What’s a better name for this scrap quilt than Scrap-Tastic? Emily Carr effectively uses all types of scraps and re-purposed fabrics including ‘new’ scraps, vintage sheets and shirts from grandma! Emily blogs with her two sisters at Creative Chicks. Read on as she talks about her inspiration and how she gave herself the freedom to even use the “ugly” scraps!
Tell Us About Your Quilt
I am always looking for new/fun ways to use my scraps. When I came across the scrap vomit quilt I knew it would be my next big scrap project. When I started cutting my squares I thought I might only use my “pretty” scraps, but soon realized that it didn’t matter what I used. In the words of Josef Albers “Any fabric can ‘go’ with any others in the right proportions.” So I started cutting up any and every fabric I had. This quilt includes some reclaimed sheets (vintage and otherwise), upcycled shirts from my grandma, lots of “ugly” prints, and many scraps from previous projects. It was fun to use up everything in my scrap bin and make something pretty out of all that ugliness!
What Do You Love About Using Scraps or Re-purposed Fabrics?
I would probably consider myself primarily a scrap quilter. Sometimes I find it hard to cut into my bigger pieces of fabrics. Scraps tend to be less intimidating for me because they are already “cut”. Besides, I think there is great beauty in scrapiness. I mean, isn’t that how quilters past lived? By making beautiful creations out of leftovers? I love using re-purposed fabrics for the eco-friendly and thrift aspects. I find great satisfaction in searching out bargains at my local thrift stores. I enjoy the thrill of the hunt!
Tell Us About Yourself and About You as a Quilter
I am a SAHM (stay at home mom) of 4 kids, and have been quilting for about 3 1/2 years. I started sewing at around 8 yrs old. My mom made all of our clothes growing up, so she was thrilled when we were old enough to sew for ourselves. My love for quilts started somewhere in high school. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what is was that I loved, it was pretty much everything! Quilting let’s me express my creativity, try new things, and improve my sewing skills.