It is the start of a brand new month and time to transition from purple to green. I must admit to still having a few purple bits lying around, but I will gather those up today either finish them or put them away for later. There are no obligations for me today except to work on the t-shirt quilt. So getting a start on green will be something to look forward to in between shirts. What are your green plans and schemes? Use mister linky below to share with us all!
Because it is the start of a new month, it is also time for a giveaway. This month I am asking how you store your scraps. Leave a comment on this post before Wednesday to be entered in the drawing for a lovely collection of hand dyed fabric
from Vicki Welsh
was the lucky winner last month.
I've linked to this post, but where is Mr. Linky?
i cut my scraps into usable sizes and store them in flats I get from a local grocery store, and then into shoe boxes. Now I'm starting to follow Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Saver System. I get a lot of scraps left by my front door.
My stash is stored in clear plastic boxes, folded end up so I can dig through it easily.
Store scraps??? Depends upon definition of scrap, depends upon size of scrap. Most scraps stay on the card table next to the sewing machine until I need to do some machine quilting. Then I throw them into a plastic grocery bag. If I feel like it I sort them by color into the appropriate grocery bag for that color. If the scrap is 1.5 or 2.5 I throw them into a box for that size (no color sorting). Cleaning the scraps off the card table so I can machine quilt is the main reason I don't get more quilts quilted!
I like the shoe box size of clear plastic tubs. I like to be able to see them in there to keep an eye on them... scraps can get out of hand!! LOL
How do I store my scraps? Hmm? I have plastic zipper bags, the kind you get when you buy new bedding or curtains, one for each colour. The scraps are folded into two groups - strips and rectangular (size determines which group they go into). If they are too small to go into the bag, they end up in a photo box labelled crumbs. If they are too small for crumbs or are the cut off bits when I'm straightening an edge they go into a plastic bag to be used in some other creative project.
Most of my scraps are stored in plastic bins sorted by size. I have two big bins of strips and need to add another bin soon. I also have a bin of squares, plus a few triangles.
I have my "cut to size" scraps in scrapbook storage bins. These are scraps that I have cut using my AccuQuilt cutter or which have been cut into strips. All of my other scraps that haven't been cut or stripped to a particular size hang out in some large open stacking bins until I get around to using them or cutting them into usable sizes.
I would love to tell you that I have this great organized system so that I know where my scraps are at all times.... but in the off chance one of you ever comes.... they are in tubs, and buckets, and they are stored under my cutting table, and on top of the table *sigh*
I have shoebox-size bins, sorted by color. And bags of project-specific scraps that I'm not ready to integrate. And then there's the pretty basket on my cutting table where I throw scraps that need to be sorted. And the bag of 1.5" HST pieces from binding-joining. And... ;)
My scraps are stored in 2 gallon ziplock bags. I cut them into squares or strips and store them by size.
I store mine in Glad entree-sized plastic containers. When the container is full, it's time to make something!
My scraps are stored in boxes by color. I have a small plastic tub of 2.5" squares. This RSC challenge helps me sew up my scraps and keeps them somewhat under control. Also helps that most all of my quilts are rainbow scrappy quilts, front and back.
I store my scraps in gallon size bags sorted by color and/or theme: CW, Christmas, 1930, batik, etc. those bags get put into a large bin in the cupboard for easy access!
Storing scraps is always a problem. What size to store, what size to cut, etc. I try to follow Bonnie Hunter's style, and I use the plastic boxes from the grocery store that the salad greens come in. I have, in the past, used plastic bags, but the boxes stack on top of each other and are clear so I can easily see what is in them. I don't think the problem of what to do with scraps will ever be solved. Every time I use them, there are more and more. They seem to multiply like rabbits.lol
When I finish a project if there is less than 1/3 a yard of anything I cut it down into 1.5" strips and 2.5" strips.
As I have time I cut those down into blocks and store them by color in the clear fruit cartons from the grocery.
I used to cut down to 3" also, but over time they now look enormous :)so I'm cutting them on the diagonal to use as corners on string blocks.
They have their own section in the fabric closet.
I haven't done any of your color challenges, but enjoy seeing what the quilters are doing each month.
Despite my best efforts, a great quantity of my scraps are totally neglected and thrown in bins and piles in my sewing room. Soon, my sewing/storage space will be expanding and I will be able to set up a scrap system that will make it easier for me to be organized....I hope!
Scrap strings and snippets go in a bag attached to the cutting table. (attached with a clamp type paper clip) When it gets too full they get put into empty batting bags, until I want to do something with them. I have used the too small snippets to fill floor pillows... an idea I got from my grandma.
How I store scraps: for the smaller pieces and bits, I use Accessory Boxes from The Container Store (categories based on the color wheel). For the larger than "little" but smaller than a fat quarter, I used clear plastic boxes (the next one larger than shoe box size) - I call these my resource boxes. 2.5 or wider strips and chunks and swiss-cheese fq's - again, boxes labeled by position on the color wheel. Then there are bins for strings - black and white, low volume, and everything else. Works great for me . . . .
clear shoe box bins sorted by color :)
I also have bigger box just for postage stamps. Always working on a postage stamp quilt.
Green and purple go well together, we will see what happen. There will be no blocks till I find those melons.
I sort my scraps by color and put them in the bins under my ironing board by size!
I've just recently started to organize my scraps (pawing through a huge tub was getting old)
I now have them cut into strips and squares which I have in plastic boxes sorted by size, and another one with teeny tiny pieces.
I use the Bonnie Hunter method- sorta. When cutting fabric I just throw it in a box and then at some point ( when it is overflowing !) I cut the pieces into strips and squares and store all those in plastic bins by size.
My cut to size scraps are stored in plastic baskets. The ones waiting to be dealt with are in a small box and laundry basket. A few odd sizes are stored with a double wedding ring project.
I showed a bit in my post today about my scrap storage. Since you started the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I began storing by colours and it makes every month so much easier!
I'm in the process of reworking my scrap storage. Cut scraps are bagged by size of cut. Uncut scraps are sorted by color and placed in drawers.
I store them in plastic tubs by size, then by strips or squares. If I feel organized, I sort the colors, but since ,y son likes to sort scraps too, I usually forgo the color sorting!
I have all of my smaller scraps saved in empty 3.5 kg margarine containers, sorted by colour family. The larger scraps are kept in the drawers of a plastic "cart" that stores under my cutting table - again, sorted by colour family.
My scraps are every where.
I am slowly trying to sort them into boxes of colours but they are not cut into any special sizes. They are a mess.
I have offcuts collected in a box about 12x16x4". They're all mixed in together without any system. The pieces I have left from this project are in there too. However, they are rolled together by colour and size, so I have the beginnings of a system.
I am actually using the RSC to organise my scraps! In January I sorted them into colour groups and stuffed them in bags. At the beginning of each month i take out the colour of the month and iron all the scraps. I use some to make a basket to hold the rest. It's working really well for me, so thankyou for providing the necessary kick for me to do this!
Green...I love green! Can't wait to pull out my stash & start searching! WOO HOO
Thanks for a chance at a give away. I sort my scraps by colour in boxes. I once did a post about it http://cathytomm.blogspot.ca/2012/10/scrap-sorting-and-storage.html
I am the unorganized one in the bunch! I mostly have them all in two big rubbermaid buckets that I love to dump out and pull out by color. I have the rest stacked by color (ok - some are falling off and onto other things) on shelves in the closet. Some day I might get organized..... but usually I just decide to sew instead =)
I put all mine in a lever arch box file next to my sewing machine. I also have a tub and a bag full in the loft. Depending upon what I us mine for mixed colour quilts like spiderweb an mile a minute.
For my larger scraps I use purchased pretty heavy duty plastic oblong containers, for tiny pieces I have a number of containers which are used for Chinese Takeaway meals! They're a reasonable size but not very long lasting - good chance to get more Chinese!!
I started storing my scraps in little plastic bins, and they are now overflowing. This week, with the green I went to some older, larger scraps I've had for years. Batiks leftover from other quilts that I wasn't sure how to use. HST's seemed to be a great way to cut into them and start using them!
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