Scraps and Folded Fabrics
Someone kindly asked yesterday about how I store my scraps, and how do I work from my scraps when I make fabric. I have so many hugs buns of scraps, I do not color cordinate them at all.
That being said, I have 5 bins of assorted scraps, and I have ONE bin purely for REDS.
So I guess my earlier statement is not 100% accurate. But really, you can see that I do have reds in all the bins. But I do TRY to keep my reds in one bin, being RED is my favorite color to add to quilts...
I find that separating them all by color doesn't help me in my discovery process of finding colors that look great together! Letting them all live together in a big happy mess of a bin, is part of the funjourney a quilt takes us on. I find it hard to do SCRAPPY any other way. Sometimes I am gabbing blindly, or without thought about what colors I am pulling and sometimes I pull colors with intention.
Pat's show yesterday that often I will have ten colors in a quilt, you can use all of the colors, and still it will have a dominate color palette.
As for my FOLDED fabrics that have not yet been cut to bits...
I do organize them by color. from light to darks in one bin of each color.
REDS, BLUES, YELLOWS, GREENS, GRAYS, BROWN, BLACK, WHITES, SOLIDS, NOVELTY, HOME DEC, BATIKS, AFRICAN, HAND DYES etc etc.... And I will often grab from here a fabric I definitely want to include in a quilt. I slice off a chunk, cut it up to bits and throw it into my scrap bins. Most of my work come from my scrap bins and not the fabric on my shelves.
Color is an interesting thing. It's easy to get intimidated by it, but at the same time,
It can be the most easy and relaxing thing in the world.
"Color Baggage." The negative thoughts we attach the colors we don't like... This can limit ourselves to certain spectrum's... OPEN your thinking to all color, The world is a colorful place!
Let it all go, sew it all together, experiment... PLAY and find your JOY in color!