In a previous post, I encouraged you to cut your scraps. You showed so much interested, I thought I would share a little more information on how it works for me. Subject to change with no notice at all. 🙂 Quilters evolve.
Here are a few of your questions, with answers:
1.What sizes of squares do you cut out of scraps, and how do you store the different sizes?
Any piece much larger than my hand doesn’t really count as scrap and is filed by color. Smaller pieces are cut into 2-1/2″ strips, 2″ strips, 1-1/2″ strips, 5″ squares, 2-1/2″ squares, 2″ squares, 1-1/2″ squares. They are in bins by size.
2. When you start with a scrap, how do you determine what size(s) you will cut it into? That’s what stumps me.
Well, generally I cut it into the largest size possible. If a piece of fabric is larger than about 5″ x 10″, it doesn’t get cut right away. I file it with my other fabric in bins by color. If it is smaller, I cut it into the standard sizes mentioned above: 2-1/2″ strips, 2″ strips, 1-1/2″ strips, 5″ squares, 2-1/2″ squares, 2″ squares, 1-1/2″ squares. These are each stored in bins by size, all colors mixed together. Often, I will cut several pieces from one scrap. Two 2-1/2″ squares and two 2″ squares, for example.
3. Do you use the Cut the Scraps method by Joan Ford? I have her book and am contemplating whether those sizes will work best for me.
There are many famous scrappers out there: Bonnie Hunter, Joan Ford, Gayle Bong, Kim Brackman… Each has their own specialties and have influenced me. My method is flexible as I frequently design my quilts rather than using patterns. Joan Ford seems to use about three standard sizes; I use more than that. I don’t think there is a “perfect” scrap system. Pick something. Try it out for a while. Modify as necessary. The big secret is to just get started.