Friday, March 20, 2009

Managing the scraps

Back in January I decided to go through all of my scraps and start organizing. I cut 5 inch squares out of every bit that was large enough. Since then when I'm working on a quilt and have left over pieces, I immediately cut them into 5 inch squares.



Quite a sizable stack has accumulated.

I've also collected a stack of strips. And smaller, usable bits too. I see a Chinese coin quilt in my future with those.






Any guesses on what I'll be doing this weekend?

-dana

21 comments:

amylouwho said...

Excellent! That is a great idea! I should start doing that too. You can do a lot with a 5 inch square, can't you?

I'm excited to see what you make!

I found out that some of those smaller bits are the perfect size for little tee appliques.

Lisa said...

Pretty colors, can't wait to see it finished.
What is the maximum size tou will cut into smaller pieces?
I'm always afraid I'll be sorry I cut it, but tired of sloppy fabric stacks.

Kimberly said...

You smart girl you! I just said to my daughter that I feel like starting something quilty tonight... hmmm, now you have me thinking!
Blessings, Kimberly

Amber said...

I did this a while back too - the coin quilts go together so fast this way!

And you can make cute charm quilts with all those squares - I know it was a lot of work cutting them all out but worth it in the end!

Pearl Maple said...

Great idea for being trifty and creative. Am doing a bit of sorting and organising this weekend. Finally put together a big bookshelf storage unit for the craft room and need to jump back into creating again.

adalex72 said...

Looking at all those delicious fabrics together like that just makes me want to start a quilt. Does it take a long time to build up such a stash?

Terri said...

That's a fabulous idea - I think I shall steal it. :) It's a great way to be sure the fabric scraps aren't wasted, isn't it?

Michaela said...

I love those stacks of fabric! Lucky you, you'll be quilting, right? Scrap quilts, coin quilts, oh what fun!

Quilt Hollow said...

It's amazing what we can get out of scraps aka leftovers! I hope you'll visit my blog and scroll down to look at Boxy Stars. This was mainly strips from scraps. Then if you scroll farther down to a tea-dye crinkle 1/2 sq triangle little quilt...these are leftover bits from the big Boxy Star quilt. Good money paid for the fabric...I say we use it up! Have a great weekend!

capello said...

i'll be thinking of you as i try to work on my quit as well.

(not forgotten, just GEESH, it's hard to find the time.)

Yvette said...

What a great idea! I am going to set aside a day or two and do the same thing.

limpingalong said...

Do you have a picture of a Chinese Coin quilt you can post? I am thinking I'll try one to use up some of my many scraps!

Enjoyed your blog.

Stephanie said...

Clever girl I love the 5" square idea, it makes so much sense - thank you for the great tip!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

fun stacks! can't wait to see what they become :)

Chris said...

What a great idea for your scraps! I'm a fairly new sewer, and don't even have that many scraps yet; but I'm going to keep that idea in the back of my mind, for the day (if it ever comes) that I make my first quilt.

by the way - I like the "Dream" song on your playlist; I hadn't heard of this artist before.

Lissa Jane said...

Dana I cut mine into 2.5" squares, if I have five of a colour, I turn them into 9 patch blocks and they are my 'leader ender project' so far, I think I have made about 40 bonus blocks this year alone.. they are 6.5" finished, so another 40 and I have a queen size irish chain quilt when I alternate them with another block! I love 'bonus blocks'...


take care


Lissa

Artfulife said...

Hopefully spending time with the kids and your sweetie, enjoying this spring weather, and whippin' up something crafty! Have a great weekend.

Sharon said...

I am a newbie to sewing/quilting...just beginning to learn actually. I can't wait to see how your quilt turns out. By the way, I have come to love the song "Dream" from your playlist. :)

Karen said...

Hey Dana, I just read this post and wanted to let you know what we have at the shop now......an accuquilt!!!!! The 5" die cuts 4 squares...10 layers thick!!!! I cut tons (ok hundreds) in about 15 min!!! We have lots of dies, come on down to Bless My Stitches and check my newest toy!

Psyann said...

What an awesome idea. I have so much scrap material, AND I want to tackle my first quilt. So this is great. A friend of mine told me that I should start cutting squares out of my kids' clothing (that I am gonna trash and not handmedown) and making a memory quilt. I think I am going to do both.

Emily said...

Okay, I thought I was so "smart" and "original" for doing this, too, but it looks like I'm part of smart "club" instead. I'm in good company!! Here is how I got started on the scrap square thing:

http://creativechicksatplay.blogspot.com/2009/01/6-square-and-project-kidz-quiltz.html

I still think it's a genius way of controlling the chaos--even if it's not original! :)