Sunday, October 16, 2016

Oh Scrap! : Fabric Pull

Last Friday, Tisha at QuiltyTherapy released the first part of her Charming Plus Quilt Along.  Because I am playing along, I thought I would share the fabrics I pulled for my quilt.




My backgrounds are going to be black and white prints with turquoise, yellow and lime green for the plus symbol.  I want to only use two fabrics in each block so I needed to pull some of my larger scrappy chunks.



Many of you may not consider these scraps, but I keep any large chunk smaller than a fat quarter that can be folded on end in large drawers.  I sort by type and then color.  I always try to use my smaller scraps first but if I need a certain color, I can always pull from here.

 At what point do you consider a piece of fabric a scrap?

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Now it is time to share what you are using your scraps for.  Here are the details for linking up:
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23 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I guess I consider anything a fat quarter size or under scraps. I keep all pieces that are large enough to fold in boxes on their sides stacked in two rows so I can see them , they fq's and under in these boxes - when they get small enough that they can not be folded well anymore they get cut into squares or strings and put in boxes marked with the size - right now I have enough 2 inch squares I believe to make a whole quilt with.

Libby in TN said...

Wish I had time to do the quilt-along. Maybe I can catch up later. In my world, anything less than a FQ qualifies as a scrap.

Shasta Matova said...

I used to think of small pieces as scraps too - the kind that is too small to fold - but I have heard that fat quarters are also scraps. With that meaning, pretty much all I have are scraps since I rarely buy bigger pieces. I have a few for backings, but that's it.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

I'll keep anything down to 2-inches square, well sometimes smaller if I have a a crumb quilt going. I consider fat quarters part of yardage, and anything smaller is a scrap.

Kate said...

Love the colors you've pulled for the quilt along. It's a scrap if it's less than 10" across. At that point, I usually cut the left overs into strips and add them to that set of scraps.

Jayne said...

Hmmm...I don't have a particular size I keep. If it's solids I keep nearly any size. Prints I'm likely to let go of small pieces easier.

SandraC said...

I guess once I cut into a fat quarter I would be consider it a scrap.

CapitolaQuilter said...

Scraps are probably less and a FQ when I can't fold it with the organized others - although I have a basket of "bits" which are anything including weird shapes as small as 2". Have fun with the QAL

Cathy said...

Anything less than a FQ is a scrap to me. I don't buy precuts but if I did I would not consider them scraps. I keep anything down to about 1.5 inch square which I use in postage stamp quilts.

My scrap chunks aren't quite so neatly organized as yours and probably never will be. I just throw chunk scraps into a milk crate.

Cathy said...

I forgot to say that anything smaller than 1.5 inch pieces go into my "mulch pile" because I have a lot of gardens!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh wow, most of my print stash is probably smaller than a Fat Quarter, so maybe most of my stash is scrap? LOL

Scrap and quilts said...

Lovely fabrics you picked. It will be an interesting quilt. I used to think scraps were the leftovers of other quilts. Now, I consider FQ as scraps. When I am done with a larger piece and the edge is uneven, I square it up. I add that piece to the scrap bags. Enjoy the new QAL. ;^)

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

i love those colors you picked for your plus quilt. I'm still thinking about that one, but might use my Christmas fabric stash. I mostly buy in fat quarters anymore, so when I cut into them, them I definitely have scraps!

AnnieO said...

Great colors! I love that plus quilt. I have a repurposed tall lingerie type chest I keep fat quarters and odd pieces in, and have a drawer system for smaller strips and squares, these are all sorted by color (a few are by type, CW, BW) Then there are a couple of tubs with larger 1/2 yard and larger yardage under my cutting table. Love being surrounded by fabric in my sewing room.

Vera said...

Mmm that larger drawer looks fine to me :))

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Cynthia! You have gorgeus colours there! There is no scrap too small for me. I try not to finish any fabric to have as much as possible variety in my stash. x Teje

Sewing Sue said...

I'm with those who say smaller than a fat quarter is scraps. But I try to be organized about things. Pieces that are WOF get cut into 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch strips and stored in bins. Anything not WOF gets cut into squares of 2, 3.5, 5 or 6.5 inches and stacked in bins/drawers. For a pattern that calls for those sizes if the plan is scrappy, I'm ready. I also cut light neutrals that are smaller than a half yard into 2 and 2 1/2 inch strips and box those up separately for sub-cutting as needed.

I try to kit things up for myself, and my 'parts department' contains bags of four-patch and nine-patch blocks for 'seed' when you want a top in a hurry.

There always seems to be a bin of things waiting to be cut. Does it multiply when you're not watching?? LOL!

Podunk Pretties said...

How low will I go? If I can make a dime sized applique circle I keep it. Any smaller than that is trash. There's one drawer in my stash for all these little bitty pieces.

Vivian said...

Like your colors for the Plus Quilt! I also define a scrap as anything less than a fat quarter that's not already destined for a specific project. Great to see so much scrappy goodness gathered together!

SarahZ said...

love your palette for this! a lovely choice for winter work, eh?!

Kathi Riemer said...

What a fun pile of fabric. I joined the fun too. Thank you for the link!

Tami Von Zalez said...

Hi there - my first linkup with you. Hope you don't mind if I combine linkups and hops.
I keep my scraps or remnants in a similar manner as you, in a plastic tub organized by color.

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

I have scraps of all sizes, with the bigger chunks folded much like yours. I sort by color and store them in plastic shoebox bins. I try to keep the scraps contained to the bins, but am not successful! :)

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