When Amanda Jean Nyberg announced on the podcast that she was writing a new book about scraps/scrap management/quilt patterns, I *might* have gotten a bit excited. (Okay, okay, I did!) Her first book, Sunday Morning Quilts, with Cheryl Arkison, was eye opening: modern quilt designs using scraps. When Amanda Jean’s No Scrap Left Behind book arrived at my house, I spent kid-free luxurious hours reading more about Amanda Jean’s story, learning about her scrap management system and thinking about all the quilts I wanted to make.
It doesn’t take long before you have a scrap collection. Even early on in my quilting journey, I had no fabric stash and members of my local quilt guild let me “shop” in their scrap stashes. Since then, I have gone through several scrap management systems to figure out what works best for me. Amanda Jean details out an impressive and very organized system. It’s clearly set up to facilitate using the scraps in the future. Mine… well… it looks a bit like this:
First, I divide up my solid and print scraps. My solid scraps are organized by color and sorted in gallon plastic bags. Since I have more print than solids scraps, they are sorted by color and then stored in plastic totes. (I got these from Costco.) The scraps are loosely organized by size in that I keep fat quarters on one side of the tote and then the rest by size. I do separate out different substrates so the picture shows you mostly my print scraps, a few works in progress bins and various notions. Since my brain usually thinks of color first, I haven’t thought to organize based on size. We’ll see if I feel the same way now I’ve started working with Amanda Jean’s book.
Reading through Amanda Jean’s book, I immediately wanted to try one of her patterns. It was a hard choice but her Slopes pattern won out!
Drawn to the cool solid color palate and slight asymmetry, I was tempted to follow her lead and make a similar one. Instead I looked for my biggest and most unorganized scrap box and decided to start there. This box is made up of my light background print fabrics that don’t “read” any one color. Some pieces are multi-colored and others may be primarily one color with a lightish background.
I upended the whole box and started sorting. I even (gasp!) cut the largest pieces into strips for the pattern. Once I started sewing them together, I saw the beauty of Amanda Jean’s system. If the pieces are pre-cut, you can use them faster. After the blocks were together, I decided that black would be the best accent color. It was a close call with hot pink so I choose a hot pink piping.
I loved the pattern and want to develop it into a full quilt. I could even make one block at a time between other projects… The plans are swirling around in my brain! And apparently, the pillow meets the ultimate test: cat approval!
If you want to see how others organize their stash or more projects from the book, here is the rest of the blog tour schedule:
For a chance to win a copy of No Scrap Left Behind, leave a comment about your favorite scrap project. If you are a winner and you live with in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you live outside the US, you will receive a digital copy of the book. The giveaway will end on May 3rd at 6pm pacific time.