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    I'm cleaning my sewing room after peicing my first quilt. I'm trying to decide if I should save small scraps. How small a scrap do you save?

    Linda

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    Linda---I usually only keep things over 3 inch square----but occasionally I will keep a 1 inch strip, if I really love the fabric. I think you might get answers all over the board on this. I have seen women digging through trash cans for tiny little pieces! I guess if you do paper piecing, it would be ok. I think everyone must make a bottom line for themselves and keep what they have space for....or will use eventually. I doubt if this answer was any help! SuzyQue

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      #3
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      Congrats on piecing your 1st quilt!! I am so bad, I keep just about everything except the teeny tiny scraps. I do have an idea for some pretty small pieces and I hope to share it sometime soon, if it all works out. Really though, you have to decide for yourself what works for you, your workspace and what you think you may be doing in the future. I know some people keep small scraps and have ongoing blocks from them, such as string quilt blocks or paper pieced log cabins. I do have some log cabins traced and I just need to get myself into the habit of piecing scraps as I go, then my scrap bin wouldn't be overflowing! I just love my fabric so much I find it really difficult to part with scraps.
      Lola
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        #4
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        LINDA,
        HI I'M SAVING ALL THE SCRAPS FROM 1 INCH UPWARD. SOMETIMES I EVEN TAKE THEM OUT OF THE WASTE AGAIN, WHEN NEEDED. SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH SCRAPS IN MY ALBUM.
        I ALSO PIECE THEM TOGETHER. THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS/INTERNET AVAILABLE TO USE SCRAP.
        PLEASE DON'T THROW ANYTHING LIKE THAT AWAY. ONE DAY YOU'LL BE ABLE TO USE THEM.
        I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE.

        GREETINGS FROM G. D. OF LUXEMBOURG
        sigpicgreetings from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

        Michèle

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          Well I was going to give you links to Bonnie Hunter's page but it appears to be down at the moment. I will still put the links in and hopefully you will be able to use them later. Bonnie does amazing things with scraps, actually Bonnie specifically makes scraps from whole fabric so she can make scrap quilts.

          There are two listings on her page that are particularly useful, one is 'Leaders and Enders' and the other is 'Scrap User's System', try and check them out when the page is available.

          http://www.quiltville.com/
          http://www.quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
          http://quiltville.com/leadersenderspf.html
          Lynn

          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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            #6
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            I don't save anything less than about 1.5" I figure that will still let me see the fabric well enough. I also have a pattern for a quilt that uses 1.5" blocks in a 9-patch. Perhaps some day I'll get around to making that.
            I fold up the scraps back with the original fabric if I have some left. Then I can see the whole pattern and sometimes I don't have to whack off another piece to do what I need.
            Best wishes in finding a system that works for you!
            Be who you are and say what you feel
            because those who mind don't matter,
            and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

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              #7
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              I pass most of my scraps (4 inches or smaller) to my scrappy sister - she'll take anything 1 1/2 inches or bigger but less than my 4 inch. She's a lot more productive than I am, too!!!
              Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
              it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

              "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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                #8
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                I keep anything that is at least 1.5"...either square or strip...or any combination thereof LOL
                Michele

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                  #9
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                  Thanks everyone. I'm learning a lot from this community.

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                    #10
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                    I agree with our Dragonfly Lynn. There are so many great sites to learn scrap saving systems. She has given you the cream of the crop of links there.
                    Blessings. Don't throw away too much.
                    Sewing mends the soul.
                    sigpic


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                    Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.

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                    ~ Madeleine L'Engle

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                      #11
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                      Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                      Well I was going to give you links to Bonnie Hunter's page but it appears to be down at the moment. I will still put the links in and hopefully you will be able to use them later. Bonnie does amazing things with scraps, actually Bonnie specifically makes scraps from whole fabric so she can make scrap quilts.

                      There are two listings on her page that are particularly useful, one is 'Leaders and Enders' and the other is 'Scrap User's System', try and check them out when the page is available.

                      http://www.quiltville.com/
                      http://www.quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
                      http://quiltville.com/leadersenderspf.html
                      THANKS FOR THOSE LINKS BEING A SCRAP. YARN, KNOBS ETC. SAVER
                      sigpicgreetings from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

                      Michèle

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                        #12
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                        Thanks Lynn. I'm going to hold onto these links. Very useful!
                        Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                        Well I was going to give you links to Bonnie Hunter's page but it appears to be down at the moment. I will still put the links in and hopefully you will be able to use them later. Bonnie does amazing things with scraps, actually Bonnie specifically makes scraps from whole fabric so she can make scrap quilts.

                        There are two listings on her page that are particularly useful, one is 'Leaders and Enders' and the other is 'Scrap User's System', try and check them out when the page is available.

                        http://www.quiltville.com/
                        http://www.quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml
                        http://quiltville.com/leadersenderspf.html
                        Goodbye Europe! Hello California! Home sweet home.

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                          #13
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                          That leaders/Enders idea is neat. I just wonder how confused I would get.
                          Lin

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                            #14
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                            Yes, Lin, I read the leaders/enders and got confused with her words about the lights and darks and centers. And a couple of those afghans look well planned and coordinated not like scraps. But very nice!

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                              #15
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                              I will save down to 2" for myself. Anything smaller goes into a bag to send to a friend.
                              “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

                              ― Albert Pine

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