I had good intentions the beginning of January to get my quilting studio cleaned and ready for a new year of creating quilts and other fabulous items. My cutting table was an absolute horror -- in order to cut anything, I had to remove piles of quilts, fabrics, and who knows what else was hiding there. With all of the medical issues that I had in the second half of 2017, my quilting took on a PRIORITY ONLY status, which did not include putting things away unless I absolutely had to. So, I ended up with one big giant mess.
The first thing that I did was to clean off my cutting surface. I had a lot of fat quarters, yardage, and scraps to sort. I folded and put the yardage and fat quarters away in their proper homes. Now I can cut without moving a bunch of stuff. Time to move on to the pile of scraps. Or should I say the first pile of scraps.
Everyone has their own system for dealing with the leftovers from their quilt projects. What's yours?
Mine has so many levels and if I can think of any way to make it more difficult or complex, you know that's the way that I would do it of course. LOL!
Okay, here's what I do:
1) If any scrap is less than 2 1/2" square, then it goes right into the trash.
2) As I sew, I toss strips and small pieces larger than 2 1/2" into a basket to be cut into usable pieces later.
3) Large pieces sometimes get folded and placed by color in my fabric museum drawers. Yes, I do indeed have a fabric museum now, don't you?
4) If I'm working with a specific collection, I put everything together into a gallon-sized bag, box, or basket so that I can find them when I want to make another project with that collection (at least that's the general idea -- whether I can find the bag, box, or basket later is usually by chance in my studio).
Once my basket of scraps gets full enough, then it's time to cut them up into usable pieces. Since I do a lot of designing arund stand precuts, I tend to cut my scraps into the following:
2 1/2" squares
2 1/2" strips that are the width of the fabric
Here is what my pile of scraps looked like after I cut it up.
Nice, huh? Now I can add these to my overflowing stash of scrap precuts. Then they will be ready when I want to put together something scrappy. Hmm. Maybe I'll pull out a copy of I Love Precut Quilts! and make some scrappy versions of the quilts.
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