Thursday, June 11, 2009

Scrappity Scrappy Scraps

I got some time in my work room today, and did I sew anything? No. Did I paint, or sketch, or think about any of my myriad undone projects? No.
I sorted scraps. Piles of scraps. Scraps I've been saving for probably seven or eight years, most of which are these itty-bitty pieces that I would never actually use!
So I threw the bitty bits away. I saved bigger pieces to cut into 3" squares. I saved the batiks and hand-dyes for art quilts and applique. The biggest pieces I folded and will keep for future project. And the pieces I know I'll never use, I packaged up and will sell at a future yard sale.

This freed up a whole corner of my studio! I feel as though I took a good step towards organization. A baby step.
And actually, it as fun thing to do. I took a little trip through time, as I found pieces of the quilts I've made over the years. The baby quilts, the Christmas gifts and projects, the quilts I made for sick friends and family occasions.
Tomorrow, I have a huge drawer full of more scraps to sort. But it'll be easier, since I did the hard part today.
The only thing is, I need a way to store the pieces of fabric that are bigger than little scraps, but not as big as a fat quarter. (Does this make sense?) I have a nifty storage unit for my FQs, and I have that nice big drawer for yardage, but it's the in-between pieces that I'm finding difficult to store.
If anyone out there has a suggestion, please let me know. I"m stymied!


  1. Ahhh! I can't believe you threw away all those scraps. I use all that small stuff.

    Actually good for you! I bet it feels great to get organized.

  2. I have one of those plastic cabinets like this one: only mine is smaller. I sort scraps into lights, mediums, and darks into those bins.