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Thread: Scrappy quilt question

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    Super Member bjeriann's Avatar
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    I want to make a scrappy quilt but I'm having a problem. I always coordinate my fabrics on a regular quilt, so using scraps are hard for me because they don't all go together. How do I get past this? I read somewhere to cut all my lights and darks - then put them in a bag (1 bag with lights and 1 bag with darks) then pull out 1 from each bag and sew it together. Is that pretty much how it works? I can use all the help I can get on this please.

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    that is the way to do it.

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    I have the same problem as you. And I haven't been able to make a quilt I like that way. I still coordinate my fabrics. I did a "scappy" Dresden plate quilt -- each plate is a color scheme....and it was still amazing to me how some of those still looked good together.

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    I just made my first truly scrappy piece- just a table runner- using ideas from www.quiltville.com- and yes, like Holice said, just grabbing the next piece and using it. It was so much fun- I didn't have any anxiety about using "just" scraps, and I was surprised how beautiful all the fabrics looked together. Try a small project and see if you like it!

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    I did a king size strip quilt--grab and sew--the rule is you HAVE to use the one you grab unless it is the same color as the previous one :>)
    Mile a minute is an easy one, too.
    It is really amazing how it all works!

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    I am so happy you ask this question. I have the same problem and putting them into a bag and sewing them as I pull them out seems like a great idea to me. Thank you for asking!!

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    I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one that has trouble using scraps. I just started a crazy quilt, and I told my DH that I know why its called "Crazy" Its driving me crazy. I like for everything to be organized, and planned :)

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    It is hard to let go of "controlling" the colors :lol: I am going to start with 9 patches.. It is when I try using more elaborate patterns that I have severe control issues :roll: I am hoping this will help me with this problem :D:D:D

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    When I first started making scrappy quilts, I had all my scraps and then used a white or off-white fabric to tie it together and act as my neutralizer.

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    Every quilt I like best is scrappy but has lots of white or off white. Any color looks good in this setting. I love the scrappy look and I love using pieces too small for most quilters.:)

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