Thursday, June 14, 2012
Scrap user or scrap saver?
So, the question today is, are you a scrap user or a scrap saver? There are several systems out there called scrap savers. I'm pretty good at saving my scraps and small pieces, but when it comes to making a quilt, the first thing I grab for are the large pieces off the shelf. They are so much easier to use up than the small pieces. Even with the Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter, taking the time to position the small size fat quarters and even smaller pieces on the die cuts to get the most out of these little bits takes more time than having a nice long strip to cut.
Since it is summer time and I have more time on my hands, I am once again trying to tame the sewing rooms. Yes, I have now taken over the front family room with my sewing mess and it is the first room you walk into when you come to the house. I have two book shelves in there with piles and bunches of fabrics on them and that's where all of the small bits of fabrics are arranged. I went to WalMart yesterday and got these buckets that I thought would be perfect for those little bits that aren't sitting nicely on the shelves. I got 5 bins and as you can see, the fabric does't fit. So, what to do? Get more bins at $4 each or use up the fabric? I'm sorting by color and youc an see the blues and greens and browns are in the most abundant supply. Looks like I need to make some boy quilts out of those colors.
Do you have a hard time using up great fabric? I used to because it was just so pretty, but now I've decided that I need to use it up faster to make more room on the shelves. I still have some in the garage and in the shed and that has to come in the house too.
I've evolved from a scrap saver to a scrap user. I just wish I didn't have to sleep!