As you know I feel challenged to use up scraps and many small pieces of fabric. I took my string quilt top to my Mother's and she said to me after she told me she really likes the top that think about how much I have kept out of the landfill. So on my way home I thought about it.
My Mother now thinks twice about throwing small pieces out. I have rescued many bags of scraps out of her trash bins. She now asks before she throws anything away.
I have been reading Bonnie Hunter's blog for awhile now and fascinated by her energy and organization skills when it comes to cutting and sewing. Truly many others have great skills to storage and cutting techniques. I start out motivated then get the urge to stitch and never get back to the cutting and sorting.
The amount of fabric that one feels they need to but interests me also. Fat quarters, 1/4 yard, 1/2 yard, and full yard pieces run on the list of the most used. `I look at the facts. 1 yard will get you farther if you really like it, but how many scrap quilts are going to have the same fabric in them.
Other than sashing or backing fabric I haven't bought a 1/4 yard piece in two years. I have tried to slice and dice my piles to make variety and not use to many of the same fabrics in the different quilts that I make close in time.
Hopefully you have a method that keeps you inspired to keep on sewing. Chris