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24 Apr 2009 18:56 #34696

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There are some really good ideas here for using ALL your fabric. I never thought about using my selvedges, so now I guess I'm going to have to start saving those... and find a place to keep them until I get enough to make something with them.

I like the idea of keeping all the small bits and pieces of fabric to use for dog or cat beds... never thought about that. I have been working my way through a ton of fabric that I got from my Mother, when she had to move to a smaller place. I'm trying to cut everything into blocks or strips, so that when I have enough of something I can start making a scrap quilt. A lot of it is old fabric and not to my taste, but I didn't want to throw it out. I never liked scrap quilts, but I'm going to have to make some just to use some of this fabric. And I was throwing away anything that was too small to make a square.. so now I'm going to go get it out of the trash and find an old pillowcase to start tossing them into.

I love all the ideas that are shared here... keep them coming.

Diane in Colorado Springs
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24 Apr 2009 12:50 #34685

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jbtaz36 wrote:
My sewing group saves selvedges and scraps for me. Judy in AZ

Speaking of selvedges, I recently starting collecting them after seeing the quilt blocks made from selvedges in the October 2008 archives of my second favorite quilt website: http://www.ohfransson.com TQS is my favorite quilt website, but this one is a very close second.

Check it out at http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2008/10/index.html

WARNING: Browsing this website can lead to another soft addiction.
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Stash busting thread 23 Apr 2009 20:08 #34653

If you search the forum for stash discussions, that should help, but the current one running is under suggestions for new categories for the forum.
I do all sorts of sizes and looks of quilts, so my scrap bins reflect that. It was getting so that I couldn't find what I wanted to use, because the scraps from previous projects always ended up on top.
I have started using Bonnie Hunter's "Scrap User's System." It has really helped me feel like I am more in control of my stash than the other way around. Her website is: http://www.quiltville.com Go down left-hand column to scrap users system. I have also started using her Leader and Ender method with my scraps and have really tamed my 2 inch square section.
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23 Apr 2009 10:23 #34630

Don't throw anything away. Put left over pieces, no matter how small, into a pillowcase and when full, sew up the end and you have a doggie bed or a kitty bed for your own animals, or you can give the bed to the Humane Society in your area or a Kitty rescue place. Or to your relatives and friends who have pets. My sewing group saves selvedges and scraps for me. Judy in AZ
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23 Apr 2009 09:08 #34622

Sue,
Search for crumb blocks. There was quite a discussion about it a little while ago.
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23 Apr 2009 00:00 #34617

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thanks ya'll. I'd knew I'd get fresh perspective! Nancy, thanks to you, I've discovered the forum search! I'll keep looking for that other tread. Happy quilting, Sue
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22 Apr 2009 20:59 #34609

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There was an earlier long conversation in this forum on the same topic. You might want to check it out.

I'll add here that I used some teeny tiny bits and pieces in my April Stars of the 2009 TQS BOM. Why? Because it was all I had left of a particular fabric that I really needed/wanted to use. The 1" finished HSTs only require 1 7/8" square bits. The finished 1" squares only require 1 1/2" square bits. So, I'm really glad that I had not thrown out these scraps leftover from an earlier quilt project.
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22 Apr 2009 20:52 #34608

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To me, a scrap is anything I won't use in something else.

I try to figure out what size block I use the most, and then cut up my odds and ends to sizes that can be used to make those size blocks. If I make 6 inch blocks, then I will cut my odd pieces of fabric into 1.5, 2, 2.5 , 3.5 and possibly even 4.5 inch squares. Then I can use any assortment of them to equal 6 inches.

For strips, it has to be at least 12 inches long before I will consider it a strip, if it isn't that long, I will cut it into squares. I will cut strips the same widths as my squares.

I always try to cut the largest size pieces out of my odds and ends first, then work my way down to the smallest sizes until I can't get any more pieces at the sizes I want. Anything that is left over, gets tossed.

If you do any needle felting (hand or machine), and can use small bits and pieces with that, then I would keep even those small pieces to add to your stash of embellishing supplies.

Diane in Colorado Springs
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22 Apr 2009 17:43 #34602

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Sue, I think it depends on what size pieces you like to work with. Personally, I don't keep anything smaller than 2-1/2" x2-1/2" because I know I won't use them. Because I like to make scrap quilts, I sort them by color and they will one day wind up in a quilt. If it bothers you to throw them away, maybe you can find someone in your local guild (or TQS?) who makes miniature quilts and would like to have them.


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That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived !
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22 Apr 2009 16:33 #34600

Hmmm, it can be hard! My little bits, under 1.5 inches or so, I keep in a pile for starting the tails for chain piecing and for quick testing tension etc so even they have a use to me. But I can be sad like that. :lol: :lol:

I guess if you appliqué or art quilt and embellish, lots could be used up. How long is a piece of string? :D :roll: :D

Will be interesting to see what others say.
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Scrap-saving advice 22 Apr 2009 16:00 #34598

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At what point is a scrap a scrap? As I learn to precision cut with this BOM, I'm accumulating a pile. How do I judge what is worth saving?
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