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Thread: I found the best idea for scrap storage

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    Where does your Costco have the magazines? I've not seen them in my local Costco. But I may be overlooking it.

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    I just ordered the book from the library. I know I have a lot of scraps lets see what I can make with them

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    w7sue which McCalls Quilting magazine are you talking about. I would love to use us some scraps and I like the sound of 16 patch and hour-glass block. Thanks

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    thank you for the info looks like a great book

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    I am glad that you found a very good idea to storage scraps. I have so many books and magazine stuff which I am completely confused where can I keep. Costco is very huge store from that we all can very great ideas. I become member just last month.

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    Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com is one person who uses EVERY scrap. Check her out. She was at our guild and inspired many people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia View Post

    ..a plan to use up a lot of scraps in a systematic way and also to have them stored so they are more usable. .. it started with pressing all the scraps and cutting them into three specific sizes. She says those sizes play well together. Then you sort them by color, or theme maybe. They will stack easily and take up much less room then the piles of scraps.


    This definitely sounds like Bonnie Hunter. She describes her methods in a 2005 blog:
    http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005/...rs-system.html

    I really like her blog, and she is a Gwen Marston fan; of whom I am also a fan.
    Their approach to quilting (and Freddy Moran's color philosophy) strikes me as pure joy; and
    more in keeping with how quilters in the "early days" created their quilts.

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    I've been looking at her blog too. And yes, quite the same. But great stuff. I love having the patterns in my hands.

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    Hi, My daughter bought me this book for Christmas and I love it. I have organised all my bags of scraps and have started working on some of the projects in the book (Scrap Therapy). The book is available on Amazon UK. Now I'm tempted to go out and buy more fabric so i can cut that up as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katia View Post
    Well, one of many anyway. I was at Costco the other day and they have a small magazine stand so I always check for quilting magazines. Well, I found a great one. And first off I am in no way affiliated with the magazine publishers or anything like that. Anyway, the magazine is Quilt Your Stash and from the makers of Threads magazine.
    http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/...ilt-your-stash

    The whole magazine is based on a plan to use up a lot of scraps in a systematic way and also to have them stored so they are more usable. i have not read the whole plan, but it started with pressing all the scraps and cutting them into three specific sizes. She says those sizes play well together. Then you sort them by color, or theme maybe. They will stack easily and take up much less room then the piles of scraps.

    Then in the magazine there are 10 projects of quilts and things to use them for. I am thinking that once you had the system figured out you could use them for so much more then just those projects.

    So, anyway, I thought you would all like to hear about this magazine and the great ideas. Some people probably already know about this and do it, but it was new to me.
    I received this same magazine 'Quilt Your Stash' as a gift whilst on holidays in Hawaii recently and I must say I am impressed. It's a great magazine and I know I am going to get a lot of use from it. There are some really great projects and ideas in the magazine and the patterns are easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. Top magazine.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    I bought this book a couple of weeks ago.

    I started cutting my scraps into 6 1/2, 5 1/2, 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 strips a couple of months ago. I know that I like these sizes and I am also a math person so I can translate to what I need.

    I am looking at some quilts to make for my nieces and nephews for Christmas and I thought this would be a way to get started.

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    I just recently started cutting squares from my scraps all the way down t 1 1/2 inches. I then store them in my DH's empty cigar boxes and it is amazing how little room they take up. I hope I can do this with the rest of my scraps. I also kind of enjoy seeing what size square I can get from a scrap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrapper View Post
    I order the book too........sounds like the perfect way to get my scraps under some form of "control". Can someone please explain what the "that thing with the adding machine paper tape" entails.....sounds intriquing.
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    Yes, I'd like to know what that thing is too!

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    Thank you for sharing. My scraps are all tossed in a large box and are out of control. This method might just work for me.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Here's a tutorial from this board on the "Adding Machine Paper" thing!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...er-t56940.html

    Looks awesome, I can't wait to try this!

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    Wow, the adding machine paper idea is fabulous. I love pieced borders, and the 3" width is useful for sub-cutting into patches for piecing. I'm adding this to my inspiration file.

    I follow Bonnie Hunter's blog, too. Earlier this year, she posted pictures of her updated scrap savers system, which is now sorted by size and color to help tame her huge collection of scraps. Within each bin of a certain width, she sub-sorts, stacks, and rolls her strips into baggies by colors. Some of her newer quilts are controlled color schemes, so the new method is faster and cuts down on fraying when she is looking for certain colors.
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    Scrap Storage lol

    I love your Idea! but I think I will stick to my way!
    take note of the careful color origination, and folding too LOL
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    Icon, that looks like it works too. Mine is still similar although I do have several of those fabric drawer type things that fit in the cubby shelves, so they don't really show. I want to start cutting them all up but I am so afraid I will need them for some applique project or doll clothes for my granddaughter. I did got through all of it and cut off the smaller parts and start doing the adding machine paper thing. And I have also used up a bunch making hexies for a flower garden quilt someday. Whenever I make clothes for my granddaughter I cut out enough to make several hexie blocks. Someday, I hope to put them together in a quilt when she gets married or graduates college. It will take a very long time.

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    I started last winter cutting my scraps into blocks and then I found Bonnie Hunters system and started following it. It feells really good to get them usable. I wasn't aware of how many totes there were so will be spending a lot of this winter on it too but it is a good feeling and so much easier to use. I found the stackable storage boxes @ Joannes and found that 4 of those stacked together, really help me keep the pieces together and easy to take along to retreates also. I am looking forward to getting the rest cut up though because I am findind the more organized I get the more room I have in my small space. I would be interested in the name of that Magazine.

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    Since I am not one who makes the traditional quilts, I use my scraps for wall hangings, table runners, and occasionally a lap quilt or tote bag. I have a DVD that shows how to cut scraps into random sized triangles, and blocks and strips of different sizes and shapes, like for crazy quilting. I have seen so many beautiful wall hangings with absolutely wonderful pieced backgrounds made from scraps cut into pieces that can easily be sewn together into a crazy quilt background. I love the blue sky and water backgrounds made with different values of blues even the small prints, and the grass backgrounds have the same wonderful look. It is just an idea for some of you who make the art quilts, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icon17 View Post
    I love your Idea! but I think I will stick to my way!
    take note of the careful color origination, and folding too LOL
    yes,nice and neat with careful folding,lol.I used to do it that way too-not any more
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    thanks for the information on the magazine
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    I just put the book in my big Amazon "wish list".
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    Looks to be interesting.
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    I've been working this past year to organize my fabric and scraps. Still a work in progress but here's what I have so far - since I don't buy large amounts of yardage, most of my fabric is 1-2 yards and starting to put on foam core boards. If it's at least 1/2 yard but less than a yard, it goes on a smaller foam core board then I know it's less than a yard but still enough to work with.

    I haven't bought FQs in a long time so anything smaller than 1/2 yard goes into my scrap bins (plastic drawers I pick up on sale at Joann's). They're labelled for the different colors (some I combine like orange or yellow since I don't use those colors a lot to need separate bins).

    Once I've cut a new project, I sub-cut the leftover fabrics depending on how much is left. I have smaller bins for squares and strips (1.5, 2, 2.5 inch strips and a bin for squares 2, 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 inch). Anything smaller but still semi-usable goes into a "strings" drawer so that when I feel like sewing but not thinking, I can grab my foundation paper and just grab these strings and start sewing (smallest string is 1" wide). Got this idea from Bonnie Hunter.

    Like I said....working so far.
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