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,


Dorothy L. Wills said...

I'm very excited for your book reviews. I have enjoyed them and they always seem to motivate me. Thanks for the great blog.

Darlee Byron said...

Thanks so much, Dorothy. I enjoy writing them.