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12/29/20 8:47 A

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Maybe I should have been cutting plaidish strips while I'm working on Grassy Creek. I love the colors. Why not? It could be red and white as I certainly have enough reds and whites to go around. I think I will look at that today! Carol

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12/9/20 10:13 P

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Plaidish is on my bucket list, too.

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12/9/20 8:42 A

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The Plaidish quilt uses the only time rules of dark medium and light. I might start pulling some fabrics for that. I put Plaidish down as number 12 on the APQ UFO list for next year. So I will have to do it. Carol

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12/8/20 9:31 A

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That's a great pattern! Thanks for sharing.

I make kits in the loosest sense of the word. I find 4-5 yards of fabric that go together with a rough idea of a possible pattern and put them into a gallon sized ziploc bag. I get somewhere between 4 and 6 of those together and put them into a bin. That way when I don't have a project that I'm actively working on, I can pull one of those, finalize the pattern, and knock out a charity quilt over the course of a couple weeks rather than wondering what to do and pulling everything apart.

This time I'm going to have to go about it a little differently. I'm going to cut fabric into the largest possible sizes and sort them by color, which is how I store it anyway, and then figure out how many I have of each size and go find a pattern that uses roughly that many of a certain sized block/strip. Then I'll put those into a gallon ziploc with the pattern and pull them out over the course of 2021.

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12/7/20 9:16 A

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Great article on finishing projects. Carol

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12/7/20 8:33 A

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I would lilke to make that one too Bev. It looks fun and I have printed off the instructions. A good way to use up those ugly 2 1/2" strips I have. Doesn't seem to matter about color. I have a bin of just white/off white strips and pieces that never seems to get smaller. I grab from it a lot. I could just go ahead and start cutting 3 1/2" strips from it. Carol

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12/6/20 9:30 P

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That one is on my to do list for 2021

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12/6/20 8:14 A

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This free pattern can be kept in mind while you are cutting your scraps Meg. It calls for dark and mid strips that are 2.5" and light strips that are 3 1/2". Variety of lengths but as you cut, consider the sizes that go into this quilt and then you can make it. Carol

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Interesting that you make kits Meg. I dont usually do this. I cut and then sew and cut and sew some more. I do have a couple of kits cut but then I never get back to sew them up. I should really print off that APQ list and start listing them. If they are cut out, why not sew them up?
Back when Downton Abbey was popular, I signed up for a sew along and have all the fabrics for the Carson the butler quilt. Including the Downton Abbey background with words on it. I think I even washed most of it. But, I didn't like the sew along final when I saw it and never did it. I should probably drag out the fabrics, measure then up and put on Etsy. Carol

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12/4/20 8:45 P

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Had to move a lot of stuff in the sewing room to work on the lights, so think I'll take the opportunity to do some organizing.

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12/4/20 7:13 A

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I do cut my scraps but sometimes never use them. I have a large bin of 1 1/2" strips and one of 2 1/2" and even some 2". I dont usually cut 2" strips but Barbara from the UK gave me a stack of them. They can always be cut down. I should raid those bins and see what I can find for Grassy Creek. Yesterday, I trimmed 63 rectangles of 4 1/2 by 8 1/2 from "It's a Shore Thing" fabrics that I had for several years. And then trimmed up the excess to usable sizes. You can use Gudrun's free Scrap Junkie pattern for 1 1/2" strips! All color coordinated. I need to do this. Carol

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I've been anti-cut for the reasons you guys mentioned, I never know what size I'm going to need in the future. What I'm finding is that I'm not using my scraps. I'm reaching for larger pieces because I know that I have enough of that specific fabric/color. And that's generating more scraps.

So I think I'm at a point to where I need to cut down to understand what I actually have on hand that can be used to make a full quilt. My stash is not large either. It's 2.5 12x12x12 bins. And a good portion of that is full or half yardage folds.

I've got my eye on doing either Carolina Chain or Dancing Nine Patch from Bonnie Hunter's Free Patterns, or both depending on what the cut list is. That way I cut in December, kit in January, and start sewing them in February, donate by the summer. And then go buy new fabric. LOL.

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12/2/20 7:14 P

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Meg, I say go for it. I have a lot of fabrics I'm tired of looking at and will be cutting them into usable 2.5 inch strips and charms.

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12/2/20 11:25 A

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I don't cut my scraps because I never know what I will need for future projects. Plus, I don't want to spend the time cutting something I might not be able to use. I sort by color. Also, my grandkids love going through the scraps to practice their sewing and making all sorts of little projects.

My December UFO's is to make all the Christmas presents on my list: 20 pajama pants, 11 outfits for grandkids.

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Meg--are you sure you want to cut all of them down? Do you have some possible patterns that you would like to try and perhaps focus on cutting your scraps to sizes that you would use for those patterns.

Maybe you don't have all that many and are good about using them up. I don't precut most of my scraps because it is difficult to find matching correct sizes when you need them. I have decades of scraps. I do use my scrap stash and of course add to it with left-overs from projects. I tend to like having my scraps sorted by color and some by style. It makes locating them easier and when they are easily found, they get used more often. I did part with some scraps that I knew had an unlikely chance of being used this year. I could probably get rid of more of them, but will save them until I do another round of sorting! When a scrap gets down to a size of a strip that I keep as precuts, I trim it into a strip. This is one way my precut stash grows. The other way is if there are left over strips from a project I'm working on. Also keep in mind precut strips tend to fray easily without special storage/handing.

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12/2/20 7:02 A

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I'm not fond of t-shirt quilts Bev, but kudos to you on that. Meg, trimming to usable sizes is a good thing as long as you will use the sizes. I quite often cut them and then never go back to use them. I keep 1 1/2 and 2 1/2" sizes mostly as well as charms. I find it difficult to cut larger pieces from a fat quarter preferring to keep them color coordinated and folded. Lori Holt has a cutting program and so does Bonnie. And Pat SLoan. Lori does cut a larger swath of 7" I believe which can give you two 3 1/2" strips or 5" and 2". If you rounded up to 7 1/2, you would have 5 and 2 1/2". www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrZ3
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Here is how Lori stores her fabric. She had prettier scraps than I have. No civil war in her baskets. Carol

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12/1/20 10:12 P

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For December my UFO will be to finish the Tee-shirt quilt for another friend.

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I think that my December one a month is also going to be my organizing challenge. In addition to keeping up with Grassy Creek, I'm going to trim my stash into Bonnie's scrap user sizes and see what I have to work with for next year. Anything that's smaller than a fat quarter is getting cut down. I'm a little bit nervous about this. :)

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Finish those UFO's for a fresh start next year. Organize your room! Post ideas here.

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