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    Scraps - what to do with them?

    Ok, I think I'm now going to have to prioritize stash over scraps. I now how 2-3 tubs of paper piecing scraps that I couldn't part with. Time to part with them!

    What do you do with your small scraps? Anything under 5" really should go.

    I wish I could set them out near the end of the driveway and the magic scrap fairy will come and pick them up (promising to make all sorts of beautiful things out of them).

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    I use mine for mile a minute and make this into all sorts of things. tend to keep everything over 1 1/2 inch square

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    I have a big bag of scraps, ranging from little scraps to just things I don't want . I am in the same boat I don't want to throw them out but don't want them either.

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    I donate mine, I met a quilter here & whenever I have a box of scraps I send them. Actually she is also in California and makes quilts for kids born with diabetes. PM me if you want her info
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    Sometimes folks here want them.

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    I use to throw my little scraps away, but then someone suggested saving them to fill a doggy mattress. So Now I'm filling an old pillowcase.

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    Love scrap quilts! But sometimes it seems I never see the rest of the stash and I get tired of the same pile of scraps, even though it really does evolve. Finding someone here would certainly work, but then there is boxing them up and postage. How about taking them to a guild meeting. Even if you are not a member, u could take a visit and a pile of scraps.
    I tend to hang onto the smallest for those crazies they call " mile a minute". They really are fast and use up a bunch of scraps. I think the best ones have some structure to them with relief for the eyes in way of alternate plain blocks or plain sashing between blocks. I stitch mine to squares of gift wrap tissue to give me a guide for size block to shoot for and it tears off very easily.

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    I decided to do something with mine a while back. So, I started stitching them together in strips. Then I cut those into 6 inch squares. Someday, I will make a quilt with them and just sash them together. At least that's the plan. Of course, I could make all kinds of smaller things from them. But, decided to at least have a plan for the future for them.

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    I save all leftovers of tiny scraps and also battings for a lady who makes pet beds for the shelters. its used for the stuffing

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    Send them my way !!!!! I LOVE scraps !!! Im actually working on my strip scraps right now... Whoo hoo.. for me its mindless work when i want to sew/quilt but dont want to follow directions for a pattern..

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    Scraps is about all I work with . Crumbs,strings,patches you name it. I have bought many boxes of scraps this size . Please do not thorw these away so much can be done with them . Many ,many people on this board alone will pay postage for them if you are pitching them. I as well as many,many others use anything over one inch!

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    Scraps that is the best part, all I make is scrap quilts....LOVE THEM
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    Look at Bonnie Hunter's www.quiltville site to see if anything there tickles your fancy. If not, I just gifted a big bag of scraps to someone at my quilt guild. I just mark the bag free scraps and it only takes a few minutes for them to dissapear and I never have to see them again. I do have an ongoing Spiderweb scrap quilt from Bonnie's site that I have saved a tub of scraps for. Many on QB will take them off your hands and will pay the postage too.

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    Scraps are my favorites! I buy yardages, but prefer the scraps I find along the way. You never know what you will end up with when used in a quilt.

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    My avatar quilt is all scraps, none of them bigger than 3". Sort them by general color, start stitching them together, press, trim, stitch some more, and you have "free" fabric to work into any number of projects.

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    I only keep scraps I can cut for Dresden plates or use for 2 1/2 sq cuts...otherwise they go in the garbage...to much stuff

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    I just cringe when I hear of someone wanting to throw scraps in the garbage! What a waste. Please call your local quilting group and ask someome to pick them up. I belong to a rather large group and the scraps are put on the free table and they disappear like lightning. Wonderful quilts are being made from scraps. Please don't let them go to waste.

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    I love scraps...I have crumb blocks & string blocks going all the time, plus I do applique & crazy quilts. Lots & lots of things to do with scraps of any size! I'll pay postage!
    Pat from Texas

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    Scraps is about all I work with . Crumbs,strings,patches you name it. I have bought many boxes of scraps this size . Please do not thorw these away so much can be done with them . Many ,many people on this board alone will pay postage for them if you are pitching them. I as well as many,many others use anything over one inch!
    Yep....everything she said!!!
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    I paid $10.00 to send a bag of scraps to a lady on the quilt board and didd't even get a PM to say she received them let alone a thank you so will try to find someone from my quilt guild that wants them.

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    Offer them here , so many are making postage stamp quilts! Stuff some flat rate boxes as full as you can get them , and list on the free offer section. You can have the receiver pay the postage. Just my opinion but 5 inches is way to big to toss. There is something about making scrap quilts that has an appeal all its own. If you look at some of the beauties posted in the "scrappy quilt" show you will see its quite popular. And may inspire you to make use of them.
    Do take a photo to include in your posting that way , there is some indication of whats in the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky View Post
    I paid $10.00 to send a bag of scraps to a lady on the quilt board and didd't even get a PM to say she received them let alone a thank you so will try to find someone from my quilt guild that wants them.
    I'm sorry that happened . I've received several boxes of crumbs/scraps from women on this board and I paid the postage, up front. I hope I thanked everyone and didn't forget . I really love the scraps that I recieved and they are like a bottomless well....no matter how many of them I use there always seems to be more than I started with.
    ~~Cathy~~

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    I just read in a quilt shops Newsletter that shipping is going up on the 22nd. If you need to ship anything better hurry!

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    I cut up my scraps when the project is finished. I start with 5" squares, 4 1/2" squares and then 2 1/2" strips. These sizes work for me. You can make some great quilts with the 5 or 4 1/2 squares and of course the 2 1/2 strips are for long cabins and can be easily cut down to thinner ones if you want. I keep the scraps in labelled plastic shoe boxes on shelving. Works great for me! Takes up much less room than the rubbermaid totes, and they are neat and pressed.
    Sue In Bloomfield, NY

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    you can offer them here to quilters who would appreciate the (gift) of your throw-aways- or you can donate them locally- school art departments are always in need of supplies- scout troops, 4-H groups, the senior center, local quilt guild, even some convelescent homes have residents with no money who love to sew and would love them. just don't throw them away---there are so many people who have need-and would put them to great use.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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