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when is a scrap too small to save?

Old 07-10-2012, 08:48 AM
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I'm new, and I was wondering what size scraps I should be saving. I realize that even the tiniest scraps can be used, but as a general rule what is the smallest scrap worth holding on to?
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:59 AM
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i'd use the criteria: do i have the room to store it; is it a color that i like?
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:07 AM
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When cutting for a top I save (and cut right then) any leftovers into 3" and/or 2" strips. I keep them in gallon zipp bags (by size) for future strip and other scrappy tops. Any smaller, I toss.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:11 AM
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I save strips for scrappy quilts which I love to do. But I also save scraps because sometimes in doing applique you need a little piece of a color and it's better than making a cut in your fabric. I don't save anything smaller than an inch square.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:18 AM
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If it's a strip and it's smaller than an inch, I throw it. If it's pieces, I don't keep anything smaller than 2 inches. I might be wasteful, I don't know, but I know I would never work with those small pieces.
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I save strips that are at least an inch wide and four inches long. Odd shapes have to be over two inches wide. If you don't use the scraps you will soon have more scraps then fabric to store. Have a pile of string or scrappy blocks ongoing to use the scraps as you go. I take my scrap barrel (use to be small bin) when it's overflowing to guild and and dump it on a table and I start sorting. Dump it and they will come! LOL. With all the help my scraps are sorted and lots given away to live somewhere else.
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I don't keep any scrap smaller than 1" wide as only 1/2" shows after the seams.
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If it's a strip and it's smaller than an inch, I throw it. If it's pieces, I don't keep anything smaller than 2 inches. I might be wasteful, I don't know, but I know I would never work with those small pieces.
I'm with jcrow... Any strip thinner than an inch but longer than 8 inches I give to hubby for the garden to tie up the vines... But anything bigger than that gets saved.. And put in its appropriate sterilite see thru boxes and drawers for later use .
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I keep most scraps larger than 2in sq.after a year or so I sort them into what I may really use and give them away.
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I don't keep the lint......well maybe not that bad....but close
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