Monday, April 24, 2017

Save Our Scraps Blog Hop


Sew Much Fun Blog Hop




Not too long ago, Jen over at Faith and Fabric asked me if I wanted to be part of a blog hop whose topic was Scraps.  It didn't take me long to hop on board!






If this is your first visit here, I am glad you stop by.  If you are looking for scrappy inspiration, I think you will find lots of great ideas throughout my blog.  I have a whole Scrap-A-Palooza page with links to a number of designs for scraps.  I hope you take some time to check it out!



Quilting is more fun than Housework

Also, every Sunday, I host a linky party called Oh Scrap!  Every week lots of bloggers share what they are making with their scraps.  If you love to use scraps, I hope you join us!





I thought I would share some of the scrap management techniques that I use.  I keep all of my scraps organized by color.  If I keep my scraps jumbled in one bin, I find them to be too overwhelming.  But I think they are pretty and inspiring when they are all grouped by color.



I think one of the best things I do to keep my scraps organized is to have a sorting system right at my cutting table.  I use these fabric buckets but you could use a number of containers.  Once a fabric becomes a scrap, it is immediately sorted into a bin.



When the fabric bins overflow, I also have a series of plastic drawers for scraps  that are also sorted by color.  Now when I want to make a scrap quilt, all I need to do is pull the appropriate colored drawers.  No longer do I need to sort through big piles of scraps looking for the colors I need.




While pre-cutting scraps work for a lot of quilters, I found this technique didn't work for me.  But I do like to have 2.5" squares on hand.  I used to spend hours trimming up my scraps.  Now I use my AccuQuilt fabric cutter.  I love how quickly it turns chunks I am ready to make into squares.  Plus it really saves my hands - I was finding my fingers aching after spending an evening cutting up scraps.

It is an expensive tool but I have never regretted buying it.



I store my cut squares in plastic silverware organizers I bought at a kitchen store.  My single container has now exploded into four.  They too are sorted by color so it is really easy to find what I need.

I hope I have given you some useful ideas to your own scrap quilting.  For more tips, you can read what other bloggers on the hop are sharing.  Here is a list of all those participating!
Stepahnie at Swoodson Says
Gemia at Phat Quarters
Audrey at The Cloth Parcel
Amanda at Fabric Engineer
A big thanks to Jen over at Faith and Fabrics for organizing this event!


Scrap quilts really are the best!






Linking Up:

Love Laugh Quilt (Monday Making)
Patchwork Times (Design Wall Monday)
Cooking Up Quilts (Main Crush Mondays)
Em's ScrapBag (Moving it Forward)

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25 comments:

  1. I love how you organize your scraps - I think I have something to learn!!!

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  2. Thank goodness we have you helping and inspiring those of us a little less organised. Good tips Cynthia.

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  3. I bought a Accuquilt cutter because Wanda told me to. I have basic shapes- the 5", 2 1/2", HST (they don't need trimming). I have to sort my scraps by color, you convinced me. I think scrap quilts are like when the ugly cocoon bursts into a butterfly. The butterfly no way resembles the housing or the caterpillar. So I think scrap quilts are really metamorphosis quilts, no way resembling the pile of scraps that came before. Love your system. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I really like how you sort your squares. It's a clever idea putting the colour cars in between.

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  5. I need to get the 2.5 inch die - I have the accuquilt also because Wanda (Exuberant Color) recommended it I do not sort by color but I do store in boxes 1.5 inches, 2 inches and so on - when I had my box - a large shoe box size filled with 1.5 inch squares I got started making my postage stamp quilt and I just finished hand quilting it yesterday. I have always made scrap quilts although now and then I do a color coordinated quilt from a kit or from fabric on the shelves.

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  6. Once we move back to North Carolina from Montana in a year, the top of my list is an Accuquilt cutter. I can't wait! Love your organizing idea of the paint chips separating the colors.

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  7. I love scraps too! And your organization tips are great. I sort mine in bins by color like you do as well...makes life so much easier!

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  8. A couple of the links of the participants are broken.

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  9. It's always fun to see how other quilters organize their scraps. I keep mine by size, mostly, but I have a couple of specialty boxes (lime green; yellow; black and white).

    All-the-same fabric quilts tend to be so boring. The exceptions are true vintage quilts, but I don't make that kind.

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  10. Your scrap baskets are so colorful - and love that you like to use even the tiniest pieces, too!

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  11. Great tray for the 2.5" squares. I love it! I tend to have some on hand as well, gotta try it when I get an area to store them up!

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  12. Great way to organize your small squares! So organized.

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  13. I have tried a variety of ways to store my scraps. Finally, after many years, I have discovered at least a couple of methods that are working really well for me. Yet, you have really inspired me to give the individual silverware trays a try for the two and a half inch squares. They are such a popular size in so many patterns, plus, individually dividing them by colors is an excellent idea that I will also be trying. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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  14. Ohh I love the idea of using an accuquilt to chop up scraps! So fun to see other peoples' storage ideas!

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  15. When scraps are organized to make such beautiful, colorful pictures. I am looking into a Sizzix machine. It sure cuts the preparation time. ;^)

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  16. Much like the method I use. I also cut 2.5 inch squares only mine are in a photo box ( sort of like a shoe box).

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  17. Yes, I look to your blog for scrappy inspiration! When you said you were going to share some organization tips, I was so curious to see what happens "behind the scenes"! Love your idea of silverware drawers! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. About a year ago I started sorting my scraps by color and you're right - it's so much easier to find what I need. Before I sorted them, it was overwhelming and I just let them pile up. Now that they are sorted, I need to get busy and make some scrap quilts! :)

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  19. After reading your post this morning, I decided it was time to spend some time sorting my scraps because it had been a long time! Now I have them all organized by color (again!) and it's time to figure out a new way to use them! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. What a brilliant idea to use the paint chip cards to organize your 2 1/2" squares in the silverware containers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  21. Lots of good ideas here. I've been using silverware drawers for a few years but I've never quite gotten them completely color organized. And, I love your paint chip dividers! Excellent idea. One more question -- I notice the drawer/container you showed had mostly bright greens -lime, chartreuse, etc. Do you have more than one container per major color? Or do you let your colors control the number of containers? Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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  22. I agree scraps are the best. They definitely make the best quilts.

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  23. I keep thinking about buying a cutter and go back and forth on it. Seeing the use you get from yours I am very tempted!

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  24. I love the kitchen storage idea, and the paint chips to separate the colors. Great idea!

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  25. Love the storage for the 2.5" squares. Great way to find what you want quickly.

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