The first pile of ironed scraps looked like this three weeks ago....
It's been reduced by at least half....
The cutting on small bits is a little slow and tedious as I often have to turn the scrap and line up my ruler four times to get a useful brick or square from it. And the finished piles were really slow to build in the first week. But in the last couple of days, I've hit the motherlode of this pile - I've gotten to some rather large chunks. I wouldn't describe them as scraps, even though they did come from another quilter's discards. My own definition of scrap doesn't include 6" strips the entire width of 45" wide fabrics. Or squares the size of a fat eighth. These get the rough edges trimmed off and folded into corresponding colours in my yardage stash. So the trimming is going really quickly these days.
And the amassed strips, squares and bricks has really piled up, enough that I've begun to worry that if Lucas jumps up on them to investigate, I'll be restacking for hours. So, these are getting tucked away in the strip bins today.
I'll cut strips as narrow as 1.5" (because I will use them), but if I can't get at least a 2" square or 2" x 3.5" brick from a small scrap, it gets chucked into the crumb bin.
I'm not quite sure what to do with quilt blocks or partial blocks... (presumably these were left-overs of numerous quilter's projects) I've been tossing these into the orphan block box for future consideration. If nothing else, they would make an eclectic pieced backing fabric strip.
Scraps tend to be under-estimated. A plastic grocery bag full of wrinkled jumbled scraps seems insubstantial - but it could weigh 2 - 3 lbs and that translates into 8 - 12 yards worth of fabric. I just won't use them if I have to dig through a rumpled mass of irregular sized wrinkled bits of fabric. I used to say I don't have much purple in my stash, but I have trimmed enough purples now to make an entire quilt.
I estimate that I have been gifted with 200 yards worth of scraps and discards over the last five years by quilters who couldn't face dealing with their scrap baskets. It didn't seem like that much at the time, a small baggie here, another baggie there. But in reviewing the strip bins (since my reorganization in August), I could probably make 4 queen size quilts (front and back) from the 2.5" strip bin alone!
15 minutes a day is going to eventually go through that big scrap bin, one coffee pot at a time.