Sorting Scraps + Scrappy Summer Quilt Inspiration
For more inspiration on how you could go about with your Scrappy Summer quilt, Raye and Wendy has compiled a Pinterest board for colour and layout inspiration. Click here to view.
Raye has also put together a blog post on 9 different ways to layout your Nine-Patch blocks.
Are you now feeling more motivated about tackling your Mt Scrapmore?
If you’re not quite there yet, we suggest putting on a movie, tv show, podcast or a playlist of your fave tunes in the background. Maybe a ‘Feel Good Fridays’ playlist curated by the quilting community on Feel Good Fibers? Or binge on episodes of Quilt Buzz?
Alright. Ready or not, we’re going to fire away with some tips on how to sort and go through your scrap stash:
Tackle one to two scrap sources at a time to make the task less daunting and more manageable. Scrap source is where or what your scraps are stored in, i.e. basket, bin.
Rummage through or turn over your container, bag, box or wherever you store your scraps, and roughly sort it by colour.
By sorting out your fabrics by colour, you can guesstimate and plan the colours or theme of your scrappy project.
And if you ever decide to tackle another scrappy project, this makes it easier to identify what you’ve got. Moreover, looking at the piles of rainbow you’ve created might make you feel more inspired to take on other scrappy projects in the near future.
Referring to example below, Wendy's scrap stash largely consists of greens and blues. This led to her decision to use most of these colours in her Scrappy Summer project.
In the mood for more sorting? Organise your stash by shape and size. This is a personal preference…
Anything between 2” x 2” and 10” x 10” stays in the scrap stash. Scraps smaller than 2” x 2”, keep aside to donate or discard. Pieces greater than the 10” x 10” goes in with the main fabric stash.
Strips of fabric, for example from binding, are kept in a ziploc bag in the scrap stash or seperate from the main scrap stash. Save these for future scrappy binding or strip piecing.
- Finally, purge. Organising and saving scraps should not be done out of guilt. Channel your inner Marie Kondo, and donate or discard scraps that do not bring joy or inspire you. Scraps can be donated to various groups and organisations such as schools, guilds, fabric recycling programs for example FabScrap.
We hope that these tips have made you feel more energised to dive deep into your stash and excited about what we have installed for this year’s Scrappy Summer Sew Along. For more tips on organising your stash, including your where you keep your yardage, head on over to The Homebody Co.’s blog.
We also want to leave you with an episode of Love To Sew Podcast on scrap busting. The episode contains tips and other ideas on how to tackle your scrap stash.