Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dilemma: Those Scraps..Help Me Give-A-Way!

I have a problem...a scrap accumulation problem!

These are great scraps, lots of Jo Morton fabrics that are large enough to make a mini or doll quilt. Strips left over from my "Abe's Log Cabin", triangles and squares from other various projects. These are good scraps...
And those triangles and squares...big enough to really make "something" cute!
What do you do with your scraps? Do you just toss them or do you have a ....GIVE-A-WAY??

Yes, that's how I can solve my problem....I'll have a Give-A-Way and I'll even include the Rubbermaid Tote that they are stored in and 5 fat quarters of civil war fabric to help you with your "scrap" project!

Please leave a comment on how you address the issue of scrap accumulation.

Give-A-Way will close on Sunday evening, March 27th at 11:59pm PDT (pacific daylight time) and be announced on Monday, March 28th. Please leave your e-mail for contact purposes... I would like to mail your package before I leave for my quilt retreat in Nebraska on March 30th.

And I am VERY interested in hearing your "scrap control methods".

Hugs,

Elaine

54 comments:

julieQ said...

Thank you for not throwing those pieces away...those are quilting gold, LOL! I cut my pieces into 1.5, 2.5, and 3.5 inch pieces, store them in bins, and when I am ready...scrap quilt to my hearts content! Please see my blog today...I have a little one started!!

Yvette said...

OMG! You have fantastic scraps! I would love to use these for my Klosjes project. I am also planning on starting to cut baby tumblers too.

I had to HUGE containers of scraps and cut them into strips. I think it took me 2 back breaking days to do it. I took the bins to my friends house and we knocked out charity string quilts. She even send a carton to her dad who made more string quilts.

Now when I have scraps I cut them immediately before putting them in the bin and donate them for string quilts. The only fabrics I do not donate are my CW type fabrics, those I use for my Klosjes, my future Pie & Tarts and baby tumbler projects.

Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

I would love to be in your give away.
Your scraps are wonderful, I can't find Jo Morton or Civil War fabrics where I live.
I save all my scraps for applique and scrappy quilts.
Thanks for sharing!
Ronnie, ronnietall@gmail.com

Debby said...

Thank you for a great give-away!!! We quilters from Holland don't have much scraps. The fabrics are to expesive to throw away, so we use every inch from what's left. One meter of fabric costs 22 dollars!

Greetings from Debby,
the Netherlands

Mary said...

Well, I have learned "something" over the years in my quilting life. One thing is if the scraps are REALLY small I close my eyes and throw them in the trash. If they are from a specific project (like a red, white and black quilt) I put them all together in a gallon freezer bag thinking I'll make "something" else out of them. I have sold some of these bags before at quilt guild sellathons. The Jo fabric scraps all go in a bin together. I can't bring myself to get rid of anything Jo. So, the bottom line is I'm interested in your scraps. Thanks for the opportunity Elaine.

Best Wishes,
Mary

mariebeers said...

Jo fabric is my favorite, expecially since I've taken a class with her. Don't need the tote as I have many of my own being stored in the garage. Thanks for the chance to win these treasures.

Lindah said...

Beautiful scraps -would love to give them a home!

I do NOT pre-cut my scraps. I leave them "natural" as they come. In my book, pre-cutting is just an extra unnecessary step. I prefer to cut only once when I am ready to prepare for a new top. I DO sort them by color with Christmas and Civil War in separate categories. I store them in various baskets and tubs. I have been scrap quilting from my stash for so long now that my tubs/baskets are emptying out. Uh-oh!

ANudge said...

LOL, I too have a scrap problem, so can't say I have a solution. But I'm trying to use all of mine in scrap quilts - the trouble is I make more as I make these quilts. next I'm going to make fabric with them and just sew them together and then cut blocks out of em.

momhooten said...

Thanks for the chance to win your scraps. I too use them for donation quilts and have a fair amount at this time, but not any pieces such as you are offering....will make quilts and think of your as I use your fabric!! momhooten@gmail.com

Doina said...

Great giveaway! Please count me in! I would love to win your scraps! I use every piece of fabric in purses, wallets and applications.

Loris said...

Well, I am still cutting up scraps for my own scrappy quilts...may be doing this forever. However, I can never have enough Jo Morton and would love those scraps :-)
Thanks for the great giveaway for more great scrap inspiration....I'd love to help you out :-)

justducky65 said...

I love fabric! from yard to the smallest of scraps. I use my scraps for applique, for foundation piecing, and just small projects like pot holders or mug rugs.

My storage system right now for scraps is a few shoe boxes. My perfect storage would be clear boxes separated by color, but my space just won't allow for it.

arlette said...

Ohhhhhh I'm so looooooooooove your scraps, love the color of them!!!!, well I don't have alot of scraps, because I'm scrapholic and I always I'm using them, I try to put them in orders by lenght and colors...

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Oh my!~ I love CW and have started a quilt, your scraps would be perfect! Love them! I keep like fabrics together down to the scraps so that I can use them and work them into current projects. I also host a string block swap every so often on a forum to help use them up. :-) Thanks for the chance!

dianne said...

i'm a stuffer - i stuff scraps together till i need them - and then i sort through them and separate them and tell them to play nicely (but they always end up in fights on the playground) ... i'm gonna read all the comments on this post cuz maybe SOMEONE will have a brilliant idea that doesn't involve being a scrap referee ... yes, please - enable me!

Anonymous said...

Like you, I don't throw away any scraps. I have recently discovered that I enjoy making miniature quilts and doll quilts. I even pieced a top out of cut out 1 inch squares, and it was fun to me. Some question my sanity....I would love to win your scraps.
Debbie
kegocken@gmail.com

Annelise said...

I love scraps! I never throw scraps away, but store them.

I love to transform tiny snibbles into usable quilts!

Thanks for a great giveaway! I think every scrappy-quilter would love to have them!

theifner2 said...

I don't do anythiny yet with them since I have just start accumulating them. But I probably would make a catherdal window with the small blocks
theifner2@charter.net

Barbara said...

Wow...love those scraps! I don't have very much myself yet as I've only been quilting a little under two years. The ones I have accumulated are just in a small bin and are not cut into any sizes. I'd sure love to add your scraps to mine!!!

free indeed said...

I have a passion for scraps! I recently bought a GO cutter to help with the taming of my scrap bin. I get on these kicks of using up a bunch of what I have to start over with newer colors...I'm all over that dusty blue/pink scheme of YEARS ago!!! Time to get some bright and beautiful ones.
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

Karen said...

I would love to have your scraps. I've been making little spool blocks & small tumbling blocks out of my scraps. I'd love to have some "new" scraps to have more variety so the blocks would look more "scrappy". Thanks for the chance. I love reading your blog. Karen

Karen said...

I would love to have your scraps. I've been making little spool blocks & small tumbling blocks out of my scraps. I'd love to have some "new" scraps to have more variety so the blocks would look more "scrappy". Thanks for the chance. I love reading your blog. Karen

Anonymous said...

Ooooh! I love scraps! I haven't been quilting long enough to build up a huge pile, but I love using them to make placemats and coasters...

~JennyD
lady_jennya@wavecable.com

Barb said...

I personally leave the light on in my sewing room....those pesky scraps cant breed that way...HA!! Miine are in bags, tubs, baskets....tins...I gave so many bags of scraps away in Samoa and I still came to the US with scraps....what is up with that? I think they had nothing else to do on the voyage here to the US than scrap breed...

Dawn said...

I like to make "new fabric" by sewing together little scraps of the same color kind of crazy quilt style, and then use them to cut out applique shapes. Jo scraps are always appreciated too ~ thanks for offering them! I'm making a scappy quilt using my swap signature blocks now :)

Nancy E said...

First of all I love Jo Morton fabric. Most of my quilts are planned scrappy quilts so I am always using my scraps. I keep my scraps in small plastic containers.

It is great that you aren't throwing the scraps away. I would love to win them.

Louise said...

When I lived in California I used to collect them all in shopping bags and bring them to our small group we had. There always seemed to be new quilters who had either no money or no stash, many times both! Recently I gave up all my civil war scraps to someone on the Jo list who was asking for scraps. I sent her all that I had at the time. That giveaway is a very nice pay it forward kind of thing!

Sherrill said...

My scrap control involved making donation quilts generally using strips & strings! My most recent was a 'half log cabin' style block in red, white & blue and is going to Quilts of Valor! Thanks for the giveaway!

vivianjane said...

I keep my Jo scraps separate from all others in a large wire basket. I'm working on a star handpieced project right now and most of my scraps can be used. I keep the others in my closet by color but they have to be about a fat quarter size for me to keep. Otherwise I throw them in the trash and have released myself from the guilt. :)
Jane

Avon said...

I have started following Bonnie Hunters suggestion and cutting the scraps into strips and squares (1.5,2,2.5,3 etc)and putting them in a variety of plastic drawers. I plan on using them to make a scrap charm quilt. I also have found them useful when I need a particular color in one of the sizes I have. I just go to the drawer and get a variety to try out. I love it.

Pokey said...

I use Bonnie Hunter's method too, but I do have to admit, three small drawers compared to half a room full of bins, does not really call me "organized", lol. But I love your scrap colors, so thanks for the opportunity ~
:-}pokeyu

Kat said...

Unfortunately, I do not yet know of this problem. As a beginner, I still have not much Fabric.
I dream of that day, that I can finally have a scrap quilt sew.
Therefore, I would love to save up from your problem. After that, I can give you about my experiences. ;D

Thank you for this opportunity.
Kat :)

teresa said...

I would love to win your scraps ~ I keep boxes for 1" ~ 1 1/2" ~ 2"
squares and strips ~ that way I am all set to go when I am in the mood for a scrappy quilt ~ these are usually small quilts (-: Thanks for the giveaway

Maureen said...

I NEED your scraps! LOL My Jo collection just never seems big enough for me. I throw nothing away from those fabrics unless it is less than and inch. Other fabrics I am not so particular about.
I have a ton of scraps, but I rarely make a quilt that isn't scrappy, so they do get used. I don't precut, because it is always the wrong size when I need it.
MaureenKS
maureenflax@hotmail.com

bertiequilts said...

my scrap control method is to give my scraps that are useable to a friend of mine who wants to mske a Bonnie Hunter styled quilt. We went to her dinner lecture in Pigeon Forge and saw her quilts. It was very interesting and we enjoyed it very much.

Susan said...

Any little scraps I get are re-used in quilt blocks for swaps in my patchwork group or in applique pictures and such things. Plus great for CQ'ing. Plus those sizes are great in DJ blocks!!!

I love CW fabrics, so they'd find a place!!!

Regards,

Susan

Sherry Hogan said...

I'm a beginner quilter so right now I only have a few scraps. I save all my scraps and some may be too small but heck I might need it sometime. I'm planning on doing a scrappy snail trail someday when I have enough.

Sherry

Janet said...

I also cut my scraps into a usable size right away. I store them in bins based on their size.

Love your scraps

terry said...

I love scraps. I use almost every piece I accumulate. Currently I am paper piecing tiny log cabin blocks and the smallest of scraps work great. Count me in.

Terry in So. Calif.

Stitches said...

You have some goooooooood scraps there!!! I would love to have them for little doll quilts or a good scrap quilt. Hope you pick me!

Mayleen said...

I'm in the process of reducing my stash by shopping out of it for my scrap quilt projects. Several years ago, I realized I was accumulating fabric and not using it. Now I save the small pieces (within reason) and cut and sort strips into various widths. Something like Bonnie Hunter's scrap saving method.

So far, its working to help me get more organized. My biggest problem with not buying new fabric is running out of colors I need.

However there are some days that I go into my sewing room and ask myself if I'm realistically going to make something with the scraps. I have to be in the right kind of mood to do this, LOL! Then I donate them to organizations and friends.

Cyn ;-) said...

I am not as organized as I once was when I had a studio, so I doubt my methods will help you.
I save the biggest pieces, cut some into strips 4 scrappy LogCabins, which i love, Save big chuncks for applique [especially flower colors & greens 4 leaves n stems]... the rest I bag up and donate to my local Quilt Guild to be used making Charity Quilts... doing that leaves me no guilt! lol.
Love you blog,it's so pretty and sweet. DON'T enter me in drawing, though, as I already have so many scraps that I think they are propagating in the closets overnight!
Have fun on your upcoming Retreat trip.
Hugs,
;-)

Teresa said...

Those are some yummy scraps. I think we should rename them, the word scraps just doesn't describe those little lovelies that we all have left over. How about hmmm...well scraps spelled backwards is sparcs like sparks! They are little sparks of color that can do marvelous things. Things like making a crazy quilt, or turned into a flower of leaf for an applique quilt. Or if you want to forgo all that work you could place them in a pretty glass jar and use them to decorate your sewing room. Personally I would use these to applique and make little doll quilts, such fun!

MJinMichigan said...

I'd love to win your scraps. For years my scraps lived in drawers, boxes and bags but now I use Bonnie Hunter's scrap users system to tame them. I'm much more likely to sue scraps when they're already cut into useable pieces.

Rosa Robichaud said...

Pssssss.... (I'm whispering and trying to disguise my voice so you don't recognize me... LOL)

Please don't pick my name... I have ENOUGH scraps!

Thought I'd share my scrap system with you.

Picked up some cute, stackable bins and cut up my scraps into 2-1/2" strips. The rest got tossed.

http://robich.blogspot.com/2010/12/30-dollars-gets-you.html

That being said, there were some cute strips that were smaller than 2-1/2" that I couldn't get rid of. I put them in ziplock bags and tucked them into their appropriate "color" bin.

Anonymous
(LOL)

Linda (Petey) said...

Not scraps, but precious pieces which I would love to win. Am working on a CW quilt now and saving every usable piece for hexies for a table topper. My regular scraps are just sorted by color and used in donation string tops.

Heartsdesire said...

I don't have much of a method for scrap control, just dump them in a Rubbermaid bin. But I also purchased Tara Lynn Darr's new book and I know it takes a lot of scraps for most of these quilts. Your Jo Morton scraps would be perfect for. Kathleen Tracey's new book also uses up a lot of scraps as her quilts are quite small. Unfortunately, my local quilt shops don't stock Civil War or Jo Morton fabrics. And I love them!

Jackie said...

I save all my Jo's scraps. I haven't been using her fabrics for very long. As a result, I only have the newer Jo scraps. Other scraps, I save anything 1.5" or larger and try and trim them up and sort them when my project is completed. Lately I haven't been accumulating a lot of scraps because I'm working on projects already cut out.

the Garden Register said...

Please enter me in your drawing. I love Jo fabric! I keep my scraps for future projects. Thank you!

Dixie said...

My scraps get sorted by color and go into my applique containers. If its a really small piece, I make it into a berry as I'm a huge berry fanatic and can't get enough of them!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I shop my scraps whenever I am going to make a scrappy quilt. Another thing I do with my scrap pieces is make cards (tutorial on my blog). It's a great way to use up some scraps and make something useful. Thanks so much for sharing your scraps :-)

Crystal said...

I would love to win the fabric scraps. I am trying to keep up with a civil war block of the week by Barbara Brackman. Thanks for the chance to win!

Brigitte said...

hi Elaine,
I'm influenzed by Bonnie Hunter's way to organize AND USE scraps now. Cutting them down to squares, half-square triangles and stripes in coordinating measurements, splitted just in light and dark - not in colors. That's what I'll do with my odd shaped pieces I still store in between my FQs
wishing you a happy Retreat with Jo, would love to be part of the FUN - hugs Brigitte

Lisa said...

Hi Elaine, Scraps are great fun, I cut long strips for log cabin quilts (one of my favorite patterns). Otherwise I press, sort and store them flat in bins so they're ready to use when I need them. Bonnie Hunter www.quiltville.com has lots of recommendations for what to do with scraps and her method for using them (she distinguishes between scrap saving and scrap using!). Love those scraps, thanks for a chance to win! ~~Lisa