Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday - Some Scrappy Inspiration!!

Hi, all!

Welcome back to What's On The Bookshelf Wednesday! I hope you're enjoying the series so far - I'm really enjoying revisiting the great books I've stashed away over the years!  So much wonderful inspiration is hiding there - and I've got a fun one to share with you today...

I don't know if you're on Instagram yet (if you are, I'd love to follow you, so leave your IG handle in a comment!) but if you are, I'm sure you've been seeing all the Scrap Vortex quilts that are showing up there.  

They are all the result of a great quilt-along hosted by Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts - one of the royals of modern scrappy sewing!  Well, in 2012 Amanda Jean and her friend Cheryl Arkison wrote a great book about modern scrappy quilting...

The back cover says it all...

This book starts out by defining the modern quilt and then moves on to discussing scrap basics.  Then there's that all-important section...

Don't you love how they make even scraps look sexy?  (Mine never look that good - I have w-a-a-a-a-a-y too many to let them lie around in pretty little silver bowls - but a girl can dream!)

Then after a section of sewing basics, there's my favorite part - the projects!  There's a brilliant one to start...

Scrap storage bins - colorized, of course!!  Then it moves on to some fabulous scrap quilts...

And there's some beautifully creative photography to show off the quilts, too!

I love this gumdrop quilt!!

If, like me, you have a hard time throwing away fabric scraps no matter how small, this is the perfect book for you!  You'll find lots of inspiration for dealing with storing your scraps, and then actually using them - which is why we save them, right?  


So that's what's on my bookshelf this week.  Have you looked at yours lately?




  1. Ooh, I need this book! I especially like the color-coded scrap baskets.

  2. Good summary of this book. I have it and love it too.

  3. Great review! Love scrap quilts and books about them. I think that gumdrop quilt needs to make it to my bucket list.

  4. It looks like a lovely book, and I already know I like Cheryl Arkison, I follow her blog, too. I love scrap quilts. But I also love pretty new fabric. I feel like there's no end to scrap quilting. I could make scrap quilts forever, and never exhaust my supply of scraps or fabric - and never get to use any new pretty fabric!

  5. I have this book and haven't looked at it in over a year. Love those scrap containers! Thanks for the reminder to pull it out and peruse, coffee in hand! Love your phrase, how they make even scraps look sexy? !!

  6. This looks like a lovely book, a pleasure to just sit and enjoy even if there's no need or desire to make a quilt from it! Thanks for giving us a peek inside.

  7. I have very few books but I do have this one. I didn't have many scraps when I bought the book but I enjoyed looking through it almost every day for several weeks. I just finished two scrapvortexqal NICU quilts and have enough scraps for a third.


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