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    Scrap those scrap mounds

    I donít know about everyone else, but I have a habit of accumulating massive amounts of scraps. Iím cheap and just canít stand to throw out even the tiniest scrap. My mound of scraps has become a mountain. Therefore I am challenging myself, and anyone else interested in joining me, to diminish my mountain by at least half by the end of this calendar year. If youíd like to join me on this journey respond to this post and post pictures along the way of your diminishing mound ( one growing mound if that be the case).
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    I will try to reduce my mound. I don't post pics but will be busy working on this. Good luck!

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    Until this year I was happy using January to use my scraps and make donation quilts. This year I was still sewing scraps in March! I have now decided to put my scraps in order at the first of each month. I cut them into strips and make "jelly rolls", cut smaller pieces into 1 1/2" x 5" for piano keys, cut squares. It has been only 2 months but it is working so far and next January I will be ready to sew, sew, sew for donation!
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    I started cutting my scraps into 5", 6", 7" and 8" squares last month... full time... and still going. Now instead of boxes, bins, and bags full of scraps, I have bins full of squares! I guess this is a little better. I do have more floor space showing.

    I'll join with you to reduce the piles of scraps. We can do it!

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    I'm with you. It seems my quilt club always has another challenge to do which keeps me from my scrap pile. Even though I can almost always do the challenge with what I have on hand, it's usually from stash and not from scraps. I am on a mission to do something with all those scraps; really tiny ones, too.
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    ​I am already working on reducing my scraps with the QB Boxes of Strings quilt top.

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    I'll swear I think they actually breed of a night. I am working on three large tubs of scraps. Like you I can't throw anything away, guess that stems from growing up poor and still not wealthy in money by any means. I am cutting whatever I can blocks, quilt patterned blocks for a scrappy quilt laying out the strips an inch or more wide for later and then the little pieces I sew together and make a scrappy block and anything I can not cut something out of goes in a sack to make doggie pillows for animal shelter so virtually nothing goes to waste. So far I have about a fourth of a big storage tub down and I hope to have all three of them done before the end of the year so I am in on the challenge. Happy cutting everyone, Most of my cut scraps will go into quilts for our small guild who makes quilts for people who lose their homes to fires and for the children's hospital for the kids.

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    Sounds like I'm not the only one with unrestrained scrap piles! Here's what I've been doing. I figured out when my quilt club was doing a little monkey wrench block swap and I needed little HSTs. So I had a bunch of little triangles from making snow balls and similar blocks. I sewed those all along a long strip of the appropriate size and then cut them into the appropriate sizesName:  IMG_20170310_112604086.jpg
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    I have done more strip quilts than I can remember, my favorite being a very irregular French braid type of strip...made a really cool quilt. Most recently I've been paper piecing
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    Ö.and still, the mound grows. How???
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    I hope to finish sorting scraps by Summer's end. Way way to many. I did use older 3" strips last month. Made 4 NICU quilts for our MQG. No pics.
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    Yes, the scraps keep growing, especially when you share your love of string quilts at your guild and then are given bags and bags of strings!

    I have sorted the strings by color and am using them up, but I have realized that I tend to keep the leftovers from quilts together after I have finished the project. So I have many little bags and bins of scraps that went well together and are now stored together. I think I need to dump these all out and sort by color.

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    I'd join but I already did this for this year. So now I'm starting a new scrap pile for next year.

    These are all the "scrappy" quilt tops assembled this spring







    These two are in progress, but all the peices are ready. The string quilt is in rows that need to be sewn together.
    They are both pictures of only a part of the quilt. Both will end up around queen size.





    This one pretty much used up my batik scraps - though I did have to buy a layer cake as I ran out of a few colors.



    I still have a few totes of 1.5" and 2.5" strips, and one of triangles, but I sort of sick of scrappy quilts right now.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    I am heavy into scraps right now. I've made 4 in the last couple of months and have ideas for more. The consensus among my quilting buddies is that scraps multiply on their own!
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    I think many of us are addicted to scraps...it's an ongoing challenge for me...let's see what the late summer and fall bring when I can get serious about sewing again.

    Thanks for sharing the pretties, folks!
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    I've been doing this too since last November, so I'll join you folks! I have started putting all my fabric onto comic book boards, or if too small, into bins. I love the book boards, because I can actually see myself using up fabric as I empty each board.

    I joined the 9-patch swap here on the QB and used up about 7 yards of fabric in that. Now I am making the 9-patches into star blocks and will use about 4-5 more yards in that.

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    Here is a photo another quilt made entirely from the stash, except the solid blue sashing. (Here it is being basted.) The quilt has since been quilted, but I haven't gotten around to photographing it yet. This one used about 16 yards.

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    This last one only needs two more blocks. It used about 14 yards of fabric.

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    As much as I keep trying to use scraps, they do keep growing! One good visit to my favorite thrift store will send me home with 15 more yards! So I don't know if I only make scrappies so I can go buy more or what!
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    I will join you in the challenge to diminish scraps by half before year end. I found another group hiding yesterday.

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    I have recently been hitting my scrap bins more often, so I'll take part in this too. I love making scrappies. I have my less than FQ size scraps in plastic drawers by color. I have my strings in gallon size plastic bags by color, plus two grocery bags full of strings that need sorted.
    I just finished this scrappy quilt but it used some yardage for the sashings. The rest was scraps.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Oh, all of your photos are so motivating! Linda, I'd appreciate any details on that quilt block. It is quite striking but I can't figure out how you made it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​I am already working on reducing my scraps with the QB Boxes of Strings quilt top.
    I'm in on the Boxes of Strings too, but I'm finding all these places I've tucked scraps away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    Oh, all of your photos are so motivating! Linda, I'd appreciate any details on that quilt block. It is quite striking but I can't figure out how you made it. Thanks!
    I drew it up on graph paper but it's fairly simple and goes fast: I don't want to hijack this thread so if you want I can PM you. It's done with 2.5" strips, HSTs and the focus block. The outer borders are prints I had with butterflies, and other flower loving insects. Yellow scrappy cornerstones in that row, and then tone on tone white sashing with scrappy 2.5" flower cornerstones. If you want more details, I'm happy to PM you with them.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    I'm in! I just finished a leader/ender project using 1" to 2" width by 4" to 4.3/4" length strips. I sewed them randomly into 12" to 13" rows. I then trimmed the widths to 4". I will eventually use them in a scrappy quilt but at least they are sewn in strips now.

    I am also going through scraps that will work for triangles and using my die cutter HST dies so they are uniform in size. My stacks are growing-especially finished 1.5, 2", and 3". No specific plan but at least they will be ready to use when inspiration strikes.
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    It has been hinted to in this thread but I want to say it out loud. Where do all of those scraps come from? I have not purchased fabric for a specific quilt in 2 years, other than backing. Yet, my scraps keep growing. I have cut scraps into standard usable cuts and the scraps keep multiplying. I now have the reputation in my guild as the scrap quilt member. HELP! I really would like to make a quilt out of new fabric chosen for that person and that quilt but can't justify the cost when I have so much fabric on hand in the form of scraps. Perhaps it is elves working in my sewing room "cutting up" and leaving scraps behind. You bet I will join. I have one bin that I would like to clear out this year. Hi-ho away we go to minimize to the maximum.

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    I love all the lovely scrappy quilts shown, and will of course join this "movement", since I also have a Ton or more of scraps. LOL

    Macybaby, the third pic of yours(on the longarm) is that one finished yet? I Really love it and would like to see a better pic of it.
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    Hello,

    I went on a binge of cutting up my scraps into usable pieces and think I have really injured my upper arms. I've been in pain for over a month. The pain sometimes goes away but doesn't stay for long.

    The only thing I can think is that my rotary blade wasn't sharp enough and I was putting too much pressure on my arms. What are your thoughts?

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    Amazing quilts! I will be following this thread. I love scrap quilts. Yes, lets not forget applique!
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    Hi luvstoquilt. Been a while. I like your idea for putting your scraps in order. I am in the process of doing away with all the things in my house that I have not used for ever. I have wanting to do this and corral all my fabrics and I am going to follow your idea and do the same. I can make quilt tops but I know I cannot possibly hand quilt them all but at least tops will be made. Be nice to see you again.
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