Order from the Scrap Chaos

Well, it has taken me the better part of January to make order from my chaos of all my scrap fabric.

I have sort, folded, cut, containerized, labeled all  almost all of my fabrics and scraps!!!

PROOF is in the pictures…..My “stash” is organized in bins by color…and labeled; the scrap table now has containers that are labeled and all the bits are cut into usable dimensions.  The cutting table is nearly cleared off; and some inspiration pieces are on the design wall.  Directly above the cutting table is a list to remind me of what sizes the scraps can / should be cut into!!!  Even the Works – In – Progress bin is labeled!! I have found the quilt that was on the work table again…..maybe I will finish pinning the borders on!

The cutting table and the ironing station and my design wall.  Since I have not got a current project, I have some inspiration on the wall...FMQ practice pieces and some ongoing hexi's along with a couple of items I took to Houston for classes on binding.  (Note the 2 space heaters trying to keep me warm!)  Above my cutting table is my "scraps to usable dimension" reminder.  Someday I plan for a pegboard on that wall to hold the rulers and rotary cutters etc. For now, a file sorter holds the rulers and baskets to contain some of the cutters. That is a very FULL waste basket with all the odd bits that didn't "make the cut".

The cutting table and the ironing station and my design wall. Since I have not got a current project, I have some inspiration on the wall…FMQ practice pieces and some ongoing hexi’s along with a couple of items I took to Houston for classes on binding. (Note the 2 space heaters trying to keep me warm!) Above my cutting table is my “scraps to usable dimension” reminder. Someday I plan for a pegboard on that wall to hold the rulers and rotary cutters etc. For now, a file sorter holds the rulers and baskets to contain some of the cutters.
That is a very FULL waste basket with all the odd bits that didn’t “make the cut”.

Today, I need to cut fabric for my Quilt Guild retreat coming up !  I can do that now that Order has returned to the Quilt room.

Happy Sewing!!!

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24 thoughts on “Order from the Scrap Chaos

  1. Congratulations – you’ve done a wonderful job. I’ve gone through two large bags of scraps, but that’s it. I have a lot more to do.
    Lillian

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    • Thanks Lillian…it does take a lot of time!! I think the standing and cutting is wearing! If I was to start over, I would get one of those cushioned mats to stand on at the cutting table! I have had a good time playing with the bits. Anything too odd, I toss to the side for HEXI’s…and have filled a small ziplock with those pieces. Thanks for stopping in. Good luck with your stash.

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    • Hi Judy…thanks for stopping in ! I’ve gone a bit nuts buying fabric, and am now trying to hold the pocketbook tightly !! My personal goal is to stop buying fabric uness it is to coordinate on a project with existing fabric in the stash. I realized just yesterday that I really didn’t start buying until 2011…and I stock piled quite a bit right before I retired…I think I have enought to last a bit!!

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    • That’s what I was thinking…really Carolyn spurred me to ACTION. She came home from the IQF in Houston, and immediately started to organize her sewing space. She got rid of the PLAID sleeper sofa, got new tables for cutting and pressing and started folding her “stash”. She has her rulers in a rack on the wall etc. Now, as far as her guest room goes, I think anybody who visits is going to be on an aero bed on the patio! The guest room is GONE !! 🙂

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  2. my scrap drawer was trying to ooze out onto the floor this weekend…discovered hubby had been in there getting pieces to practice on! Love how you’ve done your room. I don’t see that happening real soon here, but it could. It could.

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    • Thank you. It is really a huge space above the garage, and I want my “section” to be organized. I am by nature a clutter – bug! But, I am big on bins and labels. (Helps to keep the clutter contained I think!) Nice of you to share your bit with your hubby! What is he working on??

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      • He was figuring out how to sew around something circular. Did a pretty good job of figuring it out, too. 😆
        I’m not sure what he has in mind to sew though.

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      • It will be interesting to see what he comes up with. I did “curves” once in a class…we only got 1 full block done in a 3 hour class…too many pins for me. I bought a “curved piecing foot” at IQF – Houston, but haven’t used it yet. Remind him a girl needs all the “right tools” to do the best work!! 🙂

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      • SAAAYYY….what a good idea! And I could also point out that GUYS need all the right tools too, if they’re gonna participate in the sewing experience. 😆

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  3. Wow!! I just got a chance to explore and found this post. What a great job! If you think my scraps are folded…well, delusion is a comforting state. My scraps are tossed willy-nilly in the bins labeled by color, one for each color and require digging to find what I want, but still a much better system than overflowing ziplocs.
    I admire your determination to use what you have and only buying what you need. Let me know how that works out for you. 😉

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  4. Glad you found my post! I have been using my 2 1/2″ scraps as Leader/Enders for most of the sewing I have been doing the last 2 weeks. Really just joining a light and dark together at this point, then into a baggie they have been going. When I have a few minutes, I am going to press open the pairs I have done, and then turn them into 4 patches. Everything I consider scraps gets cut into “usable dimensions” after I have cut my project pieces. We shall see if I can keep it going. I have only bought 1 yard of fabric recently….but do need to grab some fat quarters (or cut my own) for our bee next week.

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