I'm a crazy cutting fool

I put a new cutting blade in my rotary cutter the other day and I started going to town on my wads of wrinkled and unruly scraps.  I ironed and then cut all of my scraps into squares of 3.5", 3", and 2.5"  and strips of 2.5", 2" and 1.5". 

Scrap attack


Then the green scraps started falling together into these blocks.  I have a Fields of Green quilt planned in my head for a good friend's baby.  It would be amazing if I could finish a baby quilt before the baby made an entrance into the world...

Start of my fields of green quilt


Then I just kept cutting.  I had planned months ago to make a Four Corners quilt with a jelly roll of Domestic Bliss.  But, somewhere along the line I realized that I loved the colors used in that line, but I didn't really like all of the fabrics in the line.  So, I've saved ten or so strips from the roll and I've cut into my stash to make an enhanced jelly roll.

Enhanced jelly roll


And, lastly, a friend asked me for 16" strips of fabric so she could make a Scrappy Trip Along quilt.  Well, I decided that if I was cutting strips for her, I might as well jump on the bandwagon and cut some for me, too.  So every time I have a fabric out for a project, I cut two strips out for us.  I'm not sure I'll use all of them in my scrappy quilt, but I know where to tuck the 2.5" strips in the scrap box if I need to.

Scrappy trip along cuts


How do you manage your scraps? If you cut them up, what sizes do you use most?

23 comments:

Heidi Staples said...

Look at you! I'm in awe!!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

If only I had time to press and cut all my scraps. Dan got me an Accuquilt Go! Baby for Christmas and I would love to cut out a bunch of shapes for an awesome scrap quilt. Then again, what to do? There are so many choices!

Angela Nash said...

Sometimes I wonder if I would use my scraps more if I cut them to specific sizes.

Frederick said...

I press my fabrics and then cut when I am using them not much before. I have a growing pile of left over strips from 2"- 3" wondering how to use them.

Jenny said...

i think i will do this...but first pick out a quilt pattern, then dive into my scraps for the pieces...scrappy trip around the world is so perfect for this agenda, huh?

Toni said...

I love your "enhanced" jelly roll! I have tried a few times to be good and sensible like you and cut my scraps like that, but I nearly always quit after about half an hour. They are at least organized by color, and contained fairly wrinkle-free. I really like your Fields of Green blocks! I have so, so many green scraps and that would be an excellent way to use them!

Jilly said...

Right now I just sort them into i-spy big and small, and other scrap big, medium, and small, thick strips and thin strips. I want to make a spider web and one other big scrap - using quilt this year, and try to remember to use my big (fat 8th-ish sized) scraps first before I cut into a new fat quarter. Maybe. That's the plan, anyway.

Chrissy said...

Great idea to precut a bunch of stuff and to enhance a collection!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

oohh those neat looking scraps are gorgeous! I always cut 2.5" squares out of leftovers and I'm collecting strips for a trip along quilt too :)

Kylie said...

So organised!! Good for you. Can't wait to see what they all become :)

Shawn Stephenson Schumacher said...

I have scraps according to warm cool and neutraln three bins, these are all random sizes. I then have a just strips bin divided into colors. I have a bin for charm squares. I have a bin for squares. I use these for leaders and Enders... Look it up great idea! In this bin they are mixed sizes that will eventually be made into something grand!!! I have a bin for whimsical scraps for I spy quilts too. Oh I also have s solids bin and baggies for all the colors of the rainbow to make a bottled rainbow quilt. I kind of love scraps!!!

Jo @ life in lists said...

Wow, that's organised! I am awful about committing to cutting into my scraps. I have them all just bundled up together in a couple of big bags. It makes for an entertaining snow shower whenever I want to do some sewing with scraps, at least...

ruthiequilts said...

Awesome! Way to take care of your friend! I love the fabrics you're using! Thanks for sharing!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I keep my scraps in colour-coded boxes but they're all different shapes and sizes! Yours look very appealing!

Debbie said...

Don't think worse of me, but my scraps are all thrown in a BIG basket willey-nilley....I at least used some of the bigger pieces for my scrappy trip-along and am digging in as I make scrappy x and + blocks, but precutting and organizaing them - nope.

melissa said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!

knitting scraps are never this pretty it seems... they just get all tangled up.

Tamie said...

Wow. They definitely are not as organized as yours. All of this loveliness because of a new rotary blade? Maybe I should give it a try.

Lindsey said...

Ugh. I hate cutting. Don't know what I'm doing wrong. I put in a new rotary blade this weekend too and it didn't inspire me.
You would be appalled by my wadded up pile of fabrics wedged into tubs shoved in a closet. But, But! I do have some baggies of eye spy fabrics all sorted and organized. Yest I have so many more fat quarters to cut to make my squares - and those are wadded in tubs. :)

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Anna said...

Beautiful. Since I'm only now starting to grow my stash of fabric, my scrap piles are also just starting to grow. I've started cutting strips from anything longer than 12" (5", 3.5", 2.5", 1.5") and squares (5.5", 5", 3.5", 3", 2.5", 2", 1.5", and 1"). So far haven't used anything but the 2" squares. The 5.5" and 3" squares got added because of the X and + blocks I did for a quilting bee.

jessiealler.com said...

I am always afraid that if I cut all my scraps into a standard size, I will wish that I still had the bigger piece some day... so I manage my scraps by shoving them all into a 3 gallon pickle crock. I do love that crock so. I have lately started keeping strings separate, at least, because I'd love to make a spiderweb quilt some day soon.
Love the plummy colors you've been cutting up BTW

Carolyn S. said...

I'm loving the simple green blocks. So calm and refreshing all at once.

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