I decided to go ahead an order a 16 cubby unit – I’ll start out using 8 of the cubbies for scraps sorted by color and put a few things on the other shelves … maybe some of my grab and go projects I kitted up.
So today I moved around some of the bins to make room for it which lead to me grabbing two of the bright “string” bins. Our challenge block for July is strings. Only when I opened one of the bins I found all kinds of chunks stuck in there too. Some I remember putting in there when I was making our HeartStrings Rainbow blocks but others I think I just filled the empty space in the bins when I was packing for the move.
I kept pulling things out of the first bin without any idea how to make use of it all.
I’m not one to “precut” my scraps into different sizes because I never know what I’ll want to make from them so I went and looked at quilt inspiration file on my iPad looking for help … there were a couple bright scrappy quilts I can see myself making so I pulled out those chunks and set them aside to put together in one bin. It will be easy to grab that bin and start cutting.
I grabbed handfuls of bright strings and put them in another bin ready to sew … and grabbed a bunch of the narrower backing trimmings and put those in a bin to cut down into strings. Typically the widest string I use is about 2.5 inches. I’ll get those trimmed down and tossed in the larger bin with the strings and They’ll be ready to use too.
Of course, there’s still a bunch of scraps and strings in the two bigger bins that need to be sorted but at least I’ve made a start. I cut foundations and am almost ready to piece some blocks.
Part of the problem with my scraps is that I’ve moved so many times … I’ll get things fairly organized and then I have to toss everything into bins to move and the new house always requires a different storage/organizational system.
Some of you said that you give away your scraps but I’ve made lots of quilts over the years from my scraps, leftovers, and strings and I want to keep AND use them! I’ve been quilting now for 22 years so you know I’ve got a lot of them too.