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What is Scrappy Quilting

a quilters stash of fabric

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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Articles on Site 

 

Quilters Measurements.  An explanation of what quilter's measurements are, and how they make quilting easier.
 

 

Options for Using 4-Inch Quilt Squares.  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.  How to finish a quilting or sewing project when it becomes tiresome.

 

 

How to Make Quilting Frugal

 

There are ways to make quilting frugal.  Quilting can be an expensive hobby, or it can be done in a very economical way.

It only takes a few tools to start quilting.  As you become a more experienced quilter, you can add rules and special papers to your supplies.

 

You don't need patterns to quilt.  Once you learn about quilting grids and block sizes, it is easy to make your own blocks that fit together nicely.

 

Here are a 6 quick tips to save money sewing:

 

1. Fabric selection. Fabric can cost over $25 a yard, or it can be purchased for under $5.00 a yard. The trick is finding fabric that is of good quality for a lower price. A lot of people never buy fabric unless it is on sale for 50% off the regular price.  Shop sales and use coupons.

 

Shop at a variety of stores.  Look for fabric with a  good thread.  Your quilt will only be as strong , or last as long as the weakest fibers in your quilt fabric.

 

2. Make scrappy quilts. Use a variety of fabrics in your quilt blocks and your quilts. Try some scrap quilts and blocks that make good use of small pieces of fabric.

 

3.  Save every scrap of fabric that you have. Scrappy blocks, borders, appliqué and other sewing hobbies make good use of leftover fabric.
 

4. Make larger blocks. When you make larger blocks not only does the piecing go faster, but you use less fabric.

 

5. Creativity over expense.  Be creative and use your own designs.  Patterns can be expensive and technically challenging.

 

Learning about quilting grids, and design your own patterns.  Use frugal blocks to make your own unique and interesting quilt to save time and money.

 

6. Avoid unnecessary paper aids. Use quick piecing techniques that don't involve expensive paper that must be removed when you are done sewing.

 

Most of all...relax and enjoy yourself when you are making quilts.  A lot of people pay money for ways to reduce stress.  Save money relaxing at the sewing machine!

 

 

Quilting Tip

clipart picture of thread

 

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

 

Don't Forget

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Claw Quilt Block

Quilt Sizes

 

Miniature      <36"
   
Wall Hanging any size
   
Baby

36x36 up to 52x52

   
Lap

52-68 x 52-78

   
Twin

64-72 x 86-96

   
Full

70-88 x 88-100

   
Queen

88-99 x 94-108

   
King

94-108 x 94-108

 

Pre-cut Quilt Squares

 

4-Patch

Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.

 

Crib 168
 
Twin 529
 
Double 624
 
Queen 728

 

 

 HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR QUILT 

 
Backing
 
Batting
 
Binding
 
Borders and Sashing
 
Pinning the Layers
 
Quilting Your Project

 

 

Resources for Frugal Living

 

Like Frugal Living?  Visit these Sites...

Free
Clipart
Frugal
Happy
Families
Mini
Preppers
Frugal
Quilting
Scrappy
Quilting

Eagle for www.allthingsclipart.com

Squirrel for www.frugalhappyfamilies.com

Wood Stove for www.minipreppers.com

Churn Dash Quilt block for www.frugalquilting.com

4 patch quilt block for www.scrappyquilting.com

 

Be warm, be safe;  save time and money. 

 

 

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