects... I am a very thrifty quilter and most of what I get I use up. However i have found several scrappies I want to make... do you guys ever buy scraps? If so, where from?

    I feel like such a cheat for buying them but the designs are so darling!

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    The best way to get scraps is to befriend quilters near you. You can find them in quilt guilds and quilting groups. Most quilters are very generous with their scraps because many of them do not use their scraps. You can also visit thrift stores and buy up cotton shirts and deconstruct them. Good luck and happy scrap stashing.

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    Scrap quilts are not necessarily made from leftovers. You can cut up FQs, pre-cuts, yardage, whatever is at hand.

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    I don't buy scraps and I don't keep them because they bug me. But there's nothing wrong with buying them if that's what you like.
    The reason I don't save them is because when I'm finished with a project I'm really tired of the fabrics I used. It's just a quirk of mine

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    Look again at what you are tossing. I save any strip that is 1" or wider and sort them into lights and darks which I sort into strings or strips. I save chunks (6" to 10") in another box. The remainder I cut into 2 1/2" squares, and I have a box for "ruined" 2 1/2" squares which are those that I cut wonky, or the corner is cut off, or is threading that I may one day cut into 1 1/2" squares. Now, to me, I cant use all those 2 1/2" because too many are similar so I have to Join "swaps" where we trade (50 of your same go out, and 50 different come back). Now I am ready to make a real scrappy. As for buying scraps, I have to confess, I buy fat quarters, and cut them into 5" squares and swap them by color category. They can be used as charms, or recut into 4 , 2-1/2" squares. Again, more variety. (All these swaps have been done on this board). As for buying random "scraps", I don't recommend it. I accept scraps to make charity quilts for Veterans. But this is very hard, you dont know what you are going to get, and you have to design blocks and quilts around the unexpected. Plus, you may get limited variety. I do this for charity, but not for myself or gifts. I recommend you "grow your own." Hope this helps. Wish you the best. Jane Q

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    I don't toss them. I give them away. The frugal side of me won't throw them out!

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    I've gotten my precious scrap boxes here, and I paid the shipping.
    There was an offer this week, just keep your eyes open.
    They aren't really free though as a lot of time and work will go into
    pressing and cutting. It isn't everyone's cup of tea to put that kind of time in.

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    One of my local quilt shops sells bags of remnants for only $4/bag. I've also had luck on eBay and Etsy by typing "cotton fabric remnants" into the search slot. You can refine that search by adding "pink", for instance, or "floral". My latest find was from Etsy where I got a 6-yard x 8" length of beautiful Asian fabric for less than $4 + $2.99 shipping.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I don’t think it’s cheating or any other negative term to get scraps from other sources. Over the years I have sent many boxes of scraps to people asking for them. You can often find someone with an overwhelming abundance of scraps more than willing to share them. Most of us simply ask that you pay for the postage. I generally send a medium or large flat rate priority box. Many of us here on the board are more than happy to pass some on.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    In my world scraps multiply like crazy. I am always looking for someone who would like a box full. They become overwhelming. Seems like for every scrap quilt I make I wind up with enough scraps for 2 more.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I donate all my scraps---have to make sure I am through with my project ( ask why I say that ! ) , then remnants go in plastic bag for donation to our senior center and they sell them.

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    Thank you everyone! Annievee, I have to ask... why?

    We don't really have quilting guilds over here in Barnsley, but I will try local shops because it gets to be a dear do when buying them!

    Kalamaquilts, that is my idea of heaven. Just give me utterly random things to sort and I'm over the moon happy.

    I have used fat quarters for my latest, and I hoped it would generate far more scraps than it has lol

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    P.s. I should have probably mentioned in in England! International postage is probably prohibitive....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serianas View Post
    P.s. I should have probably mentioned in in England! International postage is probably prohibitive....
    serianas - everywhere I have found so far the postage costs are prohibitive. I would like to build up my scrap collection but I think here in the U.K. We have to take the slower, more leisurely route. Charm packs are not as easily/cheaply available and so we have to rely on our own left overs/cutting up fat quarters. Maybe we should set up a UK swap?

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    I jump started my scrap collection by buying out the scraps from an estate sale. I ended up with 5 laundry baskets of scraps after I washed them (quilter was a smoker, so it all needed to be washed).
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    I did buy them on Etsy, once upon a time, before I had the volume of scraps I have now. Can you find a quilt guild or group in your area? Those ladies are usually delighted to find someone who will make good use of their scraps.
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    Here is a picture of the "mess" I had after washing. I did give away a couple of baskets full.

    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    I have made many scrappy quilts from my Daughters and my scraps. Still have a long way to go. I do use my fabric stash for backing, borders, binding etc. Every quilt creates more scraps.
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    I know that Moda does scrap bags that some Quilt shops will stock. And KeepSake Quilting also has some scrap bags in their catalog.

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    No scraps? You must be a precision quilter to be able to buy exactly what you need and use every bit of it. More power to ya! I always buy a tad extra yardage in case of boo boo's or a random yard to audition when assembled....which equals...scraps.... I have scraps but I'm pretty quick to use them up for charity quilts or donate scraps to other quilter's when the piles get ridiculous. My scraps are contained in only 2 small containers. But no scraps? No way for me...

    many guilds have have an annual show and the members bring their scraps and pile them on tables. Fill a bag for a buck! I get a lot of patriotic fabric this way since I make so many quilts for vets.
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    Again thank you everyone! I will post a pic when I get home of the tiny bits I have left after cutting up 30 fqs... You know what they say about Yorkshire people being frugal

    Rjlinkletter- that's a fab idea I would love to see more things like that over here. I tend to buy things off eBay only if they have free postage but I know that cost gets passed on to the fabric itself...

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    I went to a Quilt Show and a guild had a large Tub of scraps for sell. A gallon zip lock bag could be filled for $1.
    A thrift store is a good place to find fabric at great prices or recycling clothing works for quilts also.

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    I have a quilter friend who does collage projects, so I give her all my smaller scraps and I cut larger scraps into useable pieces, but really large pieces I leave as is for future projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Serianas View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I have a question about getting enough scraps to use in projects... I am a very thrifty quilter and most of what I get I use up. However i have found several scrappies I want to make... do you guys ever buy scraps? If so, where from?

    I feel like such a cheat for buying them but the designs are so darling!
    When I have a morning I can do garage sales I always go to Craigslist and search quilting fabric, cotton fabric, etc. I have found some very nice bags of scraps and also some yardage bagged together in coordinating colors, so I’m sure the quilter was just tired of looking at it. I bought half a backseat full of quilting cottons last summer for $12!

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