Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Oh, Scrap! Fabulous Quilts That Make the Most of Your Stash

Seen on the cover is Izzy Squared, a Granny Square block that I just love
If there is one thing quilters abound in, it is scraps, fabrics left over from projects and set aside as too precious to toss, hopefully to be utilized in a project. Someday.

Well, that day has come!

Lissa Alexander's new book Oh, Scrap! has a dozen of the yummiest projects utilizing scraps. 
Awesome Land, 701.2" x 93", is made up of 6" blocks. It even has a scrappy binding.
Premier quilt historian Barbara Brackman offers a preface, Musings on the History of Scrap Quilting, which is well worth reading. Lissa addresses her background as a quilter and marketing director for Moda Fabrics before offering basics of color theory as it relates to scrap quilting.
This gorgeous Burgoyne Surrounded finishes at 75 1/2" x 93 1/2"'
"It's all about the value", Lissa says.
Lissa suggests pulling out all your favorite scraps and making a swatch card to envision how the colors go together. Or, you can use precuts.
Sherbert Stars is so beautiful. The 81 3/4" x 82 3/4" quilt is easier than it looks.
How do you store your scraps? Lissa has suggestions. I have two towers meant to store shoes, filled with my fat quarters and folded scraps, stored by color. I cut smaller scraps into various squares and store them in baggies by size. Lissa uses refrigerator bins.

Each Bock in Splendid Scraps is made of four Starting Point blocks, her contribution to
Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler project.
These quilts will inspire you. I love the bright, clear pastels and medium colors she used.
Kismet is a Courthouse Steps version created by Melissa Corry

Indian Blanket is all about light and dark value contrast. It is constructed
with half-square triangles.
The instructions are excellent, with great color photos and drawings and alternative colorways and sizes.
Fireworks was constructed with Cake Mix triangle papers and 10" Layer Cake squares.
Are you inspired to get our your scraps? I am!

I received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.