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August 11, 2021
Taming those Scraps - Part 3 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing some of my methods of storing and using my scraps.  Today I thought I would share another of my secret weapons and that is my "specialty bins"

As I shared in my first post, I sort my scraps by color.  I do this immediately as I make them right at my cutting table.  And because I have a lot of scraps, sorting through big piles to find certain fabrics can take a lot of time.  So a couple years ago, I started creating what I call my "specialty bins" that ...

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August 4, 2021
Taming Those Scraps - Part 2 from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Last week, I shared the first steps I take at taming my scraps.  For many quilters, setting up an initial scrap system will be all that is needed.  I think just being disciplined to organize scraps as they are made and having them as accessible as possible will help to ensure you use them and that they don't become a chore.

But I have a LOT of scraps.

So I have some additional storage areas that I keep my scraps organized in.

I was lucky enough to come across some old locker baskets from a local pool.  I snagged ...

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July 28, 2021
Taming those Scraps - Part One from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I was recently asked if I would talk a bit about how I store my scraps.  It has been years since I shared any information around scrap management so I thought I would write a few posts over the next couple weeks.

First, I think it is important to give some thought as to how you use your scraps.  In other words, are you someone who always uses patterns that call for standard sizes like mini charms, charm squares or  strips.  If so, you may want look at how Bonnie Hunter stores her scraps.  She pre-cuts all of her scraps ...

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March 6, 2021
top of the green from Making A Lather

 I found a big bag of green scraps that I wanted to sort and decide. It was a nearly full 2 gallon ziplock bag. I spent 2 evenings folding and cutting. green is the  color for March for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

By the time I emptied the bag, I had a tray full of new additions to my scrap user's system. These weighed 2 pounds = 6 yards of fabric= at least 60.00

Now to see if the new pieces will fit in my drawers. 5 inch size is a new addition this year to ...

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March 3, 2021
quote marks quilt from Making A Lather

It's a new month, but, I still have yellow to finish from February. These are the quote marks from the full stop quilt that Angela is doing. I have a few bonus 2 inch  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) I chose the easy example of quote marks that Angela offered. 

I am still taming the scraps this week by cutting 10 inch squares.  3 pounds 5 ounces = 9 1/4 yards = 95.00 worth of fabric. I counted 52 squares = 4 packs of layer cakes = 160.00 

My worry is that I won't use them. Since I haven't ...

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February 23, 2021
to do: 2 inch scraps from Making A Lather

We are melting snow around here.

The scraps are taking over. I have been working on finishing this year, and, that in itself makes scraps. But, since I am not really starting anything new, I am not using scraps much. If it were not for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I wouldn't be using my scraps at all.

I spent some time cutting scraps into 2 inch strips. I knew my neutrals were getting low, and I had a few pieces not much bigger than that to cut.

I weighed these at 1 pound 14 ounces. Quilted ...

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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 12, 2021
color blocks from Making A Lather

It was time to sort through my 2 1/2 inch strip drawer. The color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy is yellow. I wanted to make 16 patches in yellow 16 patch blocks for the Debby Brown color blocks quilt along, but, I only had 5- 2 1/2 inch squares to be found. I pulled out the shortest strips and cut squares. I really didn't count.

I had fun sewing them together. I had several repeats, but, they will be in various places in a quilt.

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February 6, 2021
still in the pink from Making A Lather

Even with an extra Saturday in January, I did not get all my pink projects finished for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I am using my 2 1/2 inch squares to make 16 patch blocks for the Debbie Brown color blocks quilt along. I am making the blocks each month with the rainbow colors, and, then, deciding which blocks for which quilt at the end of the year. I wonder if a person can ever empty the 2 1/2 inch square bin.

I wanted to get started with full stop quilt that Angela is doing, but ...

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January 30, 2021
pink bags from Making A Lather

Pink is the color of the month  at the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

I have been keeping pink and red scraps together, thinking, I didn't have enough pink to warrant their own bag or drawer. I was wrong. I spent some time in January sorting them and deciding what I have. These are the 2 inch and 1 1/2 inch bags.

2 inch strips

1 1/2 in strips

The top left were pieces for the tiny houses. Top right were pieces for the waffle stamp blocks. And, bottom left were extra pieces of 1 1 ...

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January 20, 2021
5 inch scraps from Making A Lather

 I had a box of recycled shirts that I wanted to cut for quilt patterns I am hoping to make. I had already taken the shirts apart, so, I made a box for each size I wanted to cut, 10 inch, 5 inch, 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 2. I decided to cut largest to smallest, so, that, the leftovers can be fed into the smaller sizes. I cut 10 inches. I used the front of the shirt without the pocket for 10 inch squares. The front with the pocket, I put in the box for 5 inch squares ...

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January 5, 2021
to do: set a goal for scrap management from Making A Lather

I have tried to set some goals for scrap management. Scraps are everywhere, and, are taking over my quilting life. I enjoy cutting scraps, but, when it comes to putting them away, I realize I have no more room for them. I need to use out of what is already cut and ready to go, so there will be room for more. 

1.That is why a few boxes just need to go to the attic, and wait for a better time.

2. when this basket is full I have to deal with it. It is about 14 inches across ...

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November 5, 2020
Scrap Mixology : Two Bits from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Behind the scenes, I have been working diligently to complete more of my newest pattern series and their supporting quilts.  

Today I am ready to announce my second Scrap Mixology module - Two Bits.

This module is to help you turn some of your scrappy strings into some fun and colorful quilts.  
You might remember this RSC quilt I finished in 2019.  
This quilt was the inspiration for this pattern sheet.

The Scrap Mixology pattern series all follow the same format.  They are designed to help you sew up your scraps so don't expect to find yardage requirements (not that ...

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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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November 3, 2020
Soothing the Anxiety from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Once I finished my client longarm quilting today, I found myself a little lost and feeling a little stressed.  So where did I turn?  To my scraps of course!

I sort all my scraps by color in rainbow order - so I just grabbed the first bin.  Looks Like I am starting a quilt with red.

Cutting is probably my least favorite of all the quilting stages, so I decided to use my AccuQuilt fabric cutter to speed up the process so I can get to the sewing quickly.

I looked through my dies and decided to get out my 2 ...

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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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April 8, 2020
Something New and Easy from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

One of the tasks I have been working on during my sheltering is to try and clean out some of my odd stash and larger scraps.  I use these fabric cuts as "seeds" for making quilts.

Last night I came across some long strips I shoved in a box after trimming a previous quilt.  These were what was trimmed from the backing.  I decided to cut them into a uniform 5" wide.

I then pulled some chunks of solids and cut them into half hexagons using my Hex n More ruler.  I cut these at 4.5" wide.

That is ...

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