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    question about string or scrappy quilts in general?

    When you're making a string or scrappy quilt, do you use fabric that blends or do you use everything? I found a QAYG string quilt on a website and I want to make it but I'm not sure if I can use all my scraps or do I need to stick with a color scheme. Thanks for any advice

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    As I dear Mother would say...."six to one half dozen to the other"....meaning doesn't matter......
    I am currently doing a mans lap quilt so I am using only tans, browns and black (my choice).....
    I have also seen them done with 2 or 3 colors combinations, like red, green and white...... I personally
    like a 3 color combo, I tend to do a lot of things in 'odd numbers' and prefer the look !!!!
    What I like to do with all my 'string quilts' is do the center piece in a 1-1/2" black fabric....then when
    I layout the squares I can play with the design of matching that center string.....into connecting diamonds.
    I am almost done piecing this one, when I get the squares sewn together with take a pic and post...
    I use deli paper for my foundation, and then just carefully rip it off when done....you can use muslin if you
    so desire, I just find the deli paper cheap and easy.......I end up making a 11-3/4" square with my paper.....
    With a scrapy quilt I just think it is important to have at least one strong solid, be it black or white, to pull all the colors into playing nicely with others
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    Value is more important than color.

    You can decide you want a "green" color scheme, but if they are all the same value, than you've got mish-mash.

    Sad topic but check out this scrappy quilt. It didn't matter what the colors were - there are reds,blues, greens, browns.
    And it's fabulous - and ALL about value.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t202633.html

    I would suggest sorting your fabrics into light, medium and dark piles, and then go from there.

    Your pattern can be constructed based on the value changes as opposed to color changes.
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    It is your quilt and you make it the way you want. I have made several string type quilt and really like the scrappy look, I just took the scraps as they came from the box and sewed them on. On the other hand, ones that are color coordinated look really nice too.

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    I toss all my scraps on the floor... back up about 6 ft... and what ever screams "get me out of here" gets tossed into a different pile ... sometimes I like that pile better.

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    With strings I've done some that are totally scrappy and some that are limited (i.e. blues & yellows, pink,white & black or all brights). I love string quilts and think you can mix pretty much anything. Sometimes I will make the center strip one color or fabric to help kind of "tame" them. With other scrappy quilts, like MTS said, you have to watch your value or the pattern can get muddled together. I sometimes avoid medium values and just go dark & light if I don't want to pay too much attention while piecing.

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    I just take out what colors I want to use for my scrappies. If I decide to use sashes I tend to make them all one color of fabric.
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    Your quilt, your rules. I made one using bug fabrics. Totally off the wall but after the blocks were sewn I did a black thin border to stop the action, then a wider bug border then a tone on tone color that was in many of the fabrics for the final border. Play & have fun.

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    This is so your own personal preference of what you like to have as a finished quilt or what you want to sew on right now. I have seen some wonderful quilts where the scraps were sewn together to make fabric, then the fabric was used to cut blocks or strips or whatever was wanted. Some pieces were used as the applique pieces in houses - sides, doors, roofs, etc. In this case, the scraps were sewn together in color coordinated pieces so that the pieced fabric when used read as one color or as a print of one predominate color. One woman had used her pieced fabric pieces to made a 9 piece and another to make yellow brick road. The quilts were so different and outstanding and certainly had used up the stash! They just had more creativity that the usual scrappy quilt.

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    I've done both. Check out http://www.maryquilts.com for all kinds of scrappy and strings.
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    I used anything in mine, did try not to repeat the same fabric in the block. I did start each center strip in a 2 inch navy blue because I like the center one the same but did anything for the rest. The next one I want to do in red, white and blue and will use every shade and print in those 3 colors.
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    Wow great site. Thanks for the information

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    I have made them from jelly roll swaps in which all kinds of fabric came to me. I just "sort of" put groups together that worked. It turned out great scrappy quilt. If you look at old quilts some have the oddest combinations together but they seem to work. That is what scrappy means.

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    I love making scrappys and for the one below it was a "planned scrappy" in that all the blocks had blue as the centre strip and I worked out to white on one side and black on the other. Other than that it was anything goes.

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    question about string or scrappy quilts in general

    Here's a couple of mine - one colour sorted and one not. I am mostly an anything goes scarppy quilter.
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    Some wrote that they used paper as foundation. I did the first time and it was a pain!!! I know use muslin. What do you use in the foundation? I love string quilts and want my next one to be black and white.

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    For the very first string quilt I made, I'd decided to use all of the "yucky" fabrics in my stash. I had a lot of those because I was addicted to buying scrap bags (still am, 30 years later). That quilt remains the prettiest string quilt I've ever made. It was such a success that I decided a string quilt made from a definite color scheme using fabrics I actually like would be that much better. It wasn't. Here's a photo of the first one - apologies for not being able to resize this one. If you look at the individual fabrics, they are really horrible but somehow it all works together.
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    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Thanks for the help. I think I was just a little hesitant to get started. I found a great scrappy QAYG pattern at Sew Many Quilts - Too Little Time: February 2009 that I want to try. All the quilts are beautiful and hopefully I can turn out something half as nice.

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    When doing scrappy I think of the person who is going to receive it :male, female or child. I split my scraps between these three catagories when I am making scrappy quilts. There is no other rhyme or reason, I have found this works best for me. Good luck and have fun wit it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    As I dear Mother would say...."six to one half dozen to the other"....meaning doesn't matter......
    I am currently doing a mans lap quilt so I am using only tans, browns and black (my choice).....
    I have also seen them done with 2 or 3 colors combinations, like red, green and white...... I personally
    like a 3 color combo, I tend to do a lot of things in 'odd numbers' and prefer the look !!!!



    What I like to do with all my 'string quilts' is do the center piece in a 1-1/2" black fabric....then when
    I layout the squares I can play with the design of matching that center string.....into connecting diamonds.
    I am almost done piecing this one, when I get the squares sewn together with take a pic and post...
    I use deli paper for my foundation, and then just carefully rip it off when done....you can use muslin if you
    so desire, I just find the deli paper cheap and easy.......I end up making a 11-3/4" square with my paper.....
    With a scrapy quilt I just think it is important to have at least one strong solid, be it black or white, to pull all the colors into playing nicely with others
    Can't wait to see a picture. I like the strong color inclusion and have seen neat secondary patterns come up with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I toss all my scraps on the floor... back up about 6 ft... and what ever screams "get me out of here" gets tossed into a different pile ... sometimes I like that pile better.
    I really like this way!!! Sounds like the way I like to do things...lol
    Tink's Mom (My name is really Susie)

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    I have done a few lap quilts where I did not worry about the fabric at all and they turned out to be some of mine (and my kids) favorites.

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    I make sure that I use them, for example, themes like Christmas, holidays, together and that colors don't clash. Other than that, anything goes, you would be surprised how lovely they turn out. I use muslin for the foundation or any thin material I have or find at thrift stores . I made one just sewing strips onto strips with no backing until I had miles of 2 1/2 strips and then cut to desired length and sewed strips to strips til I had the desired width.
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    I use everything, mix it all up....I love bright colors, but not glareing ones. Works for me.

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