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Thread: 3 scrappy quilts, same design, different color schemes

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    3 scrappy quilts, same design, different color schemes

    In January, 2011, I began my quest to control scraps. I had bags of them sitting around--a lot of the bags were full of leftover backing trimmings, cotton clothing, etc. I was sick of it, so I spent a lot of time just cutting it all up--mostly strips of 1.5", 2" and 2.5" along with a bunch of squares. However, I enjoy sewing, and so inbetween all the cutting, which can get old at times, I began to do some mindless sewing. I saw someone here make a simple strippy quilt using 1.5" strips and using red as their contrast color.

    So, I decided to do something similar. I did a red one, then a black one, then a yellow one. They were easy and fun and used up a lot of 1.5" strips. Wow. I got my 120 liter trash bag over half empty....

    But, they were only tops. I've embarked on my quest to actually finish my quilt tops this year--either by tying or learning to FMQ or something else.

    I finished the yellow one first by a fancy decorative stitch using white thread on the yellow borders. The red and black ones are FMQ--which for me is a learning curve. In the end, I like them all. I used poly batting and finished the borders this past week during the Olympics.
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    Wow, very nice use of your scraps, they are all awesome!

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    Wow! That's a lot of scraps. Great quilts.

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    Wow, that was a lot of work...I have tons of scraps, too...thanks for the idea. Love the yellow one best!

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    I'm in awe! What a great use of your scraps! I've undertaken a similar project this summer and I'm making a little headway (got the strips organized by color scheme and began one quilt using the scraps) but nothing like this! They are beautiful!

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    Well I recently finished one to the floor top with over 6000 pieces, squares, and still have a lot cut left over so am thinking about doing a shower curtain and a valance for BR. Who knows anymore left I will try a throwrug.
    This week I embarked cutting strips and have set aside pieces for various size squares. I was thinking of combining 9 patch with strips. I really like what you have done and appreciate seeing the finished products.

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    I love your quilts! But, don't you find that the more scraps you use the more they grow! I am finally working on a scrappy string quilt and my DH already wants it! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
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    Love them all! Scrappy is my favorite and these are the best!! Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtquilts View Post
    I love your quilts! But, don't you find that the more scraps you use the more they grow! I am finally working on a scrappy string quilt and my DH already wants it! Thanks for sharing your pictures.
    Well, yes, it isn't like I'm down to "no scraps". Sigh. All that happens is that I start making new bags of them--til I get them all cut up and then I'll have another 120 liter (30 gallon) trash bag full of strips again....

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    Wow you sure had a boat load of scraps!! Lots of work!! Beautiful
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    Yes, I have a lot of scraps because I make a ton of charity quilts to give away. The ends of the backings get cut into squares and strips. This alone creates a lot. Some people give me small pieces--I use them. I've been known to cut up cotton dresses as well. I've quit collecting jeans, though--I have a full box of 6" squares that I am not sure what to do with--I want to make a rag quilt, but the thought of all that trimming hurts my hand!

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    they are all great.nice to use up the leftovers that are always sitting around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947 View Post
    Love them all! Scrappy is my favorite and these are the best!! Good job!
    Yes, yes, & more yes! These are all just fabulous! I'm so impressed with what you do with your scraps! These are just more along the same line... beautiful!
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    Beautiful scrappy quilts!
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    WOW! You must have made a serious dent in your scraps!!! These are very sharp for sure.
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    Oh, I just love all three of them... just gorgeous.... so many scraps lol

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    Not only neat quilts, but a nice color study as well. When I read your heading I wondered which color setting I would like the best. I surprised myself when I chose the red one, I thought it would be the black. Either way they are great.
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    All three of your quilts are wonderful. I really like the way you got all your scraps a certain size and then made boxes around a certain size block of them.
    I keep wondering how many scraps it takes to make a quilt. I must be coming up on having enough. When I get my 2 WIP done. I may start on one of these.

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    Really like them all. Now if I could only get at my scraps ,an make a quilt simlar to that .I would have gotten rid of a lot. but the more quilts you make the more scraps there are. joyce j

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    Your quilts are amazing )
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    great jonb they are very nice!!!!
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    wow! such a simple design yet when they are all put together they are absolutely spectacular! i simply love each of them!!! thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work
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    Wow! Love them!
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    Oh my gosh I Love them Very pretty

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