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I did it. Yesterday I had the scathingly brilliant idea to attack the scrap bag. It's one of those clear yard bags about 5ft tall and 3ft around. It split open weeks ago and has been spewing bits and pieces onto the floor for weeks now. My sewing room could easily make it onto the show "HOARDERS", I'm not kidding it's quite a mess.You need to wipe your feet as you leave the room!!! LOL... So in I went. I started emptying the bag and ironing the pieces. After 7 hours I have quite a load of 2 inch sqaures, 2.5 inch squares and 8 inch piano keys in various widths. Guess what, I didn't even make a dent in the bag. It will take at least 3 more shifts to get to the bottom of it all!!! Where oh where does it all come from??? I could just throw it out and forget about it but there's enough to make several scrap quilts . Of course after its done I will need stacking containers to store it and I'll still need a bag for new scraps!!!This is the stressful part of quilting, I was raised in the "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" era and I can't shake that mentality, but this ever blossoming scrap situation is shaking my mentality. I'm going back in today, if you don't hear from me .....something swallowed me and call for help!!! Next year I swear I'm going to cut up scraps after each quilt and make 4 patches before I start something new. I'll store them until I have enough for a colourwash and then make it....seriously...I promise...it's my 2010 resolution. If I stick to this one I won't need to diet, I can easily see shedding about 20 pounds(of fabric) without trying...LOL

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Comment by Lynda Banks/Ont. on December 30, 2009 at 4:44am
Linda, I could probably use all three pieces in one quilt. My problom would be that I always find a need to buy something new for a quilt. I have been tossing around some ideas but nothing solid yet. The reason I started this project was to make space for the fabric I bought with Christmas money, I didn't it , it's not for anything , I just liked the colour combos!!! I also wanted to cut up batik scraps for the mystery New Years Day quilt on planet patchwork but I haven't found them yet!!! I had great intentions yesterday but gave up and got a new haircut instead. When they find me trapped in that mess I'll be lookin' good!!!!
Comment by Quilt Man on December 29, 2009 at 7:06pm
I just attacked my scrap bag....I finished one quilt with 4 1/2 inch bars...now I am starting another quilt with 2 1/2 squares (irish chain).....and it only made a tiny dent into my scrap bin....For my next scrap quilt, I will just have to go bigger.
Comment by Linda Richards/N. Ontario on December 29, 2009 at 6:26pm
Lynda, would you use the 2 inch, 2.5 inch and the 8 inch piano keys in various widths all in the same quilt? I have never done a scrappy quilt so just wondering. Maybe it is a really stupid questions but needed to know (ha).
Comment by Sognstitcher Lana/MN on December 29, 2009 at 2:17pm
I have a friend who refers to scraps as "loaves and fishes". I think she's right. And the prettiest quilts ever come from them.
Comment by Joana Simmers/GA on December 29, 2009 at 8:53am
I know just what you mean--I started through my scrap bin to sort and cut scraps into useful sizes--I've worked and worked, but the bin is still full! However, I did find some orphan blocks that made lovely potholders for the quilt show sale. Have you looked at the Quiltville website? I don't know if it's inspiring or intimidating, but at least it gave me ideas about how to organize my scraps.
Comment by Twyla on December 29, 2009 at 8:39am
Are you copying my room......I watched Hoarders last nite and thought....my sewing room! Am thinking of tackling the room...but am babysitting for two of the grandkids..one who is two and into everything.....so don't think it will happen today! I am considering a crazy quilt if I can find a pattern.....any ideas? Keep us posted on how things go.......
Comment by Ally Bryant on December 29, 2009 at 8:32am
Hi Lynda- Best wishes for 2010. I don't know if you belong to scrap bags but they have beautiful scrappy quilts on there. I can't remember the authors name but I think it is something Marsden. Since reading her book I have two plastic stackable totes on wheels and each drawer I have diferent sizes of squares, strip width etc. I usually cut up any small reminding pieces under a fat quarter after a project, so I will be ready to go when I want to do a scrappy. I have been making a reversible quilt using the strips(Sharon Pederson Book.) If you cut up fabric as you go along it is not so much of an headache!!! Also I donated fabric to our after school sewing club that I help organized.
Comment by Char on December 29, 2009 at 8:22am
Hi Lynda, You should join us in the "Scrap Bags" group. We will be starting a Log Cabin challenge in January. It might help with a few of those scraps.
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 29, 2009 at 8:19am
What a task! When I dig through my scraps, it is kind of exciting. I think "hey, I forgot about this piece!" I haven't tried organizing them yet, though, so you are way ahead of me.

I wasn't raised in the "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" depression and war years, but I was raised with the expression from parents and grandparents who lived through them and it rubbed off on me, though I'm probably more wasteful than even what they were. (I don't iron my Christmas paper year after year and I don't have stacks of cottage cheese or butter tubs in my pantry!)

Good luck on your project. You will really feel a sense of accomplishment when you get it done!
Comment by Sharon Reeves on December 29, 2009 at 8:09am
I have my scraps in storage containers, so not hardly any compared to what you have. I try touse mine up before it gets to many units filled. But, Pam sure does a wonderful thing donating them to the school Home Ec classIn my photos, there are many lap quilts and doll quilts and a couple of bigger quilts made from scraps. I love to make them. Sounds like you'll have enough for several quilts made of small pieces. Good luck getting this done.

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