Friday, May 23, 2014

Scrap Sorting Boxes

I was giving 4 bags fabric a member in my guild.  I will take any
fabric that that someone needs to give away.  If I can't use it in a quilt,
 I find a use for it in other ways.  If it is wool I can felt it and use that
 for applique.  If it is upholstery fabric I can use that for outdoor  projects. The
fabrics that just can't be use for projects because they are worn out, I
put them inside a cushion for a dog or cat.  If my animals don't
need one I donate them to the shelters.  So many animals
are in need of comfort and I love to help.

I went to Costco and bought 6 large clear storage boxes (I had several boxes
 at home that I could use for some of the other colors right.).  I made labels and gathered
 additional boxes for all these colors Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green, White,
 Brown, Black, Yellow, Orange, Gray, Cream.  I sat for 2 day with boxes
 spread across my family room.

From each bag a pill of fabric would come I would sort it into a small pill of
fabric by color.  Then off they went into the boxes.  A couple of colors overflowed
 the clear boxes and hand to graduate to bigger ones.  That just
means those colors will be a background color in a scrap quilt here soon.  But I
do need to organize them more than that.

I saw an idea from Beaquilter that she sorted these boxes
 even further.  She put cardboard dividers into her boxes and then
 sorted by color value.  You could really see the difference.  I don't have the time
 to sort by value right now.  That will have to wait for another day.

I did sort this orange box the other day, because I have been in it a
 lot lately.  I pulled all the large pieces together on one
end of the box.  The other end I put all the scraps together and
the medium size pieces together.  I want to iron everything at some
point.  That way I can just pull and cut.

This is my scrap box.  As I'm piecing, I put all my scraps in here
 and once a week I sort this box into my big boxes.
I makes it so I can just have a central place to put things
and not have to think about it until the end of week.

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