I am sitting in my studio today, I have already hemmed a pair of the hubby’s new pants, but that’s it on the sewing front. I have been on a tear to get these scraps dealt with. Honestly, I’m a little overwhelmed. There are a LOT of scraps. I think that I have at least figured out what my system might be going forward (granted it might change, but for now, it might work… Maybe? 🙂
So right now, my stash consists of half yards and over on mini-bolts and fat quarters on super-mini-bolts. Everything else is considered scraps. I have, for a while been processing down to 2½” squares or 2½” x WOF strips. So anything less than a half-yard x WOF, I just cut down into strips, any strips (I do a lot of strip quilting) that are not WOF, I cut into squares. This has served me well. I have a box of 2½” squares that I have pulled from to do Leaders and Enders, I just picked out 2 colors (blue and white last time, I think Brown and Pink will be next), and go to town. I have also been collecting strings and selvedges.
But there was always this weird middle ground, and stuff that wasn’t WOF. So I took all of that (a HUGE reusable shopping bag full) and sorted it into BIG scraps (about a fat eighth or larger) and small scraps. The large scraps I right now have separated into Warms, Cools, and Neutrals, but I have already outgrown those boxes. Eek, not sure yet how that will work itself out. Then I have 2 big bins of Small scraps, and right now, I’m waffling between processing all of those down and throwing/giving them away. 🙂 I think a little time might bring me some more clarity on that.
So right now, the job is half done after 2 days of working, and I’m getting the urge to move on. However, I can’t stand when my studio is a shambles, I just can’t focus on what I’m doing. So I know I need to see this through, but without the proper vision on what to do, I’m kinda stuck in neutral.
So I think separating everything into categories is going to be my best bet. Right now I have one (or in a few cases 2) rubbermaid shoe boxes for each category.
Here are my categories at the moment:
- 2½” Squares
- 2½” x WOF Strips (2 boxes at the moment)
- Strings (2 boxes at the moment)
- Binding Scraps
- Large Scraps (Cool)
- Large Scraps (Warm)
- Large Scraps (Neutral)
- 4½” Squares
- 1½” Squares (This may just become ticker tapes)
Plus I have 2 overflowing boxes of unsorted smaller scraps, a very tall pile of large scraps that won’t fit in the boxes (I am also out of boxes, did I mention that?), and a small pile of WOF that needs to be cut into strips/strings. Basically, a mess. 🙂
My featured picture is the NICE looking pile. There are a couple of much uglier ones elsewhere in my studio. I guess just one pile at a time, right?
Back to work!
Piece (or in this case process scraps)