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    What do you do with your scraps when ...

    What do you do with your scraps (of varying sizes) when you have no idea or design for them in mind?

    Do you
    (1) Cut into strips - 1.5 or 2.5 inch wide?
    (2) Foundation piece it - what shape/size?
    (3) Let it sit, leave it alone.

    I ask this because I am getting a little uneasy with my scraps. I feel like I'm not maximizing them.

    Thanks.

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    I don't cut any, as I find cutting them limits my potential design for scrap quilts. I do sort them by color and type . I have three types that I use as categories. Batiks, metalics, and everything else.
    Pick a pattern first , then your colors/fabric type, then make a cutting decision. If you are getting uneasy ... get started. Pick a pattern and go for it.

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    i just sort them into tubs with darks in one and lights in another. i don't cut for future use.
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    Right now I am working on about 8 quilts. When I get some scraps, I throw them into a pile. I made a cat quilt in July from that pile of scraps. I needed to cut up about 800 pieces of fabric for my DGS quilt so I used some of those scraps if they suited the design. I say scraps when they are about 7 inches x 7-10 inches long. I will use this fabric in many of my scrap quilts. Right now I sure don't have time to cut them all up. Wish I had that kind of time.

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    I also just sort by colors and cut when needed. The ones I consider too small I put in baskets that i mark with strip or block size

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    I've been quilting for two years and now have a grocery sack full. I leave mine as they are & when I need a little piece I love pawing through all those beautiful fabrics I've used & memories of quilts I've given to family. I always seem to find just the right piece for what I need.
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    Funny you should mention this...I spent all day yesterday cutting scraps. I decided that I would never use them if they weren't cut, so I went with 2 1/2" strips if it was still WOF and a small enough print, 10" squares if possible, 5" squares, 2 1/2" squares and 2" squares. Not sure if I made the right choice but what once was a tub now fits in drawers and the pile of charm squares makes me feel positively giddy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheriami View Post
    Funny you should mention this...I spent all day yesterday cutting scraps. I decided that I would never use them if they weren't cut, so I went with 2 1/2" strips if it was still WOF and a small enough print, 10" squares if possible, 5" squares, 2 1/2" squares and 2" squares. Not sure if I made the right choice but what once was a tub now fits in drawers and the pile of charm squares makes me feel positively giddy!
    Hahaha! I absolutely know what you are feeling!!!

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    I never cut mine unless I am going to use them. I do find them handy to add to a new quilt sometime. I hope to make a scrap quilts someday.

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    I cut mine into squares ranging from 2" to 6"
    Odd shapes I cut into triangles (stored separately with a cut square that they'll sewto)

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    I have a tote with lots of different size squares from this large bag of scraps someone gave me. I had just gotten the Accuquilt and it was fun. I also machine and hand embroidery and applique so not alot of fabric is to small to use so very little gets thrown away.
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    I just boxed mine up and sent them off to a lady who does charity quilts. Made me feel good and now I am ready to go shopping for more fabric (yardage) LOL

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    I cut mine into 4 inch sqs, 2 inch sqs, strips to use as binding, and 2 1/2 inch strips - whatever I can get out of the scraps. It seems I hardly ever have enough to get the charm size out of the scraps. However, recently I cut a lot of scraps into 6 1/2 inch sqs. and made a disappearing 4 patch - queen size. I probably would not have made it if I did not have a pile of the squares that I had cut and put away purposely for that design. I don't have a lot of room to store scraps, so I want to get them ready to use at any given time...and I hate clutter with a passion. I think I have enough now of the 4 inch squares for 4 large quilt tops.
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    I cut 2.5 inch squares if I can. Anything smaller gets tossed in my string bin. The strings are of various sizes and not always even from end to end. I foundation piece them into 9.5 an 3.5 inch blocks. My intentions are to make these blocks into a quilt with sashing using the 3.5 as cornerstones. I find making the string blocks addictive. When I'm in a blue mood I can set and sew string blocks without thinking.

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    I have my scraps in bags, when I get around to cutting them, I start with the largest size for the scrap, but no bigger than 10", then work my way down to 1 1/2", smaller than that, I put into another bag OR cut into confetti sized pieces and have sorted by colors, since one of these days I want to do a confetti quilt and have already got a good sized start on colors. I also cut strips 4 1/2" and down to 1 1/2", then once I have a box full I send to a friend of mine that doesn't have a lot of money, and she's so thrilled to get them OR I give several bags of just scraps to a friend of mine, when I meet her on my way to Fresno.

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    I'm a big Bonnie Hunter fan (Quiltville.com and quiltville.blogspot.com), so about three years ago I sorted, pressed and cut my scraps up so I would use them following Bonnie's Scrap User's System. Now my scraps are making it into quilts. In fact just this weekend I realized I needed a great variety of 1 1/2" strips.

    I store my scraps in Sterlite shoe boxes and the next size up (shirt box?). In my larger boxes I have strings, 1 1/2" strips, and 2 1/2" 'dark' strips. In the shoe boxes I have 2 1/2" 'light' strips; 2" strips; 1 1/2" pieces shorter than 6"; 2 x 2 squares and 2 x 3 1/2" rectangles; and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares and 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.

    A few years ago I spent several months - 15 or 20 minutes here and there getting my scraps under control. I am so glad that I did, as I'm now USING my scraps instead of storing them. Of course, this system doesn't work for everyone and it has to be maintained. Generally, after I finish a quilt I cut up my scraps, although there was one point where everything went into a basket. I really need to work on those before too much longer.

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    I never ut mine, and find it hard to throw away. I do alot of applique. Once, i searched for a fab i knew i had for a 1/4" x 3/4" dlag on a a sand castle. It was perfect.

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    It depends. Most of the time it just gets put in the pile. I prefer not to cut it
    until I have a project in mind. I know if I cut it in 1.5" I will need 2.5".
    So, for me the bigger it is, the better. I had already sewn my little triangles
    when sewing my 9 patch snowball. So I just made two minis - one of which
    is my avatar.

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    Like QuiltnNan, I don't cut for future use. I only cut when I'm ready to start a project. There are storage cubes in a closet with one color in each cube. My scraps are placed on top of the corresponding color pile. If I want to use red, for example, there's only one place to look. This has saved me TONS of time.

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    I don't cut mine until I'm ready to use it for something. I have a stack of medium size bins I stuff my scraps into. I don't even sort them by color, I just cram them in. I do applique and I also make square in a square quilts for all the girls in my family from the scrap bins. (The boys get a different pattern) I loooooooooooove digging thru the bins looking for the perfect scrap of fabric for the small wall hangings I make.

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    I cut mine. I cut as many 6.5 inch squares as I can, then 4.5 inch. Then I do strips 6.5 inches long by whatever width I can get between 1-3 inches. If anything is left of any size after that, I do 2.5 inch squares.

    Anything left after all of that is still kept...I will randomly sew together little scraps to make little stuffed balls or "mice" for my cats to play with; I just overlap the fabric and zigzag each seam and then more random zigzagging to catch everything, no hidden seams, no pre-defined shape really, and the smallest scraps are used to stuff them. The cats don't care - I store the completed toys in a big jar half-full of catnip and the cats go bonkers for them no matter how ugly they are.

    I mostly only toss out very thin strings that have a lot of frayed & stringy fabric hanging off. Or if my scrap bin is gone crazy or if a fabric is just not making me happy I will toss slightly larger pieces, but usually nothing wider than an inch is ever tossed. It just feels wrong to throw any of it away but I can only indulge my inner hoarder so far!

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    I crumple them up and stuff them into my (overflowing) scrap bin. I guess that's not exactly what you are looking for
    I won't cut them, because I always figure I'll cut exactly the size I don't need. I don't like to let my fabric design my quilts for me (ie, pick a pattern that fits the strip sizes I have). So I leave them as is, and sort them into colour groups occasionally.

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    In the past I have cut them into 1.5" strips and made log cabin quilts with them. This time I think I might branch out and make something different. (Maybe something with larger patches, LOL)

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    I do a lot of charity quilting using 6" squares. I use that size, because it is to easy to cut them quickly with the 6" x 24" ruler. Sometimes I use them in D9P, other times just in 4 patch blocks. I always have some to work with when needed.

    Smaller pieces are kept by color in string bags. Long pieces trimmed from the edges of quilts are saved for possible use as binding if wide enough.

    I do a lot of scrappy quilts, but if the color or pattern aren't what I want, I pass them along to someone else.

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    I keep the small pieces in a plastic bag and hunt through them for a certain color when I am making a scrap quilt. I save extra cut pieces in bags with all the extra from that quilt. Then I keep my eye out for a new pattern that would fit those pieces. Flying geese looks like it would fit one of my stashes. I am not a very fast quilter so I don't have a lot of "leftovers". The larger pieces I leave as is and fold them up on a shelf. Whenever I need a certain color it is usually there. Really helpful in scrap quilts. I am making a "flip-flop quilt for my sister's guest house near the pool. I had enough brightly colored material to cut out 30 pairs of flip flops. It is so pretty and colorful.

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