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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-29 3:02 PM (#62144 - in reply to #62009)
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I have a 2x4' piece of pegboard and hooks for it - hubby made it for me some years ago, and it hangs behind the door to my sewing room. I hang my rulers, rotary cutters, patterns in baggies, and odds and ends from it. I was going to mount it behind my sewing table, but even being tall like I am, I would have had trouble reaching the top, so it's behind the door. He cut some 1x2s for the mounting frame on the back - very simple - and used L hooks on the back to either slip over the nails in the wall or I can run a ribbon/rope through them to hang from one nail.

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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 1:22 PM (#62207 - in reply to #62144)
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I ordered and received yesterday the book Quilting Designs from the Past - 300+ Designs from 1810-1940 by Jenny Carr Kinney (ordered through The Book Depository - so no shipping, and the cost was below US retail) and she says if you are thinking about how to quilt grids and how they might look on your quilt, to use a bunch of chopsticks and lay them out. You can change the layouts (just remember to take pictures) - I should think you could also use bamboo skewers (a large pack would cost maybe $1 at a dollar store).

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-07-30 2:10 PM (#62217 - in reply to #62009)
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So this last week, I've been working on a variety of blocks.... some for charity quilts... some baby blocks that need to be sent.... some guild blocks.... and my sewing area is a jumble of bits and scraps.... all different colors, fabrics, etc. It's time to do some straightening...

I've been trying for the last year to sort and cut my smaller pieces as I finish up projects. I've been using the Bonnie Hunter scrap sorter system.... squares and bricks in an assortment of sizes that work well together.... I then try to sort by color family.

Any strips that are left from trimming that are between 3/4" to 1 1/2" go into a drawer for strip piecing. That drawer is overflowing..... I swear they multiply.

1 1/2" squares are the smallest I keep. anything over 6" square goes in a drawer by color.... and if it's over a FQ, it goes back on the shelf by color.


How does everyone else handle leftovers?

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Jess
Posted 2011-07-30 2:58 PM (#62222 - in reply to #62009)
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Love the skewer tip Gerda. I've always got some of those around!

Denise, does Bonnie have a book about scrap sorting? Mine are all in one bin... :-(

Most of us know not to store our rotary boards in direct sunlight, since it will warp them. Also, store them flat (not on end), or you may warp them anyway. Same rules apply to rulers, since they will also warp and distort. 
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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 3:14 PM (#62224 - in reply to #62009)
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Mine are all shapes and sizes, they get tossed into a basket or tote - I haven't used much of them, then again, it seems lately I'm sewing for the shop and taking the leftovers back to them - and when I cut for swap or baby blocks, I cut exactly, so no scraps. everything just gets folded up and put back on the shelf. One of these days, I will have to go through, iron and sort and put into small boxes or something. I have a bunch of little scraps given me, that I have to wash and iron dry - I have no idea if these local ladies prewash or not.

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scraphappydenise
Posted 2011-07-30 5:55 PM (#62233 - in reply to #62009)
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Here is a link to Bonnie's system...

http://quiltville.com/scrapusersystem.shtml  

if you have not visited or browsed her site, she has tons of information and free patterns there.

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Gerda
Posted 2011-07-30 8:14 PM (#62240 - in reply to #62009)
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Yeah, I know!!! tons of goodies there!
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Jess
Posted 2011-08-01 9:15 AM (#62290 - in reply to #62240)
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Denise, I love her site!! Thanks for sharing. :-)

Diva Designer Tip: When cutting triangles, patterns may have you cut some squares once diagonally and some squares on both diagonals. Do you know why? It depends on where the triangle is going to land in the project; the designer is trying to make the straight of grain land on the outside of the block or quilt top. 
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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-02 11:21 AM (#62383 - in reply to #62290)
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When binding a quilt, you usually have a leftover length. Use that leftover piece to make a hanging sleeve for your quilt.
This tip is thanks to Jenny (Jennifer Reynolds) of Elefantz.
I think it's a GREAT idea, myself, and plan to use it in future.

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MsMeow
Posted 2011-08-02 12:14 PM (#62387 - in reply to #62009)
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LOL, Gerda, my "leftover" binding is usually about 6 inches long!
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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-02 2:48 PM (#62392 - in reply to #62009)
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Sometimes I have a little bitty piece, too - oh, well, it might still work for some of us lol

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Dorian
Posted 2011-08-02 5:57 PM (#62399 - in reply to #62009)
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I often wondered that about the triangles Jess, thanks.
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Gerda
Posted 2011-08-02 6:33 PM (#62404 - in reply to #62009)
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Another goody - now where did I see that one? Anyway, if you want to protect your finger tip from a hot iron, wear a leather thimble (without the metal part!)

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Jess
Posted 2011-08-04 11:01 PM (#62481 - in reply to #62404)
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When working with fusible appliqué, use parchment paper to protect your ironing board cover and other surfaces from the fusible product you choose to use. (I like Steam-a-seam and sometimes Misty Fuse, and I try to cut out the center of the fusible and only fuse the edges of the pieces for a softer end product.)
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Jess
Posted 2011-08-07 11:18 AM (#62560 - in reply to #62481)
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Diva Designer Tip: Quilters used to use cooking ingredients like cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking powder, and corn starch to pounce mark their quilts for quilting. In a pinch, out if chalk? You might have something in your pantry that will do! (Be sure to test it on a scrap of fabric first, as you would do with anything you put on a quilt to mark it.)
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