December 28, 2022

Escape Scrap Overwhelm

If you've been quilting for even just a little while, you probably have a collection of scraps. If you've been quilting for over 20 years, like I have, you probably have a lot of scraps! Somehow it doesn't seem to matter how many scrap quilts we make, the scrap pile never gets any smaller. I'm sure the scraps multiply when we turn our backs 😏
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When our scraps aren't organized, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount and the mess they create whenever we start digging through them to use some for a project. It's also easy to just bypass the scrappy mess entirely and cut into yardage instead. But doing that can leave us feeling guilty, because we know we could have used scraps if they were less overwhelming and easier to access.

I lived in that scrappy mess overwhelm for a long time, so I get it! But now, I'm happy to say, my scraps are organized and accessible, which makes actually using them a joy. There's no more scrap explosion when I start making a scrap quilt and if I only need green scraps I can lay my hands on them quickly without rooting through a big rainbow mess. I mean, yes, a rainbow mess sounds pretty, but it was still annoying when I was looking for something specific, and having my scraps sorted by colour is a big improvement.

If you'd like to escape the overwhelm, too, enter your email address below to download my new, free PDF guide titled Escape Scrap Overwhelm. I promise it is possible to get the scrap situation under control!

The 15 page guide isn't a 'my way is the only right way' kind of guide. Quilters are all different, so what works for me may not work for you and the quilts you love to make. Instead, the guide includes questions to help you think about what kinds of quilts you like to make and how that could influence how you sort and store your scraps. 
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It also includes tips for using your scraps, both for quilt patterns written for scraps and for ones that are written for yardage, but could be made with scraps, too. Because that's really the goal - to use the scraps, rather than storing them forever, no matter how organized they are!

Just think of all the beautiful scrap quilts you could make once your scraps are organized and accessible! Download the free guide now to get started 😊


  1. I think my print stash basically qualifies as scraps. I tend to stash mainly solids and buy prints for projects so what I'm left with in my print bins are all my scraps. LOL

  2. I'm like Yvonne, with more prints I consider scraps, than stash. Seems like every piece in my print stash is so small that it's hard to find anything to do with them. As for "true" scraps, mine are organized by color. Though they aren't yet cut-up, they're in separate color bins, ready for a scrap quilt that catches my attention. One of those designs is "Scrap Snap," a 2020 quilt along by Quilts for the Making. I've made one and have started another. In any case, I *should* make a scrap quilt, but improv with solids is still calling to me.

  3. I go back and forth as to whether I should keep scraps or not. I have them sorted into bags, some in to 5"squares and 2 1/2" squares and some strips. Looking forward to seeing what you suggest in your booklet!

  4. I look forward to reading your scrap solutions, Leanne! Quilting as long as I have, I've come into my own methods. I found it tougher to do when we moved so often. Now that we've settled down to one home, it's more do-able.


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