I love scrappy quilts, like this scrappy loveliness by Freda's Hive.
|Picnic Quilt by Freda's Hive|
This fun one by Crazy Mom Quilts.
And this spectacular postage stamp quilt by Red Pepper Quilts.
I have such trouble with making scrappy quilts because I don't enjoy being out of control. Truth be told, I like to be in control in several areas of my life. *ahem* But if you look at all three of these examples, they all have order. Take Freda's quilt. It is made with 2 1/2" squares and 4 1/2" squares. To me that is order. And easy. Except in my mind. So I made a decision to take a new look at my scraps and see if there was a better way to organize them so they will at least have the potential to be used in something as fabulous as these three quilts. Yes, I have high expectations.
For a while now, I have been storing all my scraps (anything smaller than a fat quarter) by color in shoebox size tubs. That has helped keep my scraps somewhat in control, but I found I still wasn't using the scraps as often as I want and some get so buried, I never see them. I have been considering cutting them and sorting them according to size and not color. The thought has been so daunting that I would talk myself out of it. Until now...
I spent the last 3 days sorting, cutting, tossing all of my scraps. It was a bit scary at first, but once I got going and I began to see neat piles of workable squares, it became easier and it felt freeing!
Here is my new system....
Larger pieces of scraps (smaller than a fat quarter) sorted by color.
2 1/2" strips and 5" squares.
2 1/2" squares, 4 1/2 " squares, 6 1/2" squares and a few 6 1/2" x 4 1/2 " rectangles. I already have a plan for these. =)
A bin of strings.
It was time consuming, but so worth it in the end. =)
What are your idea for organizing scraps? Do you use them? Toss them? Or give them away?