I know I have shown part of my scrap pile in the past, but every time I think I have a project to use it up, I end up with still more. I really thought that Scrap Dance would take care of this pile, but I completed that quilt and this still remains.
And that is just one bag. To make it worse, I also had another bag where I had begun to do some HSTs just to get something done.
I took this mess by manageable piles over to the ironing board and started pressing.
Then I started finding things already done, more HSTs, some quarter-squares, lots of cut squares. So I began making little piles of similar things.
I needed a plan, so I looked to the projects I do most, and decided to make the squares into 2-1/2-inch and 3-inch squares. Larger squares were put aside to make into smaller ones using up as much as possible. I had a whole stack of 6-inch squares, but not enough to make a quilt, so those will be cut down to 3-inch squares.
Oh, yikes, another group to press and sort!
The one thing I was sure of, I wanted a very limited collection of sizes, not the six or seven bins of stuff like a famous quilter does. I’ll only have three sizes, the 2-1/2″ square, the 3″ size for HSTs, and one strip size for scrappy borders. I took all the 2-1/2-inch strips and 3-inch strips and cut those into squares if possible. I did a bunch of strips at once by laying them out overlapping on the cutting board.
Then with all the irregular sized bits, I lined them up and cut them into variable width by 3-inch rectangles. These will become leaders and enders and eventually a scrappy border.
Yes, this took all day and part of another day. But in the end it will be worth it. I already found enough half square triangles to start another project, all I need to do is square up a few more and I can start designing with them. That will be a work in progress for another post. All these squares will be needed early next year for the next mystery, yes there will be a Scrap Dance II in 2016!
Back in the beginning of my blogging days, I posted a long article on using scraps from all kinds of quilting and sewing projects. That post is The Scrap Basket if you’d like to see it for more ideas on using up little pieces of this and that.
How do you organize your scraps?