For the last several years I have been recutting my leftover scraps and storing them in bins for future quilts.
There are a couple posts out in the internet for this way of thinking. One I just saw from a YouTube video this morning. This way was to cut 2″ squares.
One of the scraps wasn’t large enough to cut a 2″ square for the quilt she was making, so it was thrown out. There was however, enough of a scrap to cut a smaller square and saved for a future quilt. This is where the next system takes it. Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.com cuts her scraps and leftovers into usable strips and squares and store them in marked bins, or drawers for future quilts. Then whenever you want to make a quilt that takes 2.5 inch strips, go to your bins. This system has taken me awhile to develop but I don’t feel like I’m wasting fabric. I’ve made a few quilts this way. I love it. If you go to Bonnie’s tab on her website she has a tab named Free Patterns. Most of these quilts are patterns she has developed quilts for using her scrap system. Nothing can be easier.
Here is a couple quilts I’ve made using Bonnie’s tried, tested and true scrap users system:
Garlic Knots using 2.5 inch squares
Sample made to practice longarm feathers on.
Bonnie’s Triple Irish Chain using 2.5″ squares
Bonnie’s Scrappy Mountain Majesties started with 2 8.5″ squares made half square triangles then subcut into 2′ strips.
Not Bonnie’s. This is a panel but added scrappy borders to it. This isn’t mine, I can’t find a picture of it. But was replicated. Some colors were changed.
My creation. This is a oversized king also made out of mostly batik scraps.
I have so much fabric I wouldn’t be able to use up in my lifetime and I decided several years ago to start using up my stash. I found out I really like the looks of the quilts I was making.
Whenever I am cutting a fat quarter or yardage for anything, I always cut at least one of each of her strips. I put them in bins I have marked for future use.
My cutting table. I pile scraps that need to be cut into the scrap system if I have been cutting a large amount for a quilt. These will be cut later and stored in the bins below.
My bins stored under my longarm. These are separated by size and neutrals and colors. I keep the strips and blocks together right now. Eventually I may separate those.