So now What Do I Do?

Ok, so you found a few minutes here and there to tame that scrap stash. I probably err on overkill! Behind my cutting table I have a large cork board hanging on the wall. On the cork board I have plastic bags (sandwich size to the next size larger) pinned to the board with push pins. Each bag is marked with a size. You can put the label on the bag or inside the bag…whatever you like…so you can see what the size is. I cut and store squares only by size. I like the mix in my quilts of all the happy scrappy colors and fabrics (unlike some who store by color). This makes it really easy to cut up that last little bit of fabric and GET RID OF IT! when you are working on strips or fat quarter leftovers, etc. Just cut it up and put it in the bag. GONE! (for the moment at least…and not in that scrap pile any longer!) So here is the clincher……how many bags does Charlotte have on her board! I just counted! Oye!!! Currently I have 22 different sizes that I cut. The smallest is 1 1/2″ and the largest is 6″. Do you have to have that many? Well no. But I use them ALL!
I also in the last year have begun saving strips (1 1/2″ to 3″). This is mainly because in the “gifted scrap bags” that I have received, there have been many great strips and I just don’t need that many squares that are all the same! so I don’t cut them up…YET!
So, to begin building your scrappy stash squares, I would suggest that you start with a few common sizes. 1 1/2″ squares make nice cornerstones or borders (I also do 1 3/4″ and 1 7/8″). 2″ and 2 1/2″ squares are a staple (I also do 2 1/4″, 2 3/8″, 2 3/4″ and 2 7/8″ for HST’s). 3″ and 3 1/2″ are a must! (I also do 3 1/4″, 3 3/8″, 3 3/4″ and 3/7/8″ HST’s again) I know…..I’m nuts! On to the 4″ and all the same increments in between. Then there is 5″, 5 1/2″ and 6″. If I can eeeck out an odd sized square in between I surely don’t want it to go to waste……..I must have been fabric deprived as a child! The other odd bits go into a bag for a friend who makes beds for the animal shelter. So that’s the story!
I cut the largest size that I can get from a scrap and cut my way down to the smallest and the rest is Dog Bed! Those little bags fill up before you know it and then you have the fun dilemma of “What Will I Do With Them”?
Until next time! Happy Cutting!

8 Comments
  • Debbie Arrington
    November 12, 2014

    I’m so happy to see your blog up and running! I’ve been looking forward to “meeting” you after reading about you on Sany’s blog. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  • Colleen
    November 12, 2014

    Hi Charlotte. I just found your blog, courtesy of Sandy. I made Scrapitude last spring, and plan on making Scrap in a Box with you. Thanks for your hard work on these mysteries!

  • Philipa(ozzypip)
    November 13, 2014

    Great to see you made it at last

    I cut my scraps up too. I have strings(under 1.5) and strips ans squares and bricks for 1.5-6.5″ makes scrappy projects much easier

  • Mary Carroll
    November 13, 2014

    You are SO organized! Maybe in my next life…

  • Kathy
    November 13, 2014

    So happy to see you sharing your amazing scrap ideas! Its going to be such fun to see your next scrap mystery quilt. I am very excited.

  • Pratima
    November 14, 2014

    Thank you for the tips on organizing and using scraps. It is inspiring to read about your process and how you work with them. scrap quilts are really addictive to make.

  • The Kitchen Quilter
    November 14, 2014

    Wow that is alot of sizes! I am way less organized but have started a system with bins, adding more for more sizes as I use them. I also just divided my 2, 2.5 and 3 inch bins into warm and cool colors because they were so full and in the back of my mind I have a warm/cool quilt forming. Cant wait for the Scrap in a Box first clue!

  • allison/savagepink
    November 16, 2014

    i would love to see some photos of your method!

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