Good Quilt Projects
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Good Quilt Projects

If you have lots of fabric just lying around doing nothing, whether it's quilting fabric or not, consider making a scrap-buster quilt. Break out your quilting patterns and mix and match all your leftovers. Whether you're doing machine quilting or even beginner quilting, a scrap buster quilt is fun and creative.

I can safely say I have tons of scraps around my house and I'm not afraid to use them; after all, why did I collect them if not to use them? In my quilting quest, I've found that lots of quilting patterns and books cater to us "scrap artists"....we're the ones who stash our collection in all the nooks and crannies we can find-on shelves, in boxes, in cabinets, under the table, in the bathroom drawers, under the couch pillows

Our quilting scraps are part of our collection, they aren't junk, though they may look like junk. They will find a home one day...probably in a scrap quilt. Isn't that how our foremothers made their quilts? Did they own bolts of gorgeous material? No, they used bits and pieces from the family's old clothes; and they crafted some pretty awesome works of art if you ask me. Try the spinning pinwheel block if you want to make a quilt that really has a sense of movement. For each block use eight different fabrics arranged slightly differently each time to get that pinwheel movement. The background material of each block should be a contrasting color-make it one that kind of fades into the background so that the pinwheel will really stand out.

Each finished pinwheel block is 10 by 10 inches and you should separate the blocks in the quilt by using sashing strips about 2 inches wide each. To finish off the quilt, add a border about 4 inches wide all the way around. You can save a lot of time when making the pinwheel quilt by cutting eight layers of fabric at the same time. Cut the squares into wedges, each of which will be used to make a block.

I believe a scrap quilt lets you enjoy the art of quilting even more than following a set pattern in your quilting design. It's easier to go with the flow when using a variety of material and it's definitely more fun. Maybe another name for a scrap quilt could be a crazy quilt. Crazy quilts are certainly made from scraps and put together in a wild hodge podge design that makes you a bit dizzy to look at-hence the name crazy quilt.

So start sifting through your collection, pull out the most desirable fabrics to start your scrap project, and go to town. It's easy and free and I'm confident you'll like the results.

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