I'm going through a scrappy phase right now and have been working on one using two inch squares. I put them together in ten by ten blocks and then will do something for sashings around them. I am cutting florals in tumbler shapes. I hate cutting but for some reason this spring I was in a cutting mood and took advantage of it. Have about four hundred tumblers cut. But my all time favorite would have to be a log cabin done in scrappy light and dark. I have more florals cut for that. sandy
Have you visited Bonnie Hunter's site for inspiration? She has lots of scrap quilts there. http://www.quiltville.com/ Scroll down about 1/3 of the way and look on the right to see a list of her free patterns.
I have a favorite scrappy but it is mine. It has a special meaning for me. It was supposed to be a Scraps 2 Treasure but I didn't get it completed in time. It was a gift for my cardiologist who died in a tragic kayak accident three months after my surgery. His wife was excited because I had guessed he liked cats.
I never took a picture of it finished; just forgot.
It was the string quilt I made with all the leftovers from my oldest sisters quilt. My other sister liked it and it was already made so all I had to do was oput some quilting on it LOL. Saved me a lot of work. I also have a scrap one going for DH. He says "Cuddles(Chihuahua) needs a new one before that one wears all the way out. Why can't they just ask for himself instead of blaming it on the dog LOLOL. It does give me a way to use all the FQ's my BIL gave me and then some I already had.
I like a tradional patterns in 2 colorways with each block a different combination. I like all the blocks butted up to each other without sashing. Then when you look at the project as a whole you can see both the secondary pattern that occurs, but also the original pattern. Pinwheels are my favorite, but I'm spreading out with Double Wrenches,9 patch,Broken Dishes...any pattern with an equal proportion of light and dark that I can play with. My current fascination is with a zig-zag pattern (haven't made it yet, but have all the fabrics collected)
Go down to the September 15th post on Exhuberant Color and you can see the Zig Zag quilt I want to do with my Loud Fabrics.
My favorite book for scrappy quilts is That Patchwork Place's "Quilts From the Heart" by Karin Renaud. I started several Project Linus quilts out of this book, I like it because it uses a lot of common size scraps and the blocks are mostly easy. Perfect for quick stash/scrap busting along with a bolt of white cotton for background.
I've been working on decreasing my stash now for a while. In fact, for the last 2.5 years, most of the quilts I've made have been kind of scrappy. I can never truly 'let go' and just willy-nilly cut and sew. I absolutely must plan it out.
I think I'm going to make a jewel box quilt. I believe I'll use up my blues on the four-patch sections and then on the HST use a real pretty rose batik that I have about 3 yards of. All on a white background. I thought I would try pastels, but frankly, I don't have any. Really, only a couple little pieces.
I've been really good about buying fabric. I went shopping with EBGQ and while I spent a good bit, I bought white, cream and Kona black in yardage. They are in almost all my quilts.
I love seeing and hearing all your ideas. It's nice getting a little feedback, isn't it?
NYLady, wish I could remember 'exactly' what City Sandie calls those kind of quilts. She makes them all the time...something like "designs in progress", not to be confused with her WIPs. She sez she starts with a pattern and then just lets it go where it leads her.
I think you did purty good with your bed runner.
I never had much interest in scrappy quilts until I started re-organizing my stash and found out how many scraps I had. Now I look for scrappy patterns.
I see Bonnie Hunter has had a lot of her stuff on fave(name your craft).com.
I especially like Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay pattern. It's an organized scrappy and the pattern is beautiful. Her pattern, Sister's Choice is another one I like. I've got a top made in the Sister's Choice, but I think I might add another row of stars before selecting a border.
One way that i have made scrap quilts in the past is to just sew random sizes/lengths of scraps together in a long chain then decide how wide/long i want the quilt and cut a length then stitch the next row to it and cut and keep repeating till i have the width/length that i want..
or just sew this way till i get the width/length i want and then start another strip for each row..
real scrappy and I dont have to worry about any seams matching..This message has been edited. Last edited by: San,
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I saw two different string quilts at the Ozark Piecemakers quilt show this past weekend. One had a flower center cut in differnt shapes and then sewn strips around it.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Cr8tve1,
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• • • My all time favorite that I made is "Simply Glowing". My version of controlled scrappy.
If you ever need inspiration for a scrappy quilt, check out all the quilts made over the years in the Scraps to Treasures Challenge. (click My Photos below) I know many have used commercial patterns (and I probably should have that information posted - OMG another project to add to the list). Anyway, until I get that information, you could contact the maker directly.
Some of the quilts are originals, but they make for great inspiration.
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Most of my quilts are scrap quilts because I seldom buy fabrics for one quilt. I love to use coordinates from my stash. I have this one on my bed now. It was fun to use up lots of my 2" squares.This message has been edited. Last edited by: EvelynB,
This is the only quilt top I've finished then took apart. I had used an alternate fabric where the Irish chains are and hated it. Took a year to decide it was worth the work. I loved the pieced wreaths and knew I'd never like the first setting.
EvelynB, when I first read the title of this thread, I immediately thought of your quilt of 2" squares. I'm so glad you posted it. I saved it again. If you could just post it every time my computer crashes, I would really appreciate it... so I won't lose it again.
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I like scrap quilts made using reproduction fabrics. The quilt that is my avatar is one made using C/W reproductions. My very favorite scrap quilt is a design of Sharon Schamber called "Hearts and Apron Strings". This isn't a good picture (bad light) but it is at least all in view so you can see the whole design..
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Wow, what a great bunch of beauties. I guess mine would be Spring Beauty. Besides, its easy to make. Its not quite finished yet. I have borders to add. Edited for spelling errors.This message has been edited. Last edited by: quiltbea,