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Pat posted on Sun, Jan 22 2012 2:05 PM

I am getting so many scraps.  Which size should I make 2", 3", 5"........I need to get more organized.  Would I be better to get all the sizes together or by color....   

 

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Personally I would do them by color and then maybe by size. A lot depends on what you plan to do with them as far as pattern or maybe totally scrappy. Have you checked out the Scrapy Group in the groups section? It would be a good resource for you.

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Nana replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 2:10 PM

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I do my scraps in 2 1/2 in squares, 4 1/2 in squares, 2 1/2 x 4 1/2, 2 1/2 x 6 1/2, and 2 1/2 x 8 1/2.   I store these according to size.   Then when I am ready to make a scrappy I just pull out all my bins and can start sewing.   These sizes are really easy to work with.   Hope this helps.

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Answered (Not Verified) Pat replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 2:14 PM

thanks so much.  I will check out the group  Pat

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Here is the link to the group: Crazy Quilt Group

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Joy replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 3:29 PM

I never saved smaller scraps until I became interested in paper piecing. I had never thought to organize the scraps I just though them in bins until needed!

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I just read Nana's reply and I am going to start sorting and cutting the way she suggested. I have so many scraps and no idea what to do with them, it was overwhelming. Now I have a starting point. Thanks for the tips from all the replies.Bettie

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Thea replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 3:53 PM

Pat, I took a class called Scrap Therapy - awesomely neat class - i was taught how to throw away some of my scraps which was really difficult for me - lol - I had bags and boxes - we took all our scraps and cut them into 2", 3 1/2" and 5" squares - we then put them in boxes - the reason for the sizes was they had developed all these cute patterns for scraps of this size.  I have bought quite a few of their patterns from quilts to pot holders to bags to carry your quilting stuff... nice way for me to use up my scraps.

 

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Mimi replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 5:26 PM

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I took a class called Scrap Therapy

I also took this class and I agree it is a terrific class.  And it really helped me get rid of lots of my smaller scraps.  I keep them in piles of 2", 3 1/2" and 5" in a storage drawers.  Then when I want to make a scrappy quilt I get out the scraps and voila!  There is a book called Cut The Scraps! by Joan Ford.  The ISBN number is 978-1-60085-333-3.  I got it on Connecting Threads but I would bet Amazon would also have it.  Have fun with your scraps!

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I think it helps to have some patterns picked out and cut your scrap to suit them.  At least as a start.  For instance, I wanted to do a quilt using 4x8 rectangles so I started cutting scrap to that size.  Now that is a regular in my stash.  2 1/2" fit lots of patterns including a basic 4-patch or 9-patch <or 25-patch>.  I like to do a 2-rail rail fence with 3x5 rectangles.  And I have several patterns that use 3 1/2" and 2" squares. 

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Pat replied on Sun, Jan 22 2012 11:09 PM

Thank you all so much for all the great ideas.....this is why I love  QOA so much.   thanks again  Pat 

 

(p.s.) how to you get your name so fancy or have it in writing.....lol

 

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Pat, I made my own signature a long time ago. There is a web site where you can make one and then use it here. I will see if I can find a link for you!

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Pat replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 12:01 AM

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Pat, there is actually a tutorial now, they must have added it while I was gone.

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Sherry replied on Mon, Jan 23 2012 5:57 AM

Bonnie Hunter also has good suggestions on cutting and storing scraps. With strips thrown in which I like. Her book on using men's shirts tells all. Those books and patterns are another thing I need to organize!

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