Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Sorting...........

I got most of the sorting done with the flannel scraps.  This pile is brights and modern, black and white.



This group is plaids, stripes, prints in soft country colors, blue, green, red, brown.  I'm not sure the red will stay with this group.  I think it needs to go in the group above.  I'm not sure the cream colored pieces will make it into the quilt either.

What I had forgotten about is this third group of rose, blue and soft green plus that gray piece.  I might be able to mix them into the plaids but I think there will be enough to make a quilt of just them.  

The fourth group not shown is all small pieces or strips, too small to cut with the dies.  I would like to just dump them in the bags that I donate for stuffing dog beds.  Why is it so hard to throw away those little pieces?

8 comments:

Sewing Junkie said...

We were taught to use everything up. Just like eat what is on your plate because somebody out there is hungry. I think it is the fact that our parents went through the depression and they wanted to use up what they had. Plus look at the quilts you can make with the leftovers. Chris

Linda Swanekamp said...

I have a hard time throwing out little bits. Especially if it fabric I love. I look at fabric as a resource and it is valuable, so it is hard with the small under 2" bits for me.

patty a. said...

Isn't it amazing that you may get at least three or four quilts out of that bin of scraps?

Robby H. said...

I hate to toss things out, too. My dad used to remind us that we use all we can of something and then the remains need to go (whether to the trash or someone else) so we have room to use and appreciate what we have. Of course, I have to replay that guideline to myself sometimes.

Melinda Hirsch said...

Can't wait to see what you make with all these. You start out with such unlikely color combos, and turn them into such harmonious results.

Jean said...

I make 6" finished crumb blocks with all my little pieces that are then sashed and top donated to guild where members either tie or quilt them on a machine, bind them and they go to charity. Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com tells how to make these blocks. I prefer to build them, and use a lot of unusual strips and pieces. I kinds use these a leaders and enders, when enough for a quilt put them together. Too many projects going at once, but that's the way I use fabric.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I hope you go ahead and dump those odd pieces into the dog bed stash. Sometimes we just make things harder than they need to be - I'm super-guilty of it myself!

Charlotta said...

Since I started making dog beds - I've made 42 since I started in 2008! - I haven't had any problem dumping those small pieces. It's actually been quite liberating. I still keep and use lots of scraps and pieces, much more so than some people who don't get into scrap quilting at all. I know people who will not keep anything much smaller than a fat quarter!
It's nice to be able just to dump all the small pieces in the dog bed box or bag, knowing they will still go to a good purpose. They used to take up space, they were a lot of trouble to use and I very rarely put any of them to good use anyway. I have SO MUCH uncut new beautiful fabric. I'll never get to use it if I'm going to fool around with tiny scraps too small to iron for the rest of my life. It feels like such a relief not to have to worry about them unless there are some especially pretty ones I want to save!