Monday, March 26, 2012

Festival of Scrappiness


Welcome!  Springtime is the best time for festivals.  If you could be here, I imagine we'd hang our quilts outside in the gentle breezes to admire all the colors and shapes with a happy chorus of oohs and ahhs. Accompanied by some strawberry shortcake? Mmm... the tastes of spring!

Please join me in this virtual festival to celebrate the beauty and joy of scrap quilting.  The Festival of Scrappiness welcomes all!  You may enter multiple quilt in the festival, so long as each one is:

*a finished quilt top of any size.  "Finished" means you are ready to quilt and bind it.  Mini's can be quite small and are often hung on the wall.  Other patchwork projects, such as pillows or mug rugs, do not qualify. 

*made "mostly" from scraps.  If the quilt originated as a concept to use scraps and you succeeded in making the quilt top with at least 60% scraps, it's a sure thing.  I realize that often you'll need to use some yardage (especially solids) to bring your idea to life. 

*completed in 2012.  It doesn't matter when you started your quilt top, if you finished the quilt top this year, it can enter the festival!

The Festival of Scrappiness is open for entries today, March 26th through March 28th (midnight, eastern time). On the 29th random winners for all 20 door prizes will be announced, as well as our grand prize winner of the Flea Market Fancy collection, gifted by Sew Love Fabrics.  Some prizes do not ship internationally, see details in prize announcement posts here, here, here and here.

A festival is most fun if you also enjoy the quilts others have made.  Please honor some quilts that catch your eye with a visit!

Enter your quilt(s) below by uploading an image from your computer.  The form will request the "URL of your blog post" but you may leave that section blank if you do not keep a blog.  Blogging about the festival is not at all required.  However, if you have blogged about the quilt you are entering, link up to it so we can read more!

51 comments:

  1. Thanks for giving me a little nudge to have fun with some scrappiness!!!!

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  2. Thank you for organizing this great festival, it is so much fun!.

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  3. Rachel, I'm so glad you are hosting this festival. It will be great to see all the different kinds of scrappy quilts. I have a lot of scraps and need as much inspiration as possible to keep attacking them long after the festival is over!

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  4. Whoohoo!!! thanks for hosting & organising the Festival- it is so exciting to see the projects popping up one by one! I actually got mine finished Saturday at 3am, thanks for the inspiration and good luck to everybody, your projects look amazing!!

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  5. oh man, just looking at all the thumbnails together on this post is so gorgeous! I'm so sad I didn't finish mine :( Oh well, it's full-on kid's couture sweatshop over here now and there's no going back!

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  6. Getting my granny on tonight, so I can finish my top! Hopefully in time to enter. =)

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  7. i am so excited! i linked up and have my fingers crossed that i will win a door prize... or the grand prize!
    p.s. i laughed out loud at jessica's comment! she cracks me up!

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  8. Rachel, of course, I think yours is the best! Number 11 is fabulous too.

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  9. OMG, look at all these beautiful scrappy quilts! That was such a fantastic QAL!

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  10. I am enjoying these scrappy quilts! Such a happy explosion of colour :)

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  11. I'm loving the entries so far! And I agree; spring is a perfect time for festivals. Break out the cotton candy!
    Thanks for all of the work that you put into this, Rachel!

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  12. I'm trying not to feel bad not to have a more elaborate quilt to enter, but I spent the weekend working on finishing my queen sized (and third ever) quilt. I am looking forward to seeing all the entries, I already have a lot of inspiration for more scrappy stuff from what's already on flickr and submitted above, and have a tablecloth, a topper for the sofa, and a giant cat pillow all in the planning stages now! This quilting stuff is kinda addictive :o

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  13. I loved all of your scrappy posts and I'll enjoy going through some of the links too. Scrap quilts are my favourite!

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  14. These quilts are so much fun! Thanks for the great Sew-along! I don't have a blog, only flickr, which I guess I could have used that URL? fordhook1

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    1. Yes, you should link to your Flickr account. That would let us see your quilts bigger too! If you'd like you can delete and re-add your entries.

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    2. Great, I'll re-add them, how do I delete the original entries?

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    3. I re-added my photos, they are now # 167-170, I had a hard time deleting the old entries. Maybe you could delete them for me :) Thank you, sorry about not doing it right the first time! My old entries are #73, 75, 79, 81 (Kristy Anderson) fordhook1

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    4. Deleted for you!

      For others: to delete entries you'd like to change, try to locate a little red "X" to the left of your entry number. If you don't see it, feel free to ask me to delete on your behalf.

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  15. This was such a fun challenge. I loved playing so purposefully with my scraps and have fallen in love with NYB/paper-foundation piecing! Look forward to cruising around and enjoying all the other entries.

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  16. So many wonderful entries already! Thanks for the Scrap Attack guest blogger series, and for this linky festival!

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  17. I'm not a blogger but have been following this. Found out in November I'm pregnant, and the stash/scraps/load of UFO's/WIP's were getting on my nerves, knowing I wouldn't have much time once the baby's here. My New Years resolution was to not start anything new, just finish things, and use up as much scraps and stash as possible. And then there was this festival :-).

    A question (assuming I'd win one of those great prizes ;-):
    If I'd win something that won't be shipped internationally, can I have it sent to a friend of mine in the States?
    Can't deny winning would be fun, but it has already been lots of fun "joining" (or better said: following) this festival. I'll upload my entries later, hope I can get the scrappiest of them all in as well, it's on the frame as we speak and I'm not sure I'll get it done in time.

    Mieneke from the Netherlands

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    1. Yes, if someone out of the US wins a prize that does not ship internationally, they may choose a new recipient in the states or even a forwarding service for it to be shipped to!

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  18. Mieneke again.....made a double sided queen size, both sides made with scraps, can I show the back as well or does that count as one quilt?

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    1. Um, I don't know how to answer that! I guess the answer is that the back of a quilt does not count as a separate quilt, even if it is very scrappy. I hope that seems fair. It's hard to make these calls!

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    2. No problem at all, I was enthousiastic about sharing but wasn't sure whether I'd be "cheating", that's why I asked. Guess it's the consequence of not having a blog, could have told all about it there and shown the back. Have been in doubt a couple of times to start one, but for now I'm still trying not to get sucked in and spend too much time on it.

      Wasn't sure whether my quilt qualified either, it doesn't meet the 60% scraps requirement, but it was made with using up scraps in mind. I saw more entries like that so I posted, but feel free to "disqualify" me. The reason I write the words "cheating" and "disqualify" in between quotation marks is because otherwise they sound so harsh and serious, when this is a fun festival. Anything you decide is fine by me. The entries sofar have been great to watch, great for inspiration. Although I did decide not to start anything new until my UFO's were done ;-)

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  19. Question. How do you add more than one entry? It will only let me link one images and I had more than one that I wanted to show.

    jessica.breidinger@yahoo.com

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    1. It sounds like you are using the same web link with different pictures. If you only have one link to use, just use it with one picture. For future pictures, don't use any link at all. That should work!

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  20. Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for the Festival Rachel - I can now almost close my gigantic scrap drawer. :)

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  21. I tried several times to upload a picture but the site won't except the photo it is only 540kb so it should not be to large. Can someone help me?
    Susan G

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    1. You're correct that the file size is not a problem. I just noticed that the system was slow to respond, so perhaps it was recently overloaded. Can you try again? Uploading a jpeg image of that size should work.

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  22. Wow, there is fabulous inspiration in these quilts! thank you for coordinating this project, Rachel!

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  23. I readded my quilt with the Flickr link, but I don't know how to delete the old one. (old one is #150 - Debi) New one is #155.

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  24. Thank you for organizing this scrap festival Rachel! I love looking at everyones scrap quilts.

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  25. Sew much inspiration, it boggles the senses. Great work all!

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  26. Wowie. There are some fabulous projects here. I can't believe how fabulous the collection is. Carmen's stained glass and also the roses really knocked my socks off. I'm going back to look some more.

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  27. What a fabulous array of quilts. Thank you for setting this up.

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  28. Yippee! Just entered my first ever online quilty contest. Hoping for beginners luck when the prizes roll out.

    My favorite is #88. So gorgeous. I am sure I would fuss forever trying to make just the perfect tickertape quilt too.

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  29. Wowsers! A love of quilts got pieced! I am still trying to finish mine up--but the fates have been conspiring against me! LOL First our oven died..so I have been trying to rethink meals for the week, then our dryer belt broke!!! So I had to wash and line dry my border fabrics!!! (ugh!) Finally, fraudulent activity on my credit card. So closing that and getting all of the monthly charges switched over! Double ugh!!!! So---I will have to go through and look at all of the projects AFTER I finish mine....

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  30. These are so so awesome! Thanks for putting this together, Rachel. The only scrappy things I've managed to finish are a mug rug and my PTS 20" pillow cover, so I don't qualify. I was trying, though! Good luck to all of the participants... so many beautiful entries!!

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  31. oh, i wish i'd known about the 60% requirement!

    i made a wall quilt expressly to use very very tiny scraps, and since they're so tiny, my background fabric covers more than the scraps do. if the guidelines had been posted originally, i'd have focused on finishing a different project.

    thanks anyway!

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  32. What an amazing collection of quilts! This is so exciting! Thanks for organising such a great 'festival'!

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  33. Wow, what a great Scrap Attack QA! And the Festival of Scrappiness is just pure eye candy! Thanks so much to you for having organized and hosted this event!

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  34. I've really enjoyed looking at the huge variety of scrappy designs everyone came up with. Eye candy, indeed!

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  35. Just uploaded the last of my entries, not a great pic, but since it's loaded for quilting I cannot make a better one right now. It was a happy coincidence that my determination to start using up scraps and finish UFO's this year fell together with the festival, otherwise I never ever would have been able to have 3 entries LOL.

    Mieneke from the Netherlands

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  36. Delete #226 under the name Elizabeth J - the link I used didn't work properly!

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  37. wow - these are such awesome entries! can't wait to wade through them and see what everyone created.

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  38. Oh man I'm having a heart attack because I have been waiting for this Festival for months and I almost forgot! Darn I quick put in some entries before the clock expired with 3 hours to go :0). I've been scrapping up a storm so have plenty of entries. thanks so much for the chance to win some of those sweet prizes.

    Happy Sewing

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  39. This is such an incredible fiesta of scraps! It's so fun to see all the entries. They're all so creative, beautiful and inspirational. Thank you so much for doing this, and also for the incentive to get my quilt DONE!

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  40. How did I not know about this? I love scrap quilts! But, I will enjoy looking at the work of other quilters.

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  41. These are all so gorgeous! I love seeing how resourceful quilters can be ;)

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