Scraps to Strips

Believe it or not, today was the first time I’ve tried to corral all of my scraps in one spot. I have been storing them in various small containers, supposedly sorted by color, size, pattern or whatever. Every time I need some I have to hunt for the ones I want, usually by color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. There had to be a better way.

So I dumped all of them into one large box.

By the time I took this photo I had already removed quite a few of the warm tone scraps to stitch together.

The majority of my scraps come from either 2 1/2 inch strips or charm squares. So the easiest thing to do was to stitch them in pairs. Many of them were roughly cut and sort of wonky.

Beginning with the warm tone pieces, I turned out quite a few 2 1/2 x 5″ pairs. What I had in mind was a stack of coins, but with no definite size in mind. Lastly I stitched two pairs together for stacks of four. It felt good to be putting these in some order after all this time.

looking at them now, it doesn’t look like I’ve accomplished very much, certainly not enough to make any kind of addition to a quilt. So I guess I’ll continue working on them.

We’ve had terribly hot weather lately, today being up to 98° and feeling more like 110°. Good time to stay indoors and work on my pink scraps some more. I hope the rest of you are doing well this week, keeping cool.

I’m linking up with Angela at Cynthia at

22 thoughts on “Scraps to Strips

  1. What a great idea. My scraps are piled in a bin right next to my pressing table, so I keep feeding it. It’s such a mess, I can’t even get in there to find anything. Time to go through it and bring some order! Yours will be a fun scrap quilt someday!


  2. catkiz

    You’re certainly making good use of scraps and indoor air conditioning! The coin stacks are bright and lovely. Keep going and you’ll have your “lemonade from lemons” before you know it! Stay cool and safe, my friend.


  3. Sue H

    I love playing in my scrap bins, trying to keep things organized. Too bad that the minute I turn my back, they multiply and end up all over the place again! Lol! Love your coins.

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  4. Sorting scraps is never ending! I go back and forth about how to organize mine. The important thing is we’re using them, right? I love coin quilts and you’ve got a great start on one 🙂


    1. Thanks for checking out my blog. Sorry I don’t know your name but I’ve taken a look at your posts. You’ve done some very nice work. I’m not a BH fan, too busy for me. Your moms birthday quilt turned out beautifully. The blue and the yellow backgrounds really tie it all together. I love your quilt that looks like pictures hanging on the wall, with the yellow and white strips in between. What is the pattern? I like to do improvisational quilts, especially wallhangings. A fun way to begin is to sew any two scraps together, chain piece a few, press and then add a third piece to a straight side. It ends up all wonky, lots of fun.

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      1. Thank you for visiting my blog. The quilt that looks like pictures is called Follow The Leader by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio from the booklet of Fat Quarter Love.


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