Friday, 20 September 2013

More Quilts from Scraps

Anyone who's been following me for a while knows that I love the look of scrappy quilts. For the past couple of years, I've been cutting and sorting my scraps as I go into squares and strips. My guide for this has been Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville and here's how she cuts and organizes her scraps with her Scrap User's System.
Scrappy four patch squares
 My scraps are sorted into 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3" and 5" squares. I also save strips, but most are 2.25" and 2.5" and I put them all together in one place.
Scrappy doll quilt (see tutorial here)
Do you recognize this one? It's the same as the Americana Doll Quilt I have in my tutorials. An autumn coloured print fat quarter was just enough fabric for the sashing and borders and the scrappy four patches look great, even though they don't match at all! It always amazed me that the same pattern can look so different depending on fabric choices.

Scrappy four patch Doll Quilt
I have a few of Bonnie Hunter's books and have a few patterns bookmarked for sometime in the future. In the meantime, I've been piecing little 4-patches as leaders and enders between my regular piecing. When I have enough to make something larger, I'll pause the regular quilting and have some fun sewing together some small doll-size quilts.

What do you do with your scraps? What's the smallest piece you save? Inquiring minds want to know!