I've been working on reducing my scraps which have gotten totally out of hand. Trying to use the abundance of 2 1/2" strips packed into several stash boxes. I found a tutorial which made it simpler to get right down to business. Cut 9 strips 8 inches long. Sew three sets of three and then trim and cut into 2 1/2 pieces. Arrange and sew again and voila, three new nine patches to add to the wall.
Sometimes the strip I pull out of the box is slightly too narrow, or I have a wider one and need to trim it down to 2 1/2". These go into another pile and will become quarter log cabin blocks.
These require a little more sewing and choosing, but the variety is worth the effort. Some of these strips are really narrow, but that makes nicer details and adds to the fun.