I've been playing with a lot of my scraps this week: I'm making my Christmas sampler from Lori Holt's Instagram quilt along with scraps from several of Kate Spain's Christmas collections along with just a few other prints. I've added in some DaySail, some Moda Dottie, some Central Park and Daydream as well as a piece of Best Day Ever.
Because I've been working so much out of my scrap bins this week, I thought today's Favorites post could be a "scraps edition." I've got a few ideas on scraps, some pictures of some of my favorite scrappy quilts, and a round-up of links to some of my earlier posts on scrap quilts and scrap organization, storage, and use.
My scrappy "Marcelle Medallion" really was pieced completely from my scrap bin. I challenged myself not to buy anything for this quilt. There were a few times I was tempted to order something because I was just a little short of having what I thought might be a "more perfect" fabric, but I'm glad I made do with what I had.
My Farmer's Wife king-size quilt was made with only Fig Tree scraps. Again, for this quilt I didn't purchase any fabric. It was a lot of fun to see how the different collections played together...some of the earlier pieces were quite a few years older than the newer ones.
My Nested Churn Dash quilt (also king-sized) pieced this summer was put together from my Minick & Simpson stash. At first I didn't realize I'd have enough fabrics for such a large quilt, but just kept going. I did end up buying a few fat quarters of reds and creams right at the end to have the color combinations I wanted.
I raided my Fig Tree stash again this summer to make my "Jumping Jacks" quilt. This one was a little harder to piece from scraps since the pieces were so large. I had to break into a couple of my fat quarter bundles for this one!
Another one of my favorite scrappy quilts is my Christmas "Scrappy Trip Around the World" (pattern here). I've collected Christmas fabrics for quite a while, so this one was a lot of fun to put together. I think I have an idea for next year's Christmas quilt all ready too.
Finally, my "Tone it Down" quilt (designed by Lissa Alexander, pattern now available here) was made with my American Jane scraps.
I really do love to combine collections, but I also love totally scrappy quilts and projects.
My favorite uses for scraps:
- Four-patch blocks
- Nine-patch blocks
- String blocks
- Log Cabin blocks
- Patchwork bags
- Patchwork pillows
- Patchwork potholders
- Patchwork table runners
- Scrappy binding
- Scrap Storage (this post is from my summer organizing series and talks about what sizes of scraps I keep).
- Tips for Sewing with Scraps (this post from September gives hints for scrap quilting. You can also see some of my scrappy log cabin blocks on this post.