Well, my scrap quilt idea took an unexpected detour, and I am very excited about where it’s heading. However, this means that I can only torture you with a peek of what my “made fabric” became… but I hope to make it up to you with lots of ideas and inspiration for projects with your own scraps!
You probably guessed it from my triangle shapes, I was making a wonky star! To further add to the off centre feel, I added a strip of grey squares on two sides only, pushing the star off centre in the block.
I love how all the colours shine and all the random pieces suddenly make sense when you look at the whole star. Up close, there are lots of teeny tiny pieces that you can only see the smallest slivers of. These fascinated my youngest son, who spent a lot of time with his nose up against the design wall, identifying them all.
While I was thinking about this project, I spent a bit of time pinning some scrappy projects onto a special board in Pinterest. If you don’t follow me there, you might want to check out my other boards – I have some very specifically curated boards including – curved quilt block inspiration, free motion quilting, tutorials and soft soy sewing.
There are some good sources of ideas on the internet regarding scrap management – most famously is Bonnie at Quiltville and her scrap management system HERE, and her original Scrap Users System from 2005 HERE.
No scrap quilting information would be complete without referring to Victoria Findlay Wolfe, whose book, “15 Minutes of Play” is an improvisational scrap quilting bible. If you haven’t checked out the site dedicated to it, I would highly recommend it. Very inspiring!
The ultimate in modern quilting scrap queens would have to be Amanda of Crazy Mom Quilts….. check out her Quilt/block tutorials for instructions on scrappy triangles, spiderweb blocks, tickertape blocks and more. Most recently she hosted a very popular “Scrap Vortex QAL”. One of my favourite finished quilt tops from this was by Deb Roberston (previously interviewed on this site last year) – her scrap quilt is just glorious! See it on her blog, HERE.
I do hope that this has given you some ideas and inspiration for keeping, storing and most of all USING all the scraps that quilting naturally creates. It’s not over for me by a long shot yet, so there will be plenty more scrappy action coming across your screens.
What’s your biggest challenge with scraps – saving them or using them? Please share with us all your tips and ideas in the comments below!