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Thread: What do you call a scrap quilt?

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    Senior Member Gilla's Avatar
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    I have heard that term all over, but I am not really sure what it means. If I were to use my scraps, I would not wind u with an acceptable quilt. It using leftovers from other work?I have always started new and now I have oodles of leftovers, none of which match.

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    Scrap quilt can refer to any quilt made from a large variety of fabrics. Typically these are left overs from other projects, but not necessarily. The fabrics in scrap quilts don't have to match, that is part of their charm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Great place, and explanation ;-)

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    Scrap quilters are generally not that into matching everything. If they don't seem to go together, cut them smaller...that was the advice I recieved early on from a very experienced quilter. She also told me to start with patterns with quite a bit of background fabric showing to get used to mixing my scraps. The third bit of advice she shared was to throw the scraps in a paper bag and pull out one at a time if you have trouble putting 2 fabrics together that just don't seem to play well together.

    Lastly, if none of the above hints appeal to you, share your scraps with someone who will cherish them.

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    everything goes together in a scrap...and it matches!

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    You think it doesn't match but once it is all together it ends up looking great

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    Who cares if it doesn't match. It is a quilt, you aren't getting dressed. Learned this from Mary Ellen Hopkins.

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    You can add a neutral or another color to tie everything together. I love scrap quilts. If scrap quilts aren't your thing, you can always donate the material to organizations who can make them into quilts for various charity groups.

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    I love scrappy quilts!

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    The only type of quilts that I have ever made are scrappy quilts. But, I make sure that the colors go well together. I usually have 20-30 different prints to make it interesting and attractive.My most recent is the Bento Box pattern and I used Asian prints that went well together.

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    An easy way to get started with making scrap quilts, is what I call a controlled scrap quilt. Pull all your left over fabric in ONE color family, no regard to if they match or go together, and use ONE background fabric. Might be called a two color quilt.
    I taught my nieces to quilt with a cut out scrap quilt projects that I had. Don't think they were to sure how all those fabrics would look together :lol: When finished they loved them, kept saying never thought all those fabrics went together or would look nice.

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    What I find appealing about scrap quilts is the variety. Sometimes a color you would never think about looking good with something else will really make everything else POP!

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    I sometimes worry that something will not look good next to something else, then I stop and realize that when they are all sewn together, that you are not really looking at any one fabric, you are seeing it as a whole.

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    Scrap quilts seem to come together and look fabulous. I think it is the play between dark, medium, and light values.

    I have some friends who give me their scraps. Which I really appreciate. Anyway - when I show the quilts that are made they often search the tops for their fabrics. They really get a thrill to know the fabric has been used - from something they wouldn't work with any more - into something fabulous. They often talk about the stories of the original quilt. I feel like I am maintaining some long unspoken quilting tradition/mystery.

    Oh for me "scraps" are any left over fabric from previous projects (mine or others) where there isn't enough to use in a "co-ordinated/planned" top.

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    A quilt that has lots and lots of different colours. Log cabin can be a wonderful scrap quilt because you are dealing with dark and bright fabrics.

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    My grandmother made traditional scrap quilts, with everything but the kitchen sink. She kept her scraps (everything left over from sewing projects from many years) in a closet in bags and boxes. When she cut out a quilt, she just pulled a scrap from the bag and cut it out, regardless of what print or color it was. She never used a rotary cutter and I remember the fist time she actually bought fabric for a whole quilt top. I tend to like controlled scrappy quilts, or scrappy quilts in one or two colors. I've made three scrappy purple quilts, a scrappy blue quilt, a scrappy teal quilt, and am working on two scrappy burgundy and tan quilts. I use a wide assortment of fabrics, from my scraps (leftovers) from fat quarters and I'll cut a strip or two from each of my yardage fabrics in that color. They key to having an interesting scrap quilt from one or two colors is to use a variety of shades, tones, hues, values, prints, etc. of that color. For instance, in my blue quilt, I use royal blues, baby blues, navy blues, greenish blues, purplish blues and florals, stripes, solids and plaids. When all put together, the colors have depth and seem to sparkle! I just love them! And I like knowing that I am using up fabrics from my stash. It makes me feel good to use that last little bit of some scrap, but it also makes me feel good when I cut a couple strips off a yard and can put the rest back into my stash for another quilt!

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    My philosophy is "you put them together they go together". I have made quite a few quilts. It does look odd when you first begin a scrap project because you only see a few fabrics then. But, as you make more blocks and it gets bigger, that's when the magic happens. My only two rules for scrap quilting is that I won't repeat a fabric in a block (if I can help it) and I won't put a fabric piece next to itself. Other than that, your options are open.

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