Right before Christmas I made a patchwork Christmas pillow using a tutorial
from Amy of Nana Company (her tutorial is here). I've had the hardest time putting that pillow away after the holidays, and after seeing someone else re-make it using the First Crush collection by Sweetwater I decided to follow suit and substitute one of my favorite quotes. I can't wait to get this finished up and will share it when I'm finished.
I mentioned the other day that my first scrap quilt project for this year is going to be a strip quilt. I'm using strips of all different lengths in widths of 1 1/2" to 3 1/2". I will be sharing a tutorial for this quilt, so to get ready, start gathering strips!
While I have a few quilts that are "true" scrap quilts--that is I use anything and everything for them, most of my scrap quilts are at least a little planned. Here are a few ways you can "plan" a scrap quilt:
- Use fabrics from one designer or just a few different designers whose fabrics work well together.
- Plan your scrap quilt around a holiday theme: Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc.
- Choose a color scheme.
- Start with a bundle of fabric by one designer and then add in other fabrics to make it scrappy.
I'm also pulling fabrics from a long-neglected scrap bin that was the basis for two of my favorite quilts.
And finally, I'm pulling fabrics from my left-over binding bin. I do use a lot of my left-over binding strips for scrappy bindings (see my scrappy binding post), but I also have plenty of others! Since my binding strips are almost always 2 1/4" wide (unless I make a mini quilt--those bindings are cut at 2" wide), I can get some nice sized strips for my scrap quilt from my binding bin.
I hope you've gained a few ideas on how to pull even more fabrics from your stash for your next scrap quilt. Remember to start gathering 1 1/2" to 3 1/2" wide strips if you'd like to sew along.
Thanks so much for stopping by!