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    Question for those of you who keep scraps by color, or maybe some other way. I am curious of what size bins do you use to store these. I have been storing mine by color. My bins are 9x12x3 and some colors are bursting, others are almost full. Is it time for me to just start doing something with them or do you think my bins just may be too small? I'm sure we are all different , but I have been "cleaning up" my sewing room for about 3 hours now and it's beginning to be overwhelming. And then I wonder will I ever do something with these scraps? why do I keep them, etc. etc. ? Maybe I just have too much "stuff". (and yes, I do have a bag for recycle for a friend who uses tiny pieces to stuff dog beds.)

    OK, I'm done venting with myself, but it is a serious question. I think it's time to go read a book, for something different.

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    Karen I've cut up my scraps into small squares and have been making 16 patches with them and I store the finished ones in a box. When I have enough I will make a Scrappy quilt with them, and put some solid fabric between the blocks. Maybe an x and o look quilt.
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    • #3
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      I think if they are stored somehow like flat so you can see what you have in a glance you are much more likely to use your stash. Mine I wrap around old manilla file folders ripped in half then folded to about 7x9 then in a filing cabinet. I have them stored by color. The only thing I have loose in a bin is opened jelly rolls and they are quite a jumbled mess but every time I go to look for strips they get way messed up from my pawing through so I have stopped wasting my time folding, ironing, sorting them. There's so many storage options to consider you just have to think hard what would work best for you. Because organizing your stash is a lot of work but worth it in the end. It also helps if you can purge your stash once in awhile and donate or give away fabric you no longer like or pretty sure you will not use. Like anything you have had for 2 or 3 years, you probably will not use. Good luck. It is kind of like cleaning out your closet or dresser, you have to wait until you are in the mood to get rid of stuff!

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      • #4
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        I still just put the odds and ends from project in a big tub. When I first started making charity quilts I would dig thru my scraps and make quilts for the bins that were full. But now that I make lots of quilts and have a time to acquire lots of fabric my scrap bins just get fuller because I start with new fabric just about every time. I hope to challenge myself to make up some scrap quilts before I bury my self with all I have.
        I just need to sew faster, maybe I will head to my sewing room now.

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        • #5
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          I've been trying to go through and figure out what I want to do with my scraps. There are a lot of fabrics that were given to me, that I just can't figure out what to do. I'm seriously thinking about doing a crazy quilt with them.
          Katrina


          “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
          ― Maya Angelou

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          • #6
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            I just bought a 10-drawer rolling cart from Bed Bath & Beyond - it was on sale, so I figured it was time, lol.

            Before, I just stuffed scraps in a drawer and a few times a year I'd spend a day iron & cutting them into strips or squares (ive got hundreds of fkying geese, and hundreds and hundreds of 4-patches that I've made from scraps and used as leaders/enders.) BUT I never seem to have the **just right** size or amount for something so I wind up buying more fabric lol.

            So now, I'm going to start sorting by color and then, when I can't shove anymore in, I'll decide what I want to make, and cut that size and either toss remainder in crumbs pile or the trimmings bin (I keep them to stuff pillows, etc,).

            If you're ready to start using yours up, I highly recommend any of Bonnie Hunters quikts.

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            • #7
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              A few years ago I cut mine into different sizes that I thought I would use. I put them in those clear plastic shoe boxes and stacked them in the closet. Most of them are still there. I found the only ones I really ever use are the 2.5 inch strips. I make scrappy Jenny's Summer in the Park with those. I have one on my bed now and I think I have made five of them. I keep a basket under my cutting table and throw my scraps in. When the basket gets full I just cut them into strips and store them in a clear shoe box. I don't mess with cutting other sizes .

              I usually use white fabric for the backs of my quilts. I found that the excess from the top, bottom and sides cut into 2.5 strips works great for this quilt.
              Last edited by TMP; January 26th, 2020, 12:47 AM.

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              • #8
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                The Quilt Police are coming for me for sure. I bundle mine up, according to what kind of fabric is...dark prints, light prints & so on.., put them in a plastic bag & toss them in a big tote. I organize fabric I use for Christmas, Halloween etc according to the holiday.
                I originally, cut my scraps up too, then found out leaving the scrap in one piece, gave me better use of the fabric.
                I still have baggies of different sized squares that I'll probably never use.
                Kathy

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                • #9
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                  Mine are all mixed up in a big plastic bin. Not very efficient but it works because the only thing I use them for is string quilts. I thought about sorting them by color into plastic shoeboxes but have never gotten around to it.
                  I have a rule about working with scraps. Anything I trim off goes into the trash...not back into the scrap bin.
                  Last edited by chelea; January 26th, 2020, 03:06 AM.

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                  • #10
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                    I store mine in plastic zippered bags like sheets come in, sorted by color except Christmas and those that just don't fall into a "color". I leave them as is because I did make a lot of applique projects and you never know what size you need. They got out of control and one night at guild meeting a member brought some string quilts that she had made. WOW, they were beautiful so I did a bit of internet research and discovered which kind of string block appealed to me and immediately started making string blocks. Working with one color at a time, cut into strips with my rotary cutter and ruler. Just varied between one and 2 inch not precise at all, just get them cut. Bought and cut some super cheap muslin into 10 inch squares, set up my travel machine in my living room, and every time I had a bit of time or was watching tv in the evenings, I sewed up those scraps. I kept them sorted by color so I had yellow blocks, blue blocks, purple blocks....etc. I have since made 2 quilts using only those 10 inch blocks cut to the size I wanted. My scraps are getting out of hand again, so I need to do this again.
                    So if you can do a search for string quilts and find one you like, make the string blocks the size you need.
                    Here is a picture of mine in progress. I used Edyta Sitar's spool quilt pattern. Never posted a picture before so hope it works.
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                    • #11
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                      and another one from directions from a member of the Quilting Board forum. I call it Rainbow Boxes.
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                      • #12
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                        I sorted by size and kept them in small bins - 2 inch in smallest. Larger than 2 1/2 to 4 inch the next bin size up and so on. Strips 6 inches and up were put around comic book boards. Never kept anything smaller than 2 inches. Colors were not important because I usually did scrappy string quilts using the Lattice pattern.

                        Usually kept the extra 2 1/2 precut strips folded into a separate bin and used them to make a practice block when an interesting tutorial came out.

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                        • #13
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                          Five Words: Bonnie Hunter's Scrap USER'S System

                          You can find it here: https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2005...rs-system.html
                          Donna

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                          • #14
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                            Karen,
                            I started sorting my small scrap bins over the holidays. I decided I was not going to keep crumbs. I sort my scraps in scrapbook bins as this fits well into my closet system. I decided I was only keeping 2 1/2" squares, sorted by colour in a bin divided with cardboard. I cut other in 5" square, but if there's a longer strip of 5", I keep intact as it might serve to make 2 -/2" strips. I also cut 3" and 4 1/2" squares. BClick image for larger version

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                            I found a Costco crackers that has perfect divided tray for 2 1/2" strips, so I started keeping these as they are clear and I can sort by colour. Click image for larger version

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                            When I have plans for a quilt, I keep all the fabrics & pattern in a scrapbook bin. So when I am done, I can decide what to do with leftovers -- put yardage back with similar colour, cut small pieces for above saved bins. Any strings that are less than 2 1/2" I give to my GF, as she makes string quilts. I decided awhile ago that I would do these, but I prefer to work on other quilt projects.
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                            Having said that, I used to store scraps from finished quilt in a large ziploc. I am still sorting through these. Good luck.

                            Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. Everything else will follow.

                            Every day I try to do one thing that challenges my comfort zone.

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                            • #15
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                              Suzanne ~ It looks like you're well organized. I have many good sized scraps, but so many are still attached to trimmed batting from previous projects. I guess I'll have to get out the seam ripper & get to work on those.

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