A few years ago I picked up the book Small Blocks, Stunning Quilts by Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms. I tell you, these ladies speak my quilting language. Like me, they love quilts made with small pieces of fabric.
"From the assorted dark prints cut a total of 7200 squares, 1" x 1" in matching sets of five."
Did you do the math??? Those little nine patches finish at 1.5 inches square! Yowza.
I don't know if these ladies cut everything out before starting or not. I don't think I would; that just seems overwhelming to me. It is my favorite bit in the directions though. I think I would cut and sew them in batches. The authors give a lot of tips on working in batches for quilts like this.
At spring quilt market I learned that they had just come out with a new book, Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts: Patterns Inspired by Antique Quilts. I went to the "school house" talk given by Mary Elizabeth and saw some of the quilts from the new book as well as some of the antique inspiration quilts.
Both books open with a gallery of spectacular antique quilts which are followed the amazing quilts made by Mary Elizabeth and Biz.
With these two books I guarantee you will start to see your scrap bin in a whole new light.