A few weeks ago I ordered some scrap quilting and organising books. I have taken some time to look through them and read them and thought I would share my thoughts with you.
The first book is 'Cut the Scrap!' by Joan Ford.
I really like this book. I really like the well thought out plan of cutting scrap quilts into three different sizes that all work well together to make a lot of different quilts. She has projects for 20, but I think there are so many more quilt designs that can be made out of the cut sizes.
Joan brakes down the process into 7 steps making it very managable. I will be using this method for my scraps and I have just started to identify which of my fabrics is considered a scrap, and other fabrics that I am not to fond of and putting them into my scrap bin as well. This is a work in progress so it might take me a while.
The other book I bought was 'Sunday Morning Quilts' by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.
This is also a really lovely book. It uses scraps to make more modern looking quilts.
There is a small section in the front that talks about colour, what is considered modern, fabrics and sorting.
I love the patterns in this book and if you are a modern quilter this is a really good one. I look forward to making a few of these.
Overall, I really love the step by step process in Cutting the Scraps in helping tame the scraping beast - it really seems like a simple well thought out plan and I am going to give this a go.
I thought I would start out by taking photos of my scrap fabric areas and see how many scraps I actually have - I didn’t think I had a lot.
|Scraps cut for Bento Box squares|
|Left over fabric from Quilters Garden Quilt|
|Don't know where these came from but pre-cut spotty fabric|
|Boxes contain the fabric I am using for Farmer's Wife and other bits|
|2 1/2" squares and strips|
|Left over binding strips|
|Bits and pieces of quilt leftovers|
|Cut of from finished quilt tops after quilting(batting attached)|
|My new scrap bin - all scraps end up in here now to be sorted and cut later|
I didn’t think I had a lot, but some of you would probably say I don't! I also need to so through my stash and take out any fabrics that are less than a fat quarter and move them to the scrap pile. This is going to be a big job to start off with, but I think in the end it will be well worth the effort.