Did you get your scraps under control last week?
I think mine are winning the battle around here — I did sort and cut a few, but I have a long way to go! I cut a lot of strips for my locker-hooked rug this week — now I can just work away without having to stop to find more strips to add on.
I thought I’d show you how I store my little scraps after I cut and sort them.
I keep all of the bins and baskets in this end of the bookcase that makes up one end of my cutting table:
The bottom shelf is the two bins of 1 1/2″ strips and 2 1/2″ strips, plus the bucket of strings for string quilts (that I also use to cut rug strips from sometimes).
The middle shelf is the little baskets for applique pieces, sorted by color. I made these little hang tags for the baskets, in one of my more domestic moments when I apparently had way more time on my hands for that sort of thing!
The top shelf is the rest of the precuts. Bins are labelled by size. I have cuter labels for these, but haven’t had time to put them on yet. Someday.
The bucket on the end of the top shelf is for little pieces that are waiting to be cut and sorted.
I do have one other bucket of irregular shapes that I use for various things: applique, 15 Minutes of Play made fabric, etc. It lives in the bookcase on the other end of the cutting table.
It’s really handy to have all these within easy reach, both to put things away in, and to use out of when I’m making random blocks or scrap quilts.
So there’s that . . . like I said, I still have oodles more scraps to trim and sort into these bins, but it’ll take some time.
Since I’m terribly busy with some major deadlines over the next couple weeks, I’m choosing an easy task for this week, but one that I really need to take care of:
We did this once before back in April, but I really need to do it again. It seems like every time I clean up one area, it makes a mess in another area. I’m not sure what that says about me, other than I have way too much stuff!
So . . . here’s the pile I’ll be dealing with this week:
It’s on the top of my little rolling tower of drawers. I don’t want the top of that thing to be piled like that. It’s become a sad catch-all. Time to end it!
How about you?
Do you have a pile to deal with this week?
When you clean up one area, do you end up with a new pile somewhere else? (or is that just me?)
Pick one to deal with, and let me know how it goes . . .