Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Quilts for Scrap Lovers Blog Hop

This morning is my day on the Quilts for Scrap Lovers Blog hop.  When Judy asked me to participate in her blog hop for her new book, I asked her to tell me a bit about it.  When she began to talk about her frustrations with leftovers pieces of fabric from  garments that were odd shaped, I thought of my own box full of pieces from clothes I had made for myself and for Frankie.  Odd ball armhole scraps was my first thought!

Quilts for Scrap Lovers
 
Reading Judy's introduction, I see that she's had a similar background growing up with parents raised in the depression, where saving something for later was pretty much an art form.  We never threw away old patterns or chunks of fabric, you might need a repair to your garment, collars from one pattern might look good combined with another.  And if you toss something, surely you'll need it later. 

Quilts for Scraplovers Intro

Judy developed a system using templates to cut and save fabric.  She also shows you how to use your existing rulers to cut with her method.  And of course she has 16 projects in her book using her method.  She's showing you projects not made from precuts, but honest-to-goodness leftover scraps. Revolutionary!

scraps
 
There are several projects that caught my eye , including Snap Cracker Pop.  I whipped out a block using Judy's methods in a matter of a few minutes.  Here's my block using some Pam Kitty with the cute apples from Elea's Apple Farm fabric.

cracker block
 
You can see more here at the C&T website.  It was fun to look at all the quilts and find bits and pieces of a sewing life well lived.  The more I go through my sewing stuff the more happy memories I see lurking among all the saved pieces.  Wouldn't it be fun to cut them up and actually use them?   Reading Judy's book will help you do that!

To follow along on the hop be sure to visit these friends and read what they have to say about Judy's book this week.  Thanks to Judy and C&T for my copy of the book to read and review!

*** Edited to add:  Leave a comment, C&T publishing is giving away a free e-book to one of my readers!  Let me know what you think about scrap quilting!

Nov 1 Christa Watson
Nov 2 PamKittyMorning
Nov 3 Mary Abreu

60 Comments:

Blogger Kathy E. said...

My parents grew up in the Depression too and I was raised to save bits of everything and I still do! I have a few containers of scraps that I can't part with and I do go through them often looking for the perfect one. This book would give me plenty of inspiration to use them up and offer wonderful suggestions. Thanks for your review!

5:12 AM  
Anonymous Summer said...

Love the yellow and red combination ♥

5:48 AM  
Blogger Betty4 said...

What a great book. I am new to quilting but already have scraps that I love too much to part with. Scrap quilt here I come.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Vicki H said...

I love scrap quilts and have made many myself. The book looks very inspiring.

6:33 AM  
Blogger Cecilia said...

This might be the perfect inspiration to use my scraps!

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Elaine in North Texas said...

I always like this pattern too.

7:00 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

My therapy is sewing random scraps together causing random spontaneity and unexpected combinations.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Julie Dunn said...

I love scrap quilts and have more than I know what to do with. I completely agree with introduction, so many times you can tell "scrap quilts" have been made with very controlled scraps. Love what I have seen in this book and would love a copy!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Missy Shay said...

That sounds like a great book, I hate throwing those odd pieces away and I hardly ever buy precuts, so this is perfect for me!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Sewgirl said...

What beautiful scrap quilts! Thanks for sharing.

7:08 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

I just can't get a handle on my scraps! Lots just shoved away in various containers......and that's the old out of sight out if mind!

7:25 AM  
Blogger Allison CB said...

My grandparents were great save for later type people. When their home was cleaned out there were seven (7!!!) nonworking toasters, tons of cardboard boxes, balls of string, even brown paper from the grocery bags and tons of other useful items!!! I love the idea of cutting up my carefully saved scraps for a nice quilt!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

7:26 AM  
Blogger Susan Brehm said...

I've never made a scrap quilt - I think it's time!!

8:12 AM  
Blogger Tami Von Zalez said...

oooooo I am a major scrap quilter since the majority of my stash is thrifted fabric. Pick me! Pick me!
tvonzalez at gmail dot com

8:26 AM  
Blogger Kimmy J said...

I love the simplicity of scrappy quilts...although sometimes I get crazy and try to structure them. They never turn out quite right!

8:58 AM  
Blogger Charlotta said...

I love scrap quilts! I love the way they look, and I love being able to use every bit and last piece of my fabrics. This would be a perfect book for me!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Donna W said...

I save my scraps and need help in using them up. Looks like this book would do that!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kellie Warren said...

I love scrap quilting. I think my scrap quilts end up prettier than the quilts I intentionally went out and painstakingly chose each and every fabric fabric that went into them. Its freeing and fun and I DON'T LIKE WASTE AT ALL, so I win all the way around. I always precut my leftovers when i am doing projects into sizes I will use later and leave some larger clean precut sizes too for whatever may come up as far as size, that way i am ready to roll. I keep them all in seperate containers and group them in colors and YAY, scrap quilt ready. I started out with scraps from my mother and a machine my husband went out and bought me when I had to retire as a nurse because of an illness, i was having a very difficult time, i loved quilts and my husband said make some and gave me that machine. I had NO IDEA how. But i learned, and it saved me. It really did. I now teach others, quilt everyday and still love love those scraps. :) kwarren29@cox.net

9:11 AM  
Blogger Linda R said...

I have made 3 or 4 scrap quilts. I think the key element for me will be to make myself cut a certain amount of square and strips every night and store them so I can easily see what I have, and then I will be ready to sew my next scrappy quilt.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I think this is a much needed book. Yes I sew with scraps and I think they multiply exponentially at night when the lights go off. New ideas are always welcome.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Angie in SoCal said...

It seems the more scrappy blocks I make the more scraps I make - itty, bitty things that won't go away! Maybe a collage. Thanks for the chance.

10:11 AM  
Blogger wenhkc said...

Thanks for the review and give-away. i can finally use up my scraps!

10:25 AM  
Anonymous k2sews@hotmail.com said...

Love scrap quilts...a believer that all colors go together so scraps just work nicely.

10:26 AM  
Blogger Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

I love the look of scrap quilts but struggle with making one myself. I'm a bit OCD and I need to control the chaos somehow. Thanks for the giveaway.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Loretta said...

I am always looking for new projects to use my scraps.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Remnant Quilter Kimberly said...

Thanks for sharing from the book. The dancing colors are always cheerful. I don't think I've ever seen a 'serious' scrap quilt, lol.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Ariane said...

I love scraps quilting. It is the style of quilting that I gravitate to the most. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Gill said...

I love scrap quilting!
I hate wasting anything!!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Lisa Marie said...

I love scrap quilting! I am always looking for new ways to put scraps together. This book looks like fun.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Barbara Mayhew said...

Loved seeing the "real" quilts from the book at our Guild Meeting this week when Judy was our speaker. Can't wait to try some of these ideas.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

I love scraps quilts,love to choose random fabrics and play with them,they do a stunning rainbow.Your block is gorgeous and love your fabric choice.

1:22 PM  
Blogger Gloria Cotten said...

Making quilts from scraps is actually my favorite. Even when I buy fabric particulary for a specific project I like for it to look scrappy. This s is a new way of thinking for me just this year. Wonder how long it will last? In any case, this book looks great! THanks for the giveaway! cotten.gloria@gmail.com

4:47 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

I save all my scraps. Still have some from the late '80's, but not always for today's style.

5:37 PM  
Blogger Havplenty said...

Scraps quilts are the best kinds of quilt to make. So many memories, so much love. I have made a few scrap quilts, with a few more in my future.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

6:16 PM  
Blogger Donna Cutting said...

This book would be great for new ideas on how to use my scraps that I just can't toss out. Scraps quilts just turn out amazing with no worries about having to buy coordinating fabrics.
djcutting2 at gmail dot com.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Carol C Thomas said...

I love scrappy quilts. Love playing with fabric. I like how colors play on each other. I like when I find a special fabric that has memories. I like vintage fabric as well in scrappy quilts.

7:43 PM  
Blogger GranChris said...

I love scrap quilting. I think it is my favorite way to quilt. I won't say it always works for me but it does most of the time.

8:39 PM  
Blogger MarieMartinsCA said...

I am working on 2 scrap quilts now, love the simplicity and know that Judy's book will be a great inspiration.

1:17 AM  
Blogger Little Quiltsong said...

My mom made two scrap quilts long ago that we have used for our beach quilts. That has inspired me to 'save my scraps' and I too have made many scrappy log cabin and rail fence quilts. I could definitely use some more inspiration in quilt patterns, as my scraps keep multiplying. Thank you for this giveaway chance!!

4:04 AM  
Blogger MaryAnn Guappone said...

I love scrapquilting and enjoy knowing that I am using all my fabric.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Kath said...

I love scrappy quilts! If you think about it, every piece of fabric has a story/history. In stitching the scraps together, it's like you're meeting old friends for a stroll down memory lane. This looks like a wonderful book and I'd be thrilled to win a copy.

5:30 AM  
Blogger Sumac said...

I grew up with the save everything method, too. This book will really help me get some of my scraps used up.

6:08 AM  
Blogger Tina Jeo said...

I really love to make scrap quilts. I save all scraps-- just in case. I have a lovely scrap quilt my mother made. It's very precious to me because it has pieces from clothes she made for me, my grandmother and herself. tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

6:40 AM  
Blogger June D said...

Scrap quilts made from actual scraps are the best! I'm busy sewing up some now, but would be fun to get new inspiration to do more than strips together. Thanks for the chance.

Your web fabric on your Halloween table cloth is the best! Where did you get that?

11:29 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

I like scrap quilts, well 92% of them.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Kim S said...

Scrap quilts are awesome, and this book looks awesome, too!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Cathy Calloway said...

I really like scrap quilts, but haven't made one yet. This book would be a great place for some inspiration!

9:23 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Scrappy quilts are the BEST! My first exposure to quilts was when I was a little girl and my grandmother made quilts using leftover fabrics from dresses my mother made for me and my sisters. We still have her quilts, which are very precious to us. I'm always on the look out for nice patterns to use my scraps!

10:28 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

I really think I would get some great ideas from this book!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

I think scrap quilts are great! It's so nice to find a use for every little bit of fabric!!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Camille V said...

I watched Judy's video on the C&T blog site. Truly enlightening!

3:49 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Scrap quilting is the best. I must confess that I am dreaming of what I can do with the scraps before a planned project is complete. Thanks for sharing.

5:27 PM  
Blogger Quilting in the South said...

I sometimes like the scrap quilts I make with random scraps than quilts that I make with planned it fabric.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Joyce Carter said...

I LOVE the block you made!
My favorite quilts to make are scrappy quilts. I like using as many different fabrics as I can so it's a good way to use my scraps. Thank you for the chance to win.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I love scrap quilts! I save every tiny bit of fabric,k and am always looking for ways to use it.

5:43 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

My grandparents homesteaded around here. Nothing went to waste. My mom has a picture of her at four years old in a man's suit jacket redesigned for a winter coat! Would love a chance to work through this book.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Sherry VF said...

I love scrap quilting, especially the feeling you get that your scraps are making something lovely. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

4:41 AM  
Blogger Subee said...

Yes, I too was raised by a mother who never threw a scrap of fabric away. I save every little bit of fabric! I would love to have some truly scrappy projects (not matchy matchy pre Cuts) to make.
Ohioholman@aol.com

10:19 AM  
Blogger LoAnn Trowbridge said...

Thank you for the chance to win. I love scrappy quilts. I have just started cutting my left overs in sizes that Bonnie Hunter uses in her "Scrap User's System". Ready to start! Well, maybe after I get some more UFO's done. lol!
ltrow036@yahoo.com

2:23 PM  
Blogger Sherrie Walford said...

Making scrap quilts is my favorite method. Another scrappy book would be great!

9:38 PM  

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