Monday, July 22, 2013

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A Checkerboard Scrap Quilt


With overflowing scrap bins and quickly running out of storage room (as well as patient and obliging family members) it was time to make a scrap quilt in an effort to be seen to be "working on it" - the issue of the overflowing bins that is. 


I am rather fond of my fabric scraps and continue to add to the scrap bins with every quilt I make.  Having made numerous low volume quilts recently means that even low volume fabrics are well represented among my scraps.  A checkerboard quilt (light/dark layout) was the obvious choice.


I have used my own Postage Stamp Quilt Tutorial to piece this quilt top - strip piecing and cross cutting to make blocks with seams pressed to ensure that the quilt top comes together with ease.  I have alternated light/dark fabrics this time to create the checkerboard effect and I have also increased the width of my fabrics strips to 3 inches (3 inches x 10 inches fabric strips).  


I do admit to occasionally dipping into my fabric stash to balance colors and add even more variety which did not go unnoticed by the aforementioned family members. Unfortunately the overall impact on fabric scrap reduction was negligible. The simple solution may be to invest in yet another scrap bin or continue to make more scrap quilts. Probably both.


Happy patching.

More soon,
Rita

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39 comments:

  1. lovely! interesting that your family notices the state of your scrap bins. mine don't pay any attention to stuff like that.

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  2. Maybe it's not changing the scrap situation, but if you convince them that you're working on it, you've gotten MUCH farther than I have! This little quilt top is just so stinking cute!

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  3. oh Rita.. this is already looks beautiful..

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  4. Scraps tend to breed like rabbits. No matter how many scrap quilts I make (and most of quilts are scrappy), I never seem to make a dent in them! This one is a beauty. :)

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  5. lovely... you're doing what you do best!

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  6. Is that Briar Rose strawberries I can see in there? Gorgeous :)

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  7. You have such a signature style. A quick glance and I know it is a Red Pepper quilt. Love it.

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  8. A new scrap bin is a must--fabric scraps are known to breed in captivity. If anyone can use those scraps well, it's you--you always make such lovely quilts!

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  9. Love it! I love these low volume square patchwork quilts so much I must make one soon! I'll name it after you. ;)

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  10. Lovely quilt - why not do a give away of a bag or two of scraps? We win, and your family is mollified.

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  11. So pretty....Oh yes scrap giveaways.....I'm in...I am a scrap a holic I must admit... I save very little piece. But I am still new to quilting. So it is allowed at this point...One day I would love to have one of those grand big stashes full of gorgoues scraps.

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  12. beautiful quilt top, but that is normal for you. you are so talented! how about having a scrap bag giveaway? hint hint babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  13. I would love to buy a bag of your scraps!! If your willing to sell any please email me!
    juceyj03@gmail.com
    Thanks* Jessica

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  14. Love it! (As usual, your quilts are always amazing!)

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  15. I love your quilts and am always impressed with your pressing. Your seams always look beautiful. Do you use starch? What is cross cutting? Do you share some of this information on other links in your blog?

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  16. Great use of your scraps in making a beautiful quilt.

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  17. Thank you so for sharing your inspiration with us!! It is a joy to watch your creative juices flow!

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  18. Rita.......just beautiful. Your choice of colour and style are just amazing. Inspired to check out my scaps too. Thanks ........Marie

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  19. Another one of your quilts I must make . Are you going to cross hatch?

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  20. Your scraps look so beautiful!

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  21. So pretty!
    I must make more quilts so I have more scraps.... I have a bad habit of using up most if not pretty much all of the fabric on the quilt and its backing.

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  22. I second (or third? Fourth?) it - sell us your scraps! Then you have money to buy more yardage! :-)

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  23. reeeeally nice - so perfect points
    giveaway - scrap sale - I would be in for both
    but more lovely inspiration like this is also wellcome ;)

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  24. I had the same idea of a scrap give-away, but think giving away fat qtr bundle is easier than giving away one five inch scrap......how about it RPQ can you spare a crumb? We want your leftovers!

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  25. Love it! So inspiring......

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  26. I love these! I just started one last week.

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  27. Really love how you put fabrics together ~ this one is so lovely!

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  28. You have such pretty scraps! I think my scraps multiply while I sleep.

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  29. Lovely bright colors as always!

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  30. Your quilts have a style all their own. Sometimes when I see others quilts they remind me of yours. You make the best and prettiest. I too would like to make a similar quilt, but it and they, always remind me of you.

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  31. I would love playing in your scrap bin Rita. Always so very colorful even when you are using low volume.

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  32. Love, love how you quilt looks!

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  33. But it is so, so pretty! Scrap quilts are usually the best. I guess you should just get another bin!

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  34. Fabulous! I'm always amazed at how you take such different styles of fabrics and make them all look perfect together!

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  35. How I would dearly love to get into your scrap pile & play with those!! The variety is just fantastic, so colorful & playful! Wanna trade, lol?

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