So Many Scraps…….So Little Time

Are your scraps overflowing the scrap bin? Do they seem to multiply over night? Or are you lucky enough to have been gifted a garbage bag full of scraps? WooHoo! First count yourself lucky and then lets get down to business! What? You say you don’t have enough time to cut up all those scraps? Well Rome wasn’t built in a day! You can’t eat an elephant at one sitting! But……One bite at a time will take care of it! So, Grab yourself a handful of scraps and iron them flat. I put that little pile on the back of my cutting table ready for those stolen minutes that I use to cut them into usable squares and strips. Then, when I have a few minutes (like just before I have to leave for an appointment, just before it’s time for dinner, waiting for that cake to come out of the oven or time for the next load of wash in the machine) I set the timer and cut away…….for maybe 10 or 15 minutes. In no time that pile of unruly scraps will have been tamed to something I can look forward to using. As the squares and strips accumulate, my mind starts thinking about just what project will they work into…….hmmmmm. Of course, now that you have a system to cut up the scraps don’t forget to take care of business when you are cutting from your stash. Everything left over either goes back in the stash or gets cut into strips and/or squares. It only takes a minute to slice it up or put it back. Get into the habit and soon you’ll be ahead of the game.
Happy cutting!

  • Maryruth W.
    November 12, 2014

    Welcome to the blogosphere, Charlotte! I loved doing Scrapitute last year, though I must confess the quilt top sans borders is still hanging over the banister.

    Would love to hear more about how you tame your scrap stash. I’ve been using Joan Ford’s Scrap Therapy method…cutting everything into 5, 3.5 and 2 inch pieces. but hear others save 2.5 inch strips etc.

    What are your favorite sizes for your scrap stash, and how do you store them?

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      November 12, 2014

      Check back. I’ll be blogging about what I do to tame those scraps. Thanks for your input. This is just so much fun!

  • Kati R.
    November 12, 2014

    Thank you for the great tip, Charlotte! I have to admit, cutting is not my favorite part of quilting 🙂 But with your technique it all seems manageable! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.