Talking Scraps.

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Now don’t faint but I actually got a little bit of quilting done over the weekend!!!  I know talking about quilting on a quilt blog, amazing!!!!

However I was cutting out some more pieces for the things I am making for Christmas and I had some scraps left over.  Now my scrap pile is in a very large clip box and it is very full and it got me thinking what size of scraps should you be keeping?  There are lots and lots of books out there about scap quilts and lots of ladies who only make scrap quilts and they are amazing but the thing is do you keep every little piece of fabric or is it only a certain size?

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My scrap pile looks like this basket with all sorts of sizes in and I must admit that I quite fancy making a scrap quilt, after I have finished all the things I have on at the moment but I don’t know whether I want it to be an actual pattern, like a nine patch, or just lots of scraps sewn together however I can.  That’s how I always imagine a scrap quilt to be, just sewing the scraps together, but some are definitely more structured than that. 

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One quilt I cannot imagine making, especially from scraps, is a postgage stamp quilt.  I think they look stunning but I don’t think I would have the patience to cut them all out let alone sew them all together.  The above picture was a postage stamp quilt at The Festival of Quilts in 2014 and I love it but it reminds me too much of English paper piecing and I don’t like that either!  DH’s cousin, Jackie, makes wonderful quilts by this method and they look amzing when they are done but I just find it too fiddly. 

So do you keep every scrap of fabric even if it is as samll as a postage stamp or do you only keep scraps of 3″ and above? 

I am adding to my list of quilty things to do for Christmas and am going to attempt to make some Christmas ornaments!  I will let you know how that goes.  Perhaps I have some scrap Christmas fabric I can use? Tee hee!

I hope you all had a wonderful Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

PS: the pictures of the scraps came from Craftsy where there are some great tips about scrap quilts.  Here is the link https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/09/quilting-with-scraps/

2 thoughts on “Talking Scraps.

  1. Molly the AireGirl

    The postage stamp quilt is beautiful but does look like it would be a time consuming fussy quilt to do. When mom and I moved here, she got rid of fabrics that there wasn’t much of. She told herself that she couldn’t keep EVERYTHING. But don’t worry. She still has a whole cedar chest full of fabric!

  2. farmquilter

    I keep everything 1 inch square and larger. I have different boxes of scraps by sizes – 1″, 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″, 3″, 5″ and 10″, WOFs 2.5″. I really try to cut up scraps of fabric that are smaller than fat quarters into these sizes immediately and put them in the proper box. It makes it really easy when I need a certain size. Sometimes I sort them within the box by color. If you want to make a postage stamp quilt (4P, 9P), use your scraps as leaders/enders and you can work those blocks into your other sewing with no more work! Plus you save on thread as you are not putting layers of thread on a spider! You will be surprised just how quickly the blocks accumulate with just a little pre-planning on your part.

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