Now...about SCRAPS! We all have them and we seem to have sort of a love/hate relationship with them. I know I sure have! Well, I absolutely LOVE being organized and scrap control was my nemesis. Most of you probably know Bonnie Hunter. She has a "Scrap Users' System." When I first heard of her system, I got all excited and just knew this was the direction for me! All that organization; what wasn't there to love?!
So for several years, I would cut my scraps into strips and blocks. But the problem was, I didn't cut them ALL up. After a project was finished, I was ready for a break or to move on to the next project, not having to spend more time cutting up all the leftovers into little bitty pieces. Besides, some of those scraps were big...and what if I needed a BIG scrap? But I also wasn't really using them either.
This year I decided was the year I would finally get all my scraps cut into pieces and get them ORGANIZED. I thought that the best way to do that would be to go along with the colors for each month on ScrapHappy Saturday. I had taken a picture of MY scrap-saving system--a large laundry basket full of all my scraps--but it has disappeared. However, I'm sure you can probably look at your own pile of scraps and get an idea of what I was dealing with!
I think January's ScrapHappy color was pink and I had a drawer of 2.5-inch pink and red strips (this was NOT how it looked--this was AFTER all my cutting and organizing! I don't know where that orange came from!), so I figured I would work on pink and red at the same time. I pulled all the pink and red scraps from my laundry basket and then spent an entire day cutting them into the following sizes:
2 x 3.5-inch bricks
2-inch strips less than 12 inches
2-inch strips greater than 12 inches
2.5-inch x 4.5-inch bricks
2.5-inch strips less than 12 inches
2.5-inch strips greater than 12 inches
Needless to say, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and again, concerned about cutting up all the large scraps I had, that I might someday need...as large pieces, not tiny little scraps.
Then one day it occurred to me--I am NOT Bonnie Hunter (duh!) I don't use my fabrics like she does! Bonnie designs and makes quilts using lots of those pre-cut pieces and she makes most of her quilts very scrappy. I, on the other hand, am a very eclectic quilter, using a variety of techniques and styles. I don't usually go to my bins looking for a particular SIZE of fabric, but instead, I'm usually looking for a specific COLOR. And that's what I realized I should do--sort and store my scraps by COLOR.
So there you have it--a scrap system that works for ME! Now the challenge is for you to come up with one that works for YOU! Because just as Bonnie Hunter's system didn't work for me, my system might not work for you. Look at the way you use your fabric and then store your scraps accordingly. Or, you can just throw them all in a laundry basket and dig through them whenever you need a specific piece of fabric! Whatever works!
My system is certainly not revolutionary (although it was for me!) and I'm sure many people simply store their scraps by color. But there are all kind of ways/systems for storing scraps. Please share how you store your scraps so we can all learn from each other.
Meanwhile, the day is still young and there's still time to Get More Done...Today!