So many of you have shown interest in cutting up your scraps and Paula from KY suggested we all consider it our personal challenge. So join in and I’ll tell you all I know which won’t take too long.
My love of scrap quilts has always been inside me but since I became a Bonnie Hunter fan, I am all consumed with scrap quilts. I made her mystery last winter which is still waiting for binding but I loved the whole process. I am very aware of copyright laws so I urge you to buy a Bonnie Hunter book and jump in. I can explain some basics here and get you started but this is HER method not mine. Remember I’m just one of her many fans.
I had baskets and containers of pieces of fabric everywhere I looked and when I wanted to start getting organized in the quilt shop after all the water came in, I knew I should do it correctly. And that’s when Bonnie’s Scrap Saver System became reality for me. Her quilts are lots and lots of piecing with relatively small pieces and I love that except I hate to start dragging out all that fabric to get started. And I really hate cutting.
A reader asked what kinds of quilts I would make with all these strips and without even standing up from my sewing island, I grabbed all of these books within reach which use strips and scraps and squares and rectangles! I know some of you already employ Bonnie’s method and I will talk about only the basics here in respect of Bonnie’s copyrighted instructions.
Bonnie cuts strips in 1-1/2″, 2″, 2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ wide. When her scrap doesn’t allow for a long strip she cuts squares and rectangles. All of her quilts work with these sizes and her Essential Triangle Tool. I have to get some more clear plastic containers so that I can separate into color families next. Right now for instance all 2-1/2″ strips are in the same container which is difficult if you’re looking for all red strips. Eventually I will sort them all into colors. I think cutting and organizing these scraps is almost as satisfying as making the quilt top! I’ve always been in awe of all the quilts Bonnie gets made! Now I hope I can make lots of them, too.
So……if you’d like to join me in cleaning up your messy baskets and boxes of odd scraps and pieces, I think it would be fun to discuss it here. I’ve come a long way already and can’t wait to cut a quilt out using Bonnie’s system. Look at all the books using strips right here in front of me! There are books galore of quilt patterns made from strips and squares and yes, I’m a book junky! (There are worse things to be, right? And it keeps me out of the pool hall!)!!
So in the middle of the games I took a break to write this post but now Iowa State is going to play Ohio State so I’ve gotta wrap this up.
It first another parade of Harveys, Big and Little, all from a class in South Carolina – some really cute details on some of these rabbits. Thanks to Sylvia for sending them.
I just love to see all these Harveys! I hope all these gals are reading the blog.
Here’s a Harvey that I cannot find the owners name – oh, dear! And he’s so cute! Whoever claims this guy, let us know in the comments. My apologies.
It was such a beautiful day today – 54 degrees under these bluebird skies. Someone else called a pretty blue sky a bluebird sky and I thought it was a perfect description.
And look at this little succulent in the basement. I was sure it was dead but did not throw it away and lo and behold it has new green shoots! Wow, I almost threw it away and it was dormant!
And here’s an eye opener for me – Wear Warm Clothes was published in 1994! Not 20 years ago but 25 years ago! Holy Balony!
Working on figuring out the details of mailing out Goat Gazettes – we really looked in the corners and came up with several bundles – and I grabbed them before Rick started the trash fire with them! Ha!
The game is starting!