Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict raised the question on dealing with the scrap pile dilemma and will be putting together several posts on the subject. I see a lot around the web on busting the stash and scraps. I am a scrap quilter and would be lost if I used them all up. But I do have a very comfortable working system of storing and using them.
This little tub is the left over scraps from last year. I have other NEW bags of scraps, so don't fret. But in looking for browns and pinks for the RSC16, I came across these few strattas in this tub and that darn 'squirrel' interupted me. Yes, that squirrel syndrome of when you are distracted from your course.
What can I do with these? Besides, they are brown and pink.
I just took my 'strip tube' ruler and got the most cut from each stratta. Yes, I tossed the left overs - it is ok to toss out those little items sometimes, especially when you aren't really sure what you will use them for or when you will use them. A border added to bring it up to size for a 16" pillow.
I went to the yardage shelfing - yardage to me if usually a FQ, but I knew my pink FQ tote really didn't have enough for a pillow back. This is a few pieces of a deco-fabric from a 'gifted' bag of scraps which was probably what was left of a re-cycled curtain. It was just enough to make an envelope back for this pillow. Now I need to get a form and a 'squirrel' project finished completely from scrap - all cleared out of storage.
I, also, found in this tub enough bits to make my flowers for my 'Let's Book It' project. They need to be stitched now. I even found something for the last border on this.
I keep snack barrels of pre-cut squares - all chopped down left overs from projects. I am trying to tame my 1.5" barrel - yes, if there is a 1.5" square that can be cut from that last bit, I cut it. January's RSC16 was blue with a touch of purple. I did the blue 9-patchess and now the purples join them.
My pink spool blocks made from the strip tote. I've made way too many strip blocks, so this is another fun way to use those. A 2" x 5" center strip and four 2" squares for the flip corners on the 2" x 5" black strips (left overs from sashings).
The purple spools - some of these came out of that tub and some from the strip tote.
And skinnier strips are being used up in these cute little 3" log cabin blocks.
The pinks to join them................
and the purples. The blues are done, so a nice start to a quilt a little bit at a time.
And all the left overs from these projects - cut down into my barrels - not back into those totes. And I work a lot out of those barrels. In fact, I have the pinks and browns pulled from the 1.5" barrel to make some little 9-patches to join the others - I do have a plan for those little blocks.
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