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Thread: what is scrap and what is trash?

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    I keep everything; when it comes to making scrappy blocks I use my small pieces and then trim as needed.

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    realy cool idea !! - mulching - hmmmmm

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    I've now come to save almost every little pc. & toss them into a wicker picnic basket. It's now so full the lid hardly closes. I love to paper piece & find them a real treasure.

    I made a quilt recently that I call my "free" quilt since all but the backing came out of the basket. Even the backing came from old stash.

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    Fabric scraps can also be made into Paper. We live in Appleton WI in the heart of the valley with paper mils. One of the field trips I took with our youngest was to the paper museum. We made paper form scrap paper but were shown paper from jeans. Look into it or offer your scraps up for crafting on freecycle in your are. Some schools like them too for art and other projects. My kids like them for funky modern art pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I am not a scrap quilter, so I don't keep anything smaller than a half yard (and probably shouldn't keep those). I tend to buy a minimum of three yards of anything, and if I like the fabric a lot, I'll buy the whole bolt.

    Anything smaller than an 1/2 yard goes into a big tub of scraps that I seldom look at.

    I also have a lot of FQ's, but I've stopped buying them because I don't think I've ever used any. (And please, no pm's asking to me to sell/donate etc)

    My rationale now is that they are BAIT!! A certain friend of mine here on the board, loves scrappy quilts. When she was here recently, I let her go through and take what she wanted. We shipped a 23 lb. box home to her. So the rest are BAIT to entice her to come back and play! LOL
    LOL

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    keep the scraps you can make a crumb quilt with scraps :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchjag
    keep the scraps you can make a crumb quilt with scraps :thumbup:
    and a crumb quilt is what??
    Every time I turn around there is something else fattening about quilting . . is this for withdrawal from carbs??

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    I keep most all of my scraps. Except for the trim-off. The small pieces are handyh for making my other fun and quick hoby called artsi2.
    Lowell ;)

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    goggle crumb quilt and it will explain :mrgreen:

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    I used to keep every bit - just like my Mom - Now I only save certain pieces - since I like to do strip quilts I cut my leftovers into 2 1/2" strips or if there is enough to cut 4 1/2 squares I do that. So right now I have 2 "scrap bins" one for the strips and one for the squares. If I get into applicay (sp?) later I will start a 3rd bin with odds and ends.

    One thing I think is important - no matter what you save - what size your stash is - 2 times a year go though yourfabrics and weed out what you are no longer intersted in - try to avoid becoming a pack rat. The is a certain joy in just owning fabrics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've taken the very small pieces and the 1/8 - 1/4" spagetti strips and put them in a box. I took my extra heavy duty chenille scissors and snipped them up even smaller (while watching tv). Just stuck the scissors in the box & snipped. I took the confetti & used it as mulch around my perennials. 100% cotton is biodegradeable. I know that the colors will fade in the sun, but it looks like it's doing a good job as mulch and looks so pretty.
    What a clever idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've taken the very small pieces and the 1/8 - 1/4" spagetti strips and put them in a box. I took my extra heavy duty chenille scissors and snipped them up even smaller (while watching tv). Just stuck the scissors in the box & snipped. I took the confetti & used it as mulch around my perennials. 100% cotton is biodegradeable. I know that the colors will fade in the sun, but it looks like it's doing a good job as mulch and looks so pretty.
    What a neat idea. I must remember that, and it also gives color to your beds. Smart woman!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaigai
    I am not a scrap quilter, so I don't keep anything smaller than a half yard (and probably shouldn't keep those). I tend to buy a minimum of three yards of anything, and if I like the fabric a lot, I'll buy the whole bolt.

    Anything smaller than an 1/2 yard goes into a big tub of scraps that I seldom look at.

    I also have a lot of FQ's, but I've stopped buying them because I don't think I've ever used any. (And please, no pm's asking to me to sell/donate etc)

    My rationale now is that they are BAIT!! A certain friend of mine here on the board, loves scrappy quilts. When she was here recently, I let her go through and take what she wanted. We shipped a 23 lb. box home to her. So the rest are BAIT to entice her to come back and play! LOL
    Feel free to send these less than yard pieces to me and let me know how much the postage is!! I would love it. HAPPY QUILTING

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    When I stitch a square to the corners of a larger square..I stitch where needed and then 1/2" away from that...I then cut off, leaving the 1/4" seam allowance...and that leaves me a little half-square triangle to use elsewhere. I don't save anything under 4" square, other than these triangles.

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    I'm not sure but I used to save everything but now I throw out all the too small pieces.

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    I used to throw away scraps smaller than a few inches. But now after using strips that were 1/2" wide and cutting them into tiny triangles to fuse into a star, I save strips as small as 1/2" wide. My fabric is stored in plastic boxes with covers, so even the tiny strips get put in their respective color box. It works for me and I guess that's the important part.

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    Because I love scrap quilts and also do a LOT of applique I save almost everything!

    Gaigai, I wish I had your pocketbook!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlponyfarm
    how small a piece of fabric do you keep? do you keep the little triangles that you cut off? do you keep little pieces for possible applique? or do you throw this stuff away? JoAnn
    I used to discard the tiny triangles, small strips under 2", etc. But now I have a bag hanging on my sewing room trash can that I just drop unwanted snips of fabric, threads, etc into...when the bag is full, I give it to someone who makes beds for animal shelters and the snips are used as "stuffing." Most shelters love getting these beds in any size!

    Pat

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    I & my sewing friends save all our scraps, anything that cannot be used in a quilt goes into various sized simple pillows made from unwanted fabrics & donated to the animal shelters for dog/cat beds.

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    I've seen quilts (esp. ones from Japanese quilters) where the pieces were really "snipped ends" itsy, bitsy things.
    They would put it between netting and fuse it. These were intricate picture quilts...beautiful. Me? I save them and give it to the birds or squirrels. :lol: :lol:

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    Even the tiniest pieces are good for postcards, garbage can fabric, miniature quilt blocks, needle books, etc. etc. I try not to waste anything that I can think of a use for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    I've taken the very small pieces and the 1/8 - 1/4" spagetti strips and put them in a box. I took my extra heavy duty chenille scissors and snipped them up even smaller (while watching tv). Just stuck the scissors in the box & snipped. I took the confetti & used it as mulch around my perennials. 100% cotton is biodegradeable. I know that the colors will fade in the sun, but it looks like it's doing a good job as mulch and looks so pretty.
    Now that is an AWESOME idea! I put my yarn bits out for the birds to use in their nests in the spring. But I like this idea even better!

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