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Old 03-06-2018, 07:35 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 07:47 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 08:24 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 08:28 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 08:32 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 08:34 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 10:01 AM
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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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Old 03-06-2018, 10:27 AM
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Some sites also sell offcuts:
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Old 03-06-2018, 11:02 AM
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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.
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Old 03-06-2018, 12:18 PM
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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.
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