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Thread: 15 pounds of fabric scraps...Now What?

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    An amazing thing happened to me yesterday at the big JoAnne's sale. I was at the cutting table next to a woman that had a cart overflowing with novelty cottons. I asked if she was a quilter, and she said no, that she makes kid's sheets for a living. I told her that I like the novelty fabrics to make charity quilts with. She asked me if I wanted scraps from her fabrics, and I said Yes..Yes..Yes!!! So we meet this morning and I end up with over 15 pounds of scraps that are triangles that will produce at least a 3" square. Hundreds and hundreds of scraps!! Yippee!!!! Now, do you wonderful ladies and gents have any ideas of what I can do with them? Nothing fancy--I would like simple but fun ideas for the charity quilts. I am so lucky to have found this free source of fabric and I want to make this generous lady proud.

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    What about light-dark half square triangles?

    Diamond-in-a-square?

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    WOW! You'll have fun with this :-P What a kind thing for that lady to do! Here is a link that might be helpful to you it has pics of quilts made with triangles. Would love to see pics of what you make.

    http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/p...triangles.html

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    How about little Irish Chain quilts. They are quick and easy and are so much cuter than plain squares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey
    How about little Irish Chain quilts. They are quick and easy and are so much cuter than plain squares.
    Very, very true! :D

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    i'm makaiang an i spy quilt for a childrens ward , i'm using hexs about 3 1/2 acrosss, it goes tog quickly by hand, try that

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    There's also Bonnie Hunter's quiltville.com, I think she's the queen of scrappy quilts.

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    I know how you feel, my good fortune was meeting a lady who had antique quilt tops that no one in her family wanted; and no one in my family passed down anything much less quilts!
    I have two quilts that I want to try for charity quilts, one from our forum and the other is from Art Gallery Quilts.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-15750-1.htm using a block called Gretchen. The other you will have to give your email address to get the pattern.
    http://www.artgalleryfabrics.com/projects/index.shtml The pattern is featuring Girly Girl Collection. You might be able to look at the picture and figure out how its made without getting the pattern. It's similar to a snowball block with only two opposing sides squared off, then the four smaller sections are pieced together to form octagon-shaped block.
    Hope these give you some ideas. Chris

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    Wow, that was some trip to Joann's!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    I'm happy for you!!!

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    Wow, what good advice. I forgot about Bonnie Hunter, the scrap queen! Thanks for all of the advice so far, and I will definitely post pics. Right now I am sorting, sorting, sorting! Please keep the advice coming!

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    Here's a site that's all scrappy:

    http://www.quiltville.com

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    Wow, what fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Here's a site that's all scrappy:

    http://www.quiltville.com
    Thanks for the link! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewcrafty
    Here's a site that's all scrappy:

    http://www.quiltville.com
    ditto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee
    An amazing thing happened to me yesterday at the big JoAnne's sale. I was at the cutting table next to a woman that had a cart overflowing with novelty cottons. I asked if she was a quilter, and she said no, that she makes kid's sheets for a living. I told her that I like the novelty fabrics to make charity quilts with. She asked me if I wanted scraps from her fabrics, and I said Yes..Yes..Yes!!! So we meet this morning and I end up with over 15 pounds of scraps that are triangles that will produce at least a 3" square. Hundreds and hundreds of scraps!! Yippee!!!! Now, do you wonderful ladies and gents have any ideas of what I can do with them? Nothing fancy--I would like simple but fun ideas for the charity quilts. I am so lucky to have found this free source of fabric and I want to make this generous lady proud.
    Do you have close friends that like to get together? With 15 lbs of scraps to cut up, it will take a lot of time. Why not throw a party for cutting up the scraps into the sizes you need after you get a pattern idea? If you lived close, I would love to show up and just cut, cut, cut, while we chat about quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marknfran
    Quote Originally Posted by newbee
    An amazing thing happened to me yesterday at the big JoAnne's sale. I was at the cutting table next to a woman that had a cart overflowing with novelty cottons. I asked if she was a quilter, and she said no, that she makes kid's sheets for a living. I told her that I like the novelty fabrics to make charity quilts with. She asked me if I wanted scraps from her fabrics, and I said Yes..Yes..Yes!!! So we meet this morning and I end up with over 15 pounds of scraps that are triangles that will produce at least a 3" square. Hundreds and hundreds of scraps!! Yippee!!!! Now, do you wonderful ladies and gents have any ideas of what I can do with them? Nothing fancy--I would like simple but fun ideas for the charity quilts. I am so lucky to have found this free source of fabric and I want to make this generous lady proud.
    Do you have close friends that like to get together? With 15 lbs of scraps to cut up, it will take a lot of time. Why not throw a party for cutting up the scraps into the sizes you need after you get a pattern idea? If you lived close, I would love to show up and just cut, cut, cut, while we chat about quilting!
    Thanks for the offer, I wish we could get together! I only have one friend that quilts and I'll ask her if she wants to help cut. We always spend the day gabbing, anyway! :wink:

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    Wow how lucky!

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    What a nice lady! Lucky you!

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    Linus Project charity) has nice free patterns for childrens quilts, I can't find the link rigth now, but Google will take you there. I downloaded a couple of patterns just a couple of days ago, thinking of my grandchildren.
    I Found it! I'll also try to post a link to Quiltmaker's free baby quilts booklet. I can attach the file I quess, it's a free newsletter, plenty of triangles there.
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/projectlinus.htm
    YES!(more editing) The download link works. hevemi
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    Wow your lucky day :D :thumbup:

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    You hit Gold, I love scraps, sorting them out. Take some photos.

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    WOW, 15 pounds. You'll be busy.

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    Just have fun and let your creativity go wild!

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    Check out "Quilts for Kids" -- great easy patterns for charity quilts and also -- they will be grateful if you would like to make some for them!

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    There was a post here yesterday named:
    "Finished "Crumb" Blocks Quilt"
    and it used scraps. It was beautiful. That would be a great way to use your scraps. It is quick/easy and would go together in no time.

    When you finish with 15 pounds of scraps and give the quilts away, you will make many people happy, that's for sure.

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