I've never been a scrappy kinda girl. Although I do LOVE LOVE LOVE me some scrappy quilts!! And I by and far prefer to make quilts that have a million different fabrics in them and aspire to one day make a charm quilt (a quilt with not one repeating fabric). But alas, I can barely stand to keep scraps. My scrap bin is unashamedly dismal. And every year, when Rachel has her scraptacular festival of scrappiness, I resolve to enlarge my chest of scraps and strips. Yet it never really happens and I have to make a conscious effort to do so. It turns out, I don't like to waste my fabric (yes, I admit to hoarding issues) therefore, I don't have many scraps to speak of. These are my rules when it comes to scraps.
1. If the scrap is between 5" and 10" I put it in my charm and layer cake bin. Now I admit, I've got a TON of charm packs! I have 5 layer cakes, but probably 20 charm packs that I've gone through and taken out squares. And then I've added a bit from a few scraps.
2. If my leftovers from a project are bigger than 10", or about the size of a fat eighth, or larger, I put them back into my stash. I think that's where the majority of my "scraps" end up, back into my stash.
3. If they are smaller than 5" or I love the fabric so much that I want to save every last little bit, then it goes into my scrap bin. But they have to be bigger than 2", because I don't want to be keeping anything smaller than that.
So, there you have it, my scrappy rules! And here are a few iPad pics of my scrap bin and charm packs/layer cakes.