I have been cutting scraps down into useable sizes. I have emptied 3 grocery bags. My drawers are filling up, but the scraps are reproducing at an alarming rate. And I bought some more, because I love them ...love them. There is something amazing about a little scrap of fabric, that seems almost free. So many colors and prints that I would never be able to purchase any other way. I love them. And I love cutting them for a reasonable amount of time. What I don't like, is that my accuquilt was so messy and overgrown with scrap weeds, that I didn't want to use it. So I hand cut strips and pieces.
That is just silly, so a clean up is in order.
I am only showing the showable portion of the mess haha. It was so bad on the other side, that I couldn't roll the tray to that side without really pushing it into an avalanche of throw off.
I have a day for string piecing, and a day for spinning wool, I need a day for die cutting and maintenance.
I have set up boxes and baskets for pieces that I want to cut into certain sizes. So, for an example, when I am cutting something I need for 2 1/2 inch strip I can clean out that bucket. The trays are big and wieldy so I am not going to switch them out for just a few strips. But I need to regularly cut through the buckets and boxes before they are overwhelming.
clean up is complete! now I don't want to make a mess by cutting anything. sigh...
Here is the beginning of a new batch of strings and crumbs
My categories are 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 inch, chunks for triangles, tumblers, small blocks. and definite triangles or hour glass blocks, and strings/crumbs
I have the 3 1/2 inch strip die but I prefer to cut that size as needed.
I love Bonnie Hunter's scrap user system
and Jo of Jo's country junction uses it too
I plan on hand stitching a binding today as we enjoy Father's day.......
Fabric Used this Week 1 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 221 3/4 yards
Fabric Added this Week:0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 174 3/4 yards
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222 yards used this year??? I am in awe. I'm also dying to run my fingers through your stash, and I mean it in the nicest way!ReplyDelete
Enjoy your binding today!ReplyDelete
It was so satisfying to see your cleaned up space after hearing what it was like. It almost makes me feel like I had a hand in it. Participating by blog. . . .ReplyDelete
How nice to spend the day organizing! I find that I love to organize when everything feels out of control! :) It seems like you have a big sewing room! Your scraps are so pretty! BTW, I decided to post a Stash Report as well - you inspired me to do so! Thank you! Naturally I linked right back to you! Take good care! Blessings!ReplyDelete
I love my die cutter for cutting strips also. I even had a custom die made to cut all the strips at once for Bonnie's Scrap User System: 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3.5. Anything that falls short between the blades gets put in the string bucket if it's at least 3/4" wide.ReplyDelete