When is a scrap a scrap?

Anything smaller than a fat eighth is a scrap for me.
8% (1 vote)
If the piece is smaller than a 5” square (12.5 cm) it goes into my scrap stash.
17% (2 votes)
I agree with the Quilt around the World definition: Anything smaller than 2” to 3” square is a scrap.
67% (8 votes)
The smaller the better: A 1” square can still be sewn into a ½” finished size square and is not a scrap.
8% (1 vote)
Total votes: 12

As you might have already realized, here at Quilt around the World, we love working with scraps. On the one hand, with the price of cotton and therefore also of (quilt) fabric soaring, we might soon face the necessity of making the most of every little remnant as so many women had to do in the past. On the other hand, there is a challenge behind the goal of using up as much of this our favourite raw material as possible to make beautiful things out of even the smallest morsel.

But when exactly is a scrap a scrap? In Scrap Management, we defined anything smaller than a 2” or 3” square as a scrap. Observing other quilters at quilt retreats made us realize that everybody seems to have a different notion of when a piece of fabric is too small to be considered “a piece of fabric”.

What is your definition of a scrap? We would like you to choose the answer most applicable to your personal scrap definition. Plus we’d love to read your comments in the comment area!