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Thread: Scrap quilt hangup...

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    Member egagnon291's Avatar
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    When making a scrap quilt, do you just randomly select pieces and put them together? I have a terrible hangup with this. I'm always worried that I will get two of the same material together or that the colors will clash. It seems I spend more time "arranging" my scrap quilt than actually starting it. As a result I put it aside and haven't touched it in years. Is this a common problem with newbie scrap quilters or is it just my own hangup. What do most people do?

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    I was told I was "scrappy Retarted" I know it's not a correct term but that was what she called me. I'm a controlled scrappy person. I put all the scraps in a bag and close my eyes... if i don't like it I just put it back in and go again.

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    Yes I think we all "arrange" our scraps to a certain point. It is not a problem. If you don't like what came out of the bag then go back for another.

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    I am not experienced in this, but I am making a scrap quilt right now. I put strips together that match in size. I look at it and if the color goes with what I have, I stitch it together.

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    I'm a scrappy quilter, I have found that I like a quilt that has a lot of the main fabric (muslin, white on white, etc) I also will choose a color or two and use it more often then the others (like blue and yellow). All the other colors will work and I go for it. If this is just not your bag....do the quilts that you like to do. I enjoy looking at art quilts but have no desire to do one. What ever you choose~enjoy the process:)

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    the only sorting i usually do is sorting light from dark- 2 bags- then i can alternate light and dark as i put pieces together- and when it's done you would be amazed how those fabrics that you would never put together work quite well together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    the only sorting i usually do is sorting light from dark- 2 bags- then i can alternate light and dark as i put pieces together- and when it's done you would be amazed how those fabrics that you would never put together work quite well together.
    that's how I do it too

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    Fabrics that clash *make* a scrappy quilt!!! When fabrics clash they vibrate against each other and make a quilt very vibrant. You need some good ugly fabrics that will "lay back" and some pretty fabrics that will "come forward" and some that clash to give it vibrancy.

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    I'm in the category of those who are trying to break through the wall and jsut do it. I've got a couple "scrappy" quilts started and maybe after reading these posts I'll actually be able to finish one of them!

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    I've heard it called "controlled scrappy" -- when you adjust the choices. I can't just leave things to random, I have to tweak! I do, however, make an effort to trust the fabric and let things go together -- sometimes I am pleasantly surprised!

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