Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Queen of Scraps

You probably know by now that I save my fabric scraps. I like to cut them into strips and store them in plastic tubs.  I have tubs for 1.5 inch, 2 inch, 2.5 inch and 3.5 inch strips. When I get ready to make a scrap  quilt, these are the sizes that I find I use the most and it gets me sewing before I know it and without much time cutting.  Bonnie Hunter is the mastermind of the scrap saving method that I use. I'm so grateful to her, so when I heard that she was coming to Kansas City to speak at several local guilds, you can bet I used a red marker to mark my calendar!  The red letter day finally arrived yesterday!
Bonnie's energetic and delightful program did not disappoint! Her trunk show was filled with scrap quilts of every sort.  Some contain pieces so small that it boggles my mind and I  wonder if she ever sleeps. Up close, some of the fabrics she uses might be termed "ugly", but, viewed from a distance, the decades spanning plethora of color creates quilts that might  be mistaken for antiques, especially the ones she hand quilts. I went away determined to follow her advice to try to sew at least 15 minutes every day.
Over the last few years, I have followed and completed four mystery quilts designed and offered by Bonnie on her website, Remember this one? Thinking Bonnie might like to know that people really do follow her scrap saving advice and make quilts using the free patterns she offers, I loaded up three of my Mystery Quilts and took them with me to the Olathe Quilt Guild meeting last night.
I showed you Patriotic Road back on Memorial Day.  Here's another, made for my grandson, Oliver, for his fifth birthday. Bonnie's pattern is called Orange Crush.
Oliver sleeps under his quilt every night. Since I used quite a few novelty print scraps, it is sort of an eye spy quilt.  The lettering along the outside borders spell out his name and initials. I used a tutorial by Lazy Gal Quilts to make the letters. Tonya is coming out with a book in December with lots of ideas for using this method.  I can hardly wait! It is called Word Play Quilts.  Look for it  if you would like to learn to make these freeform letters.
I worried that the bright colors in this quilt might keep Ollie awake at night, but when he told his mom that he wanted to paint his room orange I knew it would be perfect for him!
There's one more mystery quilt.  I'll show you that another day. After all, it is supposed to be a mystery!
P.S. Joyce T. who likes strawberry shortcake as a summer treat, please contact me by the weekend to claim your Hope Valley prize. Thanks.


  1. I really admire people who can manage, organize and actually make quilts from scraps. I'm just not that disciplined! LOL Your quilts are beautiful and I'm sure she got a kick out of seeing what you have made from following her advice.

    Jennifer :)

  2. I've started saving all my scraps now too and have tons of patterns churning in my mind of what to do with them all. I love Oliver's quilt!

  3. I love Oliver's quilt too! Your "scrap quilts" are so amazing, so pretty! Sounds like a fun evening with Bonnie. Would loved to have been there. And now I need to expand on my scrap saving method too. Collecting the "scraps" is half the fun ; )

  4. Oh, I love a good scrap quilt, and you have shown us several. Whenever I cute fabric strips I always cut some extra strips at the end to save for scrap quilts.

  5. Your Orange Crush quilt is wonderful! I love the bright colors. How can one look at it and not be cheered? Great work!

  6. Your quilts are amazing!! :o)
    I don't even have enough fabric to make that many scraps!! :o)