Well, after a long weekend spent driving to and from Richmond, VA with grandkids in tow, I spent Tuesday working on a t-shirt quilt and wondering what in the world I would post on today!
Granted, I worked on this quilt a tiny bit - adding three more log cabin blocks and two more string blocks - but it's not really moving along fast enough to be called progress, is it?
So I decided to bring an old post out of the archives - a great book I reviewed a while back that gives some new and creative ideas for dealing with scraps! I think you'll find it a useful resource as you try to tame your scrap monster!!!
I've found a fun book for today, and it asks the question, "Have you met Roy G. Biv?"
Scrap Republic: 8 Quilt Projects for Those Who Love Color was written by Emily Cier in 2011. In it, she talks about how to sort out your scraps for the projects in the book. She also offers advice about quilting, backings, and bindings. My favorite advice she gives, though, is related to this picture...
She makes great suggestions for changing up the patterns by changing up the basic block in various ways. Ingenious!
From there, the book is broken down into two sections. The first is for The Weekend Stasher, and is small and simple projects for those without much time or with a small stash of scraps.
It includes projects such as this one, done with a scrappy background and scrappy pieced circles.
For those without a big scrap stash, she also offers an alternative - what she calls Solace For The Scrapless. It's the same quilt made with whole cloth instead of scraps. This is offered for each quilt in the book - awesome!
And then there's the section for the rest of us - The I-Have-Nothing-To-Hide-Anymore Stasher! One of her definitions of this quilter is "you no longer care how much fabric you've really collected and are so proud of it that no one dares to commit you to Fabric Stashers Anonymous." That's me, for sure!
This section includes larger quilts, such as the lap size Whirl. I love this quilt for its fabulous movement!!
And then there is Pivot - another great quilt incorporating circles, but with a very different feel.
All in all, there are some great projects in this book that will help eat away at your scrap stash - and that's always a good thing! Even if you don't make the quilts in the book, I think you would find a lot of inspiration in Emily's methods and designs.
I promise to try and get back on track next week - summer is always exciting as we try to find the new rhythm for our days! More time with the grandkids is fun, and it makes me be more intentional about the rest of my time - and that's always good!
See you next week with some more scrappy goodness!
PS Be sure to come by on Friday - there will be another giveaway, and you won't want to miss out on this one!