Sarah at Confessions of aFabric Addict is hosting a linky party to see how we all handle (or don’t handle as the case may be) our scraps.
I must first admit that I am a hopeless fabric hoarder. My motto is, “You just never know when there may be a fabric shortage, so stash while you can”.
I have mentioned before that 99% of my fabrics come from my favorite store, “The Busy Thimble”. Cyndi is about a 40 minute drive from my house and I try to get there at least once a month. I dream of the fabric I will buy all the way there and I dream about the fabric I will buy on my next trip all the way back. Cyndi is a constant source of inspiration.
I wash and iron all my fabric before I use it for no particular reason other than I have just always done it. Since 1999, I have cut a 5” strip from each piece of fabric that I have purchased. I have boxes of 19th century reproduction strips and boxes of early 20th century reproductions. I am up to 1,600 twentieth century repros and over 3,400 strips of 19th century reproductions. Yes, that is 3,400 different 19th century prints. I have boxes of squares as well. Some are random, some are charm (each square is a different fabric) and they range from 1½” to 5”. I also have boxes of strips ranging from 1 ½” to 3” or 4” wide. I won't bore you with all my boxes. Here are just a few:
So, I guess you could say I have some scraps that are organized and some that are well…
For my “un” organized scraps I have 3 different baskets according to size. Large, medium and scrids. Large and medium can be used in most projects where the scrappy look is wanted. The scrids are generally used for appliqued blocks. I also donate large doses to my local quilt group and sometimes give them away through my blog.
And sometimes I have “strings” for my friend Charlotte, who makes the most adorable fabric bowls from them. Clever girl!
So, let’s hear your confessions. Do check out the link up at Sarah’s (here). I love to see how quilters handle their scraps.