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What's the smallest size scrap you save?

Old 12-17-2017, 02:34 PM
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I have a bunch of them from the backing of the t-shirt quilt, which was made from blue oxford dress shirts and 2 Hawaiian print shirts. Frinstance, 1.25" X 3.5"- save or toss? How small is savable and where do you draw the line and toss it? I'm officially a quilter now, I have scraps to deal with, lol. Before I was just a general sewist with a lot of small yardage.
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Old 12-17-2017, 03:16 PM
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I don't save scraps that little but I think it's a very personal thing. I generally don't save anything smaller than a 5 inch square. I don't like piles of stuff.
A lot of people do amazing things with little pieces though. It's really up to you. You'll find out what works for you.
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Old 12-17-2017, 03:38 PM
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I generally don't save anything smaller than 2 1/2 inches square, but I save the smaller pieces for a friend - her limit is 1 inch square is the smallest she wants.
Anything smaller than that goes into a bag for someone who uses them to stuff dog beds.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:02 PM
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The answer unfortunately is you should save the smallest size you will use, and only you know that. We save anything at least 1.5" x 2.5", but we have a plan for that size scrap (pineapple quilt). You may think that is a useless size and would toss it. Others may go even smaller (the traditional size for postage stamp quilts is 1" - which is .5" finished). It really is personal.
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Old 12-17-2017, 04:56 PM
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I use to save every scrap but ended up with too many to store and I never used them. Now I toss leftovers in a laundry bin and give them away when it gets full or toss out, whatever my mood is when I start a clean up.
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:16 PM
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I like to make scrap quilts, so I usually save anything 2" or larger.
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Old 12-17-2017, 05:59 PM
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1 1/2 strings or 2 square are my minimums.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:03 PM
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For me, scraps are between 1/6th yard (about the size of a standard sheet of copy paper) and 2 1/2 inches. Anything smaller than that but over 3/4 of an inch, roughly the width of my thumb, is a bit. They go into crumb quilts for charity. Anything smaller than that gets tossed.

I've seen several quilters here say they save tiny scraps for people who make pet beds for shelters. How would I go about finding someone in the Baltimore/Annapolis area who does that? I know there is someone, since I overheard her in Hancock's before it closed. But I was in line and couldn't catch her before she left.

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Old 12-17-2017, 06:27 PM
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I like to sew all my strips together down to 1 inch wide and 2 1/2" long, and make fabric out of them. Cut into strips for borders, or within the block, one can get very creative with them.
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Old 12-17-2017, 06:41 PM
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Usually anything wider then 2 inches goes into my scrap bin. I will sometimes save long selvage strings to use as ties on finished quilts or packages.
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