Monday, January 30, 2012

ScrapTherapy Project

Book of the Month
January 2012

Cut the Scraps! by Joan Ford

Since I bought this book to see how to do the ScrapTherapy(tm) system, it was all about cutting up my fabrics. I learned the "7 Steps to Quilting" and what sizes work best for these projects. Now that I have cut lots of squares of fabric in 5", 3.5" and 2" sizes, I'm ready to choose a project.

What I like to do is first browse through the quilting book and see what projects are featured. There are many lovely projects in all books, but which one will you actually make. I find it easy to get distracted and one should try and make this fun, not difficult. So... I choose to make the one that draws my attention first.

The Project: Runaway Thread


I chose "Runaway Thread" on page 81.  It grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go, so I knew I'd want to make this one for my review. It is a lap size quilt (66" x 78") that if anyone wished to, could add more outer borders to increase its size. Even though it looks really complicated, it is actually listed under the Easy level. So, don't be surprised when others will 'ohhh' and 'ahhh' at this quilt, because it truly is stunning.

4 1/4 yards - background fabric
4 1/2 yards - backing
70 inch x 82 inch - batting
5/8 yard - binding
ScrapTherapy scraps (64 -- 5" squares; 316 -- 3.5" squares)
After checking my fabric cabinet, I did indeed have enough of a light background fabric and lots of scrap squares. For this project, I will only be making the quilt top for now, so the other fabric requirements are not necessary at this time.

Pictured below are the fabric squares needed for the center blocks of the quilt. There are 80 background squares along with the necessary scrap squares to construct the three types of blocks needed for the center of the quilt.

Fabrics for the Center of Quilt

The block shown below uses one light background fabric square with one 5-inch scrap square and one 3.5-inch scrap square.

Finished Block -- 6.5" Square

This is the finished result for the quilt top center blocks, some have two scrap squares; some have only one scrap square added.

Center Blocks of Quilt Top

After completing both block sizes, I stored them in ziploc bags so they would be ready for the next step in construction. The construction process is the same for both block sizes.

Border Blocks -- 3" Squares

Next week... I will show you how these blocks are constructed; I will begin with the 3" block sizes as they seemed more time consuming. One shouldn't always leave the most difficult portion to the last. Do it first and then it'll seem the project is soon to be completed.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scraps Turn Into Quilts

Time to Quilt?

Have you decided which quilting projects you will work on this year? Whether it is finishing those "works in progress", taking a quilting class, or starting something brand new; let's just enjoy the journey, shall we?

I will be reviewing several books in 2012 and the posts will begin on the 23rd of the select month. At this point, I do not know how many quilts I will be making, but I'll try and review one book each month.

Scrap Quilting

If one has no idea were to begin with this quilting process... why not start with scrap quilts. They are simply beautiful, and in most cases, the fabric selection is whatever you have on hand!!

Near the end of 2011, I decided to try scrap quilting and learnt quite a lot so far. If you want to start without the need to borrow or purchasing any books, you can try some free quilt designs at quiltville. To see the ones I completed as quilt tops, please visit my 2011 Review to view them and the links that accompany them for more details.

Book of the Month
January 2012
Cut the Scraps! by Joan Ford

When I looked into the scrap quilting technique, this is the book that I found that got my attention. I really wanted to do something with all those pieces and cut-up fat quarters I had in my fabric cabinet.

 Book: Cut the Scraps!
So I started my process... of cutting up these fabrics into a variety of sizes. I love cutting up fabrics with my rotary tools. I had cut up several sizes, but once I was able to read the book, I tried to stick with the three sizes she uses for the projects in this book.

I began by going through my stacks of fabric, (these are sorted into colour families); and selected the smaller pieces of fabric, such as: very small pieces that were mixed into these stacks, fat quarters, and strips of fabric yardage smaller than 1/4 of yard (meter). I was happy to get rid of those FQs, that I really don't like, mostly because they need so much trimming to square them up.

Since they were mostly in colour families, I'd take one colour and start with cutting those up. The next day, I'd choose another colour. This I continued... until I had the selected fabrics completed.

  One Session of Cutting

If you want to get your fabric stash in order, her ScrapTherapyTM program is a great way to accomplish this. She explains her "7 Steps Method" to get your fabric stash in shape. The book has two sections: Part One: The Seven Steps and Part Two: The Projects to Make.

The three sizes of squares to cut for these projects are: 2", 3.5", and 5". The book has 20 great projects to start you on a great journey to use up your scraps. If you would like to find out more about her system, visit her website for more information.

Fabric Squares: 5", 3.5", 2"

The Projects

Thrown Together Pillow and Pincushion -- 14" x 14"; 4" x 4"
Once Upon a Scrap -- 37" x 51"
Runaway Thread -- 66" x 78"
Table Stripes Runner -- 15" x 42"
Lucky Chain -- 51" x 60"
Cheap Frills Pouch -- 9" x 10"

Scrappy Trails -- 64" x 64" 
Feedsack Peaks -- 64" x 80"
Everything Nice -- 60" x 77"
Something Fishy -- 39" x 51"
Lightning Strikes Twice -- 77" x 76"
Scrap Sack -- 15" x 18" x 9"
Fly Away -- 76" x 76"
Bloomin' Steps -- 75" x 87"
Tulip Patches -- 65" x 77"
Star Gazing -- 67" x 82"
Town Tote -- 10" x 9" x 4"
Duck, Duck, Goose Place Mats and Table Runner -- 14" x 18"; 16" x 52"
With Salmon Run -- 70" x 70"

In the North Woods -- 69" x 69"

Next week, I will begin by showing you the project I have chosen, and will continue each week to bring you its progress to the finished quilt top.

Happy Quilting,