Saturday, March 17, 2012

Use your fabric scraps!

This week I helped to teach a class with ideas for using your scraps with the very sweet Marilyn Yerkes at our local quilt shop. We were asked about doing this right after Christmas and it has been so motivating for me to get my scraps organized and to start making projects with them in preparation.  


Above is my progress with my American Jane scraps quilt. I've got more blocks assembled and I think I'm going to make it twice as big, at least. Finally giving those scraps a good home (because there are a lot of them)! This quilt was inspired by a project in this book and this quilt by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.
Of course I only took two (really poor-quality) pictures during the class. sigh.  
This quilt is by Marilyn. She used a tutorial from the Missouri Quilt Co. and 3 Dudes Quilt Shop that's on YouTube. It's so cool!

It was very fun to share ideas and projects with other quilting friends and I figured I'd share some of the ideas with you too!  I talked about my new organization method and some of my recent projects. (Including this quilt finished. I love it.  Am now working on the pattern and will share when both are ready!) 

Here are some of the other ideas we shared. Some of them you've probably heard of dozens of times, but just in case, here they are all together. (Pictures used with permission.)
 
 
GrannySquare Quilt Block Tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches
 
Tipnut.com 
50+ Fabric Stash Buster Ideas: Lots of purses, pin cushions, needlebooks, etc. from Tipnut.com
 

 
Ticker Tape Quilt by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts

Applique Fall Pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew


Gift Tags from A Spoonful of Sugar

 
Sew Scraps Along (scraps ideas) from Jodi at Pleasant Home


I hope some of those ideas spark some creative juices in using your own scraps. (If you want to "Pin" any of these ideas, please use good "Pinterest-iquette" and go to the original site to pin the post.)

Have fun! And Happy St. Patrick's Day.  Those silly Leprechauns finally got their act together this year and remembered to pull some fun little tricks at our house. Last year they were pathetic slackers. Loosers.

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fun day, and great collection of tutes, thanks for sharing.

    As for the leprechauns, I think they were away stealing the Irish rugby team's playing ability today...

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  2. I love your ideas for scraps. I have a long list of to-dos, it just seems as though there is never enough time!

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  3. Your quilt looks wonderful :) Happy St Patrick's Day!

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  4. Inspiring!!! I have LOTS of scraps, including a bag of 2" squares (Bonnie Hunter inspired me to do that).

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  5. I love your American Jane scraps quilt. I've been making string quilt blocks with my scraps. It is a lot of fun and I love the crazy, colorful quilt blocks it makes.

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  6. Love love love your American Jane scraps quilt! What a great way to use up little scraps!!

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  7. Love the scraps quilt! I have so any scraps, a great way to use them. Oh, your Reunion quilt is beautiful, too! Happy St. Patty's Day! :) xo Heather

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  8. Such great ideas! As a beginner quilter, I hope to have enough scraps someday to do something pretty with. I may try the table runner! Right now, I am still on my second quilt top and just starting to build a stash toward my next project. Love your blog!

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  9. I really love what you've done w/ the scraps in that first quilt top. all the white is awesome, too.
    thanks for putting so many ideas together in one spot.

    if i ever sew again (4 kids?!! how do you do it!?), i'll keep these in mind :)

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  10. I love Marilyn, we have been friends for years! She is one talented lady--in many mediums. Great ideas.

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  11. I just found your blog. Wonderful quilts...and I love the math related comments. My Daughter graduated from BYU n Math Education and now teaches at Orem Junior High. We have gone into The American Quilting store. It is very cute.

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  12. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you as well! I hope it was wonderful. This is an interesting post -- the first quilt is gorgeous, and I see that it depends on lots of background fabric (in this case white) for its success. LOVED this post from you -- another great one!

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  13. Lots of great scrap ideas there...only problem with scraps is the box never seems to empty no matter how hard I try :o)

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  14. Reading this post makes me think I need to organize my scraps. Oh, just what I need, another project! Very cute ideas for using them up, thanks for sharing!
    Julie

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  15. Some really great suggestions Amy! I love the quilt you made to take to class. Thanks for consolidating all the ideas into one post!

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  16. Who knew you could make so many great things with the scraps. I will look at them in a new light.

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  17. I think Rita's scrap quilt was the second quilt I ever made, and I LOVED it. Still do. I'm saving scraps to make another one just like it! Actually, with all the fabric scraps I've accumulated, I could make 7 of those...

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