Monday, January 2, 2012

Scrap Attack Quilt-Along

It's a fresh new day and we're raring to go!  And it's a good thing too, cause those scraps are mounting on every side.  A scrapalicious quilt could result from the happy madness if you take that rotary cutter in hand and make a calculated attack.

What will you make?  A herringbone quilt? Postage stamp masterpiece? Clever Japanese X & + blocks? strings? Triangles?  Hmmmmm?  Well, the sky's the limit - especially since you just may settle on something of your own creation.  To participate, the only rules are

1. Your quilt is made mostly from scraps
2. You finish it by end of March, 2012 (so, um, you could have started it in 2005.  just sayin...)

The Scrap Attack quilt along aims to inspire you to create from scraps whether in a scrappy, fabric explosion or with something more intentional in color and design. Each week, now through mid-March, I'll feature a tutorial and/or interview with an inspiring quilt blogger, culminating in a Festival of Scrappiness the last week of March.  The festival will be a link party for anyone who completes a scrappy quilt top in 2012, with random door prizes from batting to fabric stacks to scraps donated by our inspiring bloggers.  Yes, more scraps!  Oy.

You know you want to! How else are you ever gonna get a handle on those scraps?  They breed like rabbits, ya know.  I mean, just look at all our scraps....

we have scraps!
for sources see my Scraps pin board

So, will you be joining us?  Feel free to grab a button:

Scrap Attack Quilt-Along



And for those of you who are Flickr-friendly, come chat it up and share your photos at the Scrap Attack Flickr Group.  


I'll be updating this page with links to all Scrap Attack quilt along posts! Here's a little preview...

1.  Triangles with Rachel of Stitched in Color
2.  Using bias-cut scraps with Completely Cauchy
3.  Japanese X and + block with Badskirt Amy
4.  Granny Square block with Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches
5.  January Link Party
6.  Scrap Republic with Emily Cier
7.  Herringbones with Rachel of Stitched in Color 
8.  Tiny Scraps with Ayumi of Pink Penguin
9.  February Link Party & Prizes 
10.  Postage Stamps & Prizes 
11.  Pezz & Prizes 
12.  Granny & Prizes 
13.  Festival of Scrappiness
14.  Winners!

59 comments:

  1. Very good idea!! Oh, so many scraps, what shall I make?? My mind is busy already! :)

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  2. I've had it in my head to make a scrappy quilt for a couple of years, but I've never gotten around to it. This might be just the kick I need!

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  3. Yipeei!!!!!!!!. I have been stalking your blog for the last two weeks waiting for this post!!!!! I only hope to get it finish by March, that will be a challenge!.

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  4. How exciting! I was just attempting to organize my scraps last week (how'd I get so many, when I've only been at this a year!?) - so here's my motivation to finish that organizing and bust out something pretty with them!

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  5. I've been planning a scrap quilt anyway, might as well jump in! I know just what design I'm using too.

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  6. I'm ready I'm ready I'm ready!

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  7. It's going to be a very fun scrap celebration! I'm in, for sure!

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  8. oh, i am IN! i need to use up some of my overflowing scraps!!

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  9. We moved here seven months ago and are rebuilding a new life after the recession and DH's open heart surgery wiped us out in CA. We live out in the country in a little condo (700 sq. ft). I'm rebuilding my stash and have little straps.

    Is there a recommended site to buy scraps at decent prices? I so want to participate. :)

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  10. I'm currently taking part in a Japanese x and + block swap on Flickr, so I think I'm going to try and make a mini from them for this (as they're pretty wee blocks!)

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  11. I am already on the way!

    http://cathy-blueberrypatch.blogspot.com/2012/01/design-wall-monday-and-tale-of.html

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  12. Sounds like fun! Any size requirements/limits? Are mini's ok? Thanks!

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  13. Ooooh how I wish I was not starting to pack for a move in Feb .... grrr. I will pray there will be a QAL again later in the year ... and then another and another and ...

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  14. I am ankle deep in scrappy hexagons. Guess I should start getting them put together.

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  15. Ooooh! Look at all those delicious scraps!

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  16. Scrappy is my favorite. I better get started!

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  17. I'm so excited to use up some scraps and clean out my sewing room! yahoo! Time to get choppin'!

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  18. I'd love to participate! I have a huge stash that needs to be pared down.

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  19. Yep, mini's are ok! After all, some of us have less scraps than others. This way everyone can join in =)

    For those that need scraps, the most affordable option is probably to buy from one of us! You might try posting in the Flickr group that you'd like to acquire scraps and see if anyone will email you with details. Flickr doesn't like selling on their site, so settling details by email is the best way to go.

    Otherwise, you can buy great scraps at many of my fabric store sponsors such at Hawthorne Threads, Sew Love Fabrics and Pink Castle.

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  20. My scraps are out of control! And I've been wanting to use them this year. I'm also excited that you set a deadline - I SO need it!

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  21. Is it bad that I found myself drooling over those scraps... wishing I had MORE scraps? ;) I'm going to give this a go with the postage stamp quilt I started recently. The big challenge will be finishing my quilt top by the end of March. Eek!

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  22. Rachel, this is pure brilliance! It's like you read all of our minds and looked at our overflowing stash cupboards and scrap baskets. I needed a kick in the pants to get going on something--many many thanks!

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  23. I've got the perfect project for scrap-attack I'm goimg to do my bottled Rainbows Quilt.
    I've got all the Kona I need and I've cut the center pieces, I just need to start sewing.

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  24. Hi! My name is Ekaterina, I'm the beginner in all this quilting things and don't have much scraps)))still want to try)))Great idea and great challenge for me)))

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  25. Juchu! Looking forward to start my first blocks.... It is going to be very very colorful!!!

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  26. What a great idea! My scrap pile(s) overfloweth :o) I need something to kickstart my bum or year or both!!!! Thanks!

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  27. I think I could sew 8 hours a day for the rest of my life and never use up all the scraps I have collected! and I sew everyday!
    I'm gonna jump on this challenge.

    thanks and Happy sewing

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  28. It's a cycle... the more you sew... the more scraps you have!

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  29. I'm gonna jump on this, too! I have an embarrassingly pathetic stash, and even fewer scraps; but I recently came into a goldmine! I have been planning a scrappy creation for my queen-sized bed and now's the time. I'm crossing my fingers that there is enough cotton in my house to finish the size I've planned.

    Also, I have some scraps that will never be used by me (just not my style). Who wants them? Come by my blog and claim them!

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  30. I don't know that I will, but I certainly SHOULD jump on this! I've got a top made with scraps from just my neutrals, and plans to make at least one sibling from my more colorful scraps. Only problem? Two major deadlines in February/March. You are so right about those fabric bits breeding like rabbits though, and I gotta cull my herd.

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  31. Oh I am SO doing this! I swear!! That March deadline is going to be tough for me, I might have to stop at a mini, but I am SO in!!

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  32. Sounds like a great idea and lots of fun!

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  33. I just discovered your blog and I am so excited about this Quilt-Along! I had alreasy decided I needed to do something about all my scraps, but I wasn't sure what... now I know :) Happy to be your newest follower!

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  34. I want to play too! I just got my scraps organized yesterday actually! hmmmm...those triangles look pretty fun or I may do a tumbler (I just got a tumbler ruler recently!)

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  35. Yep, I've got scraps, plenty of scraps, so I'm hopping on this, for sure!

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  36. I love this idea. Technically I don't have enough scraps at the moment to do a whole quilt...at least I don't think so. What I have are fabric pieces that I bought at yard sales but most are at least 1/4 yard and more.
    What I would like to do is hand sew a quilt with the scraps...sewing them on to say a sheet as I go.

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  37. This sounds great!! ... One question ... Does it need to be a full size quilt? I've been thinking about making a small one, halfway between a dolls quilt and a single bed, for a couple of months after making some scrappy blocks for a swap, but I don't have a HUGE supply as yet .. but then, I don't have a lot of storage space for scraps so I tend to try to use up most of the fabric in the project.

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  38. Can't wait. Scrap quilts are my favorite

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  39. Count me in! It's one of my New Year's resolutions - USE UP THE SCRAPS! They're taking over! Can't wait to see everyone's creations!

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  40. Scrap quilts are my favorite right now! However, I am still a relatively new quilter--so scraps I haven't! LOL Well, I have some...
    Does the quilt have to be quilted and bound by March--or just the top pieced? I haven't actually done the quilting part yet except on a sampler wall hanging a couple years ago...

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  41. Kim - I'm not going to require them to be quilted and bound. I'll finish mine, but I don't want to require others to do so in order to play along =)

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  42. I started a scrap happy quilt today!!

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  43. Scraps quilts are my favorite too, so count me in! I'm currently working on finishing one that I've been working on for a few years. Hopefully I can get at least this one done before March!

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  44. I somehow missed this post. Sounds great! I'd love to join in:)

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  45. Hi. Is it too late to join in? I have a mountain of scraps and haven't done anything like this before. As a quilter new to the blogoshpere this seems like a great way to embrace this world!! Please tell me if it is ok to get started and what to do next.

    Cheers,
    Karen

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    1. Yes, you can definitely still join in! Start sewing your scraps and feel free to add images to our Flickr group (link in post). The "deadline" for finishing quilts is end of March for the Festival of Scrappiness. Meanwhile, there will be some opportunities to share our works in progress through link parties at Stitched in Color too. So, by all means - join in!

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    2. That's great. I have already chosen my block in anticipation that you would say yes!! Will grab the button and get started scrapping.

      Thanks,
      Karen

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  46. I am definitely in! I have to attack my scraps before they attack me. They seem to be multiplying at an alarming rate!

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  47. ooh thanks for this great idea - I am determined to whittle down my scraps this year (or at least not take up more space with the new scraps I add, ha!) and this is just the motivation i need!! Off to Flickr to join as well!

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  48. Hi Rachel! Can I join in with my non-quilt creations? :)

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  49. You're welcome to add them to the Flickr group, but the Festival of Scrappiness at the end of March (with the prizes) is limited to quilts. Hope you understand!

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  50. I would love to join! I am already working on a scrappy quilt with larger scraps.

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  51. Sounds like a great way to stitch together some long winter days here in Colorado. I'm in.

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  52. Just found out this QAL.I'm working on a scrappy string quilt. I think I wanna join the fun.

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  53. Dear Rachel, thank you for the great idea of Festival! I'd like to join your company with quilt made from selvages. Are selvages considered as scraps? I hope to finish it in time :)

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    1. Definitely! Selvedges are surely scraps.

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  54. Here's my scrappy project for this month:

    http://www.unravelingthestash.com/?p=471

    I hope you like it. I donated it, but it was hard to let it go!

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