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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Oh, I need help in this department. 2 years ago, I moved my scraps into pillow cases, sorted by colour. That at least got the fabric off the floor - until earlier this year when one of the cases was so full it pulled the hook right off the wall!

    A few years ago I tried to tame my scraps using Bonnie Hunter's scrap method. I now have 2 bins full of 2.5 and 5" strips from that. But nothing made from them. So that method obviously doesn't work for me.

    I have decided to make scrappy "crazy quilts" from all my pieces that are less than about 10"xWOF. I'm digging through my pillow cases and sewing together bits in similar colourways, so I have sheets of new "fabric" made from all those little bits. Then, I'll cut into 10" squares and either just sew them like that, or turn them into HSTs with a common background fabric to unify them. That should get a handle on these bits - if I can just motivate myself to stick to it instead of starting 6 new quilts.
    I have tried several methods, kristakz, but in the end always find that just stashing all my scraps, regardless of size or color, in one (well, it became two) big (BIG) bin. That's when I decided to start this challenge. I did find that with scrapping I have a bad habit of starting one quilt, getting bored, and then just laying it aside. What I have done most recently is to start making small throws. The way I scrap is just to dump everything on the floor and pull from the mess what catches my eye for any given project. So far I have diminished my scrap heap by about 1/3.

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    Thanks oksewglad. I think I do need a plan for a quilt. I don't have much light scraps - I have managed to make a dent in those with a couple of mystery quilts recently - which limits my options (I can't convince myself to buy yardage to fill out a scrap quilt that I'm going to donate).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kristakz View Post
    Thanks oksewglad. I think I do need a plan for a quilt. I don't have much light scraps - I have managed to make a dent in those with a couple of mystery quilts recently - which limits my options (I can't convince myself to buy yardage to fill out a scrap quilt that I'm going to donate).
    The panto quilt took 2 yards...there's no reason why you can't use a 2 yard neutral piece from stash to compliment your scrap strips. If you have CW repro fabrics use a light backgrounded fabric and add dark strips....or the reverse use a dark fabric and add light strips. Maybe the thing to do is find the 2 yard piece and then select scraps to go with it. I need to do this more often! But haven't found time to sew much this summer.
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    LydiaAlicia: 1/3rd of the way through your scraps is great. Way to go!
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    So how'z everyone doing on diminishing their scrap mounds? I've been kind of busy, hence the lack of posts recently....helping daughter find a house closer to us (8+ hours away!)

    Anyway, keep scrappin'!

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    I've been digging in the 1 1/2" bin...who knows what will come out of it! But have found a pattern for layer cake and charm pack that I will revise with scraps...going to cut 5" squares and 5 x 10s to replicate it my way.
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    In November, the guild will have a class to use scraps in a improvizational manner. I'm all in!

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    I've been cutting up misc. scraps, and adding pieces to their appropriate bins: 1.5" squares and strips, 2.5" squares and strips, and some misc. for a few scrappy projects in the future. I take breaks and sew on a quilt for our Cal. king bed.
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    I precut some scraps into standard sizes that I know I’ll use, but others that are say quarter yard or so get wrapped around comic book boards with size marked on a piece of paper pinned to the fabric and stored in a couple of easily accessible drawers in one of those sterilite plastic units. I go to those drawers first (before hitting up my yardage) when I need to make binding, find an accent fabric, or need to make a hanging sleeve, etc. Having them on the comic boards means I can open a drawer and see at a glance what I’ve got- makes it easy to use them up.

    The “precut” scraps are only allowed to occupy 2 drawers in my arrow Suzi unit, so when those drawers get full I have to use the scraps. Smaller scraps for string quilts and crumb quilts get a shoebox for each type. When a box starts getting full I have to use up some of them before I do anything else in the studio. My space is small, so I had limitted storage to begin with. At first I thought that was a disadvantage, but I've found that it has forced a bit of discipline on me that really helps me keep control of my scraps.

    Of course, this only works because I like working with scraps and I have a hard time throwing anything away

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    I am making progress...I have all the greens, browns from shoe box sized and bigger bins starched, pressed and cut as well as 2 baskets of miscellany which measure 12 x 16 x 8"! Now to the blue and purples shoe box sized. The larger pieces (short FQ's) and certain wof strips I have not cut up. Certain wof's are perfect for bindings on some smaller quilts. Strings are going to my quilt guild Sit N Sew as some members are going to do a string star quilt with 4.5" squares. Getting those baskets emptied felt so good!

    Meanwhile the Grands helped gather windfall apples...some beyond using...fed them to some steers...a sweet treat for them. Made an apple pie and apple crisp afterwards. Lots of apples on the tree yet so soon will pick and store some in frig for winter use. Also want to make some more applesauce.
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    These are my scrap busters so far this year. Name:  916FCA09-7686-4687-BBF1-0101A5D81E20.jpeg
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    The first two need to be quilted and my scrappy log cabin is a year long project.

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    well done Barb!!

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    Love your log cabin.

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    Wow, Barb! Those are fantastic!

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    Woo hoo, those are wonderful, Patchworkbarb!
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    I finished this scrappy log cabin this past weekend. Now into the pile of 'to be quilted' tops it goes!

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    Her is another quilt top to be quilted that I finished in July. All the 9-patches are from the scrappy 9-patch swap here on the QB.

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    I just finished another 80 scrappy 9-patches for the swap going on right now, and I've joined the Mystery Train Ride here on the QB, for more stash busting! I find that if I work on scraps with a group I am much more likely to use them.

    So all in all, this will hopefully make 4 scrappy quilts for this year. Not too bad I think!
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    What great scrap results! So encouraging to see. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thank you, slowly decreasing the scraps, one by one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
    Woo hoo, those are wonderful, Patchworkbarb!
    Another Whoo Hoo from me too. I wish I could make one like yours but I fear that I do not have those beautiful bright scraps. My stash is much more... sedate. Like you work!

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    Thank you everyone, I like bright as you can see.

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    Fabulous scrappy quilts and wonderful scraps.

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    Patchworkbarb and NZ quilter: Very nice quilts!

    Not a lot of sewing happening at my house for a variety of reasons. Lol! I have been busier than planned for subbing this month and my poor body is so exhausted by the time I get home. I truly enjoy working with the students though. Eventually my body will adjust again. Plus I have too many projects going right now and my sewing mojo is suffering because of it. Hopefully I will get back in the swing of it this weekend.
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    That's okay, Connie. When the body says stop, it says to rest! Glad that your subbing is a good experience.

    I'm off on another tangent...scrapping old denim. Actually repairing MrOk's and Farmer Son's blue jeans. It's cooling down here and the air conditioning holes need to be covered!
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    Oksewglad: I am chuckling about your air conditioning holes. Lol! Also, as I get older, I realize it is better to rest than push to get things done when my body is so tired.
    Connie

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    Nothing's too small...I love miniatures.

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