Of course they keep buying fabric and collecting yet more scraps. I have been that type of quilter lately. Early in my quilting I used scraps. People gave me scraps. Now I have bags of scraps.
Don't get me wrong, scraps are good.Keep your scraps, but don't SAVE them, bust them! When I realized that I had to cut extra pieces for the quilt along blocks that I made too short, I made a decision. I decided to cut some scraps while I had my AccuQuilt GO! set up and the value die was working anyway.
So, I ironed a couple of scraps and cut some 2.5" squares while I was cutting the half square triangles. Then, while sewing the pieces for the quilt along block, I used the square to sew on, sew off. I normally have been using little scraps as "Thread Rats" to keep the points from clogging up when I start a triangle.
I finished the extra parts of the quilt along block. The iron was still set up, ready to go. The bag of scraps was right beside it. I decided to iron the entire bag of scraps then cut them up.
I was surprised at some of the sizes of the "scrap" pieces as I was ironing. I got my GO! cutter and some dies and put them out. I set up a scrap busting shop.
I started cutting. I cut 2.5" squares and half square triangles. I cut more half square triangles in 3.5", 4.5" and 6.5". I cut some quarter square triangles that will make a 4" finished block. I even cut a few 4.5" squares.
Here are the finished stacks:
I sat watching a movie and sorted them by lights and darks. There are a LOT of pieces there. I still have more bags of scraps that need busting. I will sew the half and quarter square triangles into square blocks. I will sew the squares into four patches or nine patches. Eventually I will have a truly scrappy quilt made as "extras" that were sewed in between pieces of other projects. I won't have to cut the thread, or use a thread rat when I need to take pieces to be ironed, I will just sew a couple of these together and leave it under the presser foot while I go iron. Then when each one comes out it goes into a stack for that scrappy quilt.
As an added bonus, those scrap bags will start to diminish.
How fun is that?