I love saving scraps and I love using scraps. So when I was asked about a year ago if I would like to contribute to a new book coming out dedicated entirely to quilts made from scraps, I jumped at the chance!
The book Scraps, Inc.Vol.1 just came out this month and it is full of great patterns from 15 different designers as well as tips for storing and using your own scraps. I love when I find a book that has a bunch of great patterns all together. This book definitely fits that qualification!
Here are a couple of my favorites, just to give you an idea of a the variety, but honestly it was so hard to pick just a couple! This Sunset Tiles quilt by Jeni Baker is definitely one I want to make.
I also love this quilt, Overcast, by April Rosenthal. It’s so unique, I think.
Here is my contribution. One of my all-time favorite ways to use up scraps is with a traditional log cabin or courthouse steps pattern. I wanted to come up with a slightly more modern twist by grouping my scraps into “warm” and “cool” colors, creating a secondary design in the process. (Which I’ve since learned is called Japanese Lanterns!)
For this project I really wanted to push myself out of my regular color comfort-zone (I’ve been trying to do that a lot more this year.) For me, that meant using purple – I hardly ever use purple in my quilts. My favorite method for organizing scraps is to sort them by color. I really dug through my scraps to find those bright, jewel-toned prints (I had to dig extra hard for the purples – but was excited that I actually had some good ones!) And I love the result – not to mention putting some of those unusual scraps to work!
The quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting. I love the way it contributes to the overall look and feel of the quilt.
Speaking of scraps, I have a bundle of strips and scraps leftover from this quilt. I’d love to share them with one of you. If you’re interested, leave a comment. I’ll randomly select a winner this weekend.
The book Scraps Inc. Volume 1 is hitting shelves now. For a short time, Scraps Inc. is available directly from Lucky Spool for 30% off using the code SCRAPS30 here. If you’re looking to add something for your Christmas wish list this year, I highly recommend this one!