Scrap Management

I started working on a long overdue cleanup in the sewing room. I had to evict the dust bunnies. They were nearly as big as my dog! So I took the room section  by section, cleared the area, mopped the floor, waited for it to dry, put furniture back and moved on to the next area. It took most of the day. But it feels good knowing every bit of furniture has been thoroughly dusted and cleaned under. 

I have had quite a few plastic bins stacked under my ironing table and I decided I needed to tackle these as well. I started with a bin of batik scraps. I ironed them all and pulled out a few dies to use.


I started with the rectangle die and just kept going. I never did use the others. 

I threw out little bits like this:


Those strings are less than an inch wide. I have no idea why I saved them in the first place! When I was all done cutting the scraps, I remembered some batik fat quarters I had and chopped those up too. This is what I ended up with.


And now, these are all the batik scraps I have left.
 

I’m putting this in with other bright scraps. I’m going to tackle my bin of reproduction 30s fabrics next. 

Have a great day!

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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9 Responses to Scrap Management

  1. Would you like to come to my house and help me get motivated? Sounds like you made very good progress.

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    WOWEE!! Like Peggy said, would you like to pop in to Wisconsin and get me going?!! Your batiks look so nice and neat, and very motivating to use that way too, don’t you think? Hmm, what will they become?! ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Zenda says:

    I recently watched a video on cutting scraps into readily usable sizes and storing them according to size. I’ve moved into my new craft room and just moved my scraps in with the rest of my material. When I have a few days, I’ll be organizing my scraps, too. Who knows, I might have enough to make several more quilts! Good luck with your project!

  4. I really, really need to evict my dust bunnies too…and I’ll get that chance when we move later this year – ugh! I also need to get me one of those fancy cutting machines so I can get my scraps under control. Shoving them into baskets and boxes is not getting them used up!

  5. I need to do that with my scraps, sans Accuquilt. It’s tedious, so I lose momentum pretty quickly! It sure would make scrap quilting easier though!

  6. Good for you! I am inspired, really I am! I just need a few moments in the sewing room. Thanks for the nudge!

  7. lois92346 says:

    Wow! That pan of batiks is really impressive! There are probably enough to make an entire quilt. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

  8. Nann Hilyard says:

    What is it about batiks that makes us (well, you and me at least) want to save every little bit? It looks as though you’ve made good progress in taming those scraps.

  9. dezertsuz says:

    I see a rectangle quilt in your future. =) Love batiks!

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