AHA --- I knew it might come to this - catering to the girls!! Elle suggested a BENCH for the girls at the living room window. It would be an excellent idea, and I'll see what I can come up with. It's funny enough to just see their heads poking over the window sill, but to see them full-blown in the window -- that would be cute!
OH MY -- if you search online for raised dog beds, there are tons of ideas. I will have to check that out! This could solve the chair jumping and the window sill problem at the same time!!!
|Do Murphy and Lexi need one of these?|
Today, it's all about scraps.
I think the biggest issue with scraps is, what do you keep? There are numerous ideas, and it all depends on how you use your scraps.
Some people generate their scraps. Each time they touch a piece of fabric, they cut a strip -- 2½", or 1½" or whatever size they most commonly use. This can also be a great way to use up those ugly fabrics.
Some people also suggest cutting your scraps into squares. So if you have bits left over, cut them into squares. What size? Again, that depends on how you work. If you don't do small, then don't cut 1½" squares.
You would find a storage solution to keep the similar-sized squares or strips together.
I have a problem with precutting any scrap. I did this years ago on the advice of an online quilter. However, years later, most of those strips are still sitting in the drawer waiting to be used. These are ugly fabrics, so not likely to go into anything but an actual scrap quilt. And I haven't had time to make a scrap quilt lately.
|Ugly fabrics cut into strips|
|Fabric cut in 1½" strips|
|Leftover fabrics cut into squares|
Why? Usually, what I want to work with doesn't fall in those scraps' color/style or size.
I want MAXIMUM flexibility when I'm working, so I do NOT precut scraps.
Therefore I need to find a way to store them. This is what I do, and I see from many other quilters that they do the same thing. It works like a charm, and your scraps are always at the ready. I've made entire quilts (The 100 block modern Sampler by Tula Pink is one that comes to mind) from these scrap buckets. And as mentioned -- if you haven't precut anything, it's more likely that you'll find what you want.
|One of my scrap boxes|
And the other question you must ask yourself is, what is a scrap? I LOVE to work in miniature or a bit larger, so I keep pretty much anything that I can cut a 1" square from. You will have to decide what works for you.
Remember my log cabin quilt -- those bars are ½" wide (finished).
|Scrappy log cabin|
And the smallest squares in this scrappy quilt are cut at 1¼". Hopefully, you get the idea -- you have to retain scraps that you will USE. I use my scrap bins all the time, and they are fabulous for applique and definitely scrap quilts. I have an entire lecture on scrap quilts and how I assemble them, but I'm not going there today. I am presenting my scrap quilt lecture to the Oakville Quilter's Guild on February 17 via Zoom. If you contact them, you might get to sit in on the lecture for a small fee. I'm not sure how they are set up.
|Triple Four Patch quilt|
And this is how my scraps are stored. I sort them by color and theme and keep them in clear shoe boxes on two shelves in the stash room. OK, two shelves, and I sort by color and theme. And most of the boxes are labeled, but it's easy to see inside since they are clear.
|Two shelves of scraps|
|Labels - not pretty, but labeled!|
YES -- the lids on a couple of them are exploding, so it's going to be time to make some scrap quilts SOON.
Let's look at how others are storing their scraps.
|Mary -- Beautifully labeled!|
|Mary -- MANY scrap boxes|
And this is how Stephanie sorts and stores her scraps. Again -- nicely labeled.
This is Linda's setup. She has two cube bookcases that her cutting table sits on.
And she has bins that fit in the cubes. Again -- labeled! I love this idea for a cutting mat or work surface as you get the surface AND storage!
|Cube storage for scraps|
And Gwen was sorting her scraps. Here's an UNSORTED bin, and that does NOT look appealing at all to find something.
|Gwen is sorting her scraps|
|Gwen's scrap boxes|
OH -- I found this box of scraps of solid fabrics in Pandora's closet. They were leftovers from when I made my Liberated Quilts (Gwen Marsden), and I guess I intended to make another.
|A large box of solid scraps|
However, I went to the scrap shelf, pulled off the solids box, and easily fit all of this into the scrap box that went back on the shelf. That emptied up a big hole in Pandora's Closet.
|The solid scrap box|
Hopefully that gives everyone an idea of what a scrap is and how to store them. I think the bottom line is to figure out a way to keep your fabric AND your scraps so that you can easily SHOP at your house. That's easy -- how do you shop for fabric at a store? It's usually by color or theme (Asian, the 30s, flannel), so that's how I store my fabric and my scraps, and it's super easy to find anything!!
I wasn't always so organized. When I first started to quilt, I had NO idea what to do with those scraps, so they went into a garbage bag. GASP!!!
Then when the bag got full, it had to be sorted because I knew I had a problem by then. Thankfully, it's fixed, and I'm diligent about putting the scraps into the appropriate box.
Right now, I'm pulling from those scrap boxes for Boho Heart, in addition to yardage. And I'm making most of my Wanderer's Wife quilt from the scrap boxes.
WOW --- and so our decluttering journey continues. As I mentioned yesterday, this is definitely a journey -- because once you are done, you'll want to start all over and further refine your space. Culling and sorting and getting it spiffed up!
Here's something else to contemplate. With all the talk of global warming, climate change, why are we not promoting the concept of fixing and repairing rather than buying new? Buying new stuff is just perpetuating the problem. I know -- economics, but you could have people make money repairing, rather than creating new things. And that would shift jobs to onshore rather than offshore. OK --I digress there, but you get the picture.
Now I'm off to search for a raised dog bed, as I don't have the tools to make one.
Have a good day!!!