Its a lot harder than I thought it would be

  I have a confession. I am a fabric hoarder. I have had an obsession with fabric since I was a little kid, going to Fanny’s Fabrics, or Silk-O-Lina with my mom. I loved going fabric shopping with her!! I would fondle all the beautiful fabrics, immersing myself in the beautiful colours, patterns, and textures. I would always stop at the thread displays to make certain that all of the spools were in their proper places, rearranging as needed. Of course, a trip to the button racks were always a must! Who could resist spinning the racks and racks of gorgeous buttons? Not me!!!
  I have been quilting for 19 years now, so I’m sure you can imagine the fabric stash I’ve accumulated. Sometimes I am reluctant to cut into my fabric, especially if it’s one I really love. For the most part, I use more than I buy. Of course, I can’t throw my scraps out, so I started sorting and cutting using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap Users System. For those if you who aren’t familiar with Bonnie, you’ll find her website here. She has LOTS of free patterns and she describes her Scrap Users System. There are many different methods for taming your scraps. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all solution. I would do some research on various blogs and forums to get some ideas, and find what works best for you.
  Do any of you use a particular method for organizing your scraps? Please share it with me!

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4 thoughts on “Its a lot harder than I thought it would be

  1. Hi Chrissie, I certainly recognize quite a few scraps in your collection. LOL Gave them to the right person for sure. I use Bonnie’s sorting and cutting as well. Also a book called Scrap Therapy by Joan Ford has lots of ideas as well. She uses 2″, 3.5″ and 5″ squares as examples.

    I love the quilt you have started, you may like the lighter block in a different position as you go along.
    I think it is just fine. I will follow your progression. Carry on,

    Big Hugs,
    Bev.

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  2. Bonnie’s method is pretty comprehensive. Joan Ford’s “Scrap Therapy” system employs pretty much the same cuts. What I also like to do is to pick out the scrap patterns I know want to use and cut specifically for them as I clean up after other projects. It’s like making up a quilt kit leader/ender style!

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