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Thread: What is the smallest size fabric scrap worth keeping?

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    Have you heard of crumb quilts? You sew scraps together and then square it up into blocks. It makes for very colorful blocks and they are fun to make.

    If you have scraps you can cut into strips, google "string quilts" and see all the different designs you can make.

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    I like to make crumb quilts and string quilts. I save any scrap that is at least an inch wide. That gives me 2 1/4 in seam with 1/2 inch of fabric showing. I've been known to use strips even more narrow, but have decided recently to steel myself and throw away anything smaller. I have so much fun with crumb blocks that I don't want to make any other block.

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    Betty Ruth, would love to see one of our quilts!

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    Question for Quilting Aggi--
    What is a crumb quilt? Never heard of one before---
    Terry in NY

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    A crumb quilt is what I had always called a crazy quilt. I always use a base fabric square. Starting in the middle with any size or shape fabric, build around the center fabric until the base is completely covered. Then, trim to size. I'm sure someone else will come up with better instructions. The idea is to use up the smallest scrap of fabric. I like to use all different colors, solids, prints, checks, plaids, stripes, anything goes.

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    What is a "crumb" quilt? I haven't heard that term before. I save everything. I have been making tiny paper pieced bird house wall hangings with them.

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    I found this online. Good instructions and LOTS of pictures.
    http://www.quiltville.com/crumbs.shtml

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    God bless that woman. I thought I was doing good by donating about 500 in seven years.
    I use may small scraps by sewing them together radomly in a sort of primitive crazy patch until they are large enough to cut into about an 8 in. block. When I have enough, I sew them together into a piece large enough to back many of my charity quilts.
    I have one that is twin size that I plan to make into a quilt for myself since may of the fabrics are leftovers from quilts and clothing or other items, for my family, through the years.
    Ellie

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    I volunteer at a local Nature park. Fabric is a no no to put out for nest building because it will stay wet and mildew. Grass and other organics will shed water. :D

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    I have been saving scraps for 3 years...this year someone asked for scraps for the Blind Center to use for stuffing of Christmas toys they make. I gave them all my scraps. I found I NEVER used any of them!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000
    Also our SPCA takes pillows; hang an old pillow case near your machine & any 100% cotton fabric tidbits can go into the pillow. When it's full fold down the top & stitch it closed, this is the size that fits into the cat cages, maybe your area might want different sizes. Do NOT put batting or threads in the cases. Just another way to recycle those little tidbits that are so hard to throw away.
    I like this idea too!!

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    some quilters uses the small pieces for stuffing inside of cat and dog beds

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    I use my very small scraps for crumb blocks.
    The long narrow ones are used for string quilts. If they are as much as an inch wide, I keep them. That gives me half an inch of fabric after taking off the seam allowance.

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    ok...

    I may be insane admitting this....

    have made a 5 inch (finished) test pineapple quilt block

    the pieces finish as half an inch wide :shock:

    I don't usually keep pieces less than an inch square

    but I have three buckets on my cutting table...strips, 1.5 inch wide strips and 2 inch strips

    there's also a tin for the scraps that end up in the school art room

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    As I sew I cut scraps into "Lumber" pieces...4 x 4, 1 x 8, 2 x 4, etc. I do strip quilting and crazy quilting and use pieces as small as 1" square. I also keep a tub full. Took one to a class yesterday and shared with ladies who had no scraps. We were doing strip quilting. It was fun to share. There is always someone who needs lots of scraps. I think an exhcnage or knowing someone to send them to would be great.

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    I keep all but sliver! But I am trying to make myself through away the thumb size pieces. Sometimes I worry about myself. Ha Ha

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    the smallest I keep is 2" sq

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    i'm an appliquer and so i keep even really little scraps, but keep what you will use and pass on the rest...
    i keep a flat-rate box under my cutting table, as i'm cutting any scraps i don't want to keep i toss in the box (within what i consider reasonable, i toss the frayed edges, itty-bitty bits ect.) there are a number of people here who will happily accept your scraps...i put out the call when my box is pretty full and see who all wants some scraps...if my scraps fit into their requirements i send it out...i do not ask anything for this, it is great for me to just get them gone...some times people will offer to pay postage or make some sort of trade, what ever you would like can be worked out.
    another (closer) option is school art programs, with budget cuts lots of teachers are providing arts & crafts activities out of their own pockets and will happily accept your scraps.
    i have a pre-school here that i do fun things with off & on, one of the kids favorite things to do are make 'treasure boxes'. i find boxes with lids (like file/printer paper boxes )for each kid...we dump out a whole garbage bag of scraps...the kids put glue all over their box and start (decoupaging) fabric strips all over theri boxes...they have a blast, the boxes turn out great,
    started this about 9 years ago when my first granddaughter was in pre-school, i know 5 of those kids from the first time who still have their box and still make them, give them as gifts.
    so,
    don't just throw them away, but don't save them either (they easily can take over and bury you:( ) :cry:
    there is someone here on the board who is requesting salvages...everything is recycleable.

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    a quilting friend told me one day (right after the quilting bug bit me) Colleen, don't be a string saver...throw those scraps away....
    well you know what...i've made some pretty cool string quilts...
    so there lyn....

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    wow, thanks for this thread

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    I save all my scraps. I send selvage edges to someone on the board. Another board's DM uses small pieces (no smaller than 1" sq.) so I send them to her. I make scrappy quilts from time to time so I save the scraps for these. Now after reading this thread I want to make a crumb quilt! Thanks for the info!!

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