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    I've been rearranging all the stash stuff in my quilting room. I have way too many scraps and am beginning to realize if I live to be 150, I'll never be able to use them all up. A while ago I started making string quilts and quilts wih just loads of scraps in them, but doing that keeps me from making use of the beautiful yardage I also have in my stash. I think I'm getting a little frantic about them, they take up too much space. My room is very small! What advice can you knowledgeable folks give me on this problem? But first let me tell you a couple of things. Everyone in my guild has the same problem. To the extent where the charity quilt group has told us they won't need anymore scraps for a long time. I'm willing to give some away to anyone on this board who would like to have some, but I wouldn't be able to foot the bill for the postage. What would YOU all do?

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    There is a group called "Heartstrings" that makes string quilts for charity. Perhaps you could find them with a Google search.

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    Same thing, you want them, pay the shipping and they are yours. How many pounds do you want?

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    Bev, I keep a free Priority Mail box on the floor next to my cutting table. I toss my scraps in there and when it's stuffed full I list it here for the price of shipping.

    I feel so much better getting them out of the way and hopefully they are going to someone who will use them.

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    Just a thought here Bev, if you can take a picture and post it in the classified here, and ask for postage you may get someone who really needs scraps for their stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Bev, I keep a free Priority Mail box on the floor next to my cutting table. I toss my scraps in there and when it's stuffed full I list it here for the price of shipping.

    I feel so much better getting them out of the way and hopefully they are going to someone who will use them.
    Excellent idea! And do you always get takers? Also, how much does a boxful cost to mail? I would imagine that if the cost is prohibitive no one would want to pay it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweet
    Just a thought here Bev, if you can take a picture and post it in the classified here, and ask for postage you may get someone who really needs scraps for their stash.
    Yeah, but I don't have a camera. My granddaughter always has done that stuff for me, but she's off to college now. I sure miss her. The other thing is, how in heck do you photograph a box of scraps? It's just a big mess of fabrics. A lot of them have been cut into different size strips for strip quilting. Thanks for the message.

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    The medium box is $10.70. I ask $12.00/Paypal to cover postage and my costs. They are usually gone in about 5 minutes. In fact, I have another one just about ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subee
    There is a group called "Heartstrings" that makes string quilts for charity. Perhaps you could find them with a Google search.
    Ok, I'll look for them. I wonder though, if they pay for shipping.
    This would be so much easier if I just had someone nearby who wanted scraps, but unfortunately, I don't.

    :cry:

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    The more scrap quilts I make, the more scraps I seem to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    The medium box is $10.70. I ask $12.00/Paypal to cover postage and my costs. They are usually gone in about 5 minutes. In fact, I have another one just about ready.
    Maybe this is the answer for me. It sounds possible. If you get takers I probably would too. Do you offer anything special? My scraps aren't particularly terrific. They are mostly LQS scraps, with some Joann's from years ago when I first started. There are no very large pieces, although I guess I could throw in a few of those too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleMo
    The more scrap quilts I make, the more scraps I seem to have.
    Ditto! In fact SUPER DITTO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bev
    I've been rearranging all the stash stuff in my quilting room. I have way too many scraps and am beginning to realize if I live to be 150, I'll never be able to use them all up. A while ago I started making string quilts and quilts wih just loads of scraps in them, but doing that keeps me from making use of the beautiful yardage I also have in my stash. I think I'm getting a little frantic about them, they take up too much space. My room is very small! What advice can you knowledgeable folks give me on this problem? But first let me tell you a couple of things. Everyone in my guild has the same problem. To the extent where the charity quilt group has told us they won't need anymore scraps for a long time. I'm willing to give some away to anyone on this board who would like to have some, but I wouldn't be able to foot the bill for the postage. What would YOU all do?
    I just did a post.. I asked 10 people to send me a SASE up to $1 and when i get it ill fill it and send it back.. this is the first time im doing it so don't know how well it'll work..Just a thought..

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    Quilters are so generous. I'm sure a beginning or charity quilter wouldn't mind paying postage to play with and use your beautiful scraps. Maybe rewrite the title of the post to say "Free Scraps to a Good Home?" A photo might help too, just so everyone could get a glimpse of the types of prints.

    A large, flat rate Priority Mail box measures 12" x 12" x 5-1/2" and can ship for $14.50 anywhere in the US. The weight doesn't matter. The USPS has smaller sizes too. You can quickly and easily print postage online and your mail person will pick up the box from your house. The large boxes will hold 15+ yards of fabric. That's a boatload of usable scraps for the bargain price of $15!

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    I toss in scraps larger than 1 inch and smaller than 1/4 yard or that I just don't like. I don't worry about quality as of course I only throw in stuff that I am using so it has to be good, right?

    Might be psychological, but I find that people jump right on the $10.70 box but hesitate over the $14.50.

    I think some of the boxes I've shipped have weighed 8 pounds or more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    I toss in scraps larger than 1 inch and smaller than 1/4 yard or that I just don't like. I don't worry about quality as of course I only throw in stuff that I am using so it has to be good, right?

    Might be psychological, but I find that people jump right on the $10.70 box but hesitate over the $14.50.

    I think some of the boxes I've shipped have weighed 8 pounds or more.
    You have been extermely helpful. Now I have a couple of alternatives to consider, so I'll mull it over a bit. Thanks so much!

    8-)

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    I just did a post.. I asked 10 people to send me a SASE up to $1 and when i get it ill fill it and send it back.. this is the first time im doing it so don't know how well it'll work..Just a thought..[/quote]

    Have you had responses yet?
    I would think that you'll be doing a lot of envelope mailing very soon.
    I guess I could try that too, but I'd really rather send it out in larger batches. Just to get it over with more quickly. However if a lot of people ask me to send them some that way I will.
    Thanks for your response! :-)

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    Maybe box or bag them up and take them to your LQS with a free sign on them? I am sure a shopper or two or three would love to grab a bag of these :D:D:D

    The workers there may even know of customers who are short of fund who would love these gifts :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Maybe box or bag them up and take them to your LQS with a free sign on them? I am sure a shopper or two or three would love to grab a bag of these :D:D:D

    The workers there may even know of customers who are short of fund who would love these gifts :wink:
    Thanks for the suggestion. Gotta get off-line right now. A storm has come up and DH is yelling at me to shut down. See y'all later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Bev, I keep a free Priority Mail box on the floor next to my cutting table. I toss my scraps in there and when it's stuffed full I list it here for the price of shipping.

    I feel so much better getting them out of the way and hopefully they are going to someone who will use them.
    I do the same thing. Sure keeps the clutter down.

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    Bev, where in Florida are you? I'm in Southeast Florida, or at least will be when I get home Nov 1st, and would gladly take your "orphans" off you hands if its not too far to drive. I belong to a guild and a sewing group, so what I don't want will be redistributed.

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    [/quote] I do the same thing. Sure keeps the clutter down.[/quote]

    After I get these all sent out, I'm going to do the same thing. I think it's a very good idea.

    8-)

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    Another thought....if it's small scraps...whip up a pillow case with fabric you're not wanting to use, then tape it near your sewing area.....put your 100% cotton clippings ONLY into it, and then stitch it closed & drop it off at your local animal shelter to use as a bed, they're very much appreciated around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Another thought....if it's small scraps...whip up a pillow case with fabric you're not wanting to use, then tape it near your sewing area.....put your 100% cotton clippings ONLY into it, and then stitch it closed & drop it off at your local animal shelter to use as a bed, they're very much appreciated around here.
    Wow! That's a great idea too. Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Another thought....if it's small scraps...whip up a pillow case with fabric you're not wanting to use, then tape it near your sewing area.....put your 100% cotton clippings ONLY into it, and then stitch it closed & drop it off at your local animal shelter to use as a bed, they're very much appreciated around here.
    That's a great thought for the smallest scraps that I might have thrown away. Thanks!!

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