Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Scrap Control

scrap bins reaching capacity
March 2018
One of my goals in 2018 is to keep my sewing area tidy or at least tidier than it's been in the past. Instead of tossing scraps in a box and dealing with them in the distant future, I'm trying to deal with them once a month.

The pieces are pressed and then cut into useable sizes and placed in my scrap bins. As you can see from the labels, I cut the fabric chunks into squares and strips. The condition of these boxes determine when more scrap quilts are created. The 2.5 inch strip bin was once contained in one of the plastic shoe boxes but recently moved into the larger box which is clearly twice as large. I need to bring that box under control.

The clear plastic box shown upper left contained single 2.5 inch squares. To clean out that box, I made four-patch units. Once they were sewn and pressed, I had over 100 four-patches. I have an idea of how these will be used, but it's on the back burner right now.
over 100 four-patch blocks
March 2018
Scrap control is never-ending, but at least the boxes keep the scraps contained and tidy.


8 comments:

  1. And to think some people throw them away:) You are amazing my friend.

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  2. That is a lot! You're smart to bring control to it. I'm hoping to de-clutter some more today (snow day!!).

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  3. WOW you are super organized. I cut many of the same sizes but I seldom have the color cut to the size I want. Keep up the good work.

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  4. Most impressed with your scrap harvesting. Linda and I like to do this but it comes in fits and starts. We have 2 baskets of scraps waiting for harvesting that resulted from us being given a big trash bag full of quilting fabrics - what fun we had with that lot.

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  5. Once a month is an excellent idea. You've inspired me to give that a try. I have most of the scraps sorted by color and some are cut into squares and strips, but maybe I just need to designate an afternoon each month to iron, cut and organize. Today I dug into them fore pieces that I could cut into parts for some scrappy blocks for ongoing projects. Didn't make a dent.

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  6. You are organized! Hope you are having a good week! :)

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  7. Scrap control. Indeed. Thank goodness for those bins and your labels!

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  8. Oh boy do I ever need to get my scraps under control.

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