06 March, 2010

Taming The Scraps, One Hour At A Time

I have my work cut out for me. I have been grabbing up arm loads of scraps accumulated from years of quilt making and turning them into usable sizes. The task seemed daunting until I broke it up into small snatches of time. For me, the time available is pre-dawn; I have been getting up an hour earlier than usual and spending that hour sorting, pressing and cutting. I am finally beginning to see progress, my bins of cut pieces are full to overflowing! One thing leads to another, which means that soon my scrap-cutting time will lead to sewing time. Oh yeah, my work is cut out for me alright, that hour is time I would have only been sleeping anyway...yawn. This isn't an original idea, it's the method promoted by Bonnie Hunter, she calls it her Scrap User's System; and, by the way, I'm fairly sure that she doesn't sleep either! A word of caution here, if you begin to tame your scraps you might want to keep that little tidbit of information to yourself, once your generous quilting friends learn that you collect small pieces for future projects they will be all too happy to donate their leftovers... ask me how I know. As I said, one thing leads to another, and with an endless supply of scraps and snippets your nights' sleep may just become shorter and shorter... shhhh!

Life is Good!

17 comments:

leigh anna said...

i see a bunch of scraps in the kindergarten world's future! :)

Salem Stitcher said...

Hey! I recognize some of those scraps!

paula, the quilter said...

This is great: put green lids on those shoeboxes and you will have my systems!

Lisa said...

Wow! You are doing great so far. I'd love to hear a little more detail on how you are getting this done. I've been to Bonnie's site but another perspective would be nice too. I really have to get started on this too!

Angie said...

LOL you could be like me, stuck out in the boonies, no quilting buddies anywhere near, no one offering 'scraps' to this fabric collector...:D

Owens Family Adventures said...

You are so good! I throw mine away. I know...I know....don't judge me. hahahahahahahaha
dawn

Gina said...

I'm working on getting mine under control too. How did I get so many scraps?!?

Anne Heidi said...

Wow, what a great job you are doing on getting those scraps sorted. I really need to do something like that myself....

Baby Steps said...

Maybe you should throw the scraps away! Then you could get an extra hour of sleep.

julieQ said...

I have been doing the same thing. I save 1.5, 2 inch, 2.5 inch, and 3.5 inch...I love it!! I just found another bin to cut up...sigh...

Quilter Kathy said...

This is my goal too. I want my scrap stash to be useable and right now it is a big, out-of-control mess!

Tazzie said...

It's a shame I need to sleep ... it seems such a waste of good time. All those precious minutes could definitely be put to use in the sewing room. So many plans, so little time.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

*karendianne. said...

Ahh, ohhhh! I love the outcome.

Loris said...

oh my goodness! Great work!

Barb said...

What an inspiration, I should follow your example, I just need to sleep less and make a plan :>)!! Happy cutting, have a great week!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Bonnie's system works ... no doubt about it! And a little along is the ONLY way to keep any kind of 'control' over your scrap population.

Best wishes!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I'm impressed. An I think my case is hopeless. But I won't send my scraps to you, don't worry.