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September 28, 2022
cut list progress from Making A Lather

I decided to make a cutting hit list for scrap management. You can read about it here. It has been a month. and, I am surprised at how much I have gotten done. I made a list of what I would need to cut for a few quilts in my ufo and maybe someday lists. With a pile of scraps, I move down the list and cut what I can to fill the need for these quilts.


It went from neat and tidy stacks to zip lock bags as I cut more and more. I am not worried about numbers ...

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September 22, 2022
scrap cutting from Making A Lather

I blogged about making a cutting hit list here. And, I am surprised at how successful it has become. I was able to add to my projects on the list, and, I had a few leftover scraps to add to the scrap users system that has served me well for many years. I have a tray of 2 1/2, 2, and 1 1/2 inch strips.


I have a tray of 3 1/2 inch strips, 2 1/2 x 4 1/2  and 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles. I had a few smaller pieces that became ...

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April 10, 2022
stash report April 10, 2022 from Making A Lather

I have new fabric from Missourri star. Yes, I hang my head. The one on the right is a 3 yard 108 wide piece. The charm squares were a gift.

5.75 yards

 Stash report  April 10, 2022

fabric added: 5.75 yards 

fabric added year to date: 32 1/2 yards

fabric used: 0 yards 

fabric used year to date: 116 yards 

83 1/2 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 6 days last week. I have rainbow scrap challenge projects inspiring me.

I started the background for my friendsheep rug.  I thought I needed a couple of ...

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April 3, 2022
stash report April 3, 2022 from Making A Lather

I had a Friday group sew, and, I didn't have a project ready, so, I grabbed a scrap bag and my stripology ruler, and, I started cutting. I always have questions from others about my scrappy cutting and using. It seems a mystery to them. How do I store? how do I use? how do I make all those different colors go together? etc. One of my best quilting buddies saves scraps, too, but, in squares, not strips. I would prefer strips, and, I would be happy to cut them into squares when I need them. Otherwise, I am ...

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February 13, 2022
stash Report february 13, 2022 from Making A Lather

  I have been dyeing wool for an upcoming rug hooking project. Otherwise, nothing happening with the fabric stash.

background, grass, border

stash report February 13, 2022

fabric added -0 yards  still haven't added any! I have been a good girl. There was a free basket at sewing group and 3 fat quarters at goodwill that I did not bring home. I need to celebrate the win.

fabric added year to date -0 yards

fabric used 7 yards -gray flannel finish

fabric used year to date 58 yards

58 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead ...

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February 6, 2022
stash february 6, 2022 from Making A Lather

I am sorting through blue strip bags looking for aqua/teal for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I have them all mixed together. Someday, I will have a bag for each...maybe.


My last stash report was Jan 23.At the time I was worried about the guild meeting.  Next week will be a challenge. We will have our guild meeting and there might be a free table. what will I do? Covid took care of that problem - So I haven't added any fabric to my stash this year so far.

stash report February 6, 2022

fabric ...

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January 23, 2022
stash january 23 2022 from Making A Lather

 This week I worked on the last of the scraps from the  scrap bucket I am trying to tame. These scraps weighed  6 ounces which is almost a yard of fabric. I cut some 3 1/2 inches, then 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 and the rest went into a chunks bucket. It has helped to keep me from buying more of anything. Next week will be a challenge. We will have our guild meeting and there might be a free table. what will I do?




stash report January 23, 2022

fabric added -0 yards  still haven't ...

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January 16, 2022
stash report jan16 2022 from Making A Lather

I found these lovilies in a scrap bucket I am trying to tame. I am not sure why a piece of yardage was in the bucket, unless there was a mass cleanup and everything went into a bucket. The rest of the scrap bucket had mostly really small pieces.


I sorted the scraps into piles of pieces that were big enough to cut of 10 in, 5 inch, strips, and chunks. I've only recently started cutting 10 inch pieces.

only 1 piece at least 10 inches.

After I cut the 10 inch piece I threw the left and right ...

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December 10, 2021
rhododendron and scraps from Making A Lather

I cut and pieced the second clue of rhododendron mystery quilt this week. It doesn't look like much, but it was a lot of cutting and piecing. And I was off with my numbers and didn't have enough to finish the opposite colorway.


I did cut the rest of the wings.


I have been cutting scraps again. I can't take much of a break from scraps or they will overpower me.

I have a few ideas for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy next year that will use strings and crumbs.


10 inch -1 pound 4 ...

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December 4, 2021
fabric scraps from Making A Lather

 I am doing a bit of catch up on my rainbow projects for rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I had an idea to make a few words. This may be one of those squirrel projects. We will see.


I always have scraps to cut so I spent time googling how to organize my scraps instead of cutting them. LOL
I discovered I like what I am already doing, but it was good to realize that others share in the frustration. I have enough scraps to last a lifetime and never touch "real" fabric. But it is always messy.



2 ...

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April 10, 2021
crumb stars from Making A Lather

  I have a 2 gallon zip lock bag of odds and ends and leftovers in blue, that I need to go through before I cut for my projects. waffle stamps were already cut, so, I could sew them for last week easily. I always enjoy an evening sorting and cutting scraps. Anything less than a fat quarter, I cut into my scrap user's sizes.

2 pound 5 ounces = 6 1/2 yards = $60.00

From chunks I cut 2 1/2 inch HSTS - ( half square triangles ) for my crumb stars. I made 6 crumb blocks so I needed 48 ...

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February 22, 2021
shirt sandwiches from Making A Lather

I made shirt strings a while back aiming for a string x quilt for leftover pieces of shirts. This weekend I spent some time cutting fabric for the sides.


It is fun to think that there are no two alike. I didn't use a foundation. I just sewed strips into bigger pieces and trimmed to the size I wanted. I used 3 1/2 x 10 1/2.

I cut the strips 1 1/2 x 10 1/2. I am making a 7 x 9 setting.


This project is one step closer, but, not part of my goal ...

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February 10, 2021
shirt triangles from Making A Lather

Sometimes, while cutting shirts into useable pieces, there are off cuts that are not really useful for big pieces. I tend to throw them into a bucket to deal with later. I was in the mood to sort and cut. Some of these pieces will be great for string or crumb blocks.



As I dug into the bucket, some just went into another bucket for strings, but, a few, I could cut into HSTS. Most of my goals this month involve the longarm, which is currently busy.  I had fun just playing in the scraps.













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December 29, 2020
to do: this and that from Making A Lather

The new litterbug - how many masks do you count?


I have just been working on my country roads quilt top - trying to get it together. I have 16 rows together so far. I think I will need at least 4 more. And these are the longest rows. In between rows, I can sew leaders/and enders. It keeps me happy.


Angela at so scrappy let loose the color for January, early. We will be doing pink, so I have pulled the first project I want to do for that. Otherwise, it has been a little down time for sewing. I ...

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November 4, 2020
shirt strings from Making A Lather

What do you do when making a block makes more small scraps?


Start a new quilt. I randomly sewed small pieces and strings together to make slabs of shirt fabric. I really didn't have a plan.. yet


Then, I remembered Bonnie Hunter's free string x pattern, and a version that I liked the colors. I started cutting my slabs into 3 1/2 x 10 1/2 rectangles.


I am on my way to using up all my bits and pieces... LOL that's a joke, of course.  I won't even see a dent. I am really ...

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August 25, 2020
to do: cut purple from Making A Lather

We have had great weather and have enjoyed outdoors, and, even found a monarch on our flower tubs. We have planted milkweed in our yard, but, it hasn't bloomed. What a surprise to see our own monarch butterfly.


I have spent the month cleaning and sorting my purple scraps as part of the rainbow scrap challenge this month.  I had an entire wire basket of scraps in that color. Apparently, it had been a long time since I sorted through and organized it. I certainly didn't think I had that many scraps.
I don't like the ironing ...

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June 22, 2020
cutting scraps from Making A Lather

I made it a goal to clean this table in my sewing room next to my accuquilt. I tend to cut and throw the pieces here. It was supposed to be a place for a scrap basket, but the basket was covered and consumed by my untidiness. The basket was full, and it was time to empty it. I enjoy the quilted twins blog, and, she weighs her scraps before and after cutting. It sounded interesting, so I weighed before, and it was 5 lbs 2 oz. That means there is about 15 yards in the basket. That is enough ...

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June 7, 2020
pink dresdens from Making A Lather


Last week, I had a decision to make about adding a another project to my rainbow scrap challenge plans, an old ufo with pink dresdens.
I was worried I wouldn't keep all the plates in the air.
I was grateful for bloggie support and decided to do both, but, with a better mind set.

I spent only one evening sorting the scrap bucket and cutting what I would normally need. Then, I put it all away for another time. It looks neat and tidy.... for a minute.


I cut strips in 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2, and ...

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March 27, 2020
blossom time from Making A Lather

I find it difficult to blog these days. Not because I don't have the time, but, because there is nothing remotely interesting to share. I have a project shelf loaded with ufos, And way too much fabric to ever use in a lifetime. But, I am fiddling with cutting little pieces of scrap fabrics into useable pieces, a handful at a time. These are a few blocks that are the results of that. These are blossom time from Bonnie Hunter and quiltmaker.





We are spending too much time watching TV. We found mentalist on prime and have been watching ...

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