Scrap Busting!

I have a large enamelware container that I have been throwing all my little civil war repro scraps in for my paper pieced log cabin blocks. Now that I have finished these blocks, it was time to deal with that overflowing container. I think it looks worse than when I started! Clearly my 64 log cabin blocks didn’t make a dent!


Last night, I decided it was time to get to work on this mess. These are all quite small pieces. So I pulled some small dies out for my die cutter and went to work. I have an idea for a quilt using small rectangles so I used this die with the bigger scraps. 

  And ended up with these. 

I also needed 1 1/2″ squares for a project so I used this die on the smaller scraps. 

And got these. 

 I may even use these as leaders/enders.  I had quite a few very skinny strips that I hated to throw out so I pressed them and put them here for a future paper piecing project. 

 These are all about an inch wide or less. Crazy, I know. Again, I have an idea for for these. 

And now that container? It’s empty!  I did throw out all the scraps from cutting the pieces shown above. It’s amazing how much less space this all takes up!

I have another overflowing basket of civil war scraps that I need to tackle but that has much bigger pieces. It will wait for another day.

A while back, hubby brought home these snap together containers. They are perfect for storing precut scraps like those I created last night.    

Have a scraptastic a Tuesday!

Linking up with Free Motion By the River.


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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10 Responses to Scrap Busting!

  1. Hmmmm…..we have an accu-cutter at school???? WOnder if if cuts fabric??? I love the convenience and organization of stap together containers too.

  2. Cathy says:

    I do the same thing. All the scraps for a current project go together. When project is done, cut them down. Can’t wait to see what you do with them!

  3. Martine says:

    Marvelous! Do you have the baby cutter or the size up?

  4. Laughing because I started with a basin kind of like yours (full of scraps) – made blocks – found they somehow turned into even more scraps – and now my basin is a large 2-foot wide x 2-foot deep x 2-foot high basket – FULL. They’re my retirement plan…(or so I tell myself!)

  5. Cécile says:

    No pity for small pieces !! :)))

  6. Janet O. says:

    That must feel good! Can’t wait to see what your plans are for these pieces. : )

  7. Lois says:

    Good job, Katy! What would we do without our Go cutters?? That’s a *great* stacking container. Nice find!

  8. Bonnie in Va says:

    For Valerie — yes you can actually cut fabric with school die cutters. We had an Ellison and I sometimes used it to cut out simple appliqué pieces. Katy, you’ve done a great job of cleaning up your scraps. I cut a few and then put the rest of the bigger scraps in a box. Every once in a while I cut more. Maybe I should use my Sizzix cutter for taming some of these scraps. Some day…

  9. You are so organised (that is a BAD word in my life, the other one is OLD!). You work, have a family and produce copious amounts of quilts. I “dips me lid” as they say here in Oz!

  10. Kathy says:

    I can’t wait to see what you do with those rectangles. I cut strips to make sashing for those blocks you sent me … I have a one-day retreat tomorrow and hope to get the sashing and blocks put together. 😉

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