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Thread: Why I make scrappies I think.

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    Scrap quilts for me are enchanting. It amazes me how each and every piece of fabric fits in perfectly. When I began to get interested in quilt making I was generously given fabric by several people who were no longer going to be quilting because of medical reasons and so began my journey with nothing but scraps. I very seldom buy fabrics unless at a garage sale. I also think that working with scraps takes away some of the tension, they are meant to be used for love and enjoyment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stablemom View Post
    I love scrappies for the same reasons. The freedom they give you. They are warm and cosy and thrifty too. They remind me of older times when everything was used to make something lovely and useful.
    Ditto. I like using up all the fabric.

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    All of the above plus just love all the colors. Color is what quilting is all about for me. One other reason is the way I buy fabric. I very rarely buy enough fabric to complete a color planned quilt, so even if am cutting yardage rather than using scraps, I use a lot of different fabrics.

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    My mom's cousin taught me how to sew cloths. She used the scraps for quilts. As my children were growing up and I made their cloths I saved the scraps to "someday" make a quilt. I recently made scrap quilts for my 2 oldest and each of them recognized fabrics from the past in them. I am always receiving scraps from people who no longer sew. I have a sister who makes cloths and always threw away the scraps. Now she saves them for me. She's not wasting and it is free for me.
    I think people are more inclined to use a scrappy quilt rather than "saving" it for "special" use. They don't feel "guilty" if it gets worn out.

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    I love scrappies too, and for a lot of the same reasons as you, deedum!

    At work I am a programmer so as you can imagine...lots of precision, lots of rules, lots of details that must be explored, tested, documented...

    In my sewing room....sometimes I bring that focus and precision to bear, and other times....it's scrappy funtime!!

    Plus I like to buy lots of small pieces of fabric....fabric that I "can't live without" but can't afford the space (or dollars) to buy six yards at a whack. I treat myself to fat quarters and half-yards all the time so I have a huge variety of small pieces of fabric...perfect for scrappy quilts!

    Right now my favorite quilt is a scrappy made from the bits and pieces left over from all of the quilts I made as Christmas gifts for my family last year. I love looking at it because each piece makes me think of a specific quilt and the person I made it for. It's like a mental family reunion! LOL

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    What I see in these first 3 pages of reasons why people make scrappy quilts is a lot of quilters who have something inside them screaming to get out. Repeatedly responders said things about the freedom, the colors w/o "matching", the memories (both real from recognized fabric, or remembered because of the variety of fabrics). I think those of you who enjoy scrappy quilts are ready to fly in new directions, dare to quilt w/o patterns, experiement and if you don't like it, give it to a charity (someone will like it!). Too many of us are stuck on "patterns". Time to let go and DO your thing!

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    I'm new to quilting but scrappy are my favorite because of the freedom of no pattern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    ...Plus I like to buy lots of small pieces of fabric....fabric that I "can't live without" but can't afford the space (or dollars) to buy six yards at a whack. I treat myself to fat quarters and half-yards all the time so I have a huge variety of small pieces of fabric...perfect for scrappy quilts!
    I really agree with this. When I get that feeling that I WANT to buy fabric, I've been getting 1/4 yd pieces for my strip bins. I love all the colors and variety.
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    I am with you. I just love scrappies.

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    Love doing a scrappy quilt, they just make me happy.

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    I love em all. But I had an eye opener a while back. I had always made pattern quilts and I really like them, I no longer like the BOM - I think I've tried about every block out there. Anyway I had made a planned scrappy it was so much fun - 6 strips sewn/cut into sqares/cut square diag/put together and you have a light and dark going on.
    My daughter (40's) was over and I wanted her to have a quilt and she wanted one. So I pulled out all my quilts and the one she picked out of all my very planned/precise quilts was the scrappy! So lesson learned - the other 3 kids all did about the same thing. Son picked out a flannel raggy - go figure.

    I do like a planned quilt so now most of my quilts are scrappy but with a plan - and they are a lot of fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    Why do you like scrappies?
    Because I'm a free spirit and do not like to be known as a cookie cutter,i.e., following someone else's creations. I like one of a kind thing when it comes to creating.

    I don't think I could duplicate even what I create if I tried cause my mind just does not work that way. I see it in my mind and I start sewing, slashing and/or cutting it all after I sew and recreate it many times.
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    I like scrappies too because I can follow my own ideas and I will probably never get 2 the same, they are bright and I think of the original reason why people got the make their quilts, was with scraps of other things - dresses, pyjamas, shirts, etc..... Not to say I don't like the other kind of quilts, I admire them too but I don't suppose I will ever buy a pattern to make a quilt, I follow my own heart Happy quilting to you all!!!!
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    I much rather sew a scrappy anytime. Even the quilts I make by a pattern have a scrappy element to them ( ex. Turning twenty).

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    I also love scrappy quilts for all of the above reasons. I also like them because I do not have to "think" too hard about the color choices. They always come out very nice and very colorful!

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    Your comment about work being so structured is a real clue here. I am a retired Interior Designer, for years the perfect getaway for me was tent camping, AWAY from all the structure and details that ruled my daily work life, even though it was creative it had to fit a particular structure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deedum View Post
    I just love scrappy quilts and the thought crossed my mind why! I am free, free to pick whatever color I want, to start and stop on the project without any ado. I don't have to think, worry about the pattern or anything. I can be As creative as the mood takes me. I am so much of a free spirit on my off time. At work, I am very structured, hard working and hold myself very accountable and don't take excuses lightly.., at home in my own little sewing room, In my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be!

    I think the scrappies, just ooze love, warmth and comfort!!

    Why do you like scrappies?
    I think you've summed it up very well! Sometimes I call it "mindless" sewing, it's very freeing to me. And, I love looking at all the small pieces of fabric in scrappy quilts. I have learned a lot by seeing what colors pop out and get ideas for future "controlled" scrappy quilts. Right now I'm so drawn to 2 color or even monochromatic scrappy quilts which is unusual for me. Usually I'm the more colors the better!

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    ditto on Pat625

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    Wow. You said it all. I love not only using up my fabric but not having to coordinate colors, styles, pattern,etc. They are so much fun to play with.

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    I didn't like scrappies when I first started quilting. The OCD part of me just had a hard time with it. But things have really changed, and I love scrappies now! My favorite quilts are scrappy samplers, with all kinds of sizes of blocks, a variety of patterns and techniques too. ( like paper piecing, applique, etc.) A bit of lots!
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    I started out making very "controlled" quilts with each block matching and color coordinated. Then my "inner quilter" decided to make a quilt for a family reunion that was behind held at my house. Being bold, I asked them to send fabric in their family color (the previous reunion, each family wore the same colored T-shirt so that my long-lost uncle from CA could tell who belonged to whom. Colors ranged from black, red, orange, purple - you get the idea, so I really had to "let go" of my very "controlled/coordinated) quilts, use colors I wouldn't normally use. I've lost count of how many reunion quilts I have made, with family members sending fabric in a color I choose (although some "free spirits" chose not to comply), and I have come up with some very beautiful scrappy quilts. My favorite was when I asked for blue fabric I wound up with blue fabric, mostly in the bright, medium blue and I made the "best quilt I'd ever made" to use my one brother's words, who also wound up winning the quilt. I'm challenged to make a beautiful quilt in an assortment of colors, fabric, etc. and I've become a better quilter because of it.

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    Scappies are 'old timey' to me and also are my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I love scrappies because they bring back the feeling of long ago, when family was a the most important thing. Quilts were made with scraps from clothing, and were functional...I hate to see a quilt I made not being used...Scrappies are the mac and cheese of bedding!
    Well put!! I love the macaroni and cheese comment. I have been known to cut up fabric on purpose to get more variety into a quilt. I like a lot of color.
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    I like scrappies because they are just too cute! They remind me of being a kid and having a scrappy patchwork quilt on my bed. I'm not sure what happened to it, it probably fell apart at some point. But I remember snuggling in it on a cold winters night and being warm. That's what scrappy quilts are to me.
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    You just created the "Scrappy Creed". I also love scrap quilts and the only thing I bother with is choosing the pattern I want to make. Taking unwanted fabric and turning it into something that can be used and loved gives me a great piece of mind and satisfaction.
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