Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Finally Giving In

In the past, I have only kept scraps that had at least one side that was 2.5".  Thanks to some of the scrappy bloggers I follow, their inspiration has now caused me to change my ways.

But I am not quite ready to put those tiny scraps in my color bins.  Instead I set up another scrappy system to use these small bits.



I used a couple plastic containers that previously held cookies to put together a scrappy storage system.  I dug out a small mat, a 2.5" square ruler and an extra rotary cutter from my tools.  Now I can collect up these small bits until I am ready to trim them into 1.5" squares (yes, it travels quite nicely!). 



I try to stack the squares by color and when I get an inventory built up, I get out my design boards and lay out some 9 patch scrappy blocks - that I can now sew as a leader/ender as I work on other things.




Now all of these tiny scraps are contained and easily managed.  I think to date, I have only made 15 blocks so it will be a loooong time before these will become a quilt.  The design?  I have no idea.  And I figure if I find keeping these smaller bits isn't working for me, I can send all the bits and blocks to one of those bloggers who inspired me :)

So what is the smallest scrap you keep?




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22 comments:

  1. Oh my...that's a tiny square..... 2.5 inches is the smallest I will keep.

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  2. OMG you caved!! Love it Cynthia:) We are just all so in love with fabric we can't bear to part with it, LOL You know I don't really think about the size much, I tend to keep a lot of it, but under 1.5 I think is too small. I really wonder if I will ever get to the scrap bin again!

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  3. My smallest is 1.5" and it has to be straight grain (no triangle bits).

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  4. 1.5" is the smallest I keep (unless it is a string). I love to use this size to make baby quilts. My favorite to make is Snowball and 9 patch. I also like to use these 9 patches with a solid square and do some embroidery on it. I think they make really nice quilts for the babies.

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  5. 1.5 inch square and 1 inch strips (strings) good luck in keeping up making blocks you will use them up for something pretty neat I'm sure

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  6. Those are definitely tiny, but also fun 9 patches! It may take awhile, but you'll come up with a great way to use them!

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  7. Great organisation Cynthia! I think 1.5" squares would be just a wee bit tiny for me, 2" would be my go to square size.

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  8. 2" -- if I need some thing smaller -- cut it down from there. :-)

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  9. 1.5" is the smallest--- but sometimes little strips left that are even thinner--to use for inserts...have to be in a special mood to sew those though!!
    Nice system to separate those tiny bits from the regular ones...
    hugs, Julierose

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  10. great idea and the first step - eat cookies

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  11. Great organization! I have my 1.5” squares in cookie tins. I should sort them better by color. Over the years I’ve used them only for some small things. But I hope to someday use them in something bigger and I like your 9-patch idea.

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  12. The smallest I save is 1.5", then: 2", 2.5", 3.5", 5" charms & 10" layer cakes. The smallest 4 are either in squares or in strips, depending on what I can cut out of the scraps I have left. It's wonderful having a variety of sizes to make quilts out of. Since I hate cutting the most, this way I can start a new quilt right away & just jump into the fun part. Deb E / CA

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  13. You are so organized! All my leftovers get sorted by color until I build up enough to do something with them. And right now, that bag is over-flowing again, and needs clearing out. Leader/ender projects require to much thought for me!

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  14. So funny, I was keeping my scraps and cutting them into 2-1/2" squares for a leaders and enders project. Decided it would drive me crazy, working with those little pieces of fabric so I gave the whole tub away. I continue to winnow down my stash to only those projects I absolutely WANT to do. I'm selling yardage and quilt blocks/kits on EBay.
    A colorwash quilt was on my "want to do" list but that too has fallen by the wayside. I am beginning to think quilting is the bane of anyone with ADHD. There is always a new project or new technique to .... SQUIRREL!

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  15. That's much too small for me. 2.5in is about right for my mind to work with!

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  16. I save-strips that are 1.5 but not usually squares that small although I have been recently because I’ve been doing 9 patches for a project. I must say I do love those tiny blocks!

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  17. The narrowest strings I keep are 1" and the smallest chunk is around 1"x1.5". I use those in crumb blocks. They are sorted by color in ziplock baggies. Do you cut all your scraps into squares or rectangles, or leave some in odd shapes?

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  18. I've been known to save the tiniest of scraps but then I never use them. Your approach motivates me to get one of those tiny square rulers and cut away.

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  19. bonjour Cynthia,
    I keep smaller scraps, for the appliqué.
    but I'm not organized enough. I have to cut them into squares to make them easier to use. I must also buy this cute little square rule. I like your idea of ​​a box with a window to know what you have inside.
    happy quilting,

    Muriel la Française

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  20. You have a good system going there. I just can't commit to that but I don't throw anything away. I keep anything less than 2-1/2 for string quilts and some projects featured in Sunday Morning Quilts. I also save the ones too narrow to sew in a bin for fabric bowls. Congratulations to you for getting a plan with 1-1/2" squares. Too small for me right now! LOL But I know you will make something fantastic with them.

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  21. Warning!!! You may get addicted to making postage stamp quilts now that you gave in! You have a good system going there. I'm not that neat. I throw all my postage stamps into those hard plastic pencil case boxes and just pick through them if I need a certain color.

    I save and use strings 1 inch wide or more and smallest squares and crumbs are 1.5 square.

    Have fun!

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  22. I volunteer to adopt those scrap, if you decide they are to fiddly for you! I save (and USE) all the way down to 1" squares. I absolutely LOVE sewing small!!

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