Keeping up with the cleaning and organizing theme I’ve adopted this year I thought I’d take a look at my scraps. I love quilting with scraps. Scrap quilts remind me of using that gigantic box of 64 Crayola crayons when I was a child. My motto is “why use 5 colors when you can use 55?”
Ok, so usually once I’m finished cutting pieces for a quilt I just stuff the scraps in their bins by color. Big scraps, small and medium sized. So of course all of the bins look like this.
What a mess! So starting this year I make sure when a project is finished I cut most of my scraps up into usable squares and strips. If the fabric is close to FQ size I usually fold it and store it with the other FQs. Everything else is cut into 2”, 2.5” and sometimes 5” squares. I prefer the smaller sizes so I don’t cut too many 5” squares. Since I enjoy making string quilts the strips are cut any size from 3/4” – 2”.
So far these 2 1/2” squares have yielded 3 of these and I’m working on the 4th. They are going to make one big scrappy quilt!
Today’s cutting table scraps were leftover from a drawstring bag. I cut them into random strips like this,
and now I have this.
Do you use a system to store your scraps? Maybe one like Bonnie Hunter’s. Or do you have messy bins like mine?