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....
Pat From Canada
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.
Life is like a quilt...bits & pieces, joy & sorrow, stitched with love
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.
thanks so much. I will check out the group Pat
Here is the link to the group: Crazy Quilt Group
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!
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
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.
Thea: 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!
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.
Have fun cutting!
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
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!
Pat, there is actually a tutorial now, they must have added it while I was gone.
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!