There has to be a minimum!!

For many years I have carefully cut my scraps into various sized strips and squares, starting with 1.5-inch and moving to 2-inch, 2.5-inch, and 3.5-inch.

While I think that this is a decent system, the truth is that I don’t use most of those sizes.

I have a large drawer of 1.5-inch squares……

….another drawer full of 2-inch squares…..

….and a stack of 3.5-inch squares that are simply NOT being used.

So, WHY am I spending time cutting them???

I regularly clean out my 2.5-inch strips and the box of 2.5-inch squares has been replenished many times……

I also find many uses for the 1.5-inch strips.

This past weekend my plan was to start working on this large bin of scraps and fabric pieces that had been gifted to me…..

I started out cutting all of the different sizes and then decided that LIFE WAS TOO SHORT!!

It was really freeing to limit the cutting to 1.5-inch and 2.5-inch strips and 2.5-inch squares!!!

I am using my AccuQuilt to cut the pieces and found that it was easiest to use the strip die to cut the fabrics.

I first placed a number of scraps on the cutting area….up to 6 layers deep…..

After the first pass, these scraps were cut into 2.5-inch strips…..

I then stacked the strips up perpendicular to the cutting lines…..

….and ran it thru again……

The result was a nice stack of very USEABLE 2.5-inch squares…..

So far, I have cut these strips…..

….these squares……

….and I still have this much left to work thru…..

Now, much of what is left to do looks as if it will be too small to use so I HOPE that I can keep my resolve and add them to the dog bed bits…..

How about you…..what is your smallest “scrap”?

7 thoughts on “There has to be a minimum!!

  1. My definition of scrap is less than 5 inches or so square. Anything else is my stash! With that definition, I never precut anything until actually needed. But then I live where I only get the chance to buy fabric every 2 or 3 years, so nothing is easily replacable. Everyone has there limit. Glad your works for you.

  2. I’ve gotten my mojo back. Have started cutting scraps with my Accuquilt also. To many sizes, not enough bins. Concentrating on 1.5, 2 inch and 3 inch dies at the moment. Like your idea, of life is to short. I figure I can know out a lot of scrappy quilts with those sizes, for now. In between the regular blocks I’m making. Love your ideas.

    1. I am glad that you are enjoying playing with your fabrics!! After cutting all of these 2.5-inch squares, I am seeing tons of ideas for using them, and THAT is exciting!!!

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