Scaling scrap mountain

Quilting, like knitting, has a tendency to create a lot of leftovers. Luckily, like knitting, those leftovers can all be used to create many more wonderful projects.

But in a small space like mine, those scraps have to be kept organized. I have several baskets and boxes where I keep some basic sizes (2.5″ squares and strips, 3″ squares, 4″ squares, and 5″ squares), and usually, after I finish a quilt top, I cut all the remaining pieces (that are smaller than a fat quarter) into these sizes.

But I also have a large box where scraps go to live when I don’t have time to cut them up right away. I let it go a little too long and that box was overflowing.

Most of it was leftover pieces from quilt backs. With quilt backs, there are are usually long, thin strips that you trim off the sides after your quilting is complete. And there’s usually quite a bit of material there, depending on the size of your quilt. I didn’t want a huge pile of 4 or 3 inch pieces in one fabric, so I got the brilliant idea to cut them into 2.5″ strips – the perfect size for binding.


Now, when I need binding for a quilt, I will check this bin first before digging into the stash and cutting up a bigger piece. And of course, this collection will grow next time I finish another quilt!


I also cut some of the larger pieces into 10 squares. I already had quite a few random 10 inchers left from various layer cakes. These are great because they can be cut into smaller pieces as needed, used for patterns that use layer cakes, or make bowl cozies!

After that was all done, I cut all the smaller bits into appropriate sizes, adding a few new sizes to my collection


I now have everything sorted by 2″ strips, 2.5″ squares, 2.5″ strips, 3″ squares, 4″ squares, 4.5″ squares and 5″ squares… all ready and waiting for scrappy projects. The 5″ bin is REALLY full, so a project with them will be my next Leader and Ender project when Traffic Jam is done.

And in my clean up efforts, I came across the leftovers from a Fish Called Rhonda. I still had quite a bit left, so I cut up a bunch of it…

IMG_1776… and it’s already to go for a new under the sea baby blanket.

Here’s where all my other quilts are at:

  • Under the Sea: Pieces cut and ready to go
  • Royal Stars: Stars are done! You’ll see a completed top soon!
  • Walk Like a Dinosaur: Still building dino toes
  • Calico Garden: Still building giant stars
  • Blockhead: Patiently awaiting Wednesday
  • Leader and Ender quilt – The traffic jam is building up!

I’m not sure how it is for the rest of you, but here in Ontario, we’re pretty much going into almost complete lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Up until now, most closures have been voluntary (except eat-in restaurants, bars, theatres, and other entertainment establishments). Sadly, a lot of of things stayed open, and people continued to go out. As of yesterday, we were up to more than 500 confirmed cases, and eight deaths.

So, of midnight tonight, anything non-essential must close. Luckily, Mom and I did a Lens run  last Friday, and stocked up on some essentials (plain solid fabrics, and thread), so we can keep sewing. And we have enough knitting supplies to last us several years!



7 thoughts on “Scaling scrap mountain

  1. Araignee

    I had to laugh at your boxes piled to the ceiling because that is EXACTLY what my scrap storage looks like. The thing about this lock down is that in any other time I would be loving it but with my house an unholy mess and no room for anything it’s really ticking me off. Just think what I could have accomplished with all this time if I just had the room. Knitting has been my salvation but with the warm weather I can feel my mojo slipping.


  2. Fantastic organization. A neat environment is a must for my mind to clear. We are on lockdown too. I have to pick up a script from the pharmacy drive through. I’ll wear gloves even for that little bit of contact. Makes me feel better


  3. Shirley

    There are some wonderful binding candidates in that container! OMG – your scrap storage is awesome. You could play for days with all those scraps.


  4. We need a listen from you on keeping organized. We hope people will listen now and stay home during this time. We have mostly everything closed around us except take-out food, supermarkets and hospitals. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day and be safe during this time.


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