Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Taming Those Scraps - Part 2

 Last week, I shared the first steps I take at taming my scraps.  For many quilters, setting up an initial scrap system will be all that is needed.  I think just being disciplined to organize scraps as they are made and having them as accessible as possible will help to ensure you use them and that they don't become a chore.

But I have a LOT of scraps.

So I have some additional storage areas that I keep my scraps organized in.




I was lucky enough to come across some old locker baskets from a local pool.  I snagged 12 to further sort my scraps.  They fit perfectly on a metal storage rack I already had in my laundry room - which is right outside my sewing room.  So once a smaller color bin is full above my cutting table, I will empty it in it's appropriate basket.  You can see that these are all pretty much overflowing!

When I am ready to work on my RSC blocks or when I start a new scrap quilt, I like that I can just grab the color bin I need.  And because I can easily see into them, I can sometimes just see a piece I can readily snag and get to cutting.




Did I mention I have a lot of scraps?!!!

I have one more level of scrap storage.  These bins are the old way I used to store what I keep in the baskets.  But I found them a bit difficult to use.  They are smaller (so therefore they were always crammed full) and they were hard to get the drawers in and out.  And when a system doesn't work well, you tend not to use it.  I should also mention, these bins are in a closet down the hall and in another room from my sewing room.

Nowadays,  these drawers store larger scrap chunks that I can get folded up and stored on end so I can see them.  These are all pieces that are smaller than a fat quarter (I know many may consider this stash).  You can see they are also organized by color.

So why all of these levels of storage?

Because I like to get the best yield out of my scraps so that means I need to use the smallest piece that works for the cut I need.  So I start by looking in the bin right above my cutting station - then I move to my baskets where smaller bits and strips are kept.

If I still can't find what I need or my baskets are running low, I can look in the "chunky" bin and pull bigger pieces to backfill my scrap system.  This keeps me from always grabbing the biggest piece and never getting to the smaller bits.  Also, because these larger pieces are down the hall, my lazy self doesn't always want to make the trek so I tend to use what I have closest.

I should also point out, that keeping large scraps in these drawers means I CAN use them more as a stash when I want to.  This makes my pocketbook happy!

And finally, when I talk about scrap storage by color, I am always asked what colors I separate by.

Black
Brown
Red
Pink
Orange
Yellow
Lime Green
Green
Turquoise/Teal
Blue
Purple 
Gray


So I think I will end this second part here.  I do have a few more ideas for working with scraps that I will share at a later date.  


Who thinks I have a scrap problem!  :)




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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Oh Scrap! : A Scrappy Flimsy

 I realized on Saturday morning that I had not spent any time in my sewing room the whole week.  Determined to change that, I left the vacuum in the middle of the living room and decided to spend a few hours sewing instead.




I spent that time sewing together the blocks in this quilt.  It is a scrap riot!




Here is a closer view.  You can see it is just a bunch of 2.5" squares.  Some blocks are framed with 1.5" solids and others are simply squares.

The quilt measures 70" x 90".  I am sure I have a piece for the backing but I might have to extend it a bit for this bigger quilt.  I think I just have 4 yard pieces.  That will be a task for next week.

Quilting was definitely more fun than housework!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Taming those Scraps - Part One

 I was recently asked if I would talk a bit about how I store my scraps.  It has been years since I shared any information around scrap management so I thought I would write a few posts over the next couple weeks.



First, I think it is important to give some thought as to how you use your scraps.  In other words, are you someone who always uses patterns that call for standard sizes like mini charms, charm squares or  strips.  If so, you may want look at how Bonnie Hunter stores her scraps.  She pre-cuts all of her scraps to standard sizes.

I will admit, I tried this system in the beginning but it just did not work for me.  Whenever I wanted to make a quilt, it seemed all the scraps I wanted to use were cut to the wrong size.

One of the first thing I realized about myself, is that I like all of my fabric sorted by color - including my scraps!  I tend to work in color combinations - so I just need to pull the relevant color bins when I start on a quilt.

I also think it is important to sort your scraps immediately once they are identified as scraps. So right above my cutting table, I have a shelf with some color coded buckets that I drop scraps into every time I clean off my cutting table.  You may not have this luxury but you should be able to come up with some bags, shoeboxes or even glass jars to store your scraps in.

The nice thing about having these scraps so handy is I can usually dig through them and find a scrap that will work when I need some little bit for a project. 

 If your scraps are easy to use, you will use them!



Sometimes, when I finish cutting a project that I really like the fabric combinations I used, I don't want to break up the leftovers back into their respective colors.  A good example is the leftover fabric and scraps from my All that Jazz quilt I recently finished.  I really want to take these leftovers and add a few more scraps and make another quilt in these colors.  In this case, I simply bag up all the leftovers/scraps and store them together in a drawer.




Here are a few other projects that reside in the drawer from years ago.  Note that I don't put a lot of "universal" fabric in these bags.  They are usually genre specific (30's, holiday, flannel, cross weaves) or they are odd color combinations.

When I want to start something new, I will dig through these bags and see if I get inspired by any of them.  They give me a starting point.  Now I just need to pull from my color bins of scraps to enhance the fabric that is already pulled.


Anyone who has followed my blog for any amount of time knows that this is not my entire scrap storage.  But I am going to stop here for today because I believe that this is a good starting point if you want to get started on managing your own scraps.  For some, this may be all the storage you need.

Hopefully next week I will share a bit more of my scrap system.  I will try and explain what I have found works best for me and maybe they will work for you too!

Wishing you a Happy Scrapppy week!






Sunday, July 25, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Little Progress on Scraps



 This week seemed to whiz by again.



I did get all sixty some blocks sewn for this crazy quilt this week.  Now I am working on sewing up the quilt top.  Who knew I had so many scraps in these colors?!




I also made a final decision on my background fabric and pulled my scrap bins for a new project.  I will be participating in Kelly Young's Scrappy Improv Quilting book release tour.




I just received my electronic copy and I have to say I love so many of the mini projects in this book.
I am not going to reveal which project I am making - you will just have to wait to see the finished project!

Now it is time for you to share what scrappy goodness were you up to this week!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 

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Friday, July 23, 2021

A Parade of Quilts

 I was all prepared to share my Bee Grateful quilt from a shortcut pattern through the Fat Quarter Shop.  But the fabric for the kit still has not arrive for them to sell so they are holding off on sharing all the quilts.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to share a few photos sent to me by quilters who have used my patterns.





Above are a couple of quilt photos that were included with pattern reviews from Etsy buyers.  These quilts were made using my Wiggle Time pattern.  I always enjoy seeing what colors and fabrics are used in these quilts!




Judy over at Busy Hands are Happy Hands has made a couple quilts using Wiggle Time.  I really liked this one.  On the second wiggle, you can see she did a bit of fussy cutting.





Judy also shared her Geese Migration quilt top on her blog.  Isn't it amazing?!
She did a fantastic job on her colorwork.


If you have purchased one of my patterns and have made a quilt, I love to see photos!


Happy Friday Everyone!


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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Another New Start

 Recently I finished a quilt made entirely from my stash.  It had been a long time since I have made anything from something other than scraps.  I enjoyed the process so much, I decided to see what else I had in my stash to play with.



I came across this selection of fabrics.  I also dug out a really old pattern that I have made numerous time.  It is called Studio Chic by Artichoke Collections.  I think the pattern is out of print but you can still buy used online.

I like it because the pieces are large. (Ha!)




Large pieces is why I enjoyed the last quilt I made using my All That Jazz pattern - it is a nice break from all the small scraps I am usually using!


This newest project might take me a bit to finish.  I still have all the 1" sashing to cut and then a lot of sewing to do to frame all the squares.

....and I still have about three scrap quilts currently in the works!

So are you a stash or scrap quilter?


Sunday, July 18, 2021

Oh Scrap! : Still on Purple

 The new color for July is actually supposed to be blue or neutral.  But I am still working on the color purple.  I continue to fall behind this year!




I didn't have a lot of time to sew with this scraps this week but I did get these three pretty purple blocks completed.




I put them up on the design wall with the other completed blocks.  I have decided to go with a 5 x 6 block layout so I need to make 11 more.  I know I need some orange blocks and probably some brown.  I think I might have to go back through my turquoise and teal scraps too.  Maybe I will try and just finish this top up in the next few months.

Next up....I need to make some purple churn dash blocks like the ones getting covered up by these blocks.  That will be the focus in the coming week!

Happy Scrappy Quilting!


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It is now your turn to share what you are making with scraps.  Here are the details for linking up: 

  • This linky party is for any scrappy project - It can be in-process or a finished piece.
  • You can link up your blog post (not your homepage please) or Instagram photo from the past week that features your use of scraps.
  • If you are linking to a blog post, I ask that you link back to my blog somewhere in your post. So if you are writing about scraps, just get into the habit of including a link as there will be a linky party available every week!
  • If you are using Instagram, please use the hashtag #ohscrap.
  • This is a party so remember to socialize and comment on the posts of others.
  • Following my blog is not necessary but it sure would be great if you do! 

Quilting is more fun than Housework


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