I have had trouble in the past with actually using my stash and scraps (yardage and small pieces) because I am so controlling. No, I don’t mean I am an aggressive woman! Just trying to be so matchy-matchy with fabrics and not knowing how to use bits of “this and that” has been my mental stumbling block. Not that my quilts aren’t pretty, I just want to make more donation quilts (the need is so great) and maximize use of what I have.
I don’t have much of an organized system for scraps. I have:
- The Box: this is where I throw leftovers after I finish piecing a top or quilting it.
The Dream: doing away with the box and putting pieces away in the right place the first time … lol.
- The Bucket: this is where I throw tail ends of bindings – all strips are 2.5 inches wide but are still ironed in half when I throw them in here.
The Dream: cutting these into useable 2.5 inch squares
- The Basket: this is where I throw pieces that are less than 2.5 inches but more that 1 inch wide.
The Dream: making string quilts from these, but in actuality I usually end up donating these to true scrap quilters when this gets full.
- The Drawers: this is the yardage, the fat quarters, the collections, the panels, the misc
The Dream: to make this ALL useful and make lots and lots of donation quilts for children and Veterans.
- The What-in-the-World?? yes, it’s true I have lost control over this mess. No, I don’t really know what-all is in there. It is the first dumping place if I don’t walk around to get to The Box that is behind the longarm (an arduous trip of at least 6 steps)
The Dream: this has GOT TO GO – it’s in the way (I have said this for
The saga will continue tomorrow as I s-l-o-w-l-y ease into the scrap thing – and yes, you'll see tomorrow that there is a method to my madness!