If you have been quilting for more than a few years, you probably have fabric scraps busting out at the seams. I know I do! Scrap quilts to the rescue. I have made about 6 scrap quilts this year and still have more fabric.
A cutting party is where you make a list of quilts to make, sort your scraps then cut the pieces you need. Here is what I do.
Plan Your Quilts and Cutting Requirements
Two-Block Scrap Quilt
For this quilt I need 1-1/2" x WOF strips in medium to dark fabrics.
In addition to the cuts above, depending on the size of the scrap, I will cut fat quarters and 10-1/2" x WOF strips for 10" squares.
I have so many odd size strips and wonky pieces. I will keep these in another container for string quilts and crumb quilts.
Sort Your Scraps
I don't really have a sorting system. I try to use the "touch it once" rule. I pick up the first fabric in the stack and decide where it goes. In the picture below I have 2-1/2" strips in the upper left, string/charm pieces on the upper right and several other stacks I can't remember right now! You get the idea. Do a quick sort to see what you have.
Cut Your Strips
Now I take the sorted stacks and start cutting strips. The picture below shows the stacks of cut strips.