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    Today I am working on cutting scraps into reasonable-to-use sizes. I have 2.5" squares and strips, 5" squares and strips, and larger pieces I'm leaving as is.

    Are there other sizes I should be cutting? I have some pieces that are not 5" squares, but I can only get one 2.5" square. Should I cut them as 4" or 3" squares?
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    I have some like that and I thought I would make them all the same width and then cut those into random size strips for something scrappy.

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    2.5" squares are perfect for small 4 patches and the center squares of a Log Cabin Block!

    You may also want to consider cutting strips for Log Cabin blocks -- you can decide on whatever width you'd like; most of the tutorials I've seen lately have strips that are cut either 1-1/2" or 2".

    Even if your fabric colors don't lend themselves to a traditional light/dark Log Cabin Block, you could do a scrappy Log Cabin (Google: Log Cabin Blocks by Marzipan or Log Cabin Blocks by Amanda Rolfe for examples).
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    I cut mine into the largest square possible, starting at about 6.5 inches, down to 1.5 inch. You can always cut down more if needed. If they are over 8-10 inches, I will make them 2.5 strips.
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    I thought I should just cut the largest I could and not worry about accumulating all one size. I don't have a project in mind, just trying to get organized. Thanks for the advice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kgrammiecaz View Post
    I cut mine into the largest square possible, starting at about 6.5 inches, down to 1.5 inch. You can always cut down more if needed. If they are over 8-10 inches, I will make them 2.5 strips.
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    The best scrap users advice I ever got:

    Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Scrap User's System!

    I can tell you this has changed my "quilting life".
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    That is like the scrap guide to the universe! Thank you for the link. I've added it to my user notes because I will need to go back to it many times over, I'm sure. I especially appreciated that she said there were not many uses for 3" strips. I have cut 1.5" and 2.5", but now I know I don't need 3.
    Quote Originally Posted by dwil23 View Post
    The best scrap users advice I ever got:

    Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Scrap User's System!

    I can tell you this has changed my "quilting life".
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    It might be a good idea to consider what scrappy quilts you might want to make in the future and start cutting for those sizes. Lots on Quiltville! She's got a chart out there that shows what size pieces for which quilt. It's small and a challenge to read, but handy. It's the 2nd blue "here" link on this page:

    Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: Free Patterns!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DramaMama View Post
    2.5" squares are perfect for small 4 patches and the center squares of a Log Cabin Block!

    You may also want to consider cutting strips for Log Cabin blocks -- you can decide on whatever width you'd like; most of the tutorials I've seen lately have strips that are cut either 1-1/2" or 2".

    Even if your fabric colors don't lend themselves to a traditional light/dark Log Cabin Block, you could do a scrappy Log Cabin (Google: Log Cabin Blocks by Marzipan or Log Cabin Blocks by Amanda Rolfe for examples).
    This is a fav of mine... It might be one of the above.

    http://youtu.be/GnmIM3xgrMs


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    I agree with quiltville she changed my quilting life.

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