I buckled down and worked my way through lots of the scraps littered on both sides of the table. The side closest to the ironing board I also cleared of all papers and miscellaneous tools and assorted
First up is my collection of squares and strips after I cut for a couple of days. I usually cut squares at 1 1/2", 2" and 2 1/2". This time I added some 3", 3 1/2", 4", 5" and maybe up to 6 1/2" I have a shoe box I keep squares at 3 1/2" and bigger in. My main strip sizes are 1 1/2", 2" and 2 1/2". Again, I have a shoe box with 3 and 3 1/2" strips in it. This cutting of scraps was made much easier by my purchase of a Gypsy Little Gripper. It was amazing to me how easy it was to position the ruler over the odd sizes of fabric I was using. I found it at a quilt store near where we were retreating.
When I am making blocks for the FCQ Equilters or block of the month lottery blocks I check my cut up squares and strips first. Sometimes I can find what I want. Other times I go to my fat quarter stash. Because I have a long row of bookcases on a short wall I can use the top of the bookcases for my fat quarters. I keep them folded, by color in baskets and box tops. I have way too many fabrics there and I keep trying to use up some and thus need less box tops of baskets but it doesn't seem to work. I still have some fat quarters and bits and pieces of fabric I can not put in the containers. Sigh. Maybe another scrap quilt should be in my future. Oh, wait, I did just start a new one.
Look at that wonderful expanse of clean cutting mat! All of the things I like close by -- pin cushion, note pads, pens and pencils, and my chicken cushion for bigger pins are ready to go.
Now to pick a quilt to work on. And, may be, may be, I can keep this picked up better. I'm not showing you the other side which was fairly well cleared of scraps at the same time but now hold vintage sheets, little girl's shirts and boxes of strips from the quilt guild. Sigh.