Monday, October 01, 2012

scraps

sometimes i think that people who pass along their scraps to others are much smarter than me.
scraps can be overwhelming and time consuming.
(sometimes i wonder if i will ever touch my stash again???)
but then again, they can turn into such good things....
like super scrap happy quilts.
when i work on projects like this i remember all over again why i love scrap quilts so much!

i'm hoping to empty the bowl and basket and see how big the quilt ends up.
i'm predicting twin size.
(i hope it's not a king. although wouldn't that be fantastic?)

happy Monday to you!

53 comments:

Sonia B said...

I want to be like you some day. ;) Very, very pretty.

Rachel said...

SO, SO, SO pretty. So, inquiring minds want to know...What is the smallest scrap you keep and what is the largest piece that goes into the scraps? I know you have probably mentioned this before, but I can't remember and I am too lazy to go look, LOL...

mindingmomma said...

your scrap blocks are so bright and cheery!

Heleen Groot said...

Those scrappy blocks look fantastic! My problem is that I think everything has to be a scrap..... Every little fiber gets saved. I found a solution, though: I call the "big" pieces (anything over two inch) simply fabric. So, I don't really have scraps! Unfortunately it does nothing to clean up the mess!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Let's see....if you keep accepting scraps from others and then making those cute scrap quilts...no..you will never get to sew with your stash! But if you are happy, that is all that counts!!

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I just keep making more scraps, but I don't give them away, because I really, really, really want to be like you and create a bunch of lovely happy scrappies.

Lynn said...

Love the blocks. I was just looking at my out of control scrap basket (a giant laundry basket) and made a decision that after I'm finished my Christmas gift sewing, I'm going to do nothing but sew my scraps. I'll see how far into 2013 it will get me.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It's amazing how those little scraps can soon add up to a large quilt. :-)

Svetlana said...

wow!!!! that's going to look amazing!!!!

bethanndodd said...

Always inspiring! Love it!
Smiles-Betg

Captain StitchyPants said...

I've always loved scrap quilts, and as a new quilter I'm looking forward to the day when I have enough scraps to make one of my very own. Yours is looking great!

momof3 said...

I just love seeing your little scrappy blocks. Very inspiring!!

Andrea said...

I wish I could give you my scraps! Unfortunately I think the shipping is out of my budget. I have been"cleaning" my sewing area and have 4 large bins of scraps of every size, style and color. It's a bit overwhelming!

Di said...

Amazing how those little scraps can be turned into something so nice. Di x

Mary said...

LOL...I don't pass mine on but I don't do much with them. They are saved for "some day or something". I can't stand to cut them up because I might NEED them for something.

Scrappy makes YOU happy so I don't see a need to change anything.

Caryl W said...

What an amazing inspiration....this looks like too much fun!

Terri said...

You have such fun scraps. I can't make a decent string block... my scraps don't look good together.
Yours sing. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, looks like fun. Although, this looks much more tedious and time-consuming than your drano quilt!

Karin på Ösäter said...

Looks fun, I love scrapps!
Have a great week!

Karin på Ösäter

http://karinpaosater.blogg.se/

Suzanne said...

You make such order out of what looks like a pile of chaos. I like that little piece of fabric with the letters and numbers on it.

Nova said...

hurrah for scraps! :) lovin' the super happy scrappy quilt! x

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

I can't handle much more scrappy cuteness emanating from this blog! ;)

Alycia said...

please send me some of your ability to stay focused... please... love your scraps!!

Rene' said...

Interesting perspective about the intelligence of those who pass along their scraps ;-) It's kind of like the be careful what you wish for syndrome....I asked my mom for her scraps from sewing children's dresses (didn't like the thought that they may be thrown away) and she has given me two large shopping bags so far and has more waiting! Let me know if you need any scraps...;-)

Annie said...

My favorite type of quilts! Beautiful work

Clair said...

I dare you to get rid of all your scraps and just make stuff from your stash.

beeps said...

how about if there is a lot, do a scrappy back too. THAT WOULD BE WILD!! I would call that my happy quilt.

Hope said...

I think your scraps rival my entire stash! Can't wait to see more of this quilt as it progresses.

Nell said...

you are the scraps Queen! You have taught me to view scraps in a whole new way (and everytime I read your beautiful book again I find myself wishing I had MORE scraps!)

Mama Pea said...

The blocks are gorgeous! I love them. Scrap bowls tend to feel bottomless, don't they? Can't wait to see how it turns out.

eileensideways said...

use it up, wear it out. i admire your patience.

Denice said...

It is fantastic. I used to throw all my scraps away then you came along and showed me all the wonderfulness of scraps. I made several different scrappy quilts which were lovely, but they all kinda looked the same. So recently a few of us had a scrap trade and everything feels all new again. I'll have to send you a picture of my star quilt made with Pati's. It's amazing. Everyone has given me their tired scraps and Pati is becoming an amazing quilt. so far the only thing Ive purchased for her is some white background. Thank you so much for introducing me to hand piecing with Pati. It's been an amazing journey. If there were a fire, I'd grab Pati and run.

Foster said...

You do beautiful work with your scraps. I just gave a bunch of my scraps to my niece who is beginning to show a love of sewing. I figured they would do her more good than sitting in my basement waiting for me to finish that ever elusive scrap quilt!

Alicia said...

simply marvellous!
kisses from Spain

Sue said...

Wow! But I must finish Missing U first (rows are ready to be stitched together). Thank you for so much inspiration.

Michele said...

Wonderful! Making something useful out of all those scraps is great. So bright and cheery. It will be grand for sure.

New Salem Homestead said...

You are "sew" inspirational! If I attack my scrap bins I could have a quilt big enough to cover the entire county!

Barb N said...

It's kinda fun to just start piecing together without any mind to color and design and size and all the usual rules that you need to make a quilt come out looking like the pattern! Scrapiness at its best!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Amanda it's like a candy shop, so yummy and fun. The strips definitely keep it from getting too messy but all the bright colors are truly a delight. Really lovely.

Nancy said...

I'm inspired!

Jo said...

My name is Jo and I too am addicted to scrap. I think my family is too. I asked my daughter what she wanted for a wedding quilt knowing I would sew whatever she wanted. She picked a maverick star quilt. PERFECT in my book....another chance to get scrap happy!!!

ECKDesign said...

Thanks for this post and especially the progress photo! It's motivating me to put a dent on my scrap piles... at current count, I have 7 large laundry baskets of them... ugh! =o(

Dana Gaffney said...

I'm loving those blocks, I can't even imagine giving away my scraps especially if I can use them like you're doing. Beautiful.

Nita said...

Your book is a huge inspiration for me. I have started saving my scraps, and now I am impatient to get enough to actually DO something with them! I wish I could get people to send me their scraps instead of throwing them away, lol!

Lisa said...

Ooooh, very pretty- a king-size would be fabulous!!! =)

Lisa said...

p.s. I FINALLY broke down and cut my color-sorted scrap bins into strips (1.5 inch, 2 inch, and 2.5 inch) and squares (5inch, 4inch, and 4.5 inch). I've been hesitant for so long, but think now they'll actually get used! Heading to a quilt retreat soon and am so happy to take things already cut to sew.

evamarie said...

I love it! How do you start a project like that? Do you just sew the scraps together how they com in to square blocks? Ore is ther a pattern you ar using in this one? Love from holland!

the girlfriend gap said...

You amaze me!

Nifty Quilts said...

How fun! I agree, scrap quilts are the best.

Annalia said...

Maybe smarter at keeping their space clean (looking around my scrappy sewing area, not judging yours), but not at sewing awesomeness!

Jo said...

so girly! I am going to throw the odd shapes out and cut into blocks and strips. Great idea!

Diane Swett said...

love your scrappy quilts :} - btw I was in my sewing room yrsterday and sewed some scraps together - i'm so excited, it's been 5 weeks since my shoulder replacement surgery - only 3 weeks till i can take off the sling. I will photo my project and post it on my blog. www.quiltingandsewingarts.com

quiltchallenge said...

I love your use of scraps.. and thanks for sharing… I am working on a stack of my own I just could not part with.