As I opened each bolt I also cut a strip off the end to create a clean edge for cutting orders. These are the same cutoffs that I used to buy from one of my Phoenix shops, so of course I saved them. My initial plan was for a string quilt, but then I came up with an even better plan. I have always wanted to make a Snails Trail/Virginia Reel quilt, so I found a paper piecing foundation on the web and I am going to use these scraps to paper piece the blocks. I shrunk the foundation to just over 4 inches so these will be little blocks that should really sparkle with the batiks.
Here is the basket of cutoffs from the bolts:
And the strips all sorted by light and dark after washing:
And here are some previews of the fabric I will have for sale in the shop. Please ignore the extraneous boxes, etc. This room is also my personal quilting studio and office for my CPA business and I am still unpacking :-).
The shelves were already built in when we bought the house and are perfect for holding the bolts. I had a wish list for the house, but shelves to accommodate a quilt shop inventory was definitely not on the list lol. God is so good! He knows what we need even if we don't :-).