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OK, so Im about to come apart at the seams. Thought I would 'sort' scraps and its a nightmare. Could you all tell me what you do.
This is what Im doing, first its been tons of ironing. I am cutting 6" 5" 31/2" and 2 inch squares...is that to many sizes...not enough...???
Its the pieces of fabric that I have a full length of that is throwing me the most. Do I keep it in Strips..6,5,4,3,2"...maybe just 5" and 21/2", or should i just cut them in blocks too...Im keeping the 1/4 yard and up full lengths as they are, fat quarters stay.
Do you seperate colors and themes as you go, or just cut and come back.
I know when done, Im gunna be glad, and will probably use alot of fabric for scrap quilts, that would have just sat there for me to look at. Right now tho, Im in a bit of a dither. This all started with those darn wonky blocks ;-) Im guessing I should not have started this till after the new year.
After the New Year would have been good!!!! I think it is a personal choice for each of us. I started cutting into strips - 5" or smaller down to 2" Then if it isn't a full strip WOF, I cut them into squares. I store them in plastic containers and in bags inside those according to width of strips and size of squares. I don't worry about color. Fat quarter sizes are stored in fat quarter holders according to color. and anything more than a fat quarter is stored in my cabinet folded to fit the shelves. That's how I do it. I also have a grab bag of scraps for applique. There is always that time when you just need a tiny scrap. I don't throw away very much...
Wellll I have baskets, and bins. and boxes. I have a big basket, and when I am working on projects, I toss any scraps into the big basket. when it gets full , I pull it all out and start to sort. and every now and then I just pull some out and cut.
I start with cutting a 1.5 x 1.5 as I am wanting to make a postage stamp quilt...then I cut a 1.5 x 5'' another project I want to do.
then I cut what ever sizes I can get out of the pieces??? can I get 5'' a 4''... cut that etc... I have boxes for the different sizes. I have 5'', 4'', 3.5'',3'', 2.5'', 2'', and 1.5'' . I also have some rectangles, not too many as I just started to cut those. 1.5x5 , 2.5x5.
I also have baskets that are some what color sorted, pieces of various sizes, not cut into anything specific. some of it I could get a few 5'' sqs and a some other cuts, some of it close to fat 1/4's. I have baskets for reds, pinks, yellows, greens, blues and purples together, browns and oranges and blacks together, one for whites. I pull from these when I need a bit here and there for swaps, or appliques, or whatever.
if they are big pieces, and I can get a good strip, I cut a 5'' x wof, then 2.5 , then 1.5. I have the 2.5 and 1.5 together in a box. I use them for sashing, binding, straps for bags... cut into squares for whatever...I just made a few things that I used pieces from 2.5'' strips I have the 5'' strips on a shelf. I have fat 1/4's in a container, and on shelves, bigger stuff folded to fit my shelves, unless more than 3-4 yards, those are on bolts.
I also have a few big bins of scraps not yet sorted in any way. as I have some wonderful friends who have sent me stuff, and it seems like when I get a bin somewhat sorted...I get another box or bag given to me...so that gets dumped in a bin for future sorting..
the thing you need to do before you cut a bunch of scraps ...is to think how you may use them???? do you think you will use 5'' squares?? if you won't, don't cut anything that size. do you want to do a bunch of 1/2 sq triangles, what sizes would you want for that??? will you REALLY use a 1inch square??? probably not...so don't cut it!!!
I am doing some funky chickens appliques so I have been saving a few odd pieces for that...greens that could be a sprig of grass, yellows for hay...that kind of thing...sew you need to think what you would use...
I would say do not try to tackle it all at once, do some here some there...every time you sew on a project, spend 15 mins sorting and cutting...or something like that...
Thanks everyone. I think m onto it now. I do need to get some more clear storage bins tho. I put all the scraps back in the boxes I had not pulled out and opened up.Got them tucked in the closet for later. I then ironed all the scraps I had out and laying around.Today Im going to cut those scraps and put away till after the holidays. I can then move on to cleaning the sewing room ASAP. At least I know my system and it will make doing the others a little less stressful, just going to take some time. I have stacks of fabric I didnt want and was gong to put in the drop box, along with some old qulting books. Once I get thru these stacks of magazine recipes and quilt patterns Ive torn out over the years, Im hoping to have a much more productive next year. If I wait till January to figure out what to do, its to late, I need to be ready to roll.
Now, to think about Christmas, Im just not 'there' yet.
Like Thunder, I have a box at my cutting table where I throw "scraps". When it overflows I start cutting. I leave any piece that is 12" be and have a box for those. Anything else I cut into either 5 1/2 or 2 1/2" strips. If it is less than 1 1/2", I throw it in the recycle bag and then take those to the LQS and they use them to stuff dog beds.
That is an excellent thought. I just grabed a wod of scarps out of my ironing board bag catcher, and even thought, to bad I cant do something with these. Now to forage the trash. A dog bed is to big for me to try, but Ive been wanting to make a kitty bed.
Im watching for some containers to go on sale the first of the year. They seem to be a big sale item since organizing seems to be a big resolution. I like the lock and lock type.
I don't cut or iron my scraps until I need them. I roll them up and keep them in various-sized baskets by color. If the scrap is 1/2 a yard or more, I fold it on to a white cardboard comic book protector... not sure that's the correct name. They use them to store comic books safely. These I also store by color. I use Ikea shevling and put the scraps in the bottom shelves and the folded scraps up top. Excuse the mess as we just moved, but here's what one shelf looks like right now.
Ive actually been cutting scraps on and off today. Im not sure I have the hang of it, takes me forever, and I think about every piece and what to do with it. I need to just pick a few sizes and go with it. I feel like the more I cut the more I have to do, the containers of scraps seem to be growing, not diminishing.
I seem to have the same problem outside. I have been moving things around, but I seem to be better at digging up than deciding where to replant.
Betty, it sounds like I need to do what your doing, pick a few projects and cut those sizes. I looked at the pile of fat quarters I cut to size, I dont even like them, but never know when they might come in handy for a charity project, or practice.
that's the thing, those you don't really like are the ones you'll be in search of at some point, best you keep them in the bottom of the pile.
Might do some cutting tonight as well..have I think 8 sets of 6 christmas placemats ready to quilt for this christmas, I know I'm ahead of the game.. this morning I cut out backing for a few sets, still some needed so I aim to pick my least favorite of fabrics for this. Good way to use them up!
I have a sm suitcase full of scraps to take to my guilds Camp weekend next month. I am so used to sewing with my machine in a cabinet I don't get a good seam with it on top of a table. So figure that will be the perfect time to turn the pile of scrap into useable pieces.
I just think - 12" block, and cut pieces to a size that would go into a piece finishing 12". So 6 1/2 for the largest square then working down fm there with squares, rectangles & strips.
I take everything large enough and stable enough to not shred and join in every direction while rotary cutting as I go. You know when you learn to knit and you make one long thingy that never ends? I do that with relatively small scraps. Then when I get wild and crazy, quilt wise, I can whack off squares. I make strips 8 1/2" wide by endless lengths for future eight inch squares and then store. This might not work for someone who dislikes random acts of quilting.
I have several baskets that I put scraps in, and I do sort by color. I just keep any pieces that I deem "usable" and don't cut them into any shapes or strips. I just stick them in no matter what shape they are. I do a lot of appliqué and don't mind the odd shapes. Anything that is larger than a fat quarter but smaller than a yard, I fold and stack in a glass cabinet, also by color. For my larger pieces I have a wall with shelves that I fold them and stack them, again, by color.
happytail - I was just up there on Sunday to go to the fat 1/4 sale at the LQS up there. Had never been up that way before & found the town to be very nice. And the LQS has some very nice fabrics.
You room looks lovely!!!! I believe I have the same Bernina. What type of long arm do you have? I use a HQ-16.
Looking at all your organization, I think I'll be forced to go out & re-fold/sort my stash!!!!
I get the WM $9 deli deal and it comes in a nice plastic container with a clear lid and they stack. Been saving them for a "purpose". A couple days ago I realized they would be perfect for sorting strips, squares, etc. of various colors and or sizes. And they are FREE!!!!
can you tell me please??? do you have a pattern for the round piece on your design wall ??? a source you can share. I want to make something similar for a friend, and I have been unable to locate a pattern.
The room is @13' X 30'. On the original house plan, it was 2 bedrooms, but when we built the house, I just had them leave out the wall between the two rooms. They still framed a door, but we just covered it with sheetrock. So if someone ever wanted to make into two rooms again, all they have to do is put in a wall and cut out that space for the door.
13x30, boy could I make a mess in there! I was wondering, after drooling over the room for about the 30th time, what the round piece is over the thread, down by the design wall. Also, did you pick the fabric on the whole quilt, I keep looking at it too, I could have never gotten that effect of having a sheer piece laying over a darker piece, brilliant.
The round piece is part of the Mariners compass quilt pictured a few posts above this one. And I did pick the fabrics for the quilt. That's almost my favorite part of making a quilt. I love putting together colors and textures for whatever pattern I'm working on. Here is my latest:
It is a pattern by Anthology Fabrics called "Floriga". Twelve wedges come together in the middle to a point. I did a good bit of swearing before this one was finished, but I'm very pleased with the outcome.
Pleased should be an understatement. If I saw just a wedge, I would go...nice. Seeing them all together, its just fantastic. I could have never envisioned that from one wedge, not in a hundred years. Shoot, it would take me that many years just to get all the little orange squares in place.
OMG!! Wonderful, wonderful room! A quilters dream come true. How can you ever leave that room?! And your quilts are just stunning. I also see a couple of cross stitch pieces I think? Love the black design wall. Do you have some sort of cage under the long arm? I think I see a couple of doors. I am so inspired by your room that I'm getting dressed (it's one of those days...) and rushing right over to my Tuesday House and get busy!
My design wall is off white, over similar board from lowes. wish I had room for another one!!! maybe if / when the next kid moves out I will put up another one!!!
I ordered a dvd on mariners compass by Brenda Henning, and a book she co authored with a few others. hopefully there will be something to inspire me in one of them. I have a friend / co-worker who loves suns. she saw a NYB that I did and liked it, but I do not want to do the same thing for her...
As beautiful as that quilt is, I will just sit back and cheer the rest of you own with yours. That is one I admire but not on my "bucket list". Shucks, I keep the refreshments coming while the rest of you work. How is that?
I do so covet a Mariners star but I know I'll never make one. My quilting talent is mediocre at best. I'll hang in there though, I still have a lot of tree skirts to go. I bow to those of you who aspire to making one and I'll join Marion in the kitchen.
After going thru the pattern for the above, it looks as if it can be transformed into a paper pieced pattern. It would still be very time consuming, but at least everything would match up. I thought those little orange squares would be hard to do, but they are on the end of a fabric strip. What would kill me, is getting together all the fabrics. That puts me out of the game for sure. No doubt that is for the ultra advanced and someone with ALOT of patience.
Heck, I was working on a seemingly easy block yesterday, HST sewn together a certain way. Well, I sewed then together every way possible, except the right way. I ended up having to cut some more pieces, I ripped them apart so many times the fabric just frayed so bad.
YES, when my patience is thin, I do not need to pick sewing. It only means disaster!!
Off to work, praying my brother and DH get ALL the molding up today but... I don't think thats very realistic and I sure wish I could be here to help and at least COOK for them and clean, put away tools, be the go-fer. I don't always know how to do something but after a short while I figure out which tool is next and which one can be safely set aside out of the way. In a small work space that can be invaluable! Besides, like many other women, I KNOW where the "stuff is" even if it's not "something" I use!!
well that fantastic quilt is on my bucket list !!! butttttt pretty far down LOL I am going to tackle some type of Mariners Compass, and soon...want to make a sun design for friend, and want to do a compass for my Sailor boy.
Aaaah the joy! Tenants had bad accident a while ago, and don't have a car. Thus they are staying with his mother. That's fine, except when they left, they turned off the heat...yup the pipes froze and burst. Walt discovered this when he went to show the buyer the rental house. Nice Huh? We are now embroiled with insurance adjusters and repair people. We have to leave on Friday and had planned to continue on to TN after our daughter and son in laws 25th anniversary party. Looks like we may have to return here until all is settled.
we had this while we did 6/6 oil burner burst I was in Fla. DH luckly was home and it was bitter cold. Lucky soccer friend was plumber and came out late at night. After that it was time to sell off stuff and we did and it was in good realestate $$$$. Sometimes a sign to move forward
Happytail, that is a beautiful quilt. I love the pattern. I just recently saw that in a book somewhere.
I am on the look out for a book on doing Hawaiian quilts. Qwilter sent me some awesome patterns and I have been collecting some beautiful batiks but still looking for more. I purchased a nice light yellow gold batik for the backing. Its a very simple design so won't interrupt the pattern of the flowers. I have looked everywhere and the only one I found was at a quilt store in Newport for $45. It has a DVD in it and If I can't find something less expensive I will probably purchase it.
You all know its your fault. You are the pushers and now I am an addict. eheheheh. Love you for it though.
I love Elizabeth Root's books. Her patterns are simple. I used her patterns to do the one below. I hand dyed my own fabrics, and it is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. It just doesn't have a binding yet. I traced the pattern onto freezer paper, then pressed it onto the right side of my fabric, and traced around it with a fabric marker. But, I didn't cut out the fabric until I started the appliqué, and then I only cut as I actually did the appliqué, just a few inches ahead at a time. That keeps your fabric from raveling. It worked great.
It is a lot easier than you think. Only one piece of fabric for each block, and you baste the entire thing down before you start sewing. Then, cut just a bit, sew it down, and cut a little more, sew a little more, etc. much easier than appliqué blocks that have many, many pieces to each block.
I got two flowers cut out yesterday. I made the patterns from what Qwilter sent me then put them on freezer paper and the ironed them on to the fabric. It is going to peel off easily but now I don't want to peel it off till I get the backing fabric that I ordered. Let me tell you that cutting these puppies out is no small task either. eheheh but I think they will look awesome on the backing.
Actually they are lighter and more in the yellow range but my camera plays tricks now and then. Some of them are darker then the others though. Its a great combination and I can't wait to get started with it.