“Scrapitude” – Charlotte’s Mystery Quilt

I am participating with Sandy over at Quilting for the Rest of Us in a mystery quilt she is sharing with her online community. Check out her site for the story behind the name as well as instructions. Each month there will be a new step to work on. She also has a Flikr Group for you to share pictures.

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After two days of sorting, pressing and cutting my way through most of this laundry basket of scraps, I realized I need to come up with my own scrap quilts with fabric cuts that will work for me. I have done some cutting and organizing based on what others do, but because I don’t know when and how I plan to use them I have been hesitant to cut. Hence the large basket of scraps and bins (not shown) waiting for me. I would rather cut as I go if I know where I am headed.

I started with the basket of scraps, printed directions and post-its to organize as I cut.

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In process.

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Done. These will now go in labeled plastic bags and go on vacation with me, 9 days, 17 hours, 34 minutes and 10 secs at the time of this writing but who’s counting.
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I now have this.
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And these 1 1/2 and 2 inch strips for other projects.
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These left to cut into the smaller strips and squares.

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This bin of crumbs and strips (smaller than 1 1/2 inches wide).
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And these fabric pieces for another day and project.

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I usually like more control with my fabric choices, but I wanted this to be a “true” scrappy quilt, so I just mixed them all in. It will be interesting to see how it turns out. It will be queen size and I know just the person to give it to.

Another quilt adventure outside my comfort zone. Let the fun begin.

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • SandyH

    Love this post–pictures of the process are always fun to see. I also have the perennial debate with myself about whether to cut scraps into “usable sizes” based on other people’s projects or leaving them as-is until I need them. On the one hand, I could knock out scrap cutting as I finish up projects and have stuff ready to go when I get the urge to do a scrap project; on the other hand, I may not have the scrap sizes I then need and still have to cut anyway. There’s really not a right answer, is there? It all depends on what kind of quilter you are! Looking forward to seeing how your Scrapitude turns out!

  • Valerie Root

    You really took charge of those scraps! I try to cut scraps as I finish projects, because I just hate those wrinkled, tangled scraps. Worked out for this one. These are going to look so good!

    • Jackie

      What sizes do you cut your scraps? I have a mix of sizes but rarely cut.
      Jackie Berdych
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  • Renee

    I’m sure all that work will pay off! I only sort my scraps by color so far.

    • Jackie

      Renee, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have jars of scraps sorted by color on a shelf in my studio. The larger pieces as you could see would just get tossed in a large laundry basket.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Gardenpat


    This is how I organize my scraps into shoeboxes- 2″,2-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ squares, then bricks- 2″ x 3-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. Also strips that are more than 12″ in various sizes. I don’t cut up all my small amounts of fabric, but when I finish cutting for a project, if there are small amounts left, I trim them to those sizes and put them in the shoeboxes for easy retrieval. It has made scrap quilting SO much faster!!

    • Jackie

      Thanks for the info. I actually have bins marked as such, but because I am not sure I’ll use them I have hesitated to cut. I think that is why I need projects planned so I know I will use them. Otherwise I hate to cut. Silly isn’t it?

      Jackie Berdych
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