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Thread: question about scrappy quilts

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    What exactly is a scrappy quilt? I thought I knew - I thought it was where scraps - ANY and ALL kinds - are used - not much rhyme nor reason to it - ok, maybe darks, mediums, and lights - but not necessarily color or theme? Is there a specific way to do them? The one I'm working on I did make sure I am using all florals and using dark ones in the place of dark, etc. but I'm trying to make it so it's scrappy... is there a right way/wrong way - which may be a silly question - ... I just thought.. well, I've explained what I thought... what do you all consider as scrappy?

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    Scrappy quilts are just using up your scraps. Bonnie Hunter is the queen of scrap quilts with 100's of free patterns. Go check her out at
    www.quiltville.com Good luck!

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    Your avatar is a scrappy. I agree, Bonnie has a lot of good patterns.

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    Doing scrappy quilts--especially small ones has taught me so much about value (light and dark) and scale (big to little). So much more fun than a planned scrappy from charm squares or jelly rolls.

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    I love scrappy quilts that most of my quilts have at least 12 different fabrics in them (even if they aren't truely scrappy) I have several that have over a hundred different fabrics in them!!!

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    I love scrappies! agreed Bonnie at quiltville is tops!

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    To me a scrappy quilt is just that.. no rhyme or reason necessarily.. just using up bits I have. No organized color scheme.

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    AGreed, that is the beauty of it! What makes it so fun and relaxing!

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    Scrap quilts (in my opinion) require even more coordination than quilts for which you purchase all new fabrics. It's important to plac e the pieces carefully to achieve a clear pattern - the color and value contrasts are what make it work. The more fabrics you have to work with, the better it looks.

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    Scrappy quilts are my favorites.... but I don't have a stash of fabrics. So I end up buying fabric to make scrappy quilts. Does anyone else do this?

    I have found that I have to be a little fearless in choosing fabrics and resist the urge to be matchy-matchy. Even if I limit myself to specific color families, lots of variety is the key. Once I have a large number of fabrics, more than 40, I can see how contrast and value work together. To me, a pieced scrappy quilt has an energy that can't be seen in one made from coordinated fabrics.

    I can see how quilter's build large stashes-- you end up with lots of leftovers! As soon as I buy fabrc, I'm going to cut them into strips like Bonnie Hunter recommends on quiltville.com so will I use what I have.

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