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JeanneMarie posted on Sat, May 25 2013 2:43 PM

Ok---here I have a tote full of scraps of all kinds.  To get fully under control of this fabric I thought I would start cutting them into 5" strips, 2 1/2", 2", 1 1/2", and 1" strips.  Sure don't like throwing anything away.  Well, the piles are getting overwelming also, so I got to start doing something with these----what have you done with such strips?  I like scrappy that's no problem, but how scrappy does a person get.  Do you just start pulling out with no plan of where this fabric is going to the next?  I've done scrappy before but controlled.  What was your favorite pattern that you used to use up scraps?  Thanks for any input  that you may have, as I am stumped.

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I had the same question a couple of weeks ago. I got great answers. Some said controlled and some said absolutely random. I ended up using the turning 20 pattern and ran out of some fabrics and just inserted what I had. It turned out really nice. When I get a chance to post a picture, I will do so under the gallery. I think it is just what your preference is. I guess I don't really like really really random piecing. Great question.

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Jacy replied on Sat, May 25 2013 3:29 PM

If you search for "string quilts"  in google images you will find lots of inspiration.

Also Bonnie hunter has lots of ideas for making scrap quilts  quiltville.blogspot.com   look for the free patterns tab

 

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Roxana replied on Sat, May 25 2013 3:30 PM

With strips that size, a strip string pattern always work great for me. If you have more of one fabric than any other, it can be your center strip in all your blocks. Just a thought.

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Linda replied on Sat, May 25 2013 3:31 PM

I do a lot of random  piecing, just let the fabric speak to you. I also do some controlled. But if I can't be controlled why should the fabric? My motto is patterns are only suggestions. I just like doing things randomly and I usually have quite a few ooohs and awwwws with the final results.

 

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Flo replied on Sat, May 25 2013 4:02 PM

I will make a double nine patch with the squares or fences and rails with the strips.  I will make a few blocks here every month or so, and after awhile I have enough blocks for a quilt without spendnig a lot of dedicated time piecing.

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Flo replied on Sat, May 25 2013 4:02 PM

I will make a double nine patch with the squares or fences and rails with the strips.  I will make a few blocks here every month or so, and after awhile I have enough blocks for a quilt without spendnig a lot of dedicated time piecing.

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Check out the thread "A Quilters Lumberyard" A Scrap Management System.  Many ideas there. 

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Pamela replied on Sun, May 26 2013 8:14 PM

Jacy:
Also Bonnie hunter has lots of ideas for making scrap quilts  quiltville.blogspot.com

Ditto about Bonnie Hunter. She makes beautiful quilts, but her scraps are organized. She has put together a system. 

Check out this page from her website. http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml. She starts with strips, just like you have, and ends up with wonderful quilts.

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Susie replied on Tue, May 28 2013 1:52 PM

I am just about to the same point.  I did get a 3-drawer cabinet, but most of my scraps are stuffed into a couple bags.  I need to try to get them organized so that I can do something with them.  So far, they are only being used for applique.

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Karla replied on Tue, May 28 2013 7:23 PM

Susie:

I am just about to the same point.  I did get a 3-drawer cabinet, but most of my scraps are stuffed into a couple bags.  I need to try to get them organized so that I can do something with them.  So far, they are only being used for applique.

I have several tubs of scraps...I started to get them organized once but guess I gave up.  I really must try again as I can't find half of the things I need.

 

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