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Scrap Happy

The jars work great for my modern fabric scraps, but I’ve been avoiding dealing with a large tote bag of leftovers. It’s mostly fabrics from previous projects, or fabrics I’ve pulled out of the stash previously that felt right for scrap quilts but not for other quilts. (Fair warning: the photo you see above is the only pretty picture in this post. Seriously!)

After work today, I decided it was time to deal with the problem. Much of it was in  smaller bags, grouped by the particular project. (Yes, even my scrap bag had some order to it!)

First sort was for the fabric that was (or was not) scrap. Smaller than a fat quarter, or something I definitely know I’ll only want to see again as a small piece of a scrap quilt.

That reduced the bag considerably, and makes the next task much easier. It’s time to start cutting. After a LOT of thought, I decided on 5″ and 2.5″ squares. That’s it. Easy, right?

A fresh rotary blade, a cleared kitchen worktable, and I’m in business. Sort of. I’m hoping an hour or two every day and by Sunday when Jon comes home it’ll be done. I hope!

PS: I’m only tackling the scrap bag right now, but the shelves are due for another fabric purge. I can’t seem to sew as fast as I can shop. Anybody else have that experience?

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beth tays #

    Hi—Great quilt retreat—Thanks–
    I can buy in 20 minutes more than I can sew in a year.
    Take care—Beth

    March 31, 2011
  2. Mary Lou Finch #

    Why do you think I am on my 3rd raffle quilt for church?

    March 31, 2011
  3. Roz #

    I can’t knit fast enough to keep up w/my stash either!

    March 31, 2011
  4. Your jars are so pretty and your pile will be soon. Cutting scrap is a good way to pass time, but breaking it up into managable amounts is a good idea, too. My scrap bin is getting full and needs a trim, too.

    March 31, 2011
  5. Libby #

    I’m sure you told about the jars on some other post, but I can’t find anything. Were did you get them and how large are they. They look so nice. Thanks, Libby

    April 1, 2011
    • IKEA ~ they’re about 9 inches tall and 5 inches in diameter (74 oz volume). They really hold quite a bit, and I have them lined up along the back of my sewing table which is a great reminder to use them whenever I get the chance.

      April 1, 2011
      • Libby #

        Thanks, I have to go to Dallas to get to IKEA. However, my daughter is always happy to go. Libby

        April 7, 2011

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