Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Y-Yes I Do Have Scraps

I haven't posted in several days.  The main reason is that I haven't done anything "post worthy." But I have started to feel out of touch so I am going to let you know what I have been doing.

My fabric room has been a big mess.  I keep scraps of fabric from everything.  When I first started quilting, I even bought a couple of bags of scraps - and I still have some of those!  My scraps have been in bags and boxes and were totally disorganized and thus underused.   I decided to see if  I could organize them.  What a chore!
This bag of scraps is the least wrinkled bunch.  So I saved it for "last"
I got a 3 drawer plastic bin.  In one drawer I put pre-cuts and die cut pieces.  That was the easy one.
Drawer two has pre-pieced bits - some of those needed ironing too as they somehow got in scrap bags.
Orphan blocks and pre-pieced segments

And in the top drawer- all the ironed scraps: this point...there are more. I still have the last ones I ironed on the ironing board:
I haven't sorted by size or color.  I have just ironed and put in the drawer.  I can sort later while watching Netflix.  ha ha.

And Why "Y"
I did try something with a few scraps- I sewed a Y-seam (aka "the dreaded y-seam)  What I found is that it isn't as hard as some folks think.  I read how in Victoria Findlay Wolfe's book, "15 Minutes of Play."  (Link goes to Amazon - not an affiliate link)  She also has a video on her tutorials page -which I confess I haven't watched. Just scroll down and look for "Y Seams"
Here is mine:
Not exactly perfect, but for a first try, I think I did darn well.

Don't know what to do with  your scraps?  Craftsy has a couple of classes on it (These ARE affiliate links, so if you use them I get a small payment but it costs you nothing extra.)

Big Techniques from Small Scraps
Scrap Quilting with Pepper Cory
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Barbara said...

Wow, you are really organizing! My scraps are in a pile in a bin. That's as far as it goes...maybe I should give those away too. But no one would want them. Lol.

Marie said...

You always come up with good ideas!I have been busy cleaning up and putting away in sewing room to get ready for new quilt machine that I am sorta overwhelmed by but I am determined to conquer! Have a great day and keep up the good work! Hugs, Marie

Linda C said...

It is a chore but so worth the effort to remind yourself just what is hiding in those bags and such. It will be good to pull from in coming projects. I know on previous trips back to visit my folks, I spent 5 days working my way through her collections. Depending on the size of the scrap, I cut pieces she was using at the time like say, 3 1/2 inch squares, bricks of various sizes and certain sized strips. When I was home THIS time, I could have done it again for her but she was on the hunt for stuff that could be used by a friend doing a hexie quilt.

You are well on your way in your organization, Gene!