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Thread: Making a scrap quilt - question

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    Junior Member DebQuilter50's Avatar
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    I think I would like my next quilt to look like a scrap quilt.

    I know that scrap quilts are made from scraps (sometimes I amaze myself ;) , but do you put certain colors in certain areas?

    I have seen some scrap quilts that I really love, and the colors don't seem quite right on others.

    Need advice and direction.

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    Make it as random and varied as possible. If you like your fabrics, you'll like the quilt. Some scrappies look a little dull, I think, because there's no yellows. They need a little sunshine.

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    Hi central Illinois DebQuilter50, I am from central Illinois and a Deb too! I just usually sew my scraps together! I use a design wall and that helps. You can move around your blocks or strips to make sure the colors work, but generally it all goes together well. My HO opinion, we will see what everyone else say. Too me that is the beauty of a scrappie!

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    Hi,I am also from central IL. I thought anything goes with scrappy quilts. It is whatever you like

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    I love scrap quilts! You could make it as random as you like. Some quilters just grab fabrics without looking and sew with beautiful results. If they pick a color that will sit next to the same color they just grab another color.

    Or you could pick one fabric to add, say for your sashing or a center block and it calms the quilt down. If you use purple for example as a sashing color and a different purple in your blocks remember that if the purples touch they will blend in together. But if you put the purple in the block towards the center of the block and they donít touch this doesnít happen. Hope this makes sense.

    Personally, I like the results of both methods. Itís all about what YOU like for YOUR quilt :P

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    Just about anything goes in a scrap quilt...I have even seen people mix in some pretty bright colors with duller ones and that works, or people will use more controlled scrap colors, all sort of within the same tones...as long as there is something to tie it all together, it should work. They are so much fun to make, and to look at! Go for it!

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    I LOVE scrap quilts.

    I just grab pieces and sew. I think the main thing is to have a variety of lights, mediums and darks. And as quilticing said, splashes of yellow really add brightness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ranger
    I LOVE scrap quilts.

    I just grab pieces and sew. I think the main thing is to have a variety of lights, mediums and darks. And as quilticing said, splashes of yellow really add brightness.
    Yes, I was going to say the same thing, but ranger beat me to it. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilticing
    Make it as random and varied as possible. If you like your fabrics, you'll like the quilt. Some scrappies look a little dull, I think, because there's no yellows. They need a little sunshine.
    BEST advice! Throw all colors into it, wowowow,....!
    Julie

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    Go to www.quiltville.com and you will get lots of ideas. I have use bonnie Hunters idesa for several of my scrappy quilts.

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    Scappy quilts are my favorite!

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    I'm constantly amazing myself too LOL
    You're funny and I had to respond :)
    When I first started quilting I got a book by Mary Ellen Hopkins. She said that she keeps a bin of scraps and when she feels like sewing w/o much thought starts pulling them out randomly. She made some wonderful quilts!! :D

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    the success of scrap quilts is dependant on VALUES not COLORS...
    as long as you have a good balance of lights, mediums, darks it will work- regardless of what colors are used....lots of scrap quilters design their quilts in grayscale- so they can see the values---color does not matter

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    I'm currently making a scrap quilt using different blues and browns of repro or antique looking fabrics (light, medium and darks). But, am including a couple of yellow and red to add interest.

    I've made many, many scrap quilts - some with planning, some just random. Three of them are behind me on my avatar. If you do a search here for Crumbs or Mile a Minute you can see what other Board quilters have done.

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    I'm another central Illinois girl with an opinion on scrap quilts. I just did a "scrappy" Dresden plate with 1930's reproductions. The scrappy is in quotes because I bought the scraps from all over creation. I picked fabrics for each plate that would look nice together, but from plate to plate there is no coordination.

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    Here is a link to pics of some 'crumbs'...... lots of links and ideas for using 'crumbs' there.
    My 2 'crumb' scrap quilts are in the post near the bottom of the page.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-122919-2.htm

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    Do a search here for scrap or scrap string quilts, get some additional ideas........here's mine.............calla
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tpr?p=1172948&t=49921

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Happy
    I love scrap quilts! You could make it as random as you like. Some quilters just grab fabrics without looking and sew with beautiful results. If they pick a color that will sit next to the same color they just grab another color.

    Or you could pick one fabric to add, say for your sashing or a center block and it calms the quilt down. If you use purple for example as a sashing color and a different purple in your blocks remember that if the purples touch they will blend in together. But if you put the purple in the block towards the center of the block and they donít touch this doesnít happen. Hope this makes sense.

    Personally, I like the results of both methods. Itís all about what YOU like for YOUR quilt :P
    This is how I like to look at scrap quilts!

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    You are all awesome. Thank you!

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    They can be scrappy where you just mix things up or they can be planned scrappy where you might choose different shades of certain colors and arrange in a somewhat uniform design. It's entirely up to you.

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    To me a scrap quilt is made up of all your left over materials and just sewd together with no rhyme or reason or fashion color police telling you how they think it should look. A scrap is a scrap and that's that IMHO.

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    Bonnie Hunt just spoke at my quilt guild, she's a scrappy quilt queen! She has several great ideas on her website:

    www.quiltville.com

    Free patterns too!

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    I have been doing scrapy paper p, my saying is "if it fit's, it sews"

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    I read somewhere, many years ago that when making a scrappy if you have materials that you think clash, keep those fabric patches, blocks or strips at laest three patches, blocks or strips apart and they will never interfer with each other. I have used this idea in my quilts and it seams to work for me and I put everything in my quilts. Happy scrappy! :D

    Also if you haven't seen them, some of my scrappy quilts are in "pictures" titled A couple more quilts from UBE.
    May 18th. They may help you with ideas. UBE
    Peace :D

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    As long as you make sure you vary the values within your quilt it will work, regardless of the colours. By this I mean that you should have a mixture of lights, darks and mediums to contrast with each other. The quilts are not as successful if they are all the one tone.

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