Not too long ago, Jen over at Faith and Fabric asked me if I wanted to be part of a blog hop whose topic was Scraps. It didn't take me long to hop on board!
If this is your first visit here, I am glad you stop by. If you are looking for scrappy inspiration, I think you will find lots of great ideas throughout my blog. I have a whole Scrap-A-Palooza page with links to a number of designs for scraps. I hope you take some time to check it out!
Also, every Sunday, I host a linky party called Oh Scrap! Every week lots of bloggers share what they are making with their scraps. If you love to use scraps, I hope you join us!
I thought I would share some of the scrap management techniques that I use. I keep all of my scraps organized by color. If I keep my scraps jumbled in one bin, I find them to be too overwhelming. But I think they are pretty and inspiring when they are all grouped by color.
I think one of the best things I do to keep my scraps organized is to have a sorting system right at my cutting table. I use these fabric buckets but you could use a number of containers. Once a fabric becomes a scrap, it is immediately sorted into a bin.
When the fabric bins overflow, I also have a series of plastic drawers for scraps that are also sorted by color. Now when I want to make a scrap quilt, all I need to do is pull the appropriate colored drawers. No longer do I need to sort through big piles of scraps looking for the colors I need.
While pre-cutting scraps work for a lot of quilters, I found this technique didn't work for me. But I do like to have 2.5" squares on hand. I used to spend hours trimming up my scraps. Now I use my AccuQuilt fabric cutter. I love how quickly it turns chunks I am ready to make into squares. Plus it really saves my hands - I was finding my fingers aching after spending an evening cutting up scraps.
It is an expensive tool but I have never regretted buying it.
I store my cut squares in plastic silverware organizers I bought at a kitchen store. My single container has now exploded into four. They too are sorted by color so it is really easy to find what I need.
I hope I have given you some useful ideas to your own scrap quilting. For more tips, you can read what other bloggers on the hop are sharing. Here is a list of all those participating!
Stepahnie at Swoodson Says
Gemia at Phat Quarters
Deanna at Stitches Quilting
Vicky at Vicky Myers Creations
Audrey at The Cloth Parcel
Amista at Hilltop Custom Designs
Ula at Lulu & Celeste
Chris at made by ChrissieD
Amanda at Fabric Engineer
A big thanks to Jen over at Faith and Fabrics for organizing this event!
Scrap quilts really are the best!
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