Over on her blog and Instagram this week, Jodi Nelson (a.k.a. @pleasanthome) has been sharing how she deals with her quilting leftovers. It's so fun to see how others store and use their scraps. She asked me to share how I manage my leftovers.
Once I'm all done with a quilt, I take what's leftover and sort it. Anything that's bigger than about a fat eighth gets folded and stacked back in my closet by color. It's pretty rare that I keep fabric from lines together unless it's in a fat quarter bundle. I prefer to have everything organized by color. Yummy, yummy colors.
Other miscellaneous scraps go in one of the color coordinated bins on the top shelf. I have seven bins total: reds, oranges/yellows, greens, blues, pinks/purples, brown/blacks/grays, low volumes.)
If I ever have a jelly roll strip, layer cake square, charm square leftover I'll cut it into 2.5" squares and put it in my squares bin. I've talked about this a little before here. I used to keep other sizes on hand too but I kept finding myself using the 2.5" squares most of the time! And since I always make my binding strips 2.5" wide, my binding leftovers go in here as well.
Here are just a few projects that I've used my 2.5" squares on:
|Red Pentarings (English Paper Piecing)|
|Hexden flowers (English Paper Piecing)|
|Pixelated Heart Mini Quilt|
All of these projects were made using scraps from my 2.5" bin! And now I have one more project to add to the list. This past week I've been working on a granny square quilt using some of my pink, yellow and blue squares.
I'm quilting it up this weekend and I'll share the finished quilt next week- but for now here's a sneak peek!
So I'm curious - what do you do with your leftovers? Toss 'em? Save them? Any tips on how you store your leftovers? I'd love to hear!