Friday, January 13, 2012

Scrappy Courthouse Steps

My friend Andrea sent me a link a couple days ago to Randi's Blog. I've followed Randi's blog now and than and love everything she does. {including the fabric she sells}

But I had missed the Sew Along she was having this week!
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Randi is going to host a Sew Along the 2nd Tuesday of each month. How cool is that! This month's Sew Along was a great tutorial on the Courthouse Steps block.. Aren't these blocks adorable!

sew-along project for january

A perfect way to use up your scraps and left overs!
sew-along project for january

I wanted a new table runner for my kitchen. I have a spot on my breakfast bar where I like to keep a bowl of fruit, napkins and such. I usually have a little runner there and change it out seasonally.

So I sat down last night and went to work.
Cheery Table Runner
I already had 2" strips cut for another scrappy project. So I went ahead and used the larger strips for my project,,, following Randi's Tutorial for piecing.

I totally love it.
Cheery Table Runner
I did some simple straight line quilting and used some left over binding I had from another project.
Cheery Table Runner


Happy Sewing! ooxx`jodi

Cheery Table Runner

156 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Beautiful Jodi! I like my scraps because they can be so useful and there's so many great tips for using them in blog land. I don't have lots though because I haven't been quilting for very long so I'm limited in what I have but I look forward to making a very scrappy quilt one day!

happy little cottage said...

So cute Jodi!! Of course I love my scraps. Where would a quilter be without them:)

lory said...

i miei scarti non mi piacciono particolarmente perchè non so mai come abbinarli ,fare un quilt di scartinon mi piace,al massimo li uso per l'applique.un saluto dall'italia.lory

Genevieve said...

I love my scraps. I cant seem to get rid of much of anything regarding fabric. I have been known to sew little tiny scraps together to make new fabric then I quilt them and make potholders. We go through alot of them. I think a scrap quilt is any piece of fabric you have, even if you have to cut from your yardage. I love scrappy anything...Can you tell?

ritainalaska said...

i like scraps! i love using my scraps for applique. a scrappy quilt should be made from the scrap bin but i would count fat quarters, too.

Kim said...

OH my gosh! I LOVE your runner! I am so glad you posted this sew along! I had found it earlier in the week and forgot to bookmark it! I think this would be perfect for hanging on the side of the bookshelf that faces my work area.

Do you like your scraps ?
To be honest--I am not super crazy about all of my scraps! I stepped away from quilting for 6 years and now am finding my tastes/color preferences have changed. I have a LOT of pinks...in scraps and fat quarters! Now--I am all about the reds, yellows, turquoise, apple greens! ACtually, I think that I like brighter colors now--even pinks! So while I do like some of them--I also don't have many, since I have only done one quilt and a couple wall hangings. Many of my scraps came from my MIL.

Luckily I found a Postage Stamp quilt along and am cutting many up for a charm swap! (again, after seeing your postage stamp post--I had to go googling to find out more about them!)

Is a Scrap Quilt a scrap quilt if you pull fabrics from your stash, or only a Scrap Quilt if you only use scraps?

Funny, I was just thinking about this the other day. I love your picnic quilt and Frieda's! The colors are right up my alley! So I did pull some fat quarters to help fill in my quilt--though I still don't think I have enough yet.
So maybe it isn't technically a scrap quilt..but I am using up scraps to make it!

sunny said...

I love my scraps! They are handy for making hexies, and for applique. And yes, I've even made a couple of small quilts from scraps. Most recently - the 12 DOC mystery quilt. I had to use one fat quarter for a couple of the borders, but the rest all came from scrap basket.

Becky M said...

Great courthouse steps!
I'd say it's a scrap quilt anytime you use scraps, stash or no. I have a love hate with my scraps. I love them, but hate trying to keep them organized.

SharronR said...

I love my scraps! It gives me a chance to be very creative costing very little Your table runner is absolutely adorable!

Gwen said...

I LOVE scraps! It's always very satisfying to take little bits of something that could be just thrown out, put a little thought and creativity to them, and make something beautiful! Scrappy projects are really some of my most favorite, I think! :-)

Svetlana said...

I love my scraps. I think it's still a quilt from scraps even though I might use some of my regular stash fabric. I don't usually keep solids as small scraps, so they come from my stash when I need them.

Janet said...

I love my scraps. I love to look at them, imagine them used in different projects, cut them into the right size and shape, sort them, sew them up into things and play with them. I do believe that a true scrap project should be made only with scraps, but I have occasionally cut into fabric when I just didn't have what I needed in my scraps.

Marci Girl said...

I love my scraps, and if you are making a scrap quilt, it has to be from scraps that you have set aside, not from stash. That is how I feel about it!

Simone de Klerk said...

Love those scrappy steps!
And I would say, a Scrap Quilt is only a Scrap Quilt if you use only scraps. Taking from your stash can be large pieces of fabric and those are not scraps. To me that is!
Look forward to next week's post!

Rachel said...

I love my scraps - not sure what I'm going to do with them, though. Despite all the scrap inspiration, I still find myself waffling. A scrap quilt (in my opinion) is made up of whatever you have on hand, whether that be in the scrap bins or in your stash. We all have different ideas about what a "scrap" is anyway.

Anya said...

I love my scraps!

The Thompsons said...

It's definitely a love-hate relationship. One minute I'm loving projects I make out of them and another I'm overwhelmed by them. I'm in the love mode right now though. :)

Sallie said...

I love my scraps!

vanos said...

Yup - Love-Hate relationship with Scraps. I maybe need a new way of storing them. I throw them in a box all together. I will tell you though my cat loves that box ;-)!

Mrs.Pickles said...

beautiful project! I don't know how to feel about my scraps at the moment. I don't want to part with them so I at least life them :)

karenfae said...

I love scrap quilts, I love making scrap quilts, I consider a scrap quilt something made from my little bits and pieces and anything under a fat eight sitting in the bins or shelves. The only think I hate about using my scraps is organizing them in some fashion to know what I have!
Karen

Bailey said...

I savor my scraps! I mostly use them for when I am paper piecing little mug rugs.

Shanda702 said...

I love my scraps! I don't usually do anything with them, but I still like looking at the ever growing bag perched on my shelf!

Linda said...

I LOVE MY SCRAPS. I keep a bin close by my machine for leaders and enders then I put them in a basket ready to make a scrappy quilt when the inspiration arises.
The are cute scrappy couthouse steps.

Kimie said...

I LOVE my scraps. It's so fun to be able to sit down and pull them out and create something right then and there.

DEAN FAMILY said...

I love my scraps but have decided I don't have enough. I know I'm crazy but all these scrap projects look so fun and I just don't have that color selection to choose from. Maybe one day. Thanks.

rhianneholmes(at)hotmail(dot)com

Lee said...

Scraps and I have a love/hate relationship. When I can find just the right scrap for what I need, I love them. When I spend a lot of time sifting through them to no avail, not so fond of them.

Love your Courthouse Steps!

Diane said...

Your little table runner looks great! I played along with Randi and made a pot holder from my block. I am also working on my version of the Picnic quilt... I hope to be able to do it all from scraps, but I think that pulling some old FQ to get a project completed still makes it scrappy...

Leslie at the Sugarhouse said...

So pretty and a quick project too! Although I wouldn't be able to whip it up overnight like you!
I love working with scraps but don't really have that many (I guess I am not sewing enough)I was lucky enough to buy some from your site and made a beautifulscrappy pillow for my mom at Christmas.Scraps are so much fun and I love to work with them.

Richard Healey said...

Do you like your scraps ?

I belive I do. I am new to quilting and as such my scraps are so few that I can make nothing out of them. But I am excited to make more quilts so that one day I can make a complet scap quilt (that I belive is what makes you a real quilter) so right now I think I just pretend to do this.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Kasey said...

I absolutely LOVE my scraps! Love, love, love them so much that it gives me a little anxiety when I give away a scrap quilt I've made- it's like giving away a pet, and you really hope the new owner will take as much care as you did (not that I've ever given any of my animals away, but that what I imagine it would feel like!).
I had to buy fabric the first time I tried to do a "scrap" quilt, so I guess I'm pretty loose with defining what makes a quilt scrappy.

Gumbo Lily said...

I don't mind scraps since I just keep throwing them into a basket to be used someday (hopefully). The trouble is, that "someday" never seems to come around. I always have projects and ideas in my head and they hardly ever involve scraps.

I have made several quilts out of blue jeans though. I guess that counts, right?

Pretty table runner!

Jody

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I like my scraps because I can make full quilts out of something so little that I did pay good money for, and I couldn't throw them away. Sometimes though when they get out of control or I can't find what I am looking for they are not on my good list. So I only "like" my scraps.

Is a Scrap Quilt a scrap quilt if you pull fabrics from your stash, or only a Scrap Quilt if you only use scraps?
I tend to think if it is a SCRAP quilt than it was made from scraps, if it is a SCRAPPY quilt, that is made from lots and lots of different fabrics from scraps AND/OR stash.

Joelle said...

I have to say that my idea of a scrap quilt is one that is predominantly made of scraps-the point being to not buy yardage- obviously one has to use yardage for backing and if sashing is needed. Some of the books about "scrap quilts" don't seem to me to be about scrap quilts- the quilts are too uniform from block to block. It's actually a pet peeve of mine.

Kim with a K said...

Very pretty and fresh looking runner!
I love collecting scraps and seem to find more happiness from my thrifty quilts then the original the fabric was planned for!!!
Thanks for the great blog and the chance to win!

James-Linda said...

SWEET RUNNER!
LOVE SCRAPS! OUR FABRICS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL+EXPENSIVE THAT I SAVE EVERY SCRAP! SOMETIMES THEY YIELD A VERY PRETTY SCRAPPY PROJECT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

Jenny said...

i really like scraps. i like the variety, i like that i can have squillions of favorite fabrics all in one quilt. scrap quilts make me happy.

Tracy said...

I love scraps. Right now I'm saving scraps to make an "ugly" blanket. My best friend's gramma taught me how to quilt, and she taught me to make "ugly" quilts. It's a scrap quilt but there's no rhyme or reason to it. It's scraps just sown together in any way you can get them to fit. It's just tied off instead of "quilted". And I think they are the MOST awesome quilts. It's homey and warm and full of awesome. :) To me, that's a scrap quilt. But I like the designed scrap quilt too. :) But it can't be a scrap quilt if it's not made with scraps. :P

mary said...

I love scrappy quilts!!!!! I am not as organized as some people on storing my scraps.

mary said...

I love scrappy quilts, THey make good quilts for charity. I am not as organized on my scraps as some people are.

mary said...

Thnaks for the giveaway. I forgot to leave my followup e-mail

Patchwork and Play said...

Honestly- my stash is more like scraps to most people! So scraps it is! Very sweet table runner!

Lynn said...

I like my scraps. I've made 2 quilts with scraps and they seemed to have grown exponentially despite that. I think a scrap quilt needs to be just from scraps. I love how you get a beautiful quilt from peices that would have before been tossed.

Michelle said...

I love my scraps, but hate storing them!

And I think a scrap quilt is definitely different than a stash quilt. For me, scraps are anything smaller than a fat quarter.

Crystal Ernst said...

i LOVE my scraps and have a hard time throwing away anything bigger than 1.5" square. Ive started doing the "Building houses from scraps" on this blog http://buildinghousesfromscraps.blogspot.com/ and bought large drawer organizers so I can finally sort my scraps by color instead of putting them all in a box & shoving into the top of the closet!

Kristin said...

I love scraps. I use them for anything from a cute little zippy pouch to making a crazy binding for quilts.

Mystica said...

I generally use scraps a lot as fabric is hard to come by in my part of the world. I also use fabrics (stash) so its a combination of the two. I like my scraps very much.

Sewcando said...

I think I have a love/hate relationship with my scraps. Some I just love and they can pull together and be so sweet and then.... There are just some things that should go away so to speak. Well some designer said one time (was it Bonnie Hunter?) that if its still ugly, you just have not cut it small enough yet. :) I guess I need to slice up more.

Kay said...

I love my scraps & I think a scrap quilt is made with any fabrics from your stash that you don't go out & purchase just for that quilt.
I could sew every day for the rest of my life using just my scraps & never run out.

Kelli said...

I like my scraps. Some are from other people and from my early days of sewing, and some of those I could live without but I hold onto them because you can do so much with scraps. To me, a scrap quilt is one that uses mostly scraps, but sometimes you just need to cut into yardage, you know?

Thanks for this focus on scraps and uses for them. Those little pieces can get out of control, you know! ;)

Aunt Marti said...

Jodi, I LOVE my scraps and I love playing with them. I hope it's not bad form to do this, but here is a link to my blog post about how I organize my own scraps:
http://52quiltsin52weeks.blogspot.com/2011/12/sundays-are-for-scraps-behind-scenes.html

I've decided "Sundays are for Scraps," so I spend Sunday morning cutting the week's scraps into usable sizes and shapes, then make a scrappy quilt top in the afternoon.

JoyceLM said...

I love my stash, but I have a love-hate relationship with my scraps. To me a scrap quilt is one made up of multiple fabrics & these can come from stash, scraps or even newly purchased. As long as there is lots of different fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win - the secret prize.

Carol Browne said...

I like my scraps because it makes me feel like I'm using every last piece of fabric.

Cecilia said...

I love my scraps. They make beautiful quilts! I love your table runner.

Amorette said...

i love my scraps, new life from another project is always great, but i do not love to sort them! i think a scrap quilt is one that mostly uses scraps, and fillers from the stash as needed.

Farmhouse Blessings said...

I adore my scraps ~ though I do sometimes sneak a few pieces from my stash into my scrappy project ~ the scraps never seem to mind! :0)

Lea

Meri said...

I LOVE scraps...you can't get too many different pieces of fabric in a quilt as far as I'm concerned!

And I don't think you're "cheating" if you pull out other fabrics for your project!
Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Donna said...

I love my scraps! For the last few months, that's all I've been doing...using up my scraps. I made a lot of table runners (some gifts and some for me) and right now I am trying to make a scrappy baby quilt!

Donna said...

I love my scraps! For the last few months, that's all I've been doing...using up my scraps. I made a lot of table runners (some gifts and some for me) and right now I am trying to make a scrappy baby quilt!

Rosa said...

Very cute!.
1
I don´t love all my scraps and most of them I use them for applique ,hexie and sewing strings blocks.

2 I joined buildinghousefromscraps.blogspot.com and hope to build them only with scraps.

Regards from Spain-

barbara woods said...

i love all my scraps then i get to do something with them

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love my scraps. Since a FQ is yardage to me - anything bigger is 'backing'. An interesting question - if you use your bits to make the block/quilt does using larger fabrics cut down into those same sizes to make the same block/quilt change the term 'scrappy'? I think more the term scrappy is using a multiple color, pattern, texture, blend as opposed to a 2-4 color quilt.

mac said...

I like my scraps but always feel I should be more organised with them and use them more often. I really enjoy using them. A scrappy quilt has lots of different fabrics in it. They can be scraps or from your stash. Thanks for the give away.

KerryQ said...

I mostly love my scraps. If I don't love the pattern or color, they go into my kids scrap boxes.

jlhoeting said...

I'm so new at this...I've only made 2 small quilts so I hardly have any scraps. I love having scraps, but I'm anxious to have MORE so I can actually do something with them! My question is...how small is too small to save??

Cathy H. said...

Love you table runner!! I LOVE MY SCRAPS!!! I have a hard time parting with even little pieces of fabric. Don't tell anyone, but I even keep selvages that have cute names printed on them!! I keep a jar of little pieces by my sewing machine and when my 9 yr old grandson comes to visit, he loves to sew them together in long strings.

Gabriella said...

Wonderful project ^__^

I love my scraps and I have more scraps.
I think Quilt is scrappy if has a scrappy look and all scraps do a Scraps Quilt

Lee D said...

I love my scraps. I recently made a whole string top using up only my dark strings. I consider any quilt a scrap quilt if you don't have to go to the store and buy any new fabric. My next scrappy quilt will be a crumb quilt. They are starting to take up way to much shelf space!!

Lisa said...

I love my scraps! I sort them by colour order and keep them in (large) ziplock bags. I make 'leader and ender' quilts with some of them, I just choose a couple of bags with colours I like together, at the moment I'm making one with yellow, orange and lime scraps. I cut them three and a half inches high by whatever length long, and piece them together in strips, then I add a two and a half inch high strip of linen in between each pieced strip, and keep going until it's a quilt top! Easy and gorgeous!

the mrs said...

I like my scraps, but don't have enough yet for a really great scrappy quilt. I have to make more quilts first.

Amber said...

Love it Jodi! Can't believe you just "whipped that up!"

Amber

iluvmybugs said...

Love your runner!! I love my scraps..enjoy making small projects with them!

Sheila said...

I love my scraps , I love using my scraps to make little things just for fun. I say that scrap quilts can be made with anything in your stash but I try to use real scraps .

Heartsdesire said...

I love my scraps. I also love other people's scraps. I do think that a scrap quilt should be made with your scraps. The problem I have with my scraps is that even though I try to use them up with the many projects that are out there in blog land, I never seem to really get rid of them. It seems they develop into smaller scraps that I'm afraid to throw out, even though, I know I'll never use them.
I participated in your scrap along last year and used up every one of my 30s scraps. It was a lot of fun and I'm going to do one again this year.

Judy said...

So much of my fabric is in the form of scraps, so I always try to use them first. I love my scraps!
Judy
www.goldendogquilting.com;
www.birchbaydyedfabric.com

eamylove said...

I love my scraps and hate to part with the last little piece of a fabric. I think it's ALWAYS a scrap quilt, even it you have a big piece of it. After all, a yard is a scrap compared to the BOLT!

Leslie said...

I LOVE my scraps! they actually make me happy!

as far as what is a scrap quilt in my opinion? I think that it's mainly scraps but if you have to pull a few from your stash or a background fabric that is okay :)

Audrey said...

I haven't been quilting long enough to have a great selection of scraps. I love the scrappy look though, so I guess I'll just have to keep buying fabric, so I can do more projects and make more scraps!

Hollygrove Carole said...

Love, love, love scrap quilts, any kind!

Jeanne Gwin said...

Oh Jodi, wonderful table runner and you posed some interesting questions which will allow for many answers.
I like my scraps, have a problem throwing away the smallest pieces. I love my scraps when they are of a manageable size, that is until I see something that takes one inch squares or strips, then we are back to liking my scraps and wishing I had kept the bitty bitty pieces.
I could never hate my scraps, they are the heart of my quilts that I make.
A quilt is scrappy when you have no plan or color scheme, when you are brave enough to put all your scraps in a bag and draw out the pieces as you need them and never exchange them because of color or contrast. Being sure enough of what you do to know that anything you put together will always be beautiful. Answer "yep", scraps come from the heart of another quilt. I have learned to quit viewing my fabric as "FQ's", "Charms", etc.. They are fabric that need to be used in whatever manner.
Thanks for posing these questions for us to answer Jodi.

M and M plus 3 said...

So cute Ms Jodi! I LOVE my scraps! Great for applique.

Becky said...

You are too much. That table runner is so pretty.
I love my scraps. Did I ever tell you that I save even the tiniest pieces in a trash can that is lined with a flannel pillow type case? My cats have lots of pillows!

annemarie said...

I absolutely love my scraps - in fact I refuse to throw any piece of fabric away - am I a hoarder or what?? Your work is beautiful.

pinsandneedles said...

I have a love/hate relationship with my scraps. I love fabric so I can part with even them littlest scrap but hate that I don't feel as comfortable in putting them together in a scrappy quilt. I look forward to reading more tips.

natalie christensen said...

I love scraps! I have been following you for a couple of years now and just finished up my selvedge quilt you got me started on and I love it!

paige said...

I both love and hate my scraps - love that I can take leftovers and turn them into something I had not originally planned but, since I'm fairly new to quilting, I hate that I don't have enough variety or quantity to make some of the bigger scrap projects I've seen.

hennies.pennies said...

I LOVE, LOVE my scraps. To me, a scrappy project is one where I use only what I have on hand for fabrics, with no new purchases. I have quite a little stash and I'm drawn to certain colors so most every thing works together. I think I have a sickness because I might not want to use a fabric just simply because I like it too much to remove it from my stash. Crazy!! Be blessed.

Patches said...

I consider my scraps part of my stash, so yes it's okay to use anything one needs to make a quilt look scrappy. I have made many scrap quilts and enjoy every minute of making them.
Thanks for this opportunity.

Dana said...

I love my scraps, but I don't like my method of organization....gotta do something about that!

sandra said...

I love my scraps and I also collect selvages and someday I really want to do things with them. I often look in my scrap pile when I am doing small projects. I have a hard time throwing anything out.

P. said...

Pretty runner! I've been wanting to try that block, and now's a good time.

I like MOST of my scraps.
I love SOME of my scraps.
I hate A FEW of my scraps.
Stash used in a scrap quilt is A-okay with me!

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Love your cute runner!
I like my scraps - they look pretty on my shelf. I just know I'll use them someday.

I think of my stash/scraps in the same way. Pretty. Use 'em if ya got 'em!

Kate said...

Courthouse steps are great. I love my scraps--except I have so few due to being a new quilter that I can't actually do anything with them yet. I might be sad to use them!!

Calikisses said...

I think a scrap quilt can be considered a scrap quilt if the majority of it is scraps. However, if you use most of your un-scrappy stash with a few scraps mixed in... I don't think that counts.

I like my scraps :)

Jane S. said...

Well I love my scraps! They have kind of taken over my sewing area, but I don't mind. They add such wonderful color and variety to anything that I make.

everinprogress said...

Love my scraps, but don't really have enough to do anything with yet- so just contemplating future projects at this point :)

Patty said...

I love scraps and the scrappy quilts I have made. I think you can cut up your stash and make scrapy quilts from it. What's the difference if you use from the stash before a quilt is made, or if you use the leftovers after a quilt is made!

lindag1947 said...

i always save too many small scraps. but they do come in handy. it would be nice to put them all to good use. you have made me think about it. thanks. Linda Gerig

Carol said...

love the table runner! I love my scraps, and I think its a good idea to not buy fabric that you don't really love, that way you will always love the leftovers. I just have alot of them. I think it would be fun if you hosted a scrap swap sometime, for people to swap with each other. Thanks for the great scrapalong.quiltexas@gmail.com

Jen said...

Lovely table runner! I am working on a scrap quilt right now. I love my scraps and then again I don't love my scraps - I love the look of scrappy projects but I find it time consuming and somewhat boring digging through the scrap bins and cutting pieces from the oddly shaped fabric scraps. But there are just so many things you can do with scraps so I cannot get rid of them!

VickiT said...

Jodi ~ You did a beautiful job on that. I love the fabrics you used in it as well.

Yes, I love the scrappy look more and more now. I don't have the scraps like so many others because I just haven't done much quilting at all yet. I have one bag with 'good' scraps which I won recently that is very pretty designer quilting fabric. All my others are fabrics you wouldn't really want to use in a quilt.

I think each person would have a different answer to what is a scrap quilt. I would think, in my opinion that pulling fabrics from your stash to use in a scrap quilt would be fine, BUT, I think you should be using more scraps than stash pulled fabrics.

Mary said...

Love your Scrappy courthouse steps! I love my scraps! I go to them all the time and have a special box for all the tiniest of scraps.

Jess said...

I love scraps. I will even buy other peoples scraps. I do think that pulling fabric from your stach can become a scrap quilt. Or in my case it is a scrap inspired quilt. I have created a way to specifically buy fabric for a "scrap quilt". I will be posting a tutorial for it on my blog with an example. I love scrap quilts- they are my favorite type of quilt to make. (Can you tell I like to ramble and repeat myself, my Writing students would be ashamed of me:))
jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

sagittarian1955 said...

Hi, Jodi! I have to say I love my scraps! I have had to take a break of several years from any kind of sewing. I am now able to set up a whole room as my craft room and I can't wait to get reacquainted with my scraps and yardage! I went to a quilt shop the other day and found the cutest template for a thimble quilt! It is about the same shape as a tumbler. My imagination started seeing potholders, purses, doll quilts and baby blankets! I can't wait to get started!

I think a true scrap quilt should have a top made entirely from scraps. Anything else has a scrappy look but is more planned.

Marilee said...

I love my scraps and I love yours. It only needs to look scrappy to be labeled a scrap quilt. You can cut your strip from any width of fabric. Some leftover pieces in my bin are huge.

ktquilts said...

I love scraps, they are free quilts waiting to happen! They make some of the loveliest quilts I have ever seen.

I think scrap quilts are scrap quilts if the maker says they are. If she wanted to throw in some of her favorites from her stash, who am I to argue? I say have fun, be creative, and encourage each other!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I love my scraps. A scrap quilt can not be from your stash, only from your scraps.

Preciouspeas said...

Your quilts are amazing! I love my scraps and the uses that I can find for them, but so often they stare at me in a way that intimidates me because I don't know how to combine them into a beautiful look or a particular project.
Blessings,
Michelle

Carla said...

To me a scrap is what's leftover after I've used a piece of purchased fabric...sometimes it's a big scrap..sometimes very small. I love, love my scraps and constantly am using them. I cut the smallest into squares in several sizes and use them as leader/enders...eventually having enough sewn together to make a "free" quilt!

arlette said...

I really love my scraps, they mean the world to me, lol, seriously..., although the tiniest piece of fabric it's useful for me

Cynthia said...

All of the above!!! I love my recent scraps, like the scraps from a few years ago and don't like my older scraps. Just shows how my taste changes over the years. I think a scrap quilt is made from your literal scraps, fabric leftover from projects. I don't think your fabric stash are scraps. Just saying....

Catherine said...

I love my scraps, cannot throw the tiniest piece of fabric out. I think a scrap quilt is made up of not necessarily scraps as such but of many different fabrics as possible.

Pascale said...

I love my scraps and have a basket to toss in bits of fabric left. There are not many big pieces, or it means I don't like the fabric any more. I love my fabric so much I sometimes can't face cutting it! but then it will go out of fashion maybe.

Anonymous said...

I like scraps. They seem to multiply, however. I do a lot of daily sewing with scraps. I think other fabrics can be added to scrap projects to give a more controlled look that will make the project "sing"!!!

kt said...

I love scraps, but hate that I don't have more of them! I need to sew more so I can generate more scraps! I would say it is still a scrap quilt if you cut up yardage to make it--who's to know after the fact if it was made from true scraps or made scraps?

Rhondi said...

I would like to get rid of all my scraps, beacause then I could buye new fabric. But this is the year to reduce my stash so I will be using them up.

Brenda said...

I love scraps. Not having a lot of money to spend on fabric, I try to use up every little bit of fabric.

Deborah from Valparaiso said...

Love Love my scraps. A one inch square is part of my stash so if I make a quilt using my scraps I consider it from my stash.

Vicki G said...

Love your site. I'm following you on Facebook.

My goal this year is to use up stash as much as possible so I'm planning on doing more scrap quilts this year.

VickiG in MI

Kelly O. said...

I love my scraps so much so that I can't part with even the smallest one so I have vintage jars for each colour that I fil with the tiny scraps so I can display them.

Good questions for the scrap quilts. I think if you use scraps and stash to make a true melting pot of fabrics then that big messy pile of yummy is a scrap quilt regardless of the initial home of the fabric (ie:whether it comes from a scrap bucket or your stash)

just my 2 cents :)
this is so fun Jodi!

Beth said...

Of course I love my scraps! I have a hard time parting with any of my fabric. I think it should be fair game to dig into your stash for making scraps. Beginners don't have lots of scraps so where else would they get the scraps from? As you can tell.....I'm a beginner! I love these scrappy projects.

KatieQ said...

I love my scraps, but I don't like keeping them in order. I must admit, I have my share of, "Is this really mine. Where did it come from?" pieces. When fabrics are cut small enough they all become gems. I consider anything close to fat quarter size yardage and it stays with my regular stash.
I think there is a difference between a scrappy quilt and a scrap quilt. For me a scrap quilt is made almost completely from scraps with only borders or binding cut from yardage. I think of a scrappy quilt as being one in which many different fabrics are used and fabrics of different patterns are substituted for a particular color instead of using the same fabric.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Every quilt I make could be classed as a scrap quilt...I just can't work with only a few fabrics. More is definitely better!

Diane Wild said...

I just started organizing my scraps and finished a scrap quilt..well, almost finished (I'm just putting on the borders today. So, I'm getting into my scraps. I see more scrap quilts in the future.

Cathy said...

I love my scraps. Make wonderful little gifts, borders for cross-stitch ornaments or wall hangings, doll quilts, oven mitts for grandaughter. Can't wait to make a full size quilt with them, 25yrs worth should make a very eclectic looking one. Just have to quit making other people quilts and concentrate on something for me!!

Di~ said...

I love my scraps! I love other people's scraps, I've even shamefully asked others for their scraps! True scrap quilt using only scraps, BUT sometimes scraps can include big pieces, ie. the remainder of a "cut into" fat quarter.

Melody - Simple Life in Georgia said...

I love scraps. They are perfect for so many projects.

Chris said...

I LOVE my scraps and hate to part with any..:) LOL Really they all have a "story" and so making a scrappy project is a wonderful idea for me because I get to hold on to a little of all the fabrics and projects I've enjoyed. Does that sound crazy? I have really enjoyed your scrappy posts...especially LOVE the Dresden plates!! OH MY how cute are the scrappy ones!! LOVE the blue one you made!!

Chris said...

I LOVE my scraps and hate to part with any..:) LOL Really they all have a "story" and so making a scrappy project is a wonderful idea for me because I get to hold on to a little of all the fabrics and projects I've enjoyed. Does that sound crazy? I have really enjoyed your scrappy posts...especially LOVE the Dresden plates!! OH MY how cute are the scrappy ones!! LOVE the blue one you made!!

Mary said...

It depends on the size of the scrap if I like, love, or hate it. If I hate it, it's because it's too small to do anything with and then I toss it or give it to the birds. Literally. A scrap quilt, to me, is one where I use a lot of different fabrics and I don't care if they're from my stash (where everything goes after a piece is cut anyway) or not. I just like variety!

Mary said...

Your table runner is awesome! Love those colors. I like my scraps because there are so many great uses for them and with quilts, the scrappier they are the better. I would love my scraps if I had them more organized. I have them stored by color, but I think I would make more things if they were already cut in usable strips and squares or rectangles. One of my goals for 2012 is to spend 15 minutes a day working on my scraps to make them more accessible and fun to use.

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Lynda said...

I like most of my scraps but I love some of them! I've been cutting them up into 5 inch squares to be used in quilts that I have been cutting patterns and ideas from magazines for years.

hueisei said...

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jillredding said...

I LOVE my scraps I only make Scrap Quilts! Somehow I never run out I think they breed.

Eliza said...

I love scraps and scrap quilts -- they are absolutely my favorites

Karen P. said...

I love my scraps! They are so fun to pull from in small projects!

Tiruba said...

I only make scrappy things...I tend to chop up fabric as soon as I get it so I won't be afraid of it.

Talin's Corner said...

I love my scraps. I love my scraps! No, I could never hate my scraps...How could I? I consider a quilt scrappy, if you are using different fabrics. I use all my scraps and if I need some fabrics, I have no problem cutting into my stash.

james and bess said...

i like and keep scraps of my favorite fabrics, but toss scraps of less-than-favorites. the upside is that i only have scraps that i absolutely love - the downside is that i don't have tons of scraps. so, for me, a scrap quilt definitely includes stash fabrics. :)

bess

Stephanie said...

I adore scraps in any form. Even though I have plenty of my own, I still buy them from etsy shops when I find some I can't live without.

I think a scrap quilt is anything that contains at least 80% scrap fabric (that includes the backing and binding).

Beth said...

I love my scraps because they remind me of quilts I've made, and the dear people I've made them for.

Susanne said...

I fear I don't like scraps. I want to get rid of them ;) So I try to transform them into something as I go. I don't have a big scrap stash.
Susanne

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love the runner!
Do I like scraps?....Not sure as I just started quilting, however I love my scrapbooking scraps, so I guess I'll also love fabric scraps.

I think a scrappy quilt should be from scraps, but if you need to fill in so you can finish the project(or need something you normally don't buy like red checked for picnic quilt), it should be ok for part to not be scraps.

Rori said...

I love my scraps! I am making 25 string blocks, with any green 2" middle strip, for a swap in July. I already have 5 made and it is so much fun. I am using my scraps and some from a friend which I inherited when she moved away. It's silly when you don't want to use them because you like them too much!!

mtnquiltr said...

I love my scraps, although I suspect they are trying to kill me! Possibly by drowning!

Rose M. said...

I love my scraps, of course. I think if you need to cut into your stash it's okay because you already have them and didn't need to purchase specifically for your project.

Rose M. said...

I love my scraps, of course. I think if you need to cut into your stash it's okay because you already have them and didn't need to purchase specifically for your project.

RETRO-Fabulous Blog said...

I love scraps---mine, those donated, selvages and all! What some people consider a 'scrap' can be a lot of fabric for miniatures. =)

Cynthia@quilterbynight said...

I love my scraps and miss them as I have recently moved overseas into a very small apartment and had to leave most of my fabric behind. I don't think there are "rules" for what makes a scrappy quilt. I think it's great to use bits of old clothing in a scrappy quilt, too.

Jayme said...

I think a true scrap quilt is made purely of scraps! And I don't know how I feel about my scraps yet. I'll probably love them once theyre organized!

Deb said...

Yes, love scraps that I can actually do something with! But I have a tendency to save everything!!

Barb said...

i like scraps but have a hard time coordinating colours.

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CAS said...

I really like my scraps & have them organized in a couple of different ways. I want to make a true scrap quilt one of these days, but I haven't been quilting for very long so I don't have too many scraps just yet. I think it's perfectly fine to use some scraps & some fabric from your stash.

nancy b. said...

I love my scraps, even love organizing them! All your ideas help in thinking of creative ways to use them, too!

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