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.  I will be posting some that Ginny has shared with me. 

2.  Sort thru your scrap stash and pull your pieces, colors, etc.  You MUST ONLY use your 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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Your quilt(s) will need to be completed this year to qualify for a prize.  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 - posting blocks as completed must have minimum 12 blocks for finished project.
  • Pick a color way & pattern
  • Pick a theme - stars, flowers, geometrics, etc.
  • Pick a pattern only - post as you progress

Finishes:  Gayle (3), Ethelda (1), Riana (4), Beth (4), Ginny (4), Carla (3)

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count me in. oh boy fun fun fun. My first scrap quilt is called crayon box. thank you , Beth !

Wonderful, and off you go!  I am working on which one I want to do.  I have several ideas.  I do have one that I need to get done for customer, but will be using a main fabric to go with it instead of all scraps. 

I'm looking forward to this challenge! I have a few tops I've thought about doing for a few years - this is good incentive to actually do at least one of them. Glad we have many months to complete them as I know there are bound to be many other projects that will interrupt.

Here is a scrap quilt.  I had some orphan blocks that I put together.  Did not have any good 30s fabric for the border and what I did have did not look real good so I cut up pieces and scraps into various widths but all 6" long.  Love the look.  I may have to repaint a bedroom so I can enjoy my 30s quilts.  They have such a homey feel.  I still have a large bag of scraps so going to make a quilt from them after I finish the other one that is my daughter's for her wedding stash. 

beautiful and I love the border!
very pretty quilt beth. i started making borders out of scrap strips many years ago, for the same reason you did this one. i didn't know at the time that they were called "piano keys" borders. now i have extended the fun to using scraps of widths that vary in width from end to end, sew together in long strips, press then trim to width of borders i want or have fabric for. makes a fun "wonky" piano key border :))

Ok, Beth I will join since I am running out of places to hide all my scraps.

Won't that be nice to get all that out of the closet again.  I think we need to get together and have a scrap day and just get all our scraps sorted and ready for some quilts.  I have lots of patterns to pick from that are scrappy ones.

Welcome aboard this fun quest to unhide those scraps and declutter with a finished surprise.  I am excited Eva. 

Ok, I bought the Accuquilt Go Big Cutter.  I feel this will be a great investment so I can cut up my scraps into workable pieces and not have to worry about my fingers getting in the way.  I am working on a Drunkard's Path scrap quilt that has been cut up years ago when I used an cutter and those pieces are so perfect and it easy to make them match up.  Figure I could not go wrong.  Even the tumbler top I finished up last week was cut on an Accuquilt.  Excited.  I am going to make a Snails Trail Storm at Sea quilt.  That is my prize goal. 

Here is a Storm at Sea that is beautiful.  Could use the coloring from your scraps to do this.

Stained Sea


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