Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Scraps

I'm not good at scrap quilts. I'm too anal to make scrap quilts. I wonder if I could make them for charity or if they would give me hives. I don't even know if I could do those string quilts!

By this point, I could probably take every color I have in scraps and get an entire quilt from each color.

I'm wondering if I should focus my charity quilting this year on cleaning out my own scraps instead of picking up pre-cut kits. It just feels so wasteful to toss all my scraps but honestly at this point they're just taking up SO MUCH SPACE. I have more scraps bagged in rubbermaid tubs than I do stash. Each in a zip lock bag by color.

So what to do, what to do? Does anyone else feel overwhelmed by scraps like I do? Does anyone else just want to get rid of them? Am I horrible for feeling this way?

I see all the wonderful quilts the rest of you are making from your scraps. My scraps look NOTHING like that when they're put together.

18 comments:

Debi said...

Yes, I have had that feeling. So I took all of my scraps and made over 350 6" X 10" bricks of scraps. So far, I have turned 100 of them into 2 quilts. I still have 250 of these bricks to make into quilts. If you don't want to use the scraps, you could donate them to someone who makes charity quilts.

Kristie said...

Oh, Jen, come on...Use your scraps! I have been sorting scraps for a couple of days and sometimes they can get out of hand. I have thrown some away that I know I will never use, because of the size. Maybe you should try to make a scrap quilt and then if you don't like it give the rest of your scraps away.

Some of my favorite quilts are scraps. Actually most of my quilts are scrap quilts. When I started I didn't have the money to purchase alot of fabric, so I was using out of Mom's. Then over time my own stash has grown. I've done so many scrap quilts that sometimes I find it hard to try to match fabrics for a quilt.
Kristie

Michelle said...

If you must rid yourself of scraps, bring them with you when you come down, or I'll get them when I come up. Renea would be in hog heaven. She makes charity quilts, and she RARELY buys any fabric for her quilts. We call her the Scrap Queen, but lately, even I am saving scraps and cutting them into predetermined sizes.

Renea also makes charity quilts since her son passed away from cancer. I have even made a few tops to give her, and she quilts them and passes them on to Project Linus.

jillquilts said...

I would take your scraps and make them into quilts, too! I would love them! Don't feel bad though if you can't do. Some people can and others can't. Don't beat yourself up abut it! Give your scraps to me!!!! :D

Moneik said...

Jen I'm the total odd ball with you! I can't make scrap quilts either. I have the worst time. I am down to a one gallon size tote and that is all the scraps I have. Okay I determine a scrap to be smaller than a fat quarter. I tried to get my scraps used up one year and made my dad a quilt. It was rather cool, but so not my style. I can't make blocks out of scraps unless it is maybe paperpiecing which uses just a little bit of a color.

Hazel said...

Jen there is so many ways to use your scraps try appliqué or paper piecing .I know how you feel I felt like that a little while ago ,I went through my scraps and allowed myself one shoe box of each color .It was like a ton of bricks taken off my shoulders .They won't be wasted you can always find some one to use them ,I donated mind to the quilt guild .

Beth said...

Its perfectly legit to give youself permission to give your scraps away...have you checked out Bonnie's scrap users system? I find that I actually USE mine more, when they are under control. www.quiltville.com under 'scrap users system' Spend any amount of time on her blog..and you will be BEGGING for scraps..to make your quilts SCRAPPIER!

Connie said...

I LOVE working with scraps! The Law of Scrappiness says that the more fabrics you have mixed together in a quilt, the less related they have to be to eachother! You can always add in black to create serious pop. Why not try a log cabin and only look at value and ignore color?? You can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

Jen: I have made lots of scrap quilts and love making them. I think they are so interesting to look at. I've also made a lot of the string quilts. Another way to use them up is to cut muslin blocks about 10" square and string piece the strips diagonally. If you don't want them, I'm sure someone will gladly take them.

Angie said...

Well, sugar, you just pack up all those scraps and let me know when you're ready for my snail mail addy!! ROFL I'll be happy to take them off your hands. :>

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I've organized all my scraps into to bins by colour and this year I want to use them up making charity quilts. One thing that helps keep scraps quilts looking good is to either, use only one or two colours through out (i.e. red and black) or if you are using all scrappy, use a control fabric that is the same through out to give it some structure and a place for the eye to rest. Try something small..like Patti's crumb blocks ...they are great mindless sewing. The link is
http://quiltingisstillmypassion.blogspot.com/2007/07/mile-minute-blocks-photo-tutorial.html

Amelia said...

Looks like the jury is split on what to du with the scraps. I don't have the heart to throw them away. I have made several scrappy quilts - but they have not been in my favorites once finished. However, my daughter loves them almost as much as a well cut out and pieced quilt.

Guess it all boils down to what you like and what you do't like.

Cindy (aka Peony the House Elf) said...

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. I can't do scrappy quilts either. I always want the things to match up. I even tried making scrappy coasters and it drove me crazy. OK I have to know what is a string and what's a brick when it comes to pieces?

Luv to quilt said...

Jen,

First of all. I want you to know how much I enjoy your Blog.
Your Quilts are all so beautiful.

I belong to a group in my town. Blankets Of Love and we take any piece of fabric anyone gives us to make blankets for sick children.
I am sure some group in your area would love your scraps.

Thanks for the great Blog . I wait everyday for your new posts.
I also read all your friends & mom blogs.

Nancy-Rose said...

Yummmm....I love scraps. If you were closer to me, I'd be in the car on my way over, honking all the waaaaay!!!!

WaaaaaaaHoooooooooo!!!!

Maureen said...

Jen - I am so with you on this one but I do save my scraps in shoe box plastic. You may ask what do I do with them...I am going to use my Christmas scraps to make a Christmas quilt for my sister-in-law Terry! She is such a sweetie and I know she loves scrappy quilts. The rest wait until I don't buy an applique kit! I will have almost everything I need in my scrap stash in fact some of my pieces are so small others would probably throw them away!

I'm not sure what string quilts are or bricks but I am going to try to look that up at a later date once I am over this head cold. I am tired and have slept most of the morning!

Maureen said...

Okay I can tell I am not feeling well it should read Plastic Shoe Boxes not shoe box plastic...what was I thinking?

Allison said...

I know you have already posted what you intend for your scraps - but thought I would still give you my 2 cents anyway!

first, I use my scraps as stuffing when I send items in the mail, you know, instead of packing peanuts?

second, you can take a bunch of great photos, list them on ebay, and make a little money from them!

Good luck!