Friday, December 9, 2011

Scrap Attack Quilt-Along & Festival of Scrappiness

I really don't have enough to do today, so I'm planning another event. Ha!  It's not my fault, it's Jessica's.  And Jacey's too, for encouraging my fantasy.  Here's what I have to say.

We have scraps.  Lots of them! After all this holiday sewing (mostly from yardage, am I right?) wouldn't it be nice to let loose with a scrappy quilt that's straight from your scraps?  No, "Would she like this fabric?" and no "Is this the perfect trim?", just sew, sew and more sewing to a scrapalicous, most joyful end. 

I feel a scrap attack quilt along coming on, along with some kind of Festival of Scrappiness for which to display and admire our scrappy happenings.  So, let's see, in the New Year you settle on a scrappy quilt design or resurrect that unfinished scrap masterpiece waiting in the wings.  I commiserate with some folks who want to help lead the Scrap Attack by teaching a few quilt styles, but you're free to make any style that floats your boat.  Come January, we start making blocks or rows or what-have-you.  And, at March's end we revel in a Festival of Scrappiness?  What should we have for our festival?  Link ups.  Blog badges?  Door prizes?  Frolicking amongst us all.  I dunno know.  What do you think?

Meanwhile, here are some scrappy quilt styles to get your heart a-fluttering...

Japanese + and X block

by Jessica at a little gray

From the center

by Carrie Strine


Triangles

by Ungt blod

Postage Stamps


do. Good Stitches Postage Stamp Quilt
by Karamat for do. Good Stitches


So tell me, tell me, don't you want to start a scrappy quilt like right now? (You can't of course, unless you're throwing a tantrum like Jessica, but you want too.)  Would you want to jump in with one of the styles above, or do you have another design that you'd love to see included in the quilt-along tutorials?

I'm seeing scraps.

P.S.  I'm not sure if "Scrap Attack" feels right.  Do you like it?  Any other suggestions?

64 comments:

  1. Count me IN!

    And I love the name Scrap Attack! It's fun!

    THanks! THis really gives me something to look forward to! :)

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  2. I like the name! And I've been staring at my ever growing pile of scraps just wondering when I'd be able to find the energy to plan something with them. Maybe this will give me the inspiration I seem to be lacking!

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  3. I love the name and the Japanese & X block is neat!

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  4. You know I'm up for it! I would love to find a special project to incorporate a bunch of my favorite pieces. And I'm ever so crazy for the + & x blocks.

    I think I like Festival of Scrappiness better than Scrap Attack.

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  5. A post holiday scrap attack sounds perfect!

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  6. hee hee! It must be in the air. I just started a scrappy hourglass and I'm doing a planned (limited color) scrappy x-block string quilt! I have a regular scrappy string quilt planned too. love all your inspiration photos.

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  7. I have thought about scraps a lot - how can you use them and make something beautiful. I LOVE the triangle - I am a geometrics freak - not sure it would be the easiest though.. Scrap Attack sounds great!

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  8. I have been seeing a lot of string blocks which interest me. Somedays when I have to find just the right color and I am going through my scraps it feels like "Attack of the Scraps".

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  9. Oh man, Here I go with another project! But how FUN!!! So excited, I'm in ;0

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  10. PLEASE! Otherwise, I will surely be buried alive by my scraps.

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  11. I've just been thinking recently I so need a scrap busting quilt to get my teeth into after the holiday season! Great idea!

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  12. Scrap attack is the perfect name - I can't think of a better way to describe the irresistible urges to go and play with lots of scraps - I have them quite often! This sounds like a wonderful idea for banishing the post-festive blues and cheering up the dull winter days. Can't wait!

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  13. I was just thinking of a scrap quilt this morning. I have the perfect pattern Roy B Givens by Carolina Patchwork. I am so in.

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  14. Great idea. I absolutely love that scrap triangle quilt. Maybe this will get me to de-stash...??!!

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  15. I like the sound of "Scrap Attack"- it fits perfectly. It sounds like a lot of fun and I need a good scrap buster. Now if only I could decide which design I want to do. Hmmmmmm

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  16. I was just about to plan a scrap quilt. I love scrap attack- I was thinking of "Scraptastic" for mine.

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  17. what fun! makes me wish i've done enough sewing to have enough scraps to make a whole quilt.

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  18. I love "Festival of Scrappiness"! lol Sounds like a blast. And again something that you could do at any level of project size. I like Scrap attack far better than the Scrap Vomit name that was floating around. I even made a block for a scrap vomit quilt. But I think I'm biased because I've done plenty of vomiting as a pregnant lady in the past and I don't want to relate that to quilting. ;)

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  19. oh, no... i'm going to have to stop reading blogs until january. my DST is already in full swing and adding any more projects to it might require institutionalization. do they have one of those for sewing addicts? maybe a sewer's anonymous or something?

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  20. oh no Jacey, we've created a monster!

    Scrappy projects are just so liberating and addicting. I did finally manage to put these blocks aside last night and work on my quilt that's a xmas gift for someone.

    Other names that are probably far worse than scrap attack:

    What's Scrappenin?
    Scrap Happy
    Tri-Scrapathon
    Scrappy Scrap and the Funky Bunch
    Quilty-McScrappy Pants
    Scrapimus Maximus
    Scrapapalooza
    Full-Metal Scrapet
    Scraps upside your head
    Put a Scrap On it!
    Scrappin it and scrappin it and scrappin it well
    Scrappy As I Wanna Be
    This is How We Scrap it.
    (wow, these are getting progressively more gangster for some reason...I'm just gonna push on thru)
    Scrap Happens
    The Pursuit of Scrappiness
    If you're scrappy and you know it
    Grande Scrapuccino
    Ah, Scrap!

    Ok, I need to stop...

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  21. I`m addicted to anything scrappy so yes, count me in!

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  22. I had already planned to start a scrap quilt after Christmas so this will be perfect to keep me going!

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  23. I LOVE this idea! I think "Scrap Attack" is the perfect name, too. Can we start now? Puh-lease? Pretty please? What about now?

    Now?

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  24. Nice! I love the idea, but won't have the time... I will definitely link up to this in my Sew Mama Sew giveaway post as I'm giving away a big box of scraps :)

    I think... when I am retired I might attempt a scrap quilt. Ha! But I do love the way they look - I've debated making one for Mira but it would have to be a "deliberate" scrap quilt - incorporating all my favorite prints in different ways.

    I love you and your themed events!

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  25. oh, I like this idea! I have been sorting out my scraps recently and really want to start using them! My first thought was Oh Fransson!'s mod mosaic pillow tutorial. That would be perfect... but then I started about my Bottled Rainbows that I haven't even gotten close to finishing... that would be a good scrap project. :) Anyway, I am definitely thinking Yes!

    I just finished up new buttons for my blog... I love buttons so I say yes to that too. :) As well as to Scrap Attack. It sounds super exciting!

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  26. the triangle quilt is amazing! they're all fantastic, but that one particularly moved me. thanks for the inspiration. and the list above by jessica? impressive!

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  27. sounds like fun!, i would love to try the + & X block. i love that. i think i need a tute for that one though. yes it's extremely tempting to begin right now.
    Merry Christmas!

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  28. I'm working on a scrap quilt myself now(chinese coins) and it feels exactly like a scrap attack.....and the scraps seem to be winning! Thought I'd make it large (queen size), and I think I used up less than half of my strips. I'm seriously thinking about giving the rest away.

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  29. Amazing scrap quilts! I'm inspired to start diving into my very large bag of "assorted" 2" squares.

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  30. oh, i love all the names that Jessica listed! "scrapapalooza" and "scrap happens" are my favorite though... :)

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  31. I like the idea of a scrappy QA, I'd pick the triangles.
    Looking forward to the curves class too.

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  32. Jessica from 'a little gray' has got me laughing out loud...too funny! Fun and oh so necessary theme! I love the de-cluttering aspect of it, which is perfect to ring in the new year!

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  33. My scraps are out of control I haven't done anything since my last ticker tape quilt and that was awhile ago.
    I like Jessicas suggestions especially Ah Scrap and I'll add Scraptastic! I am in!

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  34. Arggg ....... I have just ordered a FQ bundle to make a bottled rainbow so now I am torn ... can I do both? Yes of course I can but need to finish something first right? No? hmmm ..... let me see :o)

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  35. I have "a few" scraps...I can see myself participating in this quilt along. I love that we can pick our own style and pattern - I'm kind of leaning toward some kind of postage stamp quilt. Or triangles. Or...well, the possibilities are endless!

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  36. Love scrap quilts - I will take strips of different sizes, sew them together in maybe 10-12" widths, cut them into squares - then put them RST and sew around the entire square. At this time you cut on the diagonal both ways - press open and mix and match and sew back together as squares. Love the look.

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  37. I can feel a 'scrappy frappe' coming on!

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  38. Perfect! I want to learn how to pick up my scraps and just sew them together without much cutting in whatever shapes they already be (wonky style), and the thing not be a hot mess. The names are great! I think we should each use a different scrappy name for our blog posts from Jessica's list in the spirit of mismatched scrappiness :)

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  39. I do want to start a scrappy quilt right now ... they are all so bright and beautiful. What a wonderful way to use up all your scraps.

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  40. Jessica has the winner--Scrapapalooza! Then again, Oh, Scrap might better suit me!

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  41. Attack of the scraps sounds like they are winning, so Scrap Attack sounds like we are beating them. Despite actively making Christmas presents from my scrap basket, it seems to have grown.

    On behalf of us non-bloggers I request that this one be non-blogger friendly, with picture posting and not link-only. I know I was not the only one disappointed to be shut out of Celebrate Color due to a blog being more than I can commit to right now.

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  42. count me in!!! I love scraps! kisses

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  43. How did you know my scrap basket is groaning with scraps? I like this idea very much!

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  44. I don't have many scraps yet since I'm pretty new to sewing, but can I play along and make scrappy coasters?? I'm thinking postage stamp could be cool (like 16 1" squares per side to make a 4" square coaster.)

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  45. count me in, the mame is brilliant. I better go and star to organize all my scraps!

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  46. "This is how we scrap it", I'll definitely have to add the song that inspired that name from Jessica to my play list for while I'm sewing.

    I'm in. This sounds like a ton of fun and I have the equiateral triangle AccuQuilt Studio die so it will be super easy to cut the quilt out.

    Anyone want to trade me scraps for cutting services? Believe it or not, I'm low on scraps. . . I'm really not sure how it happened either.

    PS. Loved your use of the word frolicking! That word just makes me smile.

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  47. "find the bottom of your scrap bin challenge" I'm soooo in for this one!

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  48. Oh my, Jessica has me laughing so hard right now!!! Her list of names is fun and ingenious, as is your idea. If I don't join in, I'll be following along!!!

    Happy Weekend!

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  49. Yep, I'm up for this! BTW, there's a bunch of us doing a Japanese x and + block swap on Flickr starting in January if anyone wants to trade some scrappy blocks during this time :o) http://www.flickr.com/groups/1834570@N23/

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  50. Somehow, scrappy quilts always end up being my favorite! Sounds like fun to me!!!

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  51. I am with you guys here. Scrap attack - perfect! Can I join in without a blog? As like Amanda I have limited free time too, bu t a bucket ful (or three!) of scraps just waiting to be used up.

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  52. Uh, I would like to join! I have so many scraps...

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  53. This QAL sounds fun and I'll be having a lot of scraps after Christmas! The Japanese + and X blocks are nice...and I have always liked the idea of doing a postage stamp quilt. I'm up for this...can't wait! I like "Scrap Attack" and also "Scrap Happens" as suggested by Jessica in comment 21.

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  54. Jessica has me laughing so much! One cannot help but read such a long comment. I actually like some of her name choices though especially the "Pursuit of scrapiness" very cute. I love this idea! I heard about it from someone who posted about it on giveaway day! I will definitely come back to see what's scrapinlin! lol.

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  55. Scrap Invaders
    I am just finishing up a Mod Mosaic Quilt with 600+ bits of scrap and a whole lot of grout - it's an invasion and they just keep coming!

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  56. Oh, I do like Scrap Attack too... are they attacking us or are we going to launch an attack on them? Either way, I'm in.

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  57. This is an awesome idea! I *might* be in...gonna have to check my scraps to see what I've got. That might also be the perfect time to organize them too - ha ha!

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  58. Oh sigh! I have just spent a year doing to Rainbow Scrap challenge with
    lots of others hosted by http://superscrappy.blogspot.com but my scraps just seem to be breeding! I think a Scrap Attack is well in order. You lead, I will follow!

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  59. Some would say I am addicted to scraps and the smaller the better. I'm in. I love the Scrap Attack moniker but also love the other names suggested. Who says I am easy to please? Joanne H

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  60. Sounds great to me! I have been wanting to do a scrappy project so this is great motivation!

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  61. I am sooooo up for a Scrap Attack! I'm taking part in a project for Pat Bravo to make a quilt from her scraps for Project Linus. I have a whole pound of BEAUTIFUL Art Gallery scraps! I'm thinking of doing a scrappy log cabin maybe - this seriously scappy thing you're planning is just my ticket. Can't wait for the official "go".

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  62. I like the X and + quilt. Very colorful.

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