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Date: 3/27/13 9:44 AM

Love em, hate em, save em, toss em? I never really kept a scrap box. Anything under 1/8 or little pieces I'd toss. Then I started doing applique. And it all changed. That little piece could be a flower center or just the right color to set something off. So now I have to buy a bin for scraps. So do you scrap and what is your size criteria? I've set up anything under a fat quarter is a scrap. I don't do scrap quilts. I'm too into symmetry and matching. I like balance in color and design. I'm working on one of those Celtic quilt projects of our the book I got and the technique is you sew small squares onto bigger square then cut half of it off so it provides you with a lot of scraps. I know it's a huge waste of fabric but the only other way is to do templates and that's just too much work when you need 60 pieces of something.

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Date: 3/27/13 10:09 AM

I did not do scrap quilts until the Trip quilt. Now I find such freedom in so many colors. I thought it would drive me nuts, and at times it does when choosing a color. However, the freedom of having more than a couple of colors to work with is wonderful.

I did not have much a of scrap pile until this quilt. It has grown so much in size and I am always looking for something in one of the boxes.

I resisted quilting for years as I used to call it "taking a large piece of fabric, cutting it up into small pieces of fabric, and putting it back together. Too much work and not for me." Well, I was wrong. Very wrong. I love doing it. Now I dont' like anythng smaller than 2 inch squares and prefer 3 inches or larger. However, with each new quilt, I decide I like "this size better than that size" by the time I am done with it.

Just 60 pieces of something? I have a quilt cut out with 3 colors and one of the colors has 200 pieces of one color. The next one is 120 and the last color is 60. I had planned to make it for my FIL, but he passed away in January as I was cutting all these up. I will work on it over the fall and give it to my Step Mom for winter time.

How I have changed from "cutting large pieces of fabric into little pieces and sewing them back together..."

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Date: 3/27/13 10:19 AM

I'm working on mine now...2 bins for strips -2.5" in one..all other widths in another..
The rest will go into totes sorted by main color.....

I'm saving everything, but I've discovered that I like scrap and string quilts! Even that 1x1 piece could be the point of a triangle...not condusive to cleaning, but helpful when I need it!

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Date: 3/27/13 10:33 AM

My grandmother lived through the Great Depression and raised me along with my own mom. She saved scraps, which I got to use to learn sewing. I inherited all her sewing and knitting stuff. She saved small bits of bias binding, elastic, twill tape, etc, which I dutifully use-even 2" becomes a hanging loop.

I cannot throw away scraps. Tiny ones may become leaders/enders, for scrapping on and off. Once they're waaay used, they join the true snippets in a bag, which eventually become pillow stuffing or filling for stuffed animals. Fortunately, my husband loves a lumpy pillow full of scraps.

Other scraps I save for eventual scrap quilts. I probably won't do another until I get a Go! cutter. I've done a lot of paper-pieced hexagons in the past, including the ones that are 1/2 hexagons arranged for a 3-D effect. Lately, I make something out of the small scraps from a quilt, which often gets finished first. I've got several 4x4" blocks of 1/2" x 2" pieces from a Bento Box pattern. The quilt I have cut out for my son has many long 1" strips leftover...mini bargello!

My kids have access to a lot of scraps, but they know which are the "good" scraps they have to ask before using, lol.

Garment sewing scraps are great for testing out a technique or needle/thread/tension combo before altering RTW. Hems cut off RTW pants make great handles for shopping bags.

The frugality lives on...for better of worse.

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Date: 3/27/13 10:38 AM

I only keep pieces over about - oh - 4"? And maybe a bit larger all around because over the decades I find I have kept too many scraps of whatever and they just take up space and are ever used unless they are large enough to at least make a block or good for using as samples when you want to stitch out a sample for either a stitch or threads or whatever. I always have fabric to use for samples. Oddly I need a sample of pieced stuff to test out threads on this weekend so I will be stitching together various things that will not have a use except as a quilt sandwich sample of piecing. Sample stitching is different on pieced items than on a nice smooth sample sandwich without seams.

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Date: 3/27/13 12:46 PM

The only thing controlling my scrap pile from Hoarder levels is a full-time job that keeps me from generating them quickly enough

Anything bigger than a fat quarter goes back in the stash. Between a fat eighth and a fat quarter gets folded up and sorted by color in one of three bins (single layer so I can see at a glance. Anything too small to at least be a patch, a petal or a leaf (maybe smaller than 2" by 2") goes in a snippets basket. Everything else used to get tossed in a shopping bag, but I recently outgrew that and now those are separated into big pieces and small pieces in storage baskets. When it gets bigger I'll start separating by color.

Yes, applique gives us the opportunity to save and use really small pieces.

I like to use snippets in my collage (thread scraps, too, especially the shiny ones). Put a layer on some fusible web, cover with a teflon sheets and fuse. Fuse to project and Free motion it in place. Cover with a layer of tulle or net if the pieces are really tiny.

Taking Judith Trager's Art Quilt Backgrounds class at Craftsy. Love the texture of pieced backgrounds on pictorial quilts, but never wanted to do anything too precise. I like her method, very free-form, uses lots of scraps.

I love scrappy as long as there is some order to it.

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Date: 3/27/13 12:51 PM

I am a garment maker but with my recent streak of productivity I find myself in this situation. I hate to toss them, because some are just so darn expensive! But in the name of space...can I really justify it? Well I started making boot stuffers over the new year, and used a ton of scraps to stuff those. Now I need a tailor's ham, so I am going to try making it and stuffing it with scraps and other varied left overs.

I also use fabric scraps to test tension on my serger...I am still new to it so I am always adjusting those darned loopers :P

Although I ADORE the selvedged edge scrap of a fabric I cut recently...so I am saving it in hopes of finding a top to trim with it.

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Date: 3/27/13 8:08 PM

I'm an obsessive scrap saver!!

2 huge tubs (largest Home Depot has) of Cloud 9, Silk Essence, Silky Brocade scraps, Gaberdine, etc..) NO clue what to do with these -- Some I pull out and toss together for a new design of a blouse, but not since I took up quilting in Nov LOL

So now I have 1 of these tubs with nothing but Cotton Scraps!!! I hope to learn how to applique this summer and maybe get some use of those - and also making a Scrappy Trips Quilt "thinking" most would disappear *not*

I too use my soft thread, slivers and stuff to stuff Animal beds for the Shelter pets.

Wish I had the nerve to TOSS my scraps as I sew more than use the scraps... but also I was raised by Depression folks and you just don't toss this out :-(

One day... Maybe there is a glue to stick all these onto one large block, sew and be done?

Anyone wanting Scraps!! PM me ! -- I'm sure my sewing room would LOVE to see tubs going out instead I'm adding more

OHH I tried to take a huge bag of the poly scraps to a sewing (not quilting) friends, but alas she has her own PILE!

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Date: 3/27/13 8:12 PM

Could you post pictures of some of the things you've made from scraps?

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Date: 3/27/13 9:40 PM

If you go to Quilter's Sew Along you can see our Scrappy Trip Around the World quilts. I have yet to post mine as I'm still looking for a camera battery. I just might need a new camera at this rate... some excellent work there.!

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