I love scraps! I save my scraps, I trade scraps, I sort my scraps, I use my scraps (LOL)...my blog even sponsors a Modern Scrappy Bits Swap on Flickr! (By the way the Sign Up form for the Modern Scrappy Bits swap is live in the Flickr Group and still accepting participants!)
Scraps can add a bit of pop to your projects and provide just enough fabric for scrappy projects. There have been many discussions online about what constitutes a scrap. A scrap can be as slim as a one inch strip, two inch square or as large as part of a fat quarter.
The best way to save your scraps and make them accessible is to keep them near your sewing area. I sort my scraps by color and save them in large gallon size Ziploc bags. The scraps range in size or length and you can immediately tell which color they are. Scraps of prints are kept in a small box under my cut table. Sometimes I even cut three inch strips from my stash to add additional variety to the baggies. Cutting three inch strips from my stash helps me trim the ever growing mountain of fabrics and use some of the "Precious" fabric lines that I treasure.A separate bin is used for one inch strips. The strips can be used in blocks with insertion strips, skinny strip blocks that are free pieced, or even blocks for a string quilt! There is also a bin for the little scraps that I cut off HST's and Wonky Star Blocks! The scraps of triangles are destined to go into a Modern Wonky Triangle Quilt! Solid colored fabric scraps intermingle in the Gallon Ziploc Bags and also have their own separate box for free piecing projects.
Those that know me well, know that I am a scavenger for scraps. If you have scraps that are overwhelming you, take some time to sit and sort them by color. Trust me you will love the ease of accessibility once they are sorted and it is like a trip down memory lane as you fondly revisit projects from the past through your jumbled up scrap bin! Well, I am off to work! Have a Scrappy Happy Tuesday and Happy Quilting!