Scrap Happy February

Now that we have made it to February (phew!) and our New Year's Resolutions are either starting to become habit or have been long forgotten (ha!), I thought it would be fun to spend some time in February working on my scraps and share that process with all of you.


Cotton + Steel Scrappy Modern Postage Stamp Quilt


If you are like me, scraps seem to accumulate with alarming speed and the bins begin to overflow and become overwhelming. Last year, I spent some time organizing my scraps, cutting them down into uniform sizes, and putting them into storage so that they were easily accessible and usable. Of course, I made more than 50 quilts last year so you can imagine that I have a few more scraps and I need to go through this process again.


#scraphappyfebruary


You are all welcome to join along - I'm calling it Scrap Happy February. This month I will be sharing my process, my thoughts, and my plans as we sort through our scraps and prepare to make some scrap quilts this year. My original plan was to have a very structured schedule, but then I realized that I wanted some freedom to just see where the process takes us. Here is a rough outline of what we will be discussing:


Week 1 - All About Scraps

What counts as a scrap? When do you put it in the scrap bin vs. returning it to your stash? How small is too small to save?

Week 2 - Pattern Ideas

We will discuss pattern ideas for squares, rectangles, strips, awkwardly shaped pieces and for adapting a non-scrappy pattern to be used with scraps. This will also include discussion about which sizes to cut your scraps so that you are prepared for future project.

Week 3 - Using Scraps

How do you successfully use scraps in a quilt and make it look awesome? We will talk about rainbow scrap quilts, value-based projects, solids, etc. 

Week 4 - Scrap Storage

Now that you have sorted your scraps, how do you store them? We will talk about sorting by color, shape, collection, designer, etc. as well as how to store them so that they stay organized and don't get all wrinkly.


A Scrappy Ruth Quilt - Kitchen Table Quilting

What will all of this look like?

Each week there will be at least one blog post with information for that week. I will also be sharing information several times during the week in my Instagram stories as I work through my own scrap stash. These stories will be compiled and saved in my story highlights. Each week I will send out an email (probably toward the end of the week) with links to blog posts and a link to the story highlights with all of the information. 


The Frances Quilt - Scrappy Version - Kitchen Table Quilting

Would you like to join us?

My goal is to spend at least 10 minutes per day working on my scraps - you are welcome to set your own goal. I will be cutting my scraps down into some uniform sizes, but you can approach your scrap storage and organization however you like. 


If you are joining in, make sure to use the #scraphappyfebruary hashtag in your Instagram posts so that we can all see how your progress is going.


Pixel Love Scrap Quilt


At the end of the month, I will be starting a quiltalong for the Carly Quilt Pattern. This pattern is scrap friendly and is a fun one to work toward if you are joining in - that is one of the patterns that I will be cutting pieces for during the month.


My first All About Scraps blog post will be up in the next couple of days and I will be sharing in my stories this week. If there are any other topics that you would like to see covered, let me know!

17 comments

  1. Sounds like something every quilter needs, if they don’t already have a handle on their scraps. I’m looking forward!

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  2. I have a lot of boy print scraps left over from my I Spy packs. I wanted to sit down one day and sort through them. You have some great quilt ideas I can use. Thank you for your tutorials and pattern ideas. You make beautiful quilts!

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  3. I may or may not be cutting my scraps into specific sizes, but otherwise will be following along, and am in the midst of my own 50 Days of Scraps!

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    1. That's great! I hope everyone does what works for them!

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  4. I love that scrappy quilt with the black crosses in it. I can't find it on your pattern page. Is there a pattern for that? I'm making myself use all the scraps I have before I start anything else. I have 2 giant rubbermaid containers full of scraps.

    When I click on the photo it gives me an error page.
    julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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    1. Yes, it is my Ruth pattern. Here is a link: https://www.kitchentablequilting.com/2021/03/a-scrappy-ruth-quilt.html

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  5. I’m ashamed to say it but I have three grocery size bags overflowing with scraps, not sorted!! I need help, 😂😂😂. Love this idea. Going to start sorting while watching curling or hockey.

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    1. I think we all have a lot more than we want to admit!

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  6. My bins are overflowing too. Should I buy more bins or sew faster! Carly looks promising.

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    1. That is the question . . . I am out of room for bins so I don't have much of a choice!

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  7. One of the goals I have made for myself this year is to work on my stash to make charity quilts. So I was delighted to see your blogpost today about your goals for February. Count me in on following along this month and hopefully I will be able to get a good start on taming my stash.

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  8. I love this idea, too! I'm not sure how to get on your email list... but I would love to keep up to date!

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