I have a problem...

I have a problem…

…and that problem is scrap fabric.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is always a strange one for me. The house goes from being full of Christmas to being normal, and everything feels so bare. This year, for some reason, I’m overwhelmed by the chaos of boys and toys and things. This has led to one of my intentions (more on this later) for this coming year: organizing and getting rid of things we don’t use and aren’t beautiful. These things have been a blessing to us, but have ceased. Now, they can go be a blessing to someone else.

In the midst of this, I was re-organizing my sewing room. Chaos reigned there since it was my Christmas wrapping and prep space. I came to the realization that I have way too much scrap fabric! I have a hard time letting go of it as well. How small is too small to keep? What is the best way to store it so it’s useful? I have no answers, and in my current “re-organize all the things!” mood I just want to throw it all out. But then, I come across an article about this gorgeous self portrait quilt:

It was done by Sandra Bruce, and she gave an interview about her process on 13 Woodhouse Road. This quilt is incredible, and Sandra is a very talented quilter! This quilt is made with 2.3 inch squares! So now you see my dilemma. For now, I think I will color code what I have, and try to keep the bigger pieces, or ones that can be made into squares easily. I also think a trip to the Container Store is in my future to tame the scraps in these lovely baskets:

Off for more organizing! How do you organize your scrap fabric? I would love any good ideas!