Scrap Quilts

I save my scraps — all of them.  And I often pick through the scrap bins of others.  Borderline hoarder, maybe?

I just LOVE zoning out, going into a creative trance and sewing together tiny random pieces. It feels a lot like doodling on paper – don’t think, just do, and see what comes of it.

I organize and piece my fabric scraps several ways: Sometimes I just throw scraps from several different projects into a pile and start sewing them together, and see what happens! Sometimes I’ll sort and sew by color and other times sort and sew by type of fabric (i.e. denim, old T-shirts.)  Here are some examples:

SORTING AND SEWING SCRAPS BY COLOR:

Scrap bins sorted by color

Scrap bins sorted by color

I’ll take these and just start piecing to create very random blocks by color

Green Scrap Block

Green Scrap Block

Yellow and White Scrap Blocks

Yellow and White Scrap Blocks

Pink scrap blocks

Pink scrap blocks

And you can put them all together and to make things like these…

Scrappy Jewels Quilt - Honorable Mention San Francisco Quilt Guild Show 2015

Scrappy Jewels Quilt – Honorable Mention San Francisco Quilt Guild Show 2015

Green Scrappy Star

Green Scrappy Star

Rainbow Scrap Quilt

Rainbow Squares Quilt

RANDOMIZED SCRAP BLOCKS

These are blocks or pieces I made after putting aside scraps from several unrelated projects and then just putting them together to see where it took me.  These are among my favorites because it puts together colors I’d never have thought of putting together deliberately!

A River Runs Through It - Detail

A River Runs Through It – Detail

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It - Detail

A River Runs Through It – Detail

Color Worm

Color Worm

Wonky Corners Triangle Scrap Quilt

Wonky Corners Triangle Scrap Quilt

Wonky Corners Detail

Wonky Corners Detail

Abstract Reasoning (WIP)

Abstract Reasoning (WIP)

Living Room Lap Quilt - Mostly Marimekko Scraps

Living Room Lap Quilt – Mostly Marimekko Scraps

"Made Fabric" Block

“Made Fabric” Block

San Francisco Waldorf Auction - Wonky-Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

San Francisco Waldorf HS Auction – Wonky-Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt

DENIM SCRAP QUILTS

You can’t go wrong with lots of denim – kids outgrown jeans (or your own, ahem…)  These are projects that were more “designed” and planned than those above. But I consider them scraps quilts, too.

Long Family Pants 2016

Long Family Pants 2016

Julian's Outgrown Jeans Quilt

Julian’s Outgrown Jeans Quilt

Miraloma Kindergarten Alphabet Friends Quilt

Miraloma Kindergarten Alphabet Friends Quilt

Denim Flannel Rag Quilt Detail

Denim Flannel Rag Quilt Detail

Denim Flannel Rag Quilt

Denim Flannel Rag Quilt

Long Family Recycled Jeans Picnic Blanket

Long Family Recycled Jeans Picnic Blanket

Gee's Bend Inspiration Quilt - made from old jeans from the Woodruff-Long Family

Gee’s Bend Inspiration Quilt – made from old jeans from the Woodruff-Long Family

DID I MENTION SAVING T-SHIRTS?

Yes, there is that time when your child outgrows an entire wardrobe in the span of a few months.  My kids have been their adult height for a while now, and I still have T-Shirts from when they were very little.  On the docket: Make a quilt (or two) for my son from T-shirts I’ve saved, and make a family quilt from tie-dyed T-shirts our family collectively made over the years from our beloved Camp Mather vacations.  I did manage to produce one T-shirt quilt from the collection, though.  I love this one for my daughter.

Adrienne's T Shirt Memory Quilt

Adrienne’s T Shirt Memory Quilt

Adrienne's T-Shirt Memory quilt Circa 2012

Adrienne’s T-Shirt Memory quilt Circa 2012