Monday, December 3, 2018

Scraps, Scraps, and More Scraps

I've been quilting for about 10 years now, so I've accumulated some scraps from all of the quilts I've made.  SO many scraps!  There are quilters who throw out their scraps, but I just can't bring myself to do that.  And I can't give them away either.  I want them all.  I'll even take yours if you want to give them to me :)  

I tried sorting them by color into separate 2-gallon bags.  That worked for a while, but it became a pain in the rear when I had to empty the bags every time I made a house for my Village quilt.  Yes, this quilt is made entirely of scraps, except for a very small amount of white fat quarters for the background.   
Whenever I would bring up the subject of needing a better scrap storage system, my dude would say something like "Well, you're going to run out of scraps eventually and then you won't need all that storage."  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I think after I made the Village quilt and still had so many scraps, he realized that my scraps weren't going anywhere anytime soon and there was no way that pile was getting any smaller.  So I ordered these really cool Ikea Algot baskets.  
I have them sorted by color, and there's a separate basket for selvages and solids.  It's working pretty well for me so far.  

I've been working on a few different scrap projects.  I just keep them up on my design wall and keep adding to them.  

This is the X-Plus block by Amy Badskirt 
And there's the popular Plus block.  I'm not even sure which tutorial I used for this, but you can just search for "plus block" and you'll find a ton of tutorials out there for whatever size block you want to make!  

And last but not least, the Scrap Vortex quilt by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.  I started sewing my scraps together for this earlier this year.  I haven't even made a dent in my pile, so I can easily make a few king-size quilts....eventually :) 
Do you save your scraps or give them away?  If you throw them away, please reconsider and send them to me :)  Kidding!   But I'm sure there is a local group who would gladly accept them to make scrap quilts! 


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    1. I know you do :) You know how hard it is for me to put scraps together, but you're such an encourager of everything scrappy :) Thanks for that!

  2. I have so many scraps that my scraps have scraps!
    I think we're going to do a single shelf all around the ceiling of my sewing room, and I'm going to get clear bins for the shelves, and then sort by color, like you did. (Wanna come help me sort?? :) )

    I did use a lot of scraps for my temperature quilt, but yeah, I could make SO MANY QUILTS with the scraps I have...

    1. Ha ha! Now you have baby scraps! I think that's a really good idea for the storage as long as you can reach them ;) That would not work for me unless they were less than 5' high. LOL I would love to come help you sort!!!

  3. Your House quilt turned out great! I collect scraps, use scraps, AND give scraps away (occasionally.) FREE quilts, right??? :o))

    1. Thank you! I love that you use your scraps!! I seriously want to make another one of these village quilts!

  4. I had a very scrappy summer, too, and oh, what fun! Mine are still sorted by color in 2 gallon bags, and yes, they do have to be dumped continuously. I like your storage solution. I LOVE your scrappy work!


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