Monday, April 18, 2016

Scrap organization

Organizing scraps.  It feels like a never-ending cycle, probably because as long as you are making new quilts, you are probably making new scraps.

Several years ago, I picked up a library copy of Cut the Scraps, thinking I'd just look at the patterns.  But I read the author's scrap method and it took over my thoughts for a few days, and eventually I decided that cutting scraps into usable sizes made a lot of sense.  So I started with her sizes (5", 3.5", and 2" squares) and quickly added in 2.5" squares.  I also cut 2.5" strips if I have WOF, and I'm about to add 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles to my sizes.  I like having precut sizes ready to go, and I've used my squares for several projects, including blocks for hivemates in the Stash Bee.

I had a small, 7 drawer stand came from a yard sale.  It had a country floral design that was not to my taste.  I painted it white, then used chalk board pain on the drawer faces.  I've written in the size scrap for each drawer, and I can change it around to reflect what I have a lot of at any given time.
The drawers are fairly small, but I like to use up my scraps, so that doesn't bother me. I also don't organize by color, as I know many do, mostly because I just don't have enough to warrant that storage method.  I still keep my 2.5" strips in a plastic shoebox, but this move has freed up many of plastic containers, so I can use them for small projects instead. 

My current scrap project are 2 jelly-roll-race style quilts made using strip scraps given to me by my friend Snow.  Both were pieced with purple sparkly "spacers" in between scraps.  I have decided I don't really like the jelly roll race pattern for scraps, so hopefully these will be my last using this method, which is part of why I said earlier that I was about to start cutting 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles--I think that will create a nicer look from scraps of strips than the jelly roll race.

One of these has just a bit of binding left to be hand sewn, and the other is layered but needs to be quilter.

Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday at She Can Quilt.


  1. Love your system storage and the flexibility of the labelling. Thank you for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  2. I have mine in ziploc quart bags, similarly labeled. All of the bags reside in a big basket. I have no idea what I'm going to make with the squares! I know my 2" square bag needs a project, soon.

    I do like your drawers!