Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop & Scrap Organization

Hello everyone

In case you didn’t notice the button in the sidebar, I wanted to introduce you all to the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop is to celebrate WorldWide Quilting Day which is March 18th. 

Here’s the complete line up. Now, keep in mind that there are LOTS of give-a-ways (thanks to Marian). Many are good for just that day, so make sure to go visit the blogs on their specific day for a chance to win some really awesome prizes!

March 16

Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Resourceful Momma

March 17

Freemotion by the River
FunThreads Designs
Pink Doxies

March 20

Jane’s Quilting
Seacoast Quilter
Words & Stitches
Quilting Affection

March 21

Thrift Shop Commando
Batts In The Attic
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sew Many Yarns

March 22

MooseStash Quilting
Life in the Scrapatch
Seams To Be Sew

Also the blog host Marian was able to arrange for an amazing coupon for everyone! Who wants 30% off of EQ items
Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Today is my day and I’m going to share with you my organization system for scraps and small pre-cuts. For those of you who don’t know me, here’s a few things to keep in mind – I don’t like throwing away even the smallest of scraps and I prefer reusing/upcycling over buying something if something else will work just fine. With that in mind, let me show you my *ahem* system.

Anytime I pull fabric off my shelves and there’s less than a F8th-ish left, it’ll get shoved into one of these drawers. The top drawer is for the bigger pieces and the bottom drawer is for smaller pieces. 

However, I wanted a better way to keep squares and rectangles that are in typical precut sizes and more. Instead of rushing out to the store and buying plastic storage containers, I looked around my house and found more plastic empty baby wipe containers than I care to count (my little girl likes to use them for her toys). Currently I have 6 of them that I’m using for this purpose. These are just the right size for the short shelf under my cutting table and I can fit them 2 deep. Other that the baby wipe containers, I use 2 plastic shoe storage containers and 1 of those Sterilite containers designed to hold Christmas ornaments (you’ll understand once I get to it).

Once I get into the groove and mood to cut the scraps down, I’ll start with the largest size scrap I can fit and work my way down. I have a baby wipe container for just 2″ squares and another for 2.5″ squares. There’s another baby wipe container for the 3.5″x6.5″ bars. Another holds strips that are 2.5″ wide by varying lengths. The 5th baby wipe container holds triangle bits that were scraps from making HST’s, Flying Geese blocks and similar. And the last baby wipe container holds random cuts that I need to sort into the bins.

The 2 plastic shoe boxes hold 5″, 6″ & 6.5″ squares. As you can see they’re perfect for the 5″ and 6″ but a bit too small for the 6.5″ squares to lay flat.

The most recent discovery was the Sterilite container used for holding Christmas ornaments in their individual little compartments thanks to my dear hubby. He buys me random storage containers when he spies them on sale because with all the various crafts and things that me and my little girl collect, he knows they’ll be put to good use. He got me 1 of these when they were on sale for under $3 from Wal-Mart after Christmas.

While I was working on wonky, improv log cabin blocks for the Deer Head Silhouette quilt I’m making, I needed to put the strips away for a bit to work on other things. I spied one of those containers hubby bought me. It’s perfect for strips! If you cut strips, or work with fabric strips a lot, you may want to consider getting one of these. I actually had hubby go back and get me the rest (there was only 2 more) once I thought about using it for fabric strips. My plan is to sort the strips I have in the baby wipe container into another of these, sorted by length when the stars align and I have time, the energy and actually think about it. πŸ˜‰ 

To make matters worse, I won’t throw away even the smallest bits. Why not you ask? These leftover odd bits and bobbles that are either too small for paper piecing or the micro piecing I love get saved along with thread scraps in a container. They are either given to a lady in our guild who uses them as stuffing for pillows for the homeless or I’ll use them to stuff various sewn or crochet toys and whatnots.

Sometimes I’ll cut scraps right away, and other times I’ll wait until I cannot shut my scrap drawers anymore. LOL I have no rhyme or reason for the when part of my system, other than when I feel like it. Sometimes I won’t cut them smaller at all because I do a lot of paper-piecing and most paper piecing involves odd, unusual shaped pieces. 

Considering that I’ll sew and quilt with all different kinds of fabrics, I don’t just have cotton scraps. However, I do save them all the same and stored together with one exception. Scrap knit / t-shirt material. When I end up with a t-shirt that I’ve used the image off the front and have no need for the rest of the shirt, instead of leaving it lying around awaiting another knit project, I’ll do 1 of 2 things. I’ll cut it up into 5″ squares that I turn into a patchwork fabric (when I have a decent sized pile) that I use to make my little girl clothes or stuffed toys from, or I’ll cut it into strips that I then add to my growing t-shirt material “yarn” balls that I use to make reusable shopping totes and other crochet items with. I tried to find my most recent t-shirt yarn ball but considering the state of my craft area right now it was a lost cause… Oh well. 

Since you’ve stuck with me this far, here’s the awesome give-a-ways that I have to share with you for today only! πŸ™‚ 

The first give-a-way is sponsored by Northcott Fabrics and is for 3 Fat Quarters From The Garden Gate Collection







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Next up is a bottle of Terial Magic sponsored by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. There will be 2 winners each day for a total of 10 winners! Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this. 

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And lastly Marian is also sponsoring the give-a-way for Quilters Dream Batting 3 twin size batts of Dream 80/20 in pink, white, and natural. Winners must be willing to pay for shipping on this.

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I’m curious, what do you do with your scraps?

70 thoughts on “Quilt Qwazy Queens Hop & Scrap Organization

  1. Like you, I used to save everything, but I’ve hit critical mass. One wouldn’t know it by the likes of my bins, but I still won’t throw away. I pass it on or recycle it. Batting strips can go into dog beds, scraps can be organized into containers like you’re doing, and even strings and snippets put out for nesting season. A friend of mine has started putting together ‘New Quilter Kits’, and when she finds someone with need who wants to quilt, this gets passed to that person. That has me thinking more than anything, and sharing the delight I find in quilting is the ultimate. Hoard no more!

    You have a good systems in place, but beware the multiplying monster that shows up! One day it just all spills over the dam. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Julie πŸ™‚ I’ve hit critical mass too. LOL But I’m addicted and am trying to make more instead of attempting to destash. When I asked my little girl what she wanted for her birthday, she told me 20 skirts. I kinda freaked at first, but then when I pulled fabric for them and realized that I had about 40 yards of fabric in the pile and couldn’t even tell in my stash, that it was time to really start making. I’ve had mixed feelings about putting out bits for the birds – I’ve read both good and bad things about doing that. Those “New Quilter Kits” sound wonderful!

  2. I have mine stored in plastic shoe boxes and empty plastic chocolate boxes from Ferrero Rocher. They are flat and I keep extra 4 patch and HST’s in them.

  3. I have been cutting all my scraps into usable pieces. I started after Jan 1st and am still working on it. (a couple of hours a day). Hoping to see the end soon. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  4. I love blog hops!! Quite often there are gorgeous free quilt patterns, usually wonderful give-aways, and the best part is finding new blog’s to follow!! Thanks!!

  5. Thanks for being todays Queen. I love your descriptions of how you store your bits and pieces. Great hubby to pick up storage deals. Can never have too many.

  6. You have a great storage system. My daughter-in-law gave me a LOT of clear plastic storage boxes a few years ago.So after I finish cutting out a project, I cut the left-overs into whatever size I can get. I have a container for 1 1/2 squares all the way up to 6 1/2 inch squares. I also save strings. Larger pieces go back into my fabric closet. This way I know where everything is. My favorite thing to make is scrappy quilts so these really come in handy and they are already cut and ready to use.

    1. I typically cut out squares as small as 1″ but I’ve recently used them all up. And… Since I can’t remember the last time I cut scraps… LOL I wish I was able to cut my scraps as soon as I’m done with a project.

  7. I too save even the tiniest of scraps-the baby wipe container is a great idea-I already use the shoe bin idea-perfect size! love your ornament container idea-sterlite is better as far as cost! Thank you, Susan

    1. It’s always nice to hear from others who save even the tiniest of scraps. πŸ™‚ I was so excited about the ornament container! When he first brought it home I was really puzzled over what I could use it for then when I thought about the strips, I think I literally jumped for joy. LOL

  8. I’m much like you; that I find it very difficult to throw anything out. There are so many options for those scraps it is unreal! Thank you for sharing all of your ideas! Although, I definitely need some organization process at this point. Everything is a bundle!

    1. Yes! The options are endless. I just wish there was the time to go along with the ideas. lol Did you ever play superhero when you were a kid? I -always- wanted the superpower to be able to stop time so I can get everything done that I wanted. It still holds true for today. LOL

  9. You are certainly a girl after my own heart. I can’t bear to throw away those small bits and pieces either! LOL! There is always “something” we can do with them. πŸ˜‰ Great organizational tips

  10. I loved seeing what you do for storage. I use a lot of Kleenex boxes, with tops cut off, but since I have baby wipes in the bathrooms for quick wipe-downs, I use those, too. I will have to investigate getting bigger sized ones! You have some great ideas there, thanks for sharing them. You ARE a resourceful Mama! So glad you joined the hop!

    1. Hi Susan! πŸ™‚ Thank you, I try. πŸ˜‰ I’ve used the kleenex boxes before. Actually, I have one on my cutting table filled with the tiny bits that are too small to sew with to use for stuffing. I left the top on it incase it falls over all those teeny bits don’t fall out. Each time it gets full, I dump it into one of those plastic barrel containers that the cheese balls come in. LOL Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  11. Last year I made a scrappy quilt for my daughter for Christmas. it gave me an opportunity to organize all my scraps by color into tote boxes. I am now lovin’ scrappy quilts and so glad I organized.

  12. i cut and store my leftovers by size and color. i use 5 and 2.5′ squares and 1.5 and 2.5 strips. thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Funny I use the same type of containers and I too save EVERY itty bitty piece of fabric. I never know when I may need a tiny applique piece for an eyeball or something like that in my Krazy quilts. I also use empty pretzel containers. I save the selveges too b/c one day I plan to make something like a purse or wallet with them. I have seen some interesting ways that people use them.

    1. Yes!!! πŸ™‚ The worst is that if I do throw something away, knowing me, I’ll remember it when I’m hunting for a “just right” piece and think of the one bit I did throw away. LOL! We live in a rural area and the only way pretzels come here is in bags. πŸ™ However, I also use those large plastic “barrel” shaped containers that the cheese puffs come in. After a really good washing and airing out that is. πŸ˜‰ I save the pretty selveges too! Not sure what I’ll make with them, but once that scrap container gets to overflowing I’ll figure it out. πŸ˜‰

  14. I save allll my scraps! lol In bins & all too… I do use them, and am getting better at cutting into pieces & sorting by sizes..not great organization tho.. My 2 Daughter’s come & sort thru regularly..lol…& then they leave with couple bags of scraps.. πŸ™‚ They call it shopping at MomMart!! giggle…

    Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too! πŸ™‚

    1. LOL That’s awesome! MomMart πŸ™‚ My youngest will pick out fabric off my shelves and tell me what she wants me to make from it – typically either a skirt or a dress for her or her dolls. πŸ™‚ And, some organization is better than none. πŸ˜‰

  15. What a great idea with the storage containers!! Organization is great. Good luck everyone in the giveaway!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  16. I restarted quilting a couple years ago and so things didn’t get “out of hand” I wasn’t going to save scraps…but now I have them in Sterlite containers about the size of a shoe box…all are labeled by color/type of material so scraps go right into the appropriate bucket!

  17. I save all but the smallest bits and I use them often for paper piecing, scrap quilts, small projects, etc. I love the look of lots of my favorite fabrics all playing together. My “system” of storing and organizing scraps is sort of a mess though — I’d always rather sew the scraps than organize them! Plus, I do believe they multiply when left unattended!

  18. Your containers for scraps were good ideas. Right now I cut the scraps into various sizes (sizes from Bonnie Hunter which I keep in 6 large boxes. But I need to sort them by color as well as size. I am thinking clear plastic bags may work.

  19. Most of my “scraps” are about 1 yd leftovers, so I really don’t consider them scraps. What little scraps I DO have are used for applique.

  20. My scraps are here, there and everywhere. Yours are sew organized! Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing in the hop … πŸ™‚ Pat

    1. LOL!!! You should see the photos of my sewing room that shows more than that single shelf… It looks like a bomb went off in a craft and fabric store! Literally I’m afraid.

  21. I try to store my scraps away at the end of each project. When they’re organized I’m more likely to use them. I have 2.5″ and 5″ squares, 2.5″ strips, strings and selvedges. Anything else goes in plastic boxes sorted by colour.

  22. I am not a saver of small pieces. After I finish a project I’d rather just give away all the left overs. I have a friend that collects every little piece and more. I think she is using them to insulate her home. lol

  23. I save some scraps for applique, most go to my sister who uses them in scrappy quilts or placemats.

  24. I have string tubs, plastic shoe boxes with different size cut strips, boxes of yardages ( to sort) and divided into print, solid and batiks. It works when they are sorted in even the most minimum way.

  25. I too collect the bits and pieces. I have organized them into strips, squares and chunks. I like to check the various scraps first if I am starting a project, as I want to try to use as much as I can. Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaways!

  26. very resourceful. love your organizing tips and especially the tips for the sizes of pieces you keep from your scraps! I’m taking note! πŸ™‚ Thank you

  27. Thanks for sharing. I follow the Bonnie Hunter stash organizing system to keep control.

  28. I have my scraps sorted by color and in plastic bins. Love when I need a small piece of a color I can go straight to the bin and find something:) really need to make another scrap quilt though… the boxes are getting a bit full:)

  29. I save everything too. baskets, bins, totes… etc. etc… some gets chopped up into sizes, 2″, 2.5″, 3.5″, 5”, strips… I leave approximate fat quarters, or larger.
    Thanks for the chance.

  30. I store my scraps in wire bins. They are cut into strips and squares and sorted by size. I try to cut them as soon as I finish a project.

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