I really need to put more time into taming this scrap-monster that has been growing in my sewing room! Plus, it keeps adopting more scraps that arrive in the mail almost everyday! LOL! Seriously, I have been thinking that I need to get into gear with my organizing stuff. This morning I was surfing some of the blogs I like to read and came across one on scraps. Mrs. Goodneedle was talking about it here. I love her pictures of all the scraps in their containers!! She mentioned Bonnie Hunter's scrap users system and it is a great idea. I would just like to hear even more details about each of their processes and all of yours as well.
For instance, do you start with a piece and cut the largest size they can from it? Then the next largest and so on until there is only a crumb left? What do you do with the crumb? Do you save it or pitch it? What about string quilts because I love making them. Do you cut specific strings or just accumulate them as you go? Do you leave any bigger chunks or do you cut everything up? Now, onto sorting, do you sort by size or by color? Or by color and size? But then I think I'd have tons and tons of containers. Which brings me to another question, what do you store your cut scraps in? I had been using plastic baggies but everything is becoming a wrinkled mess. I probably need to buy some shoebox size plastic containers and use them to store the pieces.
A few weeks ago I started working on sorting and organizing the fabric that you all have been sending me. I sorted everything by some main colors. I also took out all the strings and sorted them by color as well. Oh, and I made up a few baggies of fabrics that I thought would go together in quilts - sorta like kits without the pattern or sizes decided yet. I have bigger plastic baggies full of strings, each seperated by color in their own baggie. Then I also have the bigger pieces seperated by color and put into plastic grocery bags.
It's a start but I'm not satisfied yet. Honestly, I find myself not wanting to use the fabric because it is still messy. When I'm ready to sew I end up picking up kits that have been sent to me already combined and ready to go. Those are great and I love using them, but I want to use everything that has been donated to me. Plus, I'm still getting stuff in the mail all the time (and hopefully will for a long time!!) so I need to get a working system in place here. Any advice?!?