Scrap Organizing Continues

by Karen on April 14, 2012

in Scrap Organizing

I started to go through my scraps a week ago today and I have made great progress.  I have done 2 1/2 boxes out of the 10 boxes + 1 bag that I have to go through.  I have found that I have a lot more strings then I ever thought I had and that is from only going through that small portion – I have one box just about completely packed now with strings.  I wonder how much of a quilt that would make?  We will find out one day I guess.

Strings on the right, 2 1/2 inch square on the left.


5” squares on the top – 3 1/2 inch squares bottom


1 1/2 inch squares and a new pile of 4 inch squares – I found these in box #3 so a new selection was already made for me to add to the growing stacks.


Also found in box #3 were a lot of 3 inch squares so now I am adding to that also.  The two inch stacks continue to grow as well.


The rest of box number 3 is already neatly pressed and just needs more cutting.


What I have left to still go through – a lot!!  I know at least one of these boxes are full of white scraps as I remember sorting a little bit when I started to make the pineapple squares a couple years ago.  After looking at this I think it will take the whole summer to go through!!


I am contemplating dumping all of these out into a wicker basket so I have the boxes emptied to place the already cut sizes.  I have on the table 4 of these boxes already – having bought one extra the other day, but it would be nice to put those cut pieces in their own boxes so they won’t topple over.  Also I have been thinking I won’t want all of this on my kitchen table all summer Smile the fan right above the table might be a problem!  LOL I can just see all those little pieces flying all over the place when the fan is on high setting – which is most of the summer!  I know I have been good and worked on this all week and made great progress but I can’t see myself doing this weeks on end – in fact I feel much needed break coming to me after I finish the current box.


If you are sorting and organizing your scraps how are you coming along on it?  I think I will be moving my cutting space to the sewing room.  I need a lower table to work at so I can sit at the office chair instead of the tall kitchen chair.  In order to sit high enough to cut I am sitting on a pillow on the chair – I’m not really sitting properly and that might be contributing or causing the leg cramps as it started this week and so did the scrap organizing!!


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cynthia April 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

What a great idea, to organize your scraps in neat little cut, pressed sizes. I am going to do that with my scraps!
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Doreen April 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

Sounds like one of those tasks that could be shared with a quilter friend who would come for a visit (coffee anyone?) and spend a pleasant time cutting with you!! Unfortunately, I think we are separated by, at least, 12 hours!!! You have ‘set the bar high’, I’m afraid! Hehe! Have a great weekend!
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Nedra- Cactus Needle April 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

You have really made some progress on scrap organization. It looks wonderful! My poor stash only gets the attention of being folded and sorted into colors. But, I am continuing to only work on scrap quilts, so they are getting used up little by little.

Jo April 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Finished last nite! Every scrap is either a string or square or what i call chinese coin size. ..6.5 x 3.5. My squares are 7.5, 5, 4, 3 or 2.5. So happy! Keep going, you’ll be so gratified to see those little stacks!

Wanda April 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

You could put some of the smallest squares in Snack size ziplock bags and then store more than one size in a box without getting them mixed up or overhandled.
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Vivian April 14, 2012 at 5:54 pm

You really are moving right along. But I am sure it gets to be rather tiring and boring. I only have 5 more weeks of school. Yippee.
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Heather April 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I try and do this on an ongoing basis. Turned out really well when I wanted to do a charm quilt using 2 1/2 inch squares. I needed approximately 1000 and only had to cut a dozen or so as I had two boxes of them ready to go.

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