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Sorting Fabric Scraps

on Jun 7, 2016 in Blog, fabric stash | 2 comments

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

Sorting Fabric Scraps

When the bin is out of control, it is time to sort fabric scraps! I really enjoy the “messy” look of a good scrap quilt. Turns out, though I really also enjoy complete organized order in trying to create the scrap quilt look. Shame.

As the bins fill up, I start looking for scrap quilt ideas. I think my next scrap project will be based off this block in the Sister Sampler book by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters. (amazon link) Here’s a few scrap quilts I’ve made in the past.

Zig Zag Scrap Quilt by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Designs Scrappy Quarter Square Log Cabin | Jen Eskridge | Scrap Quilt | ReannaLily Designs

Scrap Happy Quilting

Scrap Quilt | Finished Top | ReannaLily DesignsI sort by color. I know many quilters sort by value or by scrap size. Me, nope. I go with straight up color families. (sorry about the blur)

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

Working on the floor, I pull whatever color is on top and fold it neatly in a pile. Off white/beige and grey fabrics get their own color pile.

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Brown
  • Black
  • White
  • Off-white
  • Grey

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

What about fabrics that seem to have many colors mixed in?

If there is a main background color, I use that as my sorting indicator. For example, if there are 10 colors of flowers all on a pale green background, that fabric is going in the greens.

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

If there is no discernible background color, for me, I go with a knee-jerk reaction and think, “Which color do I see first.” OR “Which color will I most likely match first.” Strangely, in these cases, I most often end up putting the fabric in with the blues. I love blues.

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

What do I do with fabric scrap piles?

My fabric scrap piles are sorted in to gallon ziploc bags. (amazon link) The ziploc bags are then added back into the sorted plastic bin (amazon link), in color order. Any apparel fabric or blocks-in-progress or fabric collections are put back into the second fabric bin. The second bin still acts as a catch-all near my sewing machine.

Sometimes my husband’s cats like to lay in the fabric scrap bin. The ziplocs also help in the fight against the fur.

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

Once the ziplocs are full, it is time to make another scrap quilt! My personal goal is to have every piece of fabric I own be in at least two quilt projects. So far, so good!

How to Sort Quilting Fabric Scraps | Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Deigns

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    2 Comments

  1. I sort by color, too! My only exception is that the long strings get their own space. I have big bins where I can just throw the colors in as I finish cutting and create the scrap. Some of your scrap quilts look like they came out of Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkinson. I have that book and love it! So many great scrappy projects.

    Summer

    June 7, 2016

  2. I use the same system – sort by color and use those plastic shoebox size boxes.

    shasta

    June 7, 2016

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