All right, I'm going to admit it right here - I DO have a scrap problem! Do I see anyone else out there willing to admit that they do too?
I knew it!! I'm not alone!!! The scraps in my studio are threatening to overwhelm me, even after boxing them up neatly when I cleaned up the studio in January.
Maybe the first question to ask and answer is - - - is it worth it to save scraps? First, let's take that honest look at my own personal scrap stash...
First, the tubs of scraps under the quilt frame. They start with the good (sorted by color, some even pressed and folded)...
...then we move to the bad (lots of scraps thrown into big tubs because I got tired of seeing all the bags of scraps lying around)...
...and then on the back side, there's the just plain ugly - two more big tubs full of scraps!
I did a little experiment the other day with all those scraps. I took a yard of uncut, quilting weight cotton and weighed it. A yard of quilting fabric weighs about 5.8 ounces. THEN I took all those tubs of fabric and weighed them. Guess how many pounds of scraps I have? Almost 200 pounds!!! (I told you it was taking over!) At 5.8 ounces per yard, that means I have the equivalent of about 547 yards of fabric sitting under my quilt frame in those tubs. At a conservative $6 per yard, that's more than $3000 worth of fabric! Are you looking at your own scraps a little differently now?
Of course, there are some parts I'm pretty proud of - the lovely little plastic shoeboxes with scraps sorted by size...
...eve to the strings and "little bits" too small for even the 2" box, but so cute you just can't throw them away!
I mean, I even have the best intentions - those wire baskets on the bottom shelf are being used as a place to neatly store current scraps, neatly folded and ready to be cut up (if I ever get time... LOL!)
OK, so they are all neatly contained, but at the moment, totally useless to me because who has time to sort, press, and cut scraps when they're ready to start a new project?
So I want to get all my scraps processed - sorted, ironed, and cut into usable sizes. But I've wanted to do that for years - and all the while, my scraps have been reproducing like bunnies, and now it's such a big job I have no idea how I'll get it done!
With all that being said, here's my proposal - - - I am going to challenge myself each month to tackle part of my stash. I'm going to post that goal on the blog on the first Wednesday of the month, and post pictures of my progress on the last Wednesday of the month. I'll have a linky party on both those Wednesdays so you can join me if you will! No pressure - you decide your goal, and can skip a month if you need to.
In between, I'll be posting ideas for cutting or storing your scraps once they're no longer jumbled up in storage tubs, and sharing great scrap quilt ideas I've found so we can use all those lovely little pieces of fabric! Because, after all, the idea is to use them, not hoard them - right??
And here's my March goal - at the very least, press and fold all the scraps in my green tub. The fabric in this tub weighs about 7.5 pounds, which means there's about 20 yards of fabric in there. For bonus points, I'll cut it up into usable sizes if I have time!
Are your scraps reproducing like bunnies while you blithely ignore them? Wouldn't you rather turn them into beautiful quilts that will bring a smile to someone's face? Join me, and we'll cheer each other on as we conquer the stash monster that hides in our studios.....
You can link up your blogpost or an Instagram pic of your March goal below - I'll leave the linky party open until March 15th to allow plenty of time for folks to join in! Come back next week when I'll be posting about useful sizes to cut your scraps!
PS - feel free to grab the "I May Have A Scrap Problem..." button at the top of the right sidebar if you're willing to raise your hand proudly and take the first step to conquering your scrap problem - admitting you have one!!