308: Common Fabric Scrap Storage Sizes and Ruler Work in Quilting

Join us for an lively discussion of common sizes for storing scraps (and how to store them) and the basics of using rulers in quilting!

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  1. Love your shows. I am working on Bonnie’s mystery

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    • I am making flannel receiving blankets for my first grandchild that is due in April. I need a great pair of scissors (or two or three) and would love to win the prize. Thank you for the great tutorials.

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    • I will be making a couple of bags.

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    • Your shoes are fab! Can’t wait to start sewing with your tips after the holidays!!!!!

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    • I am binding one quilt and cutting out a new one. The Christmas pillows are done and gifted – sure wish I had kept one for me.

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  2. I finished my baby grandson’s quilt this week. Hooray! I finished a pillow this morning. Hooray Hooray!! I need to finish my granddaughter’s Christmas stocking tomorrow morning(some time pressure here). I have a back to piece to get a quilt to my long arm quilter and then I can just work on the two quilt that need borders. Thpieapple quilt that is a year long project and, of course Bonnie Hunter’s mystery.

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    • I love the show topics! You guy’s rock! Thanks for all your information! <3

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  3. I have a couple of blocks that I need to get caught up on for the Pokemon quilt I’m working on in secret. I hope to get a backing made for my husband’s t-shirt quilt I made years ago and never finished.

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  4. Working on a heart quilt for a friend’s birthday in February.

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  5. I just love you two together, reminds me of two sometimes feuding sisters. LOL

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  6. Another entertaining episode 🙂 i’m now off to finish a table runner to ship out this afternoon. Then I’ll be back to finish the second one in time for tomorrow’s Christmas party. Once those are finished I need to finish the pixelated Zelda quilt for my husband and Dr. Seuss quilt for my son. We’ll see if they get done before Christmas …

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  7. Yup…love the tips and advice y’all share in your shows and podcast! Thank you!!

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  8. Finished quilt for my daughter complete with an embroidered label. Now working on a quilt for my step son and his family, need to finish for Christmas.

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  9. I have to finish a quilt for my boss’s baby and make one for his oldest daughter, because he just announced he’s leaving us in January. Boo! We’re all worried about who will replace him, because he’s such a great guy …

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  10. I can always use another pair of scissors. (I live with a 9 year old boy…)

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  11. I’m finishing a Christmas QAL and another QAL piece, and working on a mystery quilt.

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  12. I have tons of quilting projects… but unfortunately I broke my arm {{me ever so sad}}. It will be several months of physical therapy before I will have range of motion again and be able to sew. I was working on two Bonnie Hunter patterns – “Four in Nine” and “Star Chain”. But since I can not sew, I have been shopping for batik fabrics for 3 quilts I have in mind. Collecting 1) reds, 2) teals and blues, and 3) oranges and browns. Can not wait until I can sew these up.

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  13. Just discovered The Stitch TV Show yesterday via podcasts! Next project includes making my first quilt label for a quilt I made for my brother.

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  14. Loved the ruler work and scrap management video. This is my first time watching. I still have a donation quilt to finish, however it doesn’t need to be completed until mid January.

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  15. I recently had surgery and will be off quilting till the end of the year but in the week before my surgery I managed to finish three baby quotes and a wedding quilt.

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  16. Ladies, another way to tackle scrap collecting is to pick out your scrappy projects first and then cut your scraps for those specific projects. While I started using the Scrap Users system in the last year or so (actually a combination of Bonnie’s and Joan Ford’s systems to handle the scrap overflow), prior to that I would pick my scrap projects in advance, put the instructions in a gallon size baggie and note on the pattern what sizes of scraps I needed for it. When cutting up the leftovers of a regular project, I would cut the sizes needed for the scrappy projects and put them in their respective bags. This will also give you a plan in advance for your leader/ender sewing since your scrap pattern will tell you what the scraps you are cutting need to be sewn up into.

    One of the reasons I started off picking the projects first was because I always read about people having scraps set aside but never getting around to using them so thought having the project picked out first would solve that. At this point I’d say for me it’s 50/50: it can take just as long to collect enough scraps to complete a pre-chosen project as it can to collect enough scraps to push you to go look for a project to use them in!

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    • Great tip Vivian 🙂

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  17. Right now I am about to bind a table topper using reds and greens from my scraps. Love Bonnie Hunters inspiration!

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  18. Love your show. You ladies crack me up. I enjoy your sew ins too. What am I working in year end? Why aren’t I working in. Well there’s the Quiltville mystery, then there’s the scrap trees quilt I started while sorting my overflowing boxes of scraps, then the handmade gifts too. Somewhere here I need to bake too! I’ve been waiting until the last minute so I don’t eat cookies everyday.

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  19. I had not known about Famore Cutlery before your show, so I am glad to discover this brand.

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  20. I don’t have any year-end sewing projects unless you count cleaning and decluttering my sewing/craft room.

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  21. UFO sorting is on my list! Great giveaway, thanks!

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  22. I’m finishing up a delft blue and white quilt for myself.

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  23. I’m in the midst of rearranging my sewing space so I rely on you two to keep me entertained.

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  24. I am working on a Quatrefoil quilt. I was almost done when I realized that some of the blocks are not turned the right way. I now have 56 more blocks to finish!!

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  25. I really enjoy your show. It is informative and entertaining. Pam, I too am a lefty. Glad I found you on YouTube. I am fairly new to quilting and have picked up a lot watching your episodes.

    Currently I am working on quilts for my grandchildren. I also need to finish a mystery quilt.

    Happy holidays to you and your families.

    Sheila
    Panama City, FL

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  26. I’m working on a couple lap quilts, hoping to finish up. Happy holidays! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  27. I look at my leaders and enders as a long-term scrap project. I’m sewing together 2″ squares into 4-patches to eventually make a queen sized quilt. This has no deadline and I have a tally of completed blocks. Once I get enough, it will become a ‘real’ project (no longer a UFO) and I will start another leader and ender project.

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  28. I love your shows, particularly the ruler work show – gives me inspiration. I just finished a lap quilt for my sister and put it in the mail yesterday. Keeping my fingers crossed that she will get it before Christmas. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  29. I am working hard to finish a hand quilted machine pieced quilt for my newly married son and dil… so happy they have found their forever people 🙂 It is 90 x 120 because my son is 6’7″!!! I hope they enjoy years of snuggles under this quilt! Kathi

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  30. Working on a present for my Granddaughter and gathering for the BOM with Piecing from the Past. Ndfromsd at gmail dot com

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  31. Love the scissors! Thank you for the chance to win and Happy Holidays!

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  32. Year end – Finishing a quilt for my daughter. I am doing straight line quilting using 14 wt thread on my Bernina 720. So far I love the way the thread looks.

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  33. Working on UFOs that I had hoped to get done in 2017.

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  34. My year end sewing projects are, of course, last minute Christmas gifts, and I’m doing pretty darn good so far!

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  35. I am obsessed with english paper piecing. Yesterday I dug through all my holiday fabric and fussy cut snowmen, gingerbread men and Christmas trees.

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  36. I’ll be working on my constant companions, UFOs.

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  37. For the year’s end, I am just hoping to get four Christmas stockings finished…nothing like waiting until the last minute!

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  38. I learn so much from you ladies, love the stitch!

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  39. My end of year plans are all gift giving. I have my first 2 quilt tops to conquer. If I finish those, I’d like to sew a few mug rugs. And I need a new purse. Seriously. I need a new one. Nothing to do with the awesome bag patterns. 😉

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  40. Working on a pin wheel quilt

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  41. Finishing Christmas presents – mostly pjs and a few small zipper bags, then whatever fits in the time remaining.

    EngrSandi

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  42. I just finished piecing a giant clam shell quilt – I made my clams 18″ across. I have to decide how to quilt it, so I am curious to see what Pam chooses to do with hers. I am planning a rainbow color palette quilt, and also have a few ornaments to stitch up. Love the show!

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  43. I’m working on some hexie rosettes.

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  44. Finishing the Project Linus 2017 Mystery Quilt Challenge and working on an X’s and O’s quilt for my niece, who graduates in June.

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  45. You are so right. I have a small-ish (large to me) fabric stash sitting in a Chinese carved chest. Not planned, just fabrics I loved (and many I still love). I am trying not to add to it and sew it up piece by piece. But so often I prefer some other fabric that is available now, for a project.

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