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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Scrap Organization

I try to stay orgainzed but it does not come naturally to me. Sometimes I think I spend too much time trying to get organized when I could be quilting---. Scraps are the biggest challenge. I won't say problem as anything to do with fabric is enjoyable. Large bins, floor type or table top , take up too much room. What I decided to use is small plastic baskets. The type used as drawer divider/organizers. I labeled these for desirable sizes pieces. They are stackable and when stacked take up limited space. When I am cutting my scraps, I can spread them out and see at a glance which basket they belong in. I file them immediately to illiminate remeasuring later. This is good as I might cut different sized pieces from one fabric scrap. Sizes I chose: 1 1/2", 2", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", 4", 5", 6". I also have a basket for triangles of all sizes as these are continuing to "show up". I make 1/2 squares with these so I have baskets for the 1/2 squares. Most common sizes 1 1/2 and 2 1/2. I would love to hear how you handle this problem.

3 comments:

Sweet P said...

I keep my scraps in a pine cabinet I found at an unfinished furniture store. You can see it here: http://coffeetimequiltstudio.blogspot.com/2007/04/im-back-in-business.html

The top drawers holds miscellaneous scraps. Drawers 2 - 6 hold squares that are the size of the drawer number - drawer 2 holds 2 and 2 1/2 inch squares, drawer 3 holds 3 and 3 1/2 inch squares, etc. The bottom two drawers hold cuts of fabric larger than an FQ and no larger than one yard.

orchidlover said...

Aren't you organised. All my scraps are in one big stacking crate. Mind you it's fun looking through them allto find the one fabric I know I've got and can guarantee it's at the bottom

love and hugs gina xxx

hippie quilter said...

I'm working on organizing my scraps now, after 12 years of quilting. Good idea to use those open top baskets, easy to get fabric in and more importantly, "out".

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