Are you a Scrap User's System Convert? Share your story here!
I have been reading about Bonnie's scrap system for a while now and I just couldn't get a grip on it on how I would start it and what I would end up
with. I finally bit the bullet on Saturday and read it again with a notebook in hand. I read her "scrap users system" piece and made notes of the
different sizes she cuts her scraps down to. She tells us on there what to do with 6 inch or larger pieces....just tuck them in with our Fat Quarters.
So, for two days, I cut and cut and cut some more of my scraps that were left overs from quilts and projects I have made that were just in
containers. I put those new strips, squares, bricks, and odd shaped pieces in different ziplock baggies labeled with their sizes.
I even have the habit of while I am in the process of making a quilt, I keep all fabrics even little scraps that I am using in that quilt in a grocery
sack. I won't re-distribute any of those fabrics while I am making that quilt. So, I have finished a lot of quilts and had lot's of stacks and bags
of fabrics left over from other quilts and projects and have started going back through those bags of finished quilts/projects and have straightened
out all the fabric. I have put the bigger yardage (1/2 yard and up) in with my other yardage pieces in my stash. I have taken the 1/4 yard sizes and
added them with Fat Quarters. I have cut the smaller pieces up into Bonnie'sscrap system. I still have lot's of scraps to finish doing this with and
will continue this process until it is done.
What was overwhelming me was what to do with all those bags of leftover fabrics with all kinds of sizes in them. I was scared to separate the
fabrics because I just might need that one little piece when I make another project out of those fabrics. I finally said to heck with it and am feeling
a lot of relief by doing this.
A lot of us just did a Mystery quilt called Carolina Crossroads that Bonnie created and directed. Bonnie and a lot of others did theirs scrappy. Scrappy
in 3 color sets. For instance, Bonnie did hers in blues, reds, and tans. She used all her blues, all her reds, and all her tans. Her quilt is beautiful.
All the other scrappy quilts are beautiful too. I so much wanted to make mine scrappy too, but I didn't have a handle on my fabrics as I thought I
did and didn't see that I had that much scraps of any one color to be able to do it that way. So, I made mine in 3 different controlled colors. I used
the same 3 Christmas fabrics throughout the quilt. I did have to get a new fabric for the border though that goes great with it.
Now that I am organizing my scraps via the Bonnie system, I will be somewhat ready for the next project like this. I didn't think I even had enough
scraps to do this system. Boy was I wrong. They are adding up as I cut those scraps down and organize them. Also on Bonnie's "scrap system" guide, she
even suggests to even separate our sizes into lights and darks which I will do when all is done. I have several baggies now and need to get a handle on
this first step first.
From now on, when I finish a quilt/project, I am going to immediately cut upthose smaller pieces and put them in their correct baggie's.
While cutting up those smaller pieces, I first cut the largest pieces according to the sizes Bonnie suggested, that I could get out of that piece.
Then as the piece got smaller, I cut the pieces out of it that I could get until I had just little teeny sizes under an inch. Then I put those teeny
pieces in a bag that I will donate to either a teacher for small kids to glue on construction paper to make collages or I will do what someone else
on here suggested about putting them in tshirts to make dog and cat beds for the humane society. I already keep a bag of those tiny scraps always going.
In these tiny pieces, I see flowers and think a little child would love to use those tiny flowers on a collage to make a flower garden of sorts. They
can use the solid pieces to make houses and fences and such.
My one inch strips are going into a bag all to themselves for the stringblocks I am making for string quilts. I will use the smaller triangles I
have to go for the corners on those string blocks and have them in their own baggie.
I hope all this helps someone else out there that has been overwhelmed withjust how to manage their scraps. This is time consuming at first, but I am
seeing a lot of new space in my sewing/studio room. A clutter room, makes a clutter mind and my mind is getting uncluttered finally. I love this system.
THANK YOU BONNIE HUNTER!
Lisa in Georgia
I just got home from a retreat and have to share with you your part in it.
Since I first found your website years ago, I have been making your designs for my family, friends and my charity work. I have a notebook with all of your designs in it.
Sheila used the layout from Random Ohio Stars to set her friendship star blocks!
I stumbled across your website while searching for something about five hours ago... I have long forgotten what it is I was hunting for, I am not even sure what my poor neglected husband ate for dinner, and I have a vague memory of feeding my son a few hours ago, my eyes are drooping shut... but after looking at what seems like every single quilt on your website, I am so totally in awe, and so completely inspired, that I want to start a quilt RIGHT NOW! Your quilts are beautiful - the piecing and the quilting - Congratulations! I particularly loved your little lessons on organising the stash and making various uses of scraps. I will be back for further perusal tomorrow!
I am amazed by your scrap system. I thought I would never get it accomplished after years of accumulation. The organization of my scraps has saved me so much time! I have made several scrap quilts since my organization. I enjoy browsing your website, keep up the good work.
I have been completely overwhelmed by my tubs of scraps! I have 2 huge (like Christmas tree storage) tubs jam packed full. At least one tub is lights and the other one darks but that's as far as I've gotten. Every time I think about dragging one out and starting to cut strips/squares/whatever...I get lightheaded.
Then I thought about Bonnie's leaders/enders technique...where every time you start a new string of pieces on the sewing machine you sew a set of "something" else at the beginning and ending and pretty soon you have another whole quilt pieced!
Sooo...I took about a 3 gallon laundry bucket and grabbed handfuls of scraps from one huge tub to fill it up. I set it right at the end of my ironing board and now, each time I pick up the iron to press something I first press a scrap and lay it out neatly on my cutting board...then when I pick up my rotary cutter Ifirst cut a scrap into a strip or a square. I'm not making HUGE progress but, you know what? I've got that first little bucket almost empty!