Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Make Mine Scrappy

Hi, I'm Em from Em's Scrap bin and I'm delighted to be a guest blogger her today. I have gleaned so much good info here, it feels good to give a little back. As my name suggests I'm a scrap quilter. I find it healing; mindlessly sewing scraps together. It's a great pick me up when I'm not feeling my best. This quilt was made with my leg propped up on a pillow draped over my little garbage can after knee surgery. Yes, I am a die hard. So thankful I had all those pre-cut 2 1/2" squares ready, cause standing to cut was not an option.Scrap quilting is also economical. And with fabric prices on the rise saving a penny here and there and still being able to do what you love is a wonderful thing. I pulled bright strips from my scraps for this quilt, and used crumbs for the border. When I was done I still had a bin full of strips so I started another bright scrappy quilt. Sewing out of this bin all weekend.Making all these spiderweb blocks and my bin is still mostly full. I've heard scraps reproduce and apparently mine are very prolific. They do it faster than I can sew.
Scrap quilts are a great way to use up fabric that you wonder what you were thinking when you bought it. I heard recently that if you don't like a fabric you just haven't cut it small enough yet. I am now a firm believer of this. I've yet to make an ugly fabric quilt that I didn't like. And believe me when I started I did not like the fabrics I was using. But somehow in a scrap quilt they all look beautiful.
If color intimidates you in making a scrap quilt. Do what I did with this scrappy, wonky, log cabin. I picked a fabric I loved and pulled scraps that matched the colors in the fabric. That way someone has already done the hard work and you are just pulling from their color scheme.
But trust me I've found when it comes to scrap quilts color does not matter. I probably broke every color rule in the book when I was making this quilt. I put whites and creams together, brights with muddy colors. I didn't worry about what color was next to what. There really was no rhyme or reason to it other than I used light colored fabrics for the background and medium and dark for the stars. And that is the key when it comes to color and quilts. Color does not matter as long as you have a good mix of lights and darks. If you have a hard time with this here is a little trick to help you out. Put your camera on black and white and look at your fabric selections. If you have a good gray scale, meaning a good range from black to white with lots of shades of gray your quilt will look good.

Thanks for reading my post. I hope you found it informative and that it inspires you to try a little scrap quilting. Have a Happy Scrappy Day!

57 comments:

  1. OMG! I'm first?!? I just adore your "muddy" scrappy quilt where you broke all the rules! Isn't breaking rules liberating? I am slowly accumulating scraps including eight of my husband's striped and plaid shirts...if I cut them small enough.... Thanks for sharing!

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  2. These are beautiful quilts. I love scrappy quilts and it's great to see how nice white and cream in a quilt can turn out. I wouldn't have been brave enough to try that but I think I can now!

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  3. Your scrap quilts are just great; I like your philosophy on colour and 'ugly' fabric. Thanks for the tip on co-ordinating scraps as you did for your wonky log cabin.

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  4. That settles it! I am going to look through my pillowcase I use as a "throwaway bag" and take a second look at what is in there! Beautiful scraps/quilts..I love the idea of freedom from matching when quilting!

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  5. I really enjoy your blog and thank you for this post. Beautiful quilts!!! Cool tip on using the black and white setting on the camera ... new one for me :) Thanks!!

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  6. Thanks for being here and helping me see the beauty of the scrap quilt. At first when I tried scrap quilting I had a hard time with all the colors but since then I have adjusted and I am getting better at going for the scrappy look. Yours are just lovely and gives me inspiration.

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  7. I luv scrap quilts! Thanks for sharing yours with us. I have to admit I'm a bit envious. I seem to have trouble "taming" my scraps. But, YOU seem to have whipped yours into shape! Beautiful Quilt SHAPES!!

    hugZ,
    annie
    rubyslipperz106.blogspot

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  8. Your post was very encouraging. Thank you for sharing your lovely quilts and ideas.

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  9. I love scrap quilts! I just finished quilting my first ever.... postage stamp quilt! You are soooo right, even the ugly fabric looks great in it! Thanks for sharing this post! I love it!

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  10. You have some of the most gorgeous scrappy quilts I have ever seen!! They came out just lovely. I will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Scrap away Ms. Em! I don't think you can go wrong with a scrappy star quilt - great starting place. Throw those lite, mediums and darks each in their own bin(no sorting colors allowed) and just start playing. Love your quilts and sure they inspired others to be brave and join us scrappers. * yes scraps do multiply, I have caught mine in the act - shhhh*

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  12. Great post! Though I have never made one, I love scrappy quilts. I will definitely make one. Thank you for sharing.

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  13. great post, beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing Em.

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  14. I loved your post because I love, love, love scrappy quilts. Your scrappy quilts are just beeautiful, especially that four patch with the blue squares. It's unique and so pretty that I might do something similar for our blue bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. You have inspired me to organize my scraps and really start using them. My debit card thanks you.

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  16. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful quilts with us... I vow to treaure the smallest of scraps from this day forward : ) ~ Melissa

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  17. Beautiful quilts. I'm going to cut my ugly fabrics in small pieces :-)

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  18. I love your quilts and the way you think!

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  19. Good Morning Ems, scrappy never looked sew good to me...Heavens my dear, it I could whip up quilts like this I would be a scrappy for sure. According to our polls you fit into that category with an overwhelming 44%. And to think I used to throw away all of my scraps, and a couple weeks ago I gave them all away 11 large bags worth...how many quilts could you have made with those? Love your last one..that is my fav.

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  20. I love scrap quilts and these are great! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. Thanks for sharing! Your scrappy quilts are beautiful.

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  22. I was just researching color in quilts last night before bed, and here is a great post on it this morning! Wow. Thanks. My favorites are your stars and kaleidoscope. And the idea about using your camera to check the gray scale...fabulous!!! Thanks!

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  23. Delightful! Scrap quilting is the greatest...it never gets boring and it justifies having a fabulous stash!!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  24. Your scrap quilts are lovely! So nice to view!

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  25. I haven't heard the thing about "if you don't like a fabric yet you haven't cut it small enough." That's cool! :) Great post.

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  26. Em...your scrap quilts are simply beautiful...luv the wonky star...my favorite...It's time to get out my scraps as I'm long over due to make another scrappy quilt....Great post and thanks for sharing your awesome creations ... :o)

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  27. I so totally agree - scrap quilts for me is the way to go. I have bought very little fabric over the last year or so - I have lots of scraps and I am going back to the scrap quilts I love rather than spend a fortune on the fabric that is sold now. What I spend on fabric now is for back ground fabric.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  28. Love your scrappy quilts. I'm scrappy too...there is just something about working on a scrappy quilt. I wish I could explain it...I think you explained it the best. Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts.

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  29. Em, thanks for sharing your gorgeous scrappy quilts! I'm a "scrapper" too, and you gave some good pointers for things that have been obstacles to me in the past. Thanks for sharing.
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. I really like the spiderweb. I am so wanting to make one after I get some of these other projects out of the way. I am with you on the color and fabrics in scrap quilts. Why is it that fabrics that you would never pair together in a quilt work so well together in a scrappy quilt with all the other fabrics that you would never pair together. But scrap quilts always seem to be a favorite!

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  31. Thanks for the post Em. I enjoyed it just like you blog. I will be starting a new scrap quilt next week.

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  32. Who doesn't have scraps!?! Thanks for the reminder that they don't have to match -- anything! When they're all mixed up, they all play well together. Thanks for the reminder to cut it up if you don't like it :-) My problem is that I love most of my stuff that I hate to chop it to bits!

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  33. Em's quilts are always beautiful. She has inspired me often. Thanks for sharing here today, Em.

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  34. Em does such an amazing job with scraps. Each of her quilts are gorgeous and her blog is so much fun to follow.

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  35. I will remember your statement about liking a fabric once it is cut smaller! I agree, it is all about value!

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  36. Scrap quilts are about the only thing I make, and you've provided some wonderful inspiration. Thanks!

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  37. Wow! I will never look at scrap quilts the same way again! I love what you have done and given yourself such freedom of expression.
    Thanks for the black and white tip - I am definitely going to try it!

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  38. I'm a scrappy kid of gal, too! I love the first one and last one in your photos above.

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  39. Beautiful scrap quilts. It's amazing how flexible those rules are sometimes.

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  40. Awesome, I started scrapbusting yesterday, with my strips, sewed all day, and the pile seemed to grow before my eyes. I really love the scrappy log cabin. I am thinking that will be my next project.

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  41. I love your scrappy quilts. And you are so right, even my ugly fabrics look good in a scrap quilt.

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  42. Great quilts,Em. I also have bins of fabric cuts. So, I'm gonna save your post and then copy several of your great scrappy quilts - if you don't mind, that is.

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  43. Love seeing all your scrappy quilts. They are beautiful!

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  44. I heart all of your beautiful scrap quilts!!

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  45. What an inspirational post! Makes me want to drag out some of my many scraps and get to work on a scrappy quilt. Thank you!

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  46. ....Just cut it small enough!".Ha!!! Very funny quote! I have not made a scrappy quilt yet but once I finish my 2 UFO's I'm going to GET SCRAPPY!!
    Thanks
    Gmama Jane

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  47. Em I'm so glad to see you here - I love your blog of course so a chance to see your scrap quilts again is great! I love scrap quilts, guess I'm just old fashioned, and the scrappier the better! blessings, marlene

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  48. I bow to you - I am not worthy!! WOW!! What beautiful quilts you've created. I'm totally impressed. You've given me inspiration to step out of my "OCD" quilt habit and throw caution to the wind. Can't wait to see your blog site. Thank you for sharing and Madame Samm for featuring your artistry.

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  49. I thoroughly enjoyed your post Em and your scrappy quilts. They are all FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing :) and Thank you to Madame Samm for introducing you to us :)

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  50. Em, your scrappy quilts are wonderful. Thanks for the suggestion on testing value. Thank you for the trunk show. I've visited your blog in the past and always enjoy. Hope your surgery works for you. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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  51. Thank you for sharing :-) I love the part about if you still think a fabric is ugly, you just haven't cut it small enough! LOL!! Lovely quilts!

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  52. I am in love with your quilts. So vibrant and colorful. I aspire to put scrap fabric together like that some day. I have a bit of OCD and have real issues when it comes to randomly putting fabrics together without throughly thinking it through. I was working on some charm bags and had to walk away because they didn't look right. lol. Thank you for sharing!

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  53. Beautiful , love the wonderful scrappiness of them all! Love the Maverick stars one, I have made one and love it, just need to quilt it!!

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  54. Great scrappy quilts, love them. They set each of us free. Love the strip bin and the 2 1/2" square bin. I have jars of scraps. Am I reading your posts correctly? At the end of a quilt you do some "post prep" of scraps, into standardized sizes, which is really "pre prep" for your scrappy quilts.

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  55. I just love your quilts. Thanks for the wonderful show. Scrappy quilts are my favorite!!!!

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  56. So many comments! Just had to say that I love your scrapiness so much I had to follow your blog for more.

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