Are you a scrap lover? Saver? Maker? If you’re like most quilters, you accumulate a LOT of fabric scraps. Personally scrap quilts are my very favorite kind of quilt. They make me think of “make-it-do” quilters of the past who were making useful and beautiful items from their leftovers. And making quilts with scraps is almost like making a free quilt, right? Because it’s made of the stuff that you could have just thrown away.
By far one of my favorite inspirations when it comes to using scraps beautifully is Amanda Jean Nyberg, aka, Crazy Mom Quilts. I think that Amanda Jean’s blog might have been the very first quilt blog I stumbled on (if not one of the first, definitely) and I have been a huge fan ever since. Amanda Jean just has a way with fabric, particularly with scraps. She makes them come alive!
And I’m so excited because Amanda Jean has just published her second book, No Scrap Left Behind. This book is a winner from cover to cover.
It’s full of so much colorful, scrappy inspiration and ideas from managing your scraps, to playing with colors and tips for making your colors and fabric choices really work well together, to ‘what to do when things aren’t working’. Such great info!
Also included are 16 patterns and projects to get your creative juices flowing and to help you use up those scraps you’ve been collecting.
When Amanda Jean asked if I’d like to be part of a blog tour featuring her book, I (literally) jumped at the chance! I was so excited to see a copy of her book and review it and create something using one of her patterns.
Here is what I made – I used the pattern Subtle to create this monochromatic Irish-Chain made up entirely of 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares. I was loving Amanda Jean’s red version (I know I need to make one of those for myself one day), but decided to try for something different and pulled out all of my dark blues.
This was such a fun one for pulling out leftover Jelly Roll strips and putting them to good use. (A bunch of them were the leftover “lights” from my Gumballs quilt I made last spring. It was great to finally give them a cause to work for!)
In addition to all of the helpful information, there are 11 quilt patterns + 4 small project patterns, all using scraps.
I definitely agree that one of the keys to success to managing and using your scraps is to come up with a system that works for you.
My best tips are to sort your scraps by color family. I personally think they’re so much more inspiring that way. I also highly recommend a regular purge of your scraps. If there are old things in there that don’t inspire you any more, get rid of them. Give them to a friend or a guild who might love the challenge of playing with new-to-them scraps. You can read more about how I like to sort and store scraps here.
You can see and read more about Amanda Jean’s quilts on her blog as well as the other stops on the tour. It’s always so inspiring to see the variety of things different people do with the same design or pattern.
This book would make a great Mother’s Day gift. Just sayin’.
And in more fun news, I have a copy of No Scrap Left Behind to giveaway to one of you! L
eave a comment on this post before Tuesday, May 9 at Midnight MST for a chance to win. If you want to tell me your favorite way to corral your scraps. (To comment, click on the little word bubble with a number in it at the top right corner of the post.) And in the meantime, enjoy all of the scrappy eye candy! GIVEAWAY CLOSED
SARAH SCOTT May 5, 2017 at 12:08 pm
Love your quilt! I will soon be organizing my small collection of scraps (motivated by this blog hop) so I can become inspired to use them. Better to organize while my collection is small!
Thanks for the chance for this yummy book!
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