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Thread: Need your opinion on scrappy quilt fabric

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    Diane819's Avatar
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    Scrappy quilts are not in my comfort zone but I want to make one. When you choose fabrics do you use the same type design say small prints, mixed with tone/on/tone. Do you stay with lights and mediums together to make it look the best. Should I mix all ranges of light/med/darks???? If you go with darker colors do you make it meds. and darks. I don't know that I'd throw any wild fabric in because again I don't know if that's right. Usually it's in the eye of the beholder but this beholder needs some help. Thanks.

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    I made a disappearing 9 patch from fat quarters and made it scrappy, was fun

    here is the link to show you the picture of it

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-62011-1.htm

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    The only distinction I make is whether it's white-based or cream-based, and even that sometimes doesn't matter.

    If you haven't done one before, try a small project. You'll be amazed at how beautiful it will be, even when you think there's NO WAY those fabrics could possibly go together!

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    Diane, for me scrappy has no rules but if it's out of your comfort zone maybe a controlled scrappy would be best.
    Maybe grab a bunch of your favorite scraps and go from there.

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    I think you'll love making something scrappy. I started here: http://quiltville.com/cathedralstars.shtml Bonnie's site has wonderful scrap quilts. Check them out and you may find some inspiration.

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    This book helped me. Simple Strategies for Scrap Quilts by Lynn Roddy Brown. Good scrappies to you. I am on my second on now.

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    I love making scrappy quilts! I tend to concentrate more on lights/mediums/darks to make mine "work" for me. Everything else is pretty much secondary as far as color/fabric design goes.
    Thankfully, I learn more with each and every one I make :)

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    I made a controlled scrappy "square in a square" with black sashings and fuschia cornerstones. Each 2 fabrics in the square in a square coordinated with each other, but each block didn't coordinate with the other blocks. I hope that makes sense. The black really made it all pop!
    I hope you have fun with it whichever way you go. :P

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    I am not very comfortable with scrappy quilts (I like matchy-matchy) but I recently did a Scrappy Sampler quilt. To make it easier for me, and my matchy issues, I stuck with reds and creams and one major fabric running all throughout it.

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    i think most of my quilts are the 'controlled' scrappy type. that's because i use a lot of different fabrics in small amounts instead of a large amount of a few fabrics. it always seems to work out for me even though some of the fabrics don't go together at all. i usually chose a 'theme' so for instance the latest one i did was 'manly' so i chose manly fabrics like plaid, denim, corderoy and tartans. then i cut some of each and put them together so they are basically random other than not allowing two peices of the same fabric to touch. i did another one in a fall theme. many of the fabrics i chose were not fall themed at all, some were summer or spring but in orange, red or yellow. i think i used over 20 different fabrics. one was even ice cream cones. the only rule i made for myself on that one was that each fabric had to have a fall colour in which i included orange, red, yellow, greens and browns. so although alot of the fabrics had nothing to do with fall the overall look was 'fall'. so that is why i call them controlled because i set boundries but for each fabric i chose i probably did not use more than a fat quarters worth to make twin size quilts. i have more scraps from these scrappy quilt fabrics than what i used, i think. anyways just jump in and have fun. the first will probably be a learning lesson but that doesn't mean it won't be beautiful. (:

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    All my quilts are scrappy, but usually within a color scheme. Fall colors, pastels, etc. To me there is nothing better than to use up what you have. Wierd, I know. I also like to use fabric from cast off clothing, or a special shirt that no longer fits. I guess it is also very "green" to reuse and cheaper.

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    The smaller the pieces, the more diverse the pieces you can throw together and it will look great. I usually make log cabin quilts with 1" finished logs, and I use all my scraps in them. The only rule is separating lights from darks, and if it's medium it may be used in both spots.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-82165-1.htm
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23612-1.htm

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    I like "ORGANIZED" scrappy :) It would bother me to have a concentration of fabric in the same area or the same fabrics touching...but that's me! :)

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    I think all of mine have been scrappy. I think its fun, and SO much cheaper!!!!! Just dont worry about it, it will be beautiful.
    I do simpleones, like a 9 patch with all 30s, made like a checkerboard with whites. Does that make sense, first cup of coffee, lol!

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    Thank you everyone for your comments. I may dump my fabrics in a brown paper bag and just pull fabric randomly. Actually I am planning to use Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom and keep the center color the only constant fabric. Wish me luck.

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    lots of luck... i recently re-discovered Bonnie's quilt site... am currently trying to "use up" from a huge stash (an entire wall) and am beginning with "cutting the strips" from the large scraps..keep us posted!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Diane819
    Thank you everyone for your comments. I may dump my fabrics in a brown paper bag and just pull fabric randomly. Actually I am planning to use Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom and keep the center color the only constant fabric. Wish me luck.

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    Small world my hubby and his family is from Middleboro!

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    Scrappy is just that.....Scrappy without much thought or consideration to the usual rules of selection.
    I got a jelly roll in a swap and made a tube quilt. I sorted by light/dark or light/medium so there would be some contrast. A little by color but not toally. Even put some fabrics in that I would not otherwise use such as letters and pictures.....It worked great. I believe the success is not obsessing over it too much. Toss the fabric down and shuffle them up and bit and then go for it.

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