Chantal asked me last week how I organize my scraps and keep so many scrappy projects on the go at the same time, so I thought I'd share about how I work with my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects. These are some of the storage bins I use for my small scraps. Some are sorted by theme (ie. dots) but mostly by colour. The batik scraps have their own bin.
**When Angela announces the colour of the month, I dump out that bin and sort the scraps into lights and darks, or in the case of aqua month, I separated the blue from the aqua scraps.
**I decide if there is enough variety to sew a Palm branch block and if so, I pull those pieces out and set aside. I need 14 different scraps for a Palm block.
**All my 1" strips for Omigosh are always stored in a separate tin, so I check in there to see if there are enough pieces to make some blocks for the colour of the month.
**Mostly I enjoy cutting and sewing scraps for spool blocks. I need 1.5" strips for those, and always have a pile ready to use for leader/ender blocks throughout the month.
**If there are enough 2.5" squares, I will sew a Carrie Nation block or two, or more.
**Then I look to see if there are enough larger scraps for pumpkin seeds (I need 4 different ones to make a block) and cut those with my Leaves Galore ruler.
Here are the pumpkin seed blocks I have sewn so far. I made 3 purple blocks last month, and can't wait to get started on the green blocks... this quilt definitely needs some green don't you think?!?
My ultimate goal is to keep my scraps organized as I create them. But until then, each month I cut them into useable sizes and have them ready to sew whenever I have time throughout the month.
To see what other quilters are making with their scraps, hop over to SoScrappy.