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Thread: Quilt Challenge!

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    A lot of us are concerned about the lack of shops selling fabrics, and the prices in general, so I have a challenge for everyone. Let's see how many of us can make a quilt from just our scraps and small stash pieces within the next year. Backing is up to you whether you purchase or are really thrifty/creative with what you already have!

    The thinking here is to be like the women who quilted in pioneer days. They had no shops nearby and had to save worn out shirts and dresses or feedsacks to make a quilt. We can do that too!

    For inspiration, please visit www.quiltville.com and read her tips on scrap sorting and see the amazing quilts she has made from them! It is an awesome website.

    If you don't already have a scrap drawer, start one! Every time you trim off ends, square up your fabric, etc, put the strips and pieces into light, dark and medium assortments. I got a lot of satisfaction from going through my scraps and making them organized. Mine are in shoe boxes and ziplocs for now. I will have to get the clear storage drawer set up that Bonnie has on her website.

    Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with by next Christmas!

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    Hi, Ya'll. This is Patrice, here. Just wanted to explain why I had the "nerve" to post this to the top with a sticky so it won't move from Page 1. Just so happens, somebody who thinks this is a super idea asked me to find a way to make sure everybody knows about it. This was the best way I could think of to do that.


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    Hi Wendy,

    I already have a way of using up my scraps and it is amazing how many quilts you can make out of your scraps and just think, you also save money too! My technique is alot like the crazy quilt style and does help use up the scraps.

    Vanessa

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    I have a scrap box going already, was not quite sure what I was going to do with it all, but I will take you up on the challenge! :D

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    I volunteer to be the judge!

    Send all scrap quilts to me next Christmas and I will tell you who's is best.

    Some exclusions may occur. Your mileage may vary. Do not do this at home. All quilting as shown is done by professionals, do not attempt to do this without advanced training. My favorite color is blue. Taxes are collected in the state of California. Quilts are not returnable. Winners will be notified when I stop running from a gang of angry quilters.



    tim in san jose

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    I volunteer to be the judge!

    Send all scrap quilts to me next Christmas and I will tell you who's is best.

    Some exclusions may occur. Your mileage may vary. Do not do this at home. All quilting as shown is done by professionals, do not attempt to do this without advanced training. My favorite color is blue. Taxes are collected in the state of California. Quilts are not returnable. Winners will be notified when I stop running from a gang of angry quilters.



    tim in san jose
    You are too funny - and kind! I will be sure to make mine EXTRA GIRLY before I send it to you for "Judging."

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    Wendy, sending Tim a girly girl quilt may do any good, he does have a daughter :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by k_jupiter
    I volunteer to be the judge!

    Send all scrap quilts to me next Christmas and I will tell you who's is best.

    Some exclusions may occur. Your mileage may vary. Do not do this at home. All quilting as shown is done by professionals, do not attempt to do this without advanced training. My favorite color is blue. Taxes are collected in the state of California. Quilts are not returnable. Winners will be notified when I stop running from a gang of angry quilters.



    tim in san jose
    I'll be the one with the pitchfork!! :twisted:

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    HI, I discovered quiltville.com several months ago and have made two of her quilts using my scraps. I became financially strapped a few months ago and started using my surplus fabric without buying any more. So far I have made a Pineapple Blossoms from that site using only my Christmas Fabric. Pc's that were not big enough for a "matched" quilt. It turned out great. Then I did a scrappy half sq. triangle quilt. Love it. Will use them for Christmas Presents. so it is possible to use just scraps. marge PS. I still haven't used all my scraps up.

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    This is such a good idea quiltmaker. I've made many scrap quilts in the attempt to put my scrap basket out of business. With no luck. I'm currently working on a really large one. Thought that would do the trick. Hasn't made a dent! :lol: But I'll keep trying. Dh says I never need to buy another FQ as long as I live and I could just keeping putting them out one after another. I've even given my whole scrap basket away. Twice!! :shock: It multiplies in the dark, I swear it does!

    This will motivate me to work harder to get this one done in time so I can (NOT) send it to k_juipiter for judging. :lol: :lol:

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    I'm in for this challenge too! I think I might try the 'mile-a-minute" blocks for mine...but who knows?!!

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Wendy, sending Tim a girly girl quilt may do any good, he does have a daughter :lol:

    Two. Nine and Twelve.

    *L*

    tim

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    Judge, eh? OK, but you have to travel to each of US, to see our quilts. We have the stuff here and no way would be let it get gone.

    My scraps overflowth, too. I'm in, I'm in.........is there a limit on the number of scrap quilts???

    Hugs, Wendy, so glad you began this!

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    I think I will take you guys up on this one.

    Cassandra

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    You know I'm in Twin! I won't even count the scrap quilt I'm working on now. Something new by next Christmas! Let's see how all those batik, vintage and new fabric scraps work together. Everyone get their barf bags out! And I'll try to add in some girly stuff for the judges's daughters! Should be gnarly! :-)

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    Oh, and I don't know that this will encourage or discourage people, but let's donate these somehow. Or keep them. Entirely up to the individual, but I think I would more motivated if my scrap quilt went to build a charity or put a smile on a family member. If you really love it though, please keep it! I'm easy! :D Just have fun! Great idea, Wendy! Recycling is so 2008!

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    well I will have to start a new scrap bag I just donated a large bag of scraps to an elementary school to use in projects
    Not like I won't make more:)

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    Azdersertrat, what a nice gesture. You know those kiddie's will have a blast creating with your old scraps! You're inspiring new quilters and crafters! It's like underwriting artistic endeavors. I love it! Save a few for this challenge, but I love that you donate.

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    i've been challenging myself to use only scraps in our Blocks of the {Twice A} Month. i've had to cut into "regular" fabric once or twice, but the tutti fruitti blocks are about 95% scraps. :P

    and my bag still weighs a ton. :x :shock: :lol:

    yep. i'm definitely in on this challenge. :wink:

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    Good idea count me in, I have so many scraps I could make a quilt to go around the world, I'm not joking I'm the the next best thing to wal-mart the only difference is I'm really cheap (not me my fabric) I end up giving it away.

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    I have made plans for my scraps, I will be making blankets for project linus:

    Welcome to Project Linus National Headquarters
    Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission:

    First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."


    Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

    http://www.projectlinus.org/index.shtml

    so is it Ok if I follow your challenge but make them all for donation?

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    I think that would be a wonderful idea dcurvy!!

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    This sounds interesting and I might do something in the future. :-) But with so many other things going and being programed for slow/med. speed there is no way I would get it done for Christmas this year. :lol: I hope to see lots of pictures though. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebJ
    This sounds interesting and I might do something in the future. :-) But with so many other things going and being programed for slow/med. speed there is no way I would get it done for Christmas this year. :lol: I hope to see lots of pictures though. :mrgreen:
    DJ,

    This is a challenge for 2008. You have a year + to pull this together.

    I like the Project Linus concept.
    I will have to think about it. Most of my scraps are ... intense. *L*

    tim in san jose

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    My scrap bag overfloweth into the entire room. There isn't even enough space for the cat to lie down without hitting some of my scraps. This is just the challenge for me. I even have enough pink scraps to make a really 'nice' quilt for Tim to judge. :lol:

    It's going to be fun seeing all the creativity in using up the scraps.

    Connie

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    :-) I am new to quilting but my scraps are adding up fast. Count me in.

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