Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 22 of 22

Thread: What do the words 'scrappy quilt' mean to you?

  1. #1
    Junior Member beaniekins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Alberta
    Posts
    253

    What do the words 'scrappy quilt' mean to you?

    I love scrappy quilts, and primarily make them, unless I have a special request from someone to make something else. I love my scraps and love when people give me their scraps to play with too! I am relatively organized and often cut my fabric into planned strips and squares when they get smaller than a certain size, or when I'm done a project and I have some leftovers.

    What do you think of when you think 'scrappy quilts'? Do you think of a modge podge of colours and styles that are not for you? Or maybe more planned scrappy, when you use scraps in similar colours or similar styles to create something gorgeous?

  2. #2
    Super Member KathyKat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,512
    I mainly think of a project made from scraps of all different colors and prints. I usually call a planned scrappy the "scrappy look" or "scrappy style". I'm making a 9 patch now from some purchased for this quilt 1930's look prints and some actual scraps of mine so it will have a "scrappy look" but is planned and the blocks arranged to distribute the colors somewhat evenly.
    Kathleen, a lass with a bit of the Irish in her blood and a whole lot of Irish in her heart

  3. #3
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    I love the scrappy look, but I still must have a theme or plan of some kind. In my case, it is generally 1930's reproductions. I've done Dresden Plate and am now working on Friendship squares. Next will be the new one from Quilt in a Day. I keep my background constant (generally Kona snow) and use as many repros as I can get my hands on.

    All that being said, I've seen some scrappy quilts on here that appear to be an explosion of the scrap bin and they look very pretty, too. I just don't have the nerve to try that style yet.

  4. #4
    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Posts
    12,428
    Mine are the "explosion of the scrap bin" variety.

  5. #5
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    I know people actually purchase fabrics to make scrappy quilts and that goes against the definition IMO:> I'm like Dunster. I use what I have(left overs). And I've never been disappointed.

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Abingdon, MD
    Posts
    1,659
    I love the variety of colors and prints in scrappy quilts. There is such a wealth of them on this site, I am amazed at the quality of work and enjoy them all. Currently I am working on a scrappy type quilt made of orange stripes sewn diagonally on a muslin square. It's a work in progress.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    S. Texas
    Posts
    1,954
    I think of both and have done both and liked the looks of both.

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Gainesville, Ga
    Posts
    198
    For me it's the fabric leftover from another project. I have even used batting and backing left from other projects and didn't buy anything for the "scrappy" project.

  9. #9
    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Piedmont Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Posts
    8,212
    I believe a true scrap quilt has many, many differing prints, whether they are in the same color family or cover the whole color wheel. To me a quilt with less than, say, 30 or more prints isn't really a scrap quilt, but rather a quilt with multiple fabrics/prints.

    I have some vague memory of reading that Roberta Horton (or somebody well-known like that) wrote that a true scrap quilt has a minimum of 75 differing prints/colors/fabrics, or something like that.

    Jan in VA
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...bums19552.html

  10. #10
    Super Member MacThayer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Nevada
    Posts
    1,101
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    I believe a true scrap quilt has many, many differing prints, whether they are in the same color family or cover the whole color wheel. To me a quilt with less than, say, 30 or more prints isn't really a scrap quilt, but rather a quilt with multiple fabrics/prints.

    I have some vague memory of reading that Roberta Horton (or somebody well-known like that) wrote that a true scrap quilt has a minimum of 75 differing prints/colors/fabrics, or something like that.

    Jan in VA
    Wow, 75 differing prints/colors/fabrics --- I don't have that many fabrics in my stash yet! So I suppose it will take me a while to be able to make a "true" scrappy quilt, and I'll be one of those smucks who have to buy some fabric to make one, so under those circumstances, it will have a theme. Someday, I'd like to make a true scrappy quilt though!
    MacThayer

  11. #11
    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    9,757
    I think controlled scraps. I do not care for sewing everything randomly together. And yes, I buy scraps or FQ for scrap quilts all the time.
    Anna Quilts

  12. #12
    Super Member luvTooQuilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    A Hop from Heaven, a Skip from Sanity and a Jump from the Good Life....
    Posts
    7,119
    Blog Entries
    1
    to me scrappy is a mish-mosh of left over fabric scraps whether it be controlled scrappy (strategically placed) or random placement..

  13. #13
    Super Member EagarBeez's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Eagar, Arizona
    Posts
    1,685
    I love the scrappy look. I remember my great aunt having a scrappy quilt, it was a hodge podge of colors and prints. Nothing planned. Just various pieces sewn together. If I ever get to do one, I think I will do the same.
    I never believe in the word can't,unless you've tried

  14. #14
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Northern Indiana
    Posts
    1,771
    Blog Entries
    14
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    Mine are the "explosion of the scrap bin" variety.
    Same here, sort of everything up to the "kitchen sink, and sometimes that"

  15. #15
    Super Member lynnsim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    1,506
    To me, a scrappy quilt could be any traditional pattern, but must have lots and lots of different prints.

  16. #16
    Super Member hobo2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Boonsboro, MD
    Posts
    2,724
    Blog Entries
    1
    I have a plastic bin that is my scrap bag. Some if my scrap bag quilts are chosen out of this. If the block is a two color block, I try to get them paired up out if my scrap bag. Now, all of the leftovers get cut into 1.5" strips from 1" to ?"'s. sometimes I get lucky and have them WOF. These are going into several of Gylene Fitzgeralds Pineapple trash blocks. I am in love with these blocks. They are so easy, fast and make a gorgeous pineapple quilt that is as easy as a 9 patch.
    So, I guess I control most of my scrap bag quilts except for the pineapples. I rarely go out and buy for A quilt. I do have to buy neutrals. I seem to go thru those faster. I just made my first quilt using many different neutral backgrounds. It was hard for me as I prefer the same background throughout the quilt. However, it turned out great and I like the older effect it gives to the quilt and the neutrals all came out if my scrap bag.

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    590
    i think of the hodge podge of colors. I also do a controlled scrappy with various blends of the same color as one fabric.
    Mona Marie
    I am too Blessed to be stressed and too Anointed to be disappointed

  18. #18
    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Illinois
    Posts
    9,385
    For me its any left over fabrics not large enough to be included in a regular quilt.

  19. #19
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Northern Indiana
    Posts
    1,771
    Blog Entries
    14
    What does a "Gylene Fitzgeralds Pineapple" trash block look like?

  20. #20
    Super Member DonnaB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Mesa & Forest Lakes, AZ
    Posts
    1,636
    Blog Entries
    16
    I love doing scrappy, being able to pull from my stash only, it feels like a "free" quilt. I try to make the scrappy quilt with an appropriate pattern.
    Retired & enjoying life

  21. #21
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Mableton, GA
    Posts
    8,488
    I call mine "scrappy-ish" or "scrappy-like" because I use bought scraps (remants too) and some of my own leftovers. Sometimes I have sort of a plan and sometimes not. I think we discussed this a long time ago and there are as many opinions as there are scraps!! All good, whatever floats our boats.

  22. #22
    Super Member Lynnie25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,908
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts View Post
    I think controlled scraps. I do not care for sewing everything randomly together. And yes, I buy scraps or FQ for scrap quilts all the time.

    I like controlled scrap quilts too, all mine usually have a theme or pattern. As I do a lot of foundation pieced scrap quilts, I use the scraps as they are, never cut precisely before I sew. I hound all my quilting friends for their scraps, I just can't get enough of them.
    QB Albums: Lynnie25's Quilts; Selvedge Quilts; Lyn's Dolls Quilt Swap Quilts

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.