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    Scrap Organization

    How do all of you quilters organize your scraps? I've started cutting my scraps into Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's system, which is working great for the larger scraps.
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    I am unsure how to organize the odd bits. By color, by size, or some other method? What is the smallest scrap you save?

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    The smallest scrap I save is 1 1/2 inch squares. I am planning on doing a postage stamp quilt. I also make doll quilts though so I dip into that basket a lot. I have 1 1/2 inch squares, 2 inch squares, 4 inch squares 4 1/2 inch squares and 5 inch squares. I don't really have strips, as I don't usually have the width of fabric (wof) for those.

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    Let's say I'm working on 2.5 squares. I put each color in a zip lock bag by themselves, then all 2.5 zip lock bags in a bin . Same thing with other sizes - I cut 1.5, 2.5 and 5.0 by WOF strips. Each color in a bag, all the bags of the same size in a bin together. Fat quarters and sorted into bins by color. I love the bonnie hunter system.
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    I cut 6", 5", 4", 2.5" and 2" squares. 2.5" and 2" strips. Wonky sized strings go in a bin for string quilts. I love having things pre-cut and ready to be used.

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    I use to save everything by color in clear plastic totes because an did lots of appliqué, plus where I lived, I had NO access to fabric shops. This year, I have made about 100 purses/totes, none are the same, so I have TONS AND TONS of scraps!! So far, they aren't organized yet, but I will probably do it by color again. I just never pre cut them into anything, because I never know how I will use them, or If I will use them. I sold a large batch here on the board earlier in the year, and in all probability, do I again. I just don't see how I will get a chance to use them with the other projects an have lined up. I feel I am literally drowning in scraps at the moment!

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    I don't think I am at the point of storing scraps yet. When I cut fabric, I put the smaller pieces into an oval metal tub that is about 10" high and 20" long. About a month ago I took them all out and ironed them and neatly put them in piles in that tub. These are about 6" and up to less than a FQ. Bigger pieces get folded into the fabric yardage and placed back in the cabinets. Strings, tiny pieces, selvages, and scraps from each quilt are scrunched into a ball, put in a paper bag, and then handed over to my sister. I do landscape quilts and applique, but I prefer taking from the larger pieces. My sister does scrapbooking, rag quilts and scrap quilts. I will let her have all the glory of going through those tiny bits of fabric scraps.

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    I don't cut them into anything as I do make small items too like wallets.

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    I try to use as many of my scraps as I can as soon as I finish my main project. For instance...I made a quilt top, then used the scraps to make a purse, two Kindle covers, and two mug rugs. Very few scraps left to worry about. Also keeps my gift drawer supplied with handy dandy gifts to use at a moments notice.

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    I just started using the scraps I cut using Bonnie's ideas and found that I have a problem when I get to sashing, borders, binding. All my pieces that coordinate are cut up too small. I'm going to think about that and make some changes.
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    I have a box I save all my scraps, strips, etc. in. I separate the childrens fabrics from the rest of the scraps.
    When I start a new scrap quilt, I look here first to see what I can use. I don't keep anything under 2 inch squares.
    I keep them in stacks so the fabric is neat and not all wrinkled. I never cut my scraps into pieces because you never know what you will need. But if I have leftover pieces the same size, 2 X 2 ex., I store them together in a ziplock bag.

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    I just spent almost a month doing this. First decide what is the smallest and largest piece you will keep. 1/2 yard and up went on comic book boards. Any thing smaller was cut first into Fat quarters which were folded and put in baskets. Then I started cutting squares and strips.
    Squares 10,5,3.5,3,2.5 Strips 2.5 and any smaller or bits went in a scrap basket but no smaller than 1 inch strip because at some point I will make a strip scrap quilt again. I tossed anything smaller or that wouldn't cut nicely . I don't have them separated into color yet. I will get to that eventually.

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    I'm still working on organizing my scraps. Trying to use Bonnie's method somewhat. I take the scrap of material and cut the biggest block out of it I can starting with 7 inches, then 6 1/2, 6, 5 1/2, 5, 4 1/2, 4, 3 1/2, 3, 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2. I have found a use for most all of the sizes somewhere along the way, but I don't go any lower than 1 1/2 as I figure when finished that will be a 1 inch square. Some day I hope to do a postage stamp quilt, but that is going to a ways down the road at this point.

    As for strips, most of my strips are short, from cut bigger strips that were used. I have lots of ideas, but getting them into practice is another thing. I don't keep anything less than a fat quarter, the rest go into my scrap box to be cut into squares etc.

    As for organization, they are all in boxes by sizes and when I need them I look for the colors I want. I keep telling myself when I get a sewing or quilting room of my own, I will be better organized all the way around, but that is someway down the road at this point.

    Do what works for you, I have taken ideas from the board, modified some to better suit me, and used some as listed. One thing for sure this board is great for ideas on most anything.

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    I have a 1" box and a 2" box.

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    Thanks for your great ideas. I try to use all my scraps as soon as possible too, but when I can't, I use the rolling plastic drawers and identify what's in them (i.e., Christmas/Holiday fabric, children's fabric, etc.)

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    I don't cut up my leftovers, as I never know what I'll want to use them for...
    And I sort by color.

    So far, it's working for me. However, I'm always looking for a better way to organize "stuff".

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    Thanks for the link.

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    I just put my scraps by colour in 6 plastic roller drawers that I bought at Canadian Tire. I never know what my next project will be. Yesterday I went through my scraps and cut 178 - 51/2 inch squares. I need 400 squares but it's a start. Point is I didn't know until last month that I wanted to make this quilt. If I'd precut it all I wouldn't have the variety .

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    Quote Originally Posted by homebody323 View Post
    I just started using the scraps I cut using Bonnie's ideas and found that I have a problem when I get to sashing, borders, binding. All my pieces that coordinate are cut up too small. I'm going to think about that and make some changes.
    Bonnie does recommend cutting some strips of various sizes. You can plan ahead and cut them the width you need for sashing and binding.

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    I don't cut my scraps until I decide what to make with them I bundle sorted like kinds, example, little girls, boys, babys, woodsy, xmas, patrotic, and so on. I tie the bundle with string and put a note on the top of bundle and put the bundles in a plastic tub.
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