Scraptastic

Before my week off, I set myself a goal: to deal with my scraps. They were seriously out of control. Some of them were sorted by color into small containers. Most of them were in a giant pile on the floor. A while back, I dumped them out of their big container to force myself to deal with them. And then I didn’t.

Here’s what that pile looked like when I started:

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And that doesn’t even include the stuff that was stored in bins…

Oi.

I started by sorting them into piles by color, and also chose which ones to throw away, or give away.

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Then, color by color, I sorted and stored. I thought about cutting pieces to certain sizes, but since I don’t have a go to piece size, that seemed like a lot of work. Instead, I just checked to be sure pieces were of usable sizes and tried to gather like with like. Very technical, right?

Slowly but surely, I made progress.

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When I got to purple, I had some fun surprises.

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The first and biggest surprise was that I had more blue scraps than purple. Shocking! And also nearly as much green as purple.

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The next surprise? Pieces of fabric from my first ever quilt, way back in the 90s. Very cool to have found them. I’ll have to work them back into something. I also found some bits of my elusive sugar block backing fabric, and I’m hopeful I might be able to squeak out one more block. Or maybe, please, 2.

Here’s a look at what a color bin looked like when it was nearly done:

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When I finally finished, I had bins for purple, blue, green, red, pink, yellow/orange, brown, black/white, and grey. Phew!

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Plus, a big pile of novelty bits that I have yet to decide what to do with. And a big bag of totally useable bits that I know I’ll never use, so they’re going to the art room at my daughter’s school. Win/win!

It feels so good to have this done. Now, I’ll just have to keep the bins in decent order. Hah.

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9 responses to “Scraptastic

  1. Janel Barthe

    This is a work of art, you know.

  2. Yep, scrap sorting is first on my list for summer vacation. I am hoping to find some QOV blocks that went missing after a sewing day last fall (oops). For my novelty prints, I am debating cutting them into charms and offering I-spy kits on ebay.

  3. Now what are you going to make with those scraps?

  4. So envious! I’m in the middle of sorting my scraps too, but I cutting mine to size as unfortunately I don’t have space to store so many boxes.

  5. Wow, congratulations-it looks great! And awesome to find wonderful fabric memories hiding. 🙂

  6. Great job in the scrap organizing! And what a treat t have found some bits from a first quilt. Super excited to see what you do with all your new found fabrics 🙂 Keep us posted!

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  8. Denise Faust

    I scrap quilt too. Do you trade scraps for scraps?

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