That also got me to thinking--should my goal REALLY be to get rid of all the scraps? Or just keep them to a manageable size? Meaning, not overflowing the bin, like they are now? There is some benefit to having scrap bins........
1. great to dig through for applique projects
2. great for grandkids to go through and practice their cutting skills, playing with designs of their own
3. great for when you need just a little more of that fabric you used 4 years ago
4. great to make wonderful scrap quilts for "FREE", yes I know--it's not free, it still costs the same per yardage, but I somehow feel that these are 'bonus' quilts because I made the quilt that I intended to out of the fabric
5. great for testing blocks or designs and you don't want to use "REAL" fabric from the stash!
And so my thoughts are that it's okay to have scrap bins--just keep them manageable. If they get too full, start the scrap quilts again. More Heartstring blocks!
Here's how I sort my scraps:
1. Neutrals--whites, creams, tans
2. Blues and purples
4. Reds and pinks
5. Blacks, browns and some yellow
6. Brights (I keep these all together because they all play together so well!)
And I keep anything in there that is really less than 1/4 yard pieces. I have separate drawers for my cut strips (another story). If they get too small, I have a basket that I keep the small pieces to make more diamonds (which are currently my leader/ender project).
So, how do you sort and handle your scrap accumulation?