Yesterday I left off with a view of my 2.5 inch scrap box full of bags of 2.5 inch scraps sorted by color and mentioned that today I would show you my plans for emptying the box of scraps.
I started with the bag of gray and bag of black scraps. If the piece was long enough to cut 5 squares I cut 5 squares. If the piece was at least 2.5 x 3.5 I cut that size and made a pile of those. If there was enough for 2.5 inch squares I cut those and put them in a pile. And finally if there was not enough for a 2.5 inch square and it was at least one inch wide I put it aside in a pile.
Going forward if I have 2. 5 inch scraps left over after making a project those scraps will be cut and put into these categories. If I want to use scraps as I go I was thinking I needed to have a plan for those scraps moving forward.
With the pile of 5 identical squares I paired them up with light neutrals and made nine patches. These will just accumulate in the Parts Department. At some future date they can be made into a quilt or used as the center of Star blocks or used as a border or alternate blocks.
The 2.5 x 3.5 inch scraps have been accumulating for a quilt similar to the quilt at Blue Elephant Stitches. I think the quilt I make will have a few more columns and rows to make it a little closer to the 60 x 80 size I aim for when I make comfort quilts. I figured I need 800 rectangles. I've been cutting scraps for this for awhile and now have 639 so I'm sure I'll easily have 800 rectangles as I sort through my 2.5 inch scraps. If I go over 800 I will start another bag for a second quilt.
Currently I am cutting and accumulating 2.5 inch squares for a Jack and Jill quilt like I saw at Klein Meisje Quilts. After I accumulate enough squares for that quilt I will continue to accumulate squares for whatever suits my fancy- four patches, sixteen patches, who knows? There's any number of quilts that can be made using squares.
Those pieces less than a square were sewn into strips and join the other strips of all widths and colors that I've been making for a couple of years now. After I finish clearing out the 2.5 inch scrap bin and have the rest of the 2.5 inch strips made I'll make a Chinese Coins quilt. Then moving forward I think the strips will be sewn together by width but contain a mixture of colors.
So that's the plan for cleaning out the 2. 5 inch scrap bin and for moving forward whenever I have 2. 5 inch scraps left over after a project.