Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scraps, Strips, and 2 1/2 inch Squares


A few weeks ago I started working on a "strings quilt" and went though a small pile of  strings that my wife put in a small basket.  I had 2 large plastic containers of "Scraps" in my stash and since I want to do a large project with 2 1/2 inch squares more or less a rainbow.  Any way I have been going though the bins and I have made a small dent in the pile.  I now have the gallon size bag of strips for my strip quilt above and I have tons and tons of 2 1/2 inch squares.  The ones on the left below are sorted by colors and the ones on the right still need sorting.  Note this pile does not include the leftovers from my Gray and Orange quilt (or the Orange + quilt).  Though there are a number of new grays on the bottom right of the not sorted stuff to add to that.


The amazing thing is I still have too much to go through, this is what is still left in my "Scraps" basket below.  I think it will take me another month of cutting to go though it all.  Maybe I will have to make some string blocks again this week.  But then again, Tanya plopped a new quilt she basted on my desk and told me its ready for the "Quilting Fairy" to quilt it.


10 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

OH - my kind of dumpster diving! Love these totes full of color and fun! My kind of play - dump it and sew!!

Catskill Quilter said...

You are definitely Scrap Wealthy! Lately when I am working on a project and creating new scraps, I put them aside on my cutting board in a pile, and before I turn off the workroom light for the day, I use my rotary cutter and cut them into 2 1/2 inch squares. My scrap basket is overflowing, even though I recently went through it and cut long strips, so I had to do something!

JLVerde said...

Silly me, when you said "plastic bin" of scraps I imagined the type of plastic bin I have (a shoebox sized). You have a REAL bin there, no wonder you're not done!

Can't wait to see your 2.5 inch (postage stamp) quilt.

Gene Black said...

Isn't it amazing how this scraps accumulate. One trick I use (part of the time) is to iron the scraps and stack them neatly. They are way easier to use.

Sasha said...

Oooh i love the thought of a quilting fairy!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Olá!Menino é serviço para abessa,só trabalho com sucatas,segunda fui buscar(60 km da minha casa)veio em torno de 400 quilos,a hum Real o kilo...quase mil DOLARES de sucatas,vem de todas as cores e tamanhos,muitas vezes metros.Para mim isto é uma festa!A minha sala estáabarrotada de ""LIXO""é oque as minha vizinhas falam...kkkkk Elas não sabem o dizem.Beijos e Bençãos

desertskyquilts said...

Amazing how those scraps add up so fast, isn't it? I never manage to keep up with mine, and I'm using them all the time! I know you'll make some wonderful projects with those squares and strips. Loved the Twisty one, too.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Nothing better than sorting through bin of scraps! "Free" quilts to be made...

Foolish Feathers said...

I used to just throw all my scraps into a bin too, but now I keep them all in a bag until a project is complete and then I cut them up then. I am still relatively new to separating them by size instead of color. Bonnie of Quiltville has tons of projects one can do with scraps, she calls it her scrap user system, lol. I think you both are doing great!

Allison said...

what I need around here is a basting fairy :)

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