Sunday, June 23, 2013

Scrap Busting - There's No Such Thing as Ugly Fabric...

Just fabric you haven't  cut small enough yet!

I found Bonnie Hunter's method of organizing scraps, 
then I started this project two weeks ago.  
I had a Huge basket of scraps.  
It took me about 20 hours to organize it into this:

She recommends cutting strips in 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3" and 3.5" widths.
I cut the largest width whenever possible,
unless it made a leftover just shy of 1.5",
in which case I cut a 3" and a 1.5" strip instead.
I did not cut up yardage, just scraps.  
Some largish scraps, but mostly not too big.  
What I had most of was leftover backing fabric - 
many very long strips.  I cut lots of 3.5" strips. 
I didn't have any set length for the strip, but
very few are selvage to selvage.
Bonnie also recommends making 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3" and 3.5" blocks when there isn't enough length for a strip.
I always cut the largest block possible;
for some reason, 1.5", 2" and 3" blocks were very common, and
2.5" and 3.5" were not.
And yes, I do have plans for making quilts from all this!
For me, there is nothing like doing a boring, repetitive task to get the creative juices really flowing;
plus, now I can easily see what I have.


Mary said...

Great job! I do Bonnie Hunter's method as well. It is nice when I take one of her classes, I am ready to go. Love it.Can't wait to see what your are going to make.

margaret said...

what a dream to have all the in your scrap collection, being a starter out I have not got one yet,so envious, can see you will have great fun doing something with all of this

suemac said...

Nice job. I have mine sorted by strings and other. That is as far as I have gotten.

Barb said...

Seeing this...I just might go and do some scrap busting myself...don't feel much like sewing today (or all week)..

Terri said...

I'm a new reader of your blog. Congratulations on your scrap basket cutting and sorting. I need to get mine done too!

BTW, I used to live in Shreveport ;)

KaHolly said...

I've often said, as a scrap quilter, I spend just as much time, if not more, cutting my scraps up into usable pieces! Well done.

Shirley said...

I can see that I need to spend some time taming the stash. That little haul looks quite impressive. A free quilt. Has to be a good thing.

Kathie said...

cut fabric into strips the sizes I use most often is something I have been doing for many years.
works for me. I also save pieces rather then cut them up for applique or if I want to work on red blue and white quilt I pull those colors from the pieces and then cut the size I really need from them.
works for me.
I think any system that works for a quilter for the way she quilts is good!

Anonymous said...

Wow.... That's a lot of slicing and dicing. I might have to give the method more thought.

Jo in TAS said...

Long time no posts, hope all is well
Jo xxx

Marie said...

I'm just starting to think about cutting up my scraps, so this post is a big help. Cutting the largest block possible and going from there makes a lot of sense. I've been a bit overwhelmed about where to start.