See my strips? Aren't they pretty. These are my 2-1/2" strips over 10" long. I've been pulling some for projects I'm currently cutting for but that’s barely made a dent in them.
When I'm cutting for a project I toss anything less than about 6" X 12" into a box to later be cut into strips/squares/bricks. Anything over that gets folded into plastic shoeboxes if they are less than a qtr. yd. Anything 1/4 yd or larger goes in my stash cabinets. I also tend to toss larger cuts in the scrap box to be cut down when I'm just tired of looking at it in my stash. Maybe I've used it already for several quilts and I'm down to about a 1/4 yd. Strip it up for scrap quilts!
When I'm cutting into assorted strips anything that I can cut 4 squares of that size from is left as a strip. Shorter pieces get cut into squares or bricks. Whatever I can cut to get the maximum use from my scrap. I cut in 1/2 increments starting at 1-1/2" and going to 5". But the majority of what I cut is 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2 and 3-1/2. The smallest square I cut is 2". And I only cut bricks in 2, 2-1/2, and 3-1/2 sizes. Oh yeah, and I also cut piano keys for borders in 1-1/2X5 and 2X5 and 2-1/2X6-1/2. Any strip between 1" and 1-1/2" get tossed into my strings box along with all other little tidbits that are big enough to go into a string block. Anything else I toss. But using this system not a lot gets tossed!
The only thing I do not strip down are backgrounds. White, cream, beige, tan. These I just toss together in a bin if I have less than 6" left. I like to cut those down as I need them for a scrappy project. Don't know why but it works for me so I'll continue to do it this way.
Whenever I'm pulling fabric for a project I always look first thru my strips/squares/bricks, then thru the shoeboxes, then the 1/4 yds, then finally in my larger cuts. So I do use my scraps often. But they just seem to grow at such an alarming rate! I thing I could piece quilts from these strip bins all summer and still not use them up. Maybe after I finish a few niece/nephew quilts I just might see how long I can go without cutting into stash fabric. :-) Heck I might just do a few of those niece/nephew quilts from my scraps. The Chunky Churn Dash blocks I posted a few days ago were made totally from these strips. And the Square-in-a-square blocks I posted a few months ago all came from my nickle squares. And I love both sets of these blocks. In fact I think another of my nieces, Debbie will get a quilt using some of the square-in-a-squares. Like the blocks that her sister, Tracey, is getting many of these are made from scraps of fabric Mama made into dresses for the girls. So I’m hoping that maybe these will bring happy memories of their childhood and their MeMaw.
This is for my sister, Susan. Does this look familiar? It’s a square from one of the scraps you left here last time you came to visit. Leftover from the vest and bag you made from fabric you’d purchased the first time we went to the Houston show together.
I don’t know if you remember, but when we went to Houston that first time 2 ladies joined us at our lunch table. They introduced themselves as Bobby Aug and Sharon Newman. That wouldn’t have meant anything to you since you’re not a quilter but they’re pretty big in the quilting world. They do quilt appraisals, lots of classes, and have written a few books together. And evidently Sharon also designs fabric. When I was cutting scraps of that particular fabric down I noticed the name on the selvedge. Unbeknownst to you, the designer of the fabric you probably already had in your shopping bag was sitting across the table from you!