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What is Scrappy Quilting

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What is a scrappy quilt?  It is a quilt that is made from a large number of fabrics.  It is the opposite of a quilt that is carefully planned in advance, with the fabrics usually being purchased at the same time.

Most of the quilts made today are scrappy quilts.  I believe this is for a couple of reasons.  First of all, quilters love to buy fabric.  It is probably one of the favorite parts of the quilting process.

Fabric has become very expensive.  When quilters go to the fabric store, it is like going to an all you can eat buffet.  You want to try just a little bit of everything.  As a consequence, you end up buying a half yard of one fabric, and a half yard of another fabric.

Quilters are also good shoppers.  When they see good quality fabric at yard sales and thrift stores they buy it.  Then they have to put it all together.

Most quilters have a large amount of fabric in their homes.  It is called a "stash."  Scrappy quilts give you the opportunity to use many fabrics in the same quilt.  Most scrappy quilts are easy to make.  Intricate piecing is hard to see when you use a lot of fabrics.  Hence most of the blocks on this site will be oriented toward scrappy quilts.

Note:  For tips on saving money quilting, see our sister site: Frugal Quilting

This site is dedicated to scrappy quilters, and taking those bits and pieces of fabric and making beautiful quilts.  Welcome Scrappy Quilters!


 Featured Quilt on Site

Photo Sports Quilt

Sports Theme Photo Quilt


Articles on Site 

The Accuquilt Fabric Cutter


Adjusting the Tension on Your Sewing Machine, by Nikki Willhite  How to fix the tension on your sewing machine and get free help if you need it.
How to Make Rag Quilts, by Penny Halgren  - Instructions on how to make frugal and easy rag quilts.
The Accuquilt Fabric Cutter, by Nikki Willhite- The pros and cons of the Accuquilt fabric cutter
Quilters Measurements, by Nikki Willhite.  An explanation of what quilter's measurements are, and how they make quilting easier.

Options for Using 4-Inch Quilt Squares, by Nikki Willhite.  So you've purchased a package of 4-inch quilt squares.  Now you've discovered that quilters usually work with 2 1/2 strips and 4 1/2 blocks.  So what are you doing to do with those 4-inch squares?... more

How to Deal with Project Burnout , by Nikki Willhite. How to finish a quilting or sewing project when it becomes tiresome.


Quilting Tip

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Did You Know...?

Be sure and dispose of your old needles safely.  Empty plastic soft-pick cases take up little room and are great for disposing of old needles.  If you want to recycle your old needles, use them to hang small pictures or projects.


Charity Quilts

One of the great things are quilts are the warmth and comfort they bring to people.  With quilting we have the opportunity to give of our time and our hearts to other people.

Here are some of the opportunities to quilt for charity.

  • Children and Baby Quilts for hospitals and shelters.
  • Quilts give to children rescued from domestic and other violence
  • Tactile quilts for the blind
  • Wheelchair quilts for the elderly.

There is always the need and the place for a quilt!


How to Store
Your Fabric

Storing a large amount of fabric, in all shapes and sizes, can be challenging.

Here is how I do it.  I store my larger pieces on some shelving that I purchased at IKEA.  I have found that if I fold it more like a FQ, I can see each print more clearly than if fold it a few times a lay it flat. You are able to see the pieces much more clearly.


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Smaller pieces I keep in baskets.  I fold them into small rectangles, and arrange them by color.

When I am down to very small pieces, I cut them into strips.  I cut my strips either 1 1/2 inches wide, or 2 1/2 inches wide.  Then I separate them into paper bags by color.  You can cut them any width you like, but these are the sizes I find most practical.

Whatever system you use, your quilts will look better if you can find all your fabrics.  Also, be sure and keep your fabric out of direct sunlight so it won't fade.






Frugal Quilting

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Help for beginning
and frugal Quilters

Quilting Articles








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