100 Days – Week of Using What You Have – Featured Quilt 5

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!

ScrapTastic Quilt by Emily Carr

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!

ScrapTastic Quilt by Emily Carr

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!

ScrapTastic Quilt by Emily Carr

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.

8 thoughts on “100 Days – Week of Using What You Have – Featured Quilt 5

  1. I love the way Emily approaches the everything goes approach to patchwork because really, everything goes.

  2. This is actually the steps to the alter quilt featured in the American Patchwork and Quilting August 2002 magazine…

  3. What a fun quilt – almost like an I Spy! Perhaps I’ll start cutting up my scraps and make a similar quilt.

  4. I LOVE this quilt! I am so inspired to piece my scraps. We are almost twins as far as our situations, I am a WAHM – Work at Home Mom, with a longarm business – I have been quilting for about 3.5yrs and learned to sew when I was 9 yrs old, my Mom made all my clothes too : D. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  5. I think this would be a great leaders-and-enders quilt! I’ve got LOTS of 2″ squares cut that would be perfect. Another project to add to the list!!

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