If you are a quilter, I am sure you have a pile of scraps. I started out being pretty well organized with the bits and pieces left over from making a quilt. I separated them by color and put them in zip lock bags and begin to fill up a plastic bin which I stored under my bed.
But I quilt a lot.
And eventually, these little bags began overflowing.
And things got progressively out of hand, until today I looked at the overflow (with no organization) spilling out into my work space:
Ugh. What a mess.
Months ago I bought Scrap Therapy: Cut the Scraps by Joan Ford which is a book designed to help quilters master their scraps. Ford recommends cutting scraps into squares and organizing them by value (light, medium and dark) using small plastic tubs. I actually went out and bought the tubs and had them all set to go. So today I decided to tackle the pile in my work space.
After sorting through my pile, I thought I needed to add to Ford’s Scrap Therapy technique. Here is what I did…
Fabric pieces which were 2.5″ to 7.5″ wide and still width of fabric, I cut into 2.5″ long strips which will eventually create a bundle of strips like a jelly roll. I had some fabric which was just shy of width of fabric, and I cut those into strips too. These strips will make a fabulous quilt someday!
I used Ford’s technique of cutting smaller scraps into 2″, 3.5″ and 5″ squares:
But, I also added a fourth size of 2.5″ squares because I am hoping to make a Granny Square quilt (as part of a quilt along) and that is the size squares I need for the project. I put those in zip lock bags, sorted by light, medium and dark:
Everything else which was just too small was filed in the round bin (ie: trash!!):
I still have a lot of scrap busting to do, but I feel like now I at least have a system for controlling things. What about you? Are you a quilter who has a great idea for organizing and keeping control of the scraps?