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    I've been making 8--inch squares using scraps -I've made 54 of them so far.

    The question I have is: When I start to do something scrappy, there are a lot of scraps in the wastebasket and a few squares are done. But why is there such a big pile of scraps still on the table? It seems like I didn't even make a tiny dent in the pile.

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    I think that each scrap needs to be kept separately because at night they, uh, :oops: , multiply.

    Sorry, I have no suggestions because mine are particularly prolific and every time I think I have a storage solution, they outgrow it. Control.....I need control......

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    Or, you can send them my way and I'll use them. :wink: hehe

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    LOL.
    Scraps are a problem.
    Any thing smaller than a fat quarter I cut into 5 inch squares for charm quilts.
    There is a quilt pattern for using strips of all sizes but the book is out of print.
    Basic instruction is cut strips 1,2,3,4,5. All with an added 1/2 inch.
    Then make strip sets that add up to 6 1/2 inchs. Example: 3 1/2 plus 3 1/2 = 6 1/2. Then combine them to make a 12 1/2 inch square.
    This pattern was a Sewing with Nancy book called Scrap Happy Quilts. It was the most fun quilt I ever made.

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    Ole scrapquilter here says, the more the merrier! :lol: :lol: I do love those scraps, and I would appreciate it if you would let me in on how to get them to multiply! :lol: :lol: Went through mine a couple of weeks ago and threw out anything less than 1 in. felt bad about doing that even.


    Send all unwanted scraps to Ninnie :wink: :wink:

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    Even the tiny, tiny ones I sewed into my Crazy Quilt!
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    Have been saving, and now will be sewing a scrappy. I think it will be more of a crazy quilt. Tired of the cats knocking the boxes off the table after I have sorted them. Those darn cats think they own this place and it should be arranged for THEIR comfort, not mine! :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I've been making 8--inch squares using scraps -I've made 54 of them so far.

    The question I have is: When I start to do something scrappy, there are a lot of scraps in the wastebasket and a few squares are done. But why is there such a big pile of scraps still on the table? It seems like I didn't even make a tiny dent in the pile.
    http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/f...=Leftovers.jpg

    This entire quilt was made from the scrap bin and I swear, the bin was just as full when I was done. DH said that I needed to leave the light on in the sewing room because the fabric was being "naughty." ROFL

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    I like that quilt.

    It looks "planned" - did you just maybe get a "little bit" of your "good" fabric to make the colors come out right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I like that quilt.

    It looks "planned" - did you just maybe get a "little bit" of your "good" fabric to make the colors come out right?
    Thanks,

    the only fabric I had to pull from the stash was some of the lights. I didn't have enough in my bin. I think it looks "planned" because it has a consistent dark/light arrangement. It's so easy - just rectangles sewn on mitered,

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    NOW I know why I have so many scraps -- naughty fabric :oops: :oops:


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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I think that each scrap needs to be kept separately because at night they, uh, :oops: , multiply.

    Sorry, I have no suggestions because mine are particularly prolific and every time I think I have a storage solution, they outgrow it. Control.....I need control......
    I'm sure you are right. They do multiply when left alone. Mine have overflowed the tote they are in and are taking over another one.

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    I KNOW mine have multiplied many times over and they are in the room with me. I must be a sound sleeper is all I can say. :lol: :lol:

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    Just kep sewing until you use them all will make very pretty quilt or two
    I love scrappy quilts :lol:

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    The last scrap quilt I made was supposed to make a dent in the stash. 9-patches that were 3" finished. Little 1" squares...

    But the quilt top was finished and there wasn't a dent in the stash. I swear it multiplies when I'm not looking.... :wink:

    I've decided that some of this must go, since it's smaller pieces. So, I've been giving pre-cut strips and pieces to a friend of mine who is a beginner quilter and is doing something scrappy following a tutorial she found.



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    Why is it when they multiply, they can't stick together when they're done doing whatever, however, they do?

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    Tiny scraps make great applique pieces, especially if you fuse your applique instead of needle turn. They also make really cool Barbie rugs, Barbie seat covers, Barbie quilts, Barbie tablecloth, Barbie coasters, Barbie dish towels,well you get the idea LOL

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    Lucky Barbie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I think that each scrap needs to be kept separately because at night they, uh, :oops: , multiply.

    well, DUH! don't YOU multiply at night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I think that each scrap needs to be kept separately because at night they, uh, :oops: , multiply.

    well, DUH! don't YOU multiply at night?
    Not any more - - - -

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    which do you want first? the good news? or the bad news? or the good news?

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    Wow, Madquilter, that's a very nice scrap quilt. Great use of lights and darks!!!

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    I reently moved from Malibu, CA to Midrand, South Africa. I used all my fabric--even the small scraps, as packing material so I could bring all of it with me. Boy am I glad! Amazing how difficult it is to find fabric here. No JoAnn's here. I'm sure I will use all the scraps in some way. Now I just have to sort them and get it organized in bins.

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    i put all my scraps in zip lock bags based on color and then when i have a bunch of one color scheme i sew them all together to make a sheet of fabric.

    then i take this sheet and cut it up to make applique of animals for children's quilts.

    i use interfacing to do the needle turn applique and before i attach it to the background fabric i snip the interfacing and stuff the applique with some batting to make it puffy.


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    I like that idea of putting the scraps in plastic bags by colors. Thanks!

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