A friend asked me if I wanted "some fabric". He said his wife used to sew but they were cleaning things out and making a room for their grandchildren to play games, watch movies and sleep when they come to visit. He knows I make quilts and thought I might be able to use the fabric and they did not want to throw it away (that would have been horrible). Of course I said yes.
What treasures!!! I received several boxes of fabric, mostly cottons --- perfect for quilting. I love playing with these fabrics. I love looking at them, touching them and organizing them. There were all different colors, prints and solids.
To organize and store these fabrics I first gave each piece a straight edge. Since some of the pieces had been used for projects by their previous owner, they had uneven edges where pieces had been cut out. Any piece measuring ½ yard or more got neatly folded and put away with the other fabrics in my stash.
The remainder of the pieces were cut and stored with my other scraps. I use 4 quart (shoebox size) plastic boxes. Each fabric scrap is cut into as many of the following pieces as possible. Two 3 inch squares for 4 - patches. Five 3 inch squares for 9 - patches. One 4 inch square, tumbler, apple core and triangle for charm quilts (in a charm quilt each piece is made from a different fabric, but is the same shape and size). Any leftovers are cut into 6 or 10 inch strips of various widths to be used in a string quilt.
Sometimes there is only enough of a scrap for one of these pieces, sometimes there is enough for multiple pieces. When a box is full, I start sewing the pieces together to create a scrap quilt.
I was very excited to receive this wonderful gift. I love seeing all of the different colors and prints and I love scrap quilts. Working with these fabric pieces entertains me. A couple of my quilting friends, who don't use scraps and would otherwise throw them away, save their scraps for me too!!....I love them all.