This thread will be to help you bust some scraps.  It is always hard to calculate how much yardage you have in scraps.  We will not count scraps into yardage, but by completed quilts. At that time, you should be able to tell if you busted some scraps.  Personally I have lots of tubs, and I do mean the 50 gallon size tub full of scraps.  Let us all be zealous to complete as many scrap quilts as possible! 

I am breaking this into steps:

1.  Decide on a pattern to make.  Anything you want to make.  Go to the Scrappy Quilts Thread and there are several listed there.  Bonnie Hunter's website has several, as well as just doing a Google search for scrap quilts.  I am sure if you are a quilter, you have a pattern or two for scrap quilts.  If you find a good pattern, please share. 

2.  Sort thru your scrap stash and pull your pieces, colors, etc.  You MUST use scraps.  The only allowance is to be able to swap with someone a piece of scrap.  If you need a few more browns, you may trade with someone.  A scrap size is no bigger than a 10” piece of fabric.  If you have a fat quarter, that is not a scrap. No, a layer cake is not a pile of scraps.

3.  Report on your progress each step of the way.  This will encourage all of us to get on the ball and join in the cause of busting some scraps.

4.  If you can, and only if you can, post photos of your progress.  If you can't post, don't fret please.  It is just for us visual people. 

5.  Celebrate at the end of a completed quilt or project. 

6.  There is no actual start date so you may join in during the year. 

7.  No, you may not count a scrap quilt top that is all done and just needs quilting.  I could fill this up real quick.  The point is to start at the beginning and use up your scraps on hand.

8.  You may use, only from your stash, up to 3 yards of a base fabric for your scrap quilt/project. 

9.  If you only use scrap fabric for your quilt, you get an extra bonus entry for the prize.

10.  Orphan blocks may be used with your scrap quilt/project. 

Your quilt(s) will need to be completed this year to qualify for a prize, unless yu have done the 365 Challenge, then it counts when done.  Yes, there is a prize in the end. (Will be disclosed later) No, not more scraps. LOL.  Quilters who have completed a scrap quilt this year, will have their name put in a drawing, and at end of year, will pull out of the hat and announce.  Yes, you may do more than one, ten if you so desire.  The quilt may be any size.  Miniatures take time, baby quilts need detail, a king is awesome. 

Additional Ideas:

  • Pick a block size and go with it in sampler fashion - 9", 10", 12" blocks
  • Pick a color way
  • Pick a theme - stars, flowers, geometrics, etc.
  • Have fun with a crazy patch, bits and pieces.

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I found a couple more small pieces of the blue. But they won't help for that border. Careful cutting, & l got 3 more blocks ( love waste.). l did audition dark blue, light blue & even black w/tiny gold "stars", but they all brought the quilt " down". So, l've gone with odd strips of bright borders. l had to piece them to get the size , but the fabrics are forgiving. Photo will follow after l quilt it.

Finished and bound! Lots of bright scrappy little pieces & strings, 1.25 yd aprox. blue, and chunks/strips of red, green & orange borders pieced together. 48 x66"

Beautiful Beth,, actually I'm so empressed on everyone's work,,

Oh how I love scrappy string quilts.

1 1/2 yards in,,,2 yards out have a great week

The church ladies  have a Wednesday hand quilting group with lunch.  Got Called and asked to come by.  They have supported my wife and minne work with lap quilts for the needy. In short two ladies had cleaned out their stash piles giving us FOUR trash bags with lots of 2.5" strips and several large pieces of material (1/2 YARD SIZE). My stash pile just doubled. See a few log cains and some crazy quilts coming soon.

What a blessing.  Looking forward to seeing them.

I have the binding to finish on my second Hunter Star quilt and then will have another scrap quilt finish.  I am still cutting up the several bins of scraps.  Some of the pieces still seem large enough so I am putting them in with my stash. 

Next up, top and pieced backing ready to sandwich. But still plenty of scraps left in the big tin!


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