I’ve Been Stripping

And I’m enjoying every minute of it! That’s right, I love to strip and I’m going to keep doing it for a long time!

Still Stripping

Okay, anyone that is a quilter knows that I am talking about cutting strips of fabric. Anyone that thought something else – get your minds out of the gutter!!! 😉

I’ve been on a mission to get all my scraps under control. You know, the last little bit of a fabric that is left from another project. The little bits left over that just get put into a box so they are out of the way. Until you have Fourteen (yes, I said fourteen!!!) boxes that are filled to the brim with plenty of fabric, but it’s all jumbled together with no rhyme or reason.


Okay, some of the boxes are shoe box size, but some are bigger and it’s really getting to me. I’ve still been plugging away at spring cleaning in the house and it’s looking good. But even if no one else knows, I know that I have fourteen boxes of seething mess lurking in my studio.

So I’ve made a commitment to myself that I am going to clean up this mountain of chaos!!

Each day I am spending a minimum of fifteen minutes (and usually much more than the minimum) devoted to taming those scraps into submission.

I am using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User system. Go to her website (quiltville.blogspot.com) to get all the details. I’ve adapted it to work for me. Basically, you take the scraps you have and cut them into strips of fabric that are uniform in size. Sort them into boxes or bins by size. Then when you have a pattern that calls for a certain size strip – pull out that box or bin and get started on a new project!!!

I’ve been cutting strips that are 4 1/2″ (the largest I’ll cut, because this just seems like giant size to me!!), 3 1/2″, 2 1/2″, 2″, 1 1/2″ and 1″ (yes, I still believe that I will use 1″ strips for something – I already did when I made my log cabin quilt. So I probably will again!!)

The length of my strips vary. The smallest length would be twice the width. So if I’m cutting 2 1/2″ strips and it is 5″ long, I leave it like that. If it is less than 5″, I will cut it into a 2 1/2″ square and then cut down the remainder into the whatever size works.

I am sorting them into two boxes per size – one for neutrals and one for colors. I have not started sorting by color, but that is an option that Bonnie outlines on her blog.

This is a long and tedious process, but I feel better every time I straighten up some of the mess.


Dalia Lama Kindness

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