When I moved into my “new and improved” studio last March, I searched thru all of the boxes and bins and pulled out ALL of my scraps, dumping them into a large basket. As the year progressed, I continued adding bits and pieces from the projects that I worked on. At the start of December, the bin was overflowing…..
I started to work thru it a number of times but just couldn’t get motivated because I knew that it would take a LONG time to do!! Finally, I pulled out the fabrics and sorted them by color…..sort of……
The next step was to iron each color and group into three stacks….the bits, the chunks and the hunks!!
Bits are the pieces that can only be cut into small squares….1.5, 2.0, 2.5 or 3.5 inch.
Chunks are pieces that can be larger squares……5+ inch.
Hunks are longer pieces that can be cut into strips…. 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 and 3.5 inch.
Once I had everything ironed, I started cutting the two smaller groups….orange and yellow/gold…..
It was a good start, but then the holiday s came and I didn’t get back to this particular project!!! The ironed fabrics were carefully laid back into the basket…..
If nothing else, it looked a lot better!!
Last week I decided that I wanted to start the new year with this basket completely cleaned out so I made this task a priority and, although I didn’t quite make it by the 1st, I did get it finished on the 2nd!!!…..
Doesn’t that look great……
As I was cutting, I started wondering exactly WHY I was doing this but remembered someone saying that you pay the same for the scraps as you do for the yardage. That spurred me on!! But also the thought of having all of this cut and ready to use just makes me happy!!
The question now is whether I can set a schedule and clean it out every few months rather than waiting 2+ years!!! As with all things…..time will tell!!!