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Combing Through Your Scraps Paperback – October 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: American Quilter's Society (October 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574327615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574327618
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Focus on color value rather than fabrics or textures to create fabulous scraps quilts!

From the author of "Optical Illusions for Quilters" -

*Learn how to use only light and dark basic Nine-Patch and Split Nine-Patch blocks to make eye-catching designer quilts.

*Discover practical tips for using leftover or "less lovely" fabrics found in almost everyone's stash to create new optical delights.

*Eighteen projects and dozens of pattern possibilities to enhance any setting - from traditional to contemporary.

About the Author

Karen Combs is an internationally known quilter, teacher, author and designer, nominated by students for Quilt Teacher of the Year in 1995 & 2000.

Teaching since 1989, she is in high demand as an instructor who encourages her students, makes learning fun and makes the complex easy to understand!

A confessed fabricholic, Karen loves collecting fabrics. With her own fabric stash out of control, she created an easy way to use any light or dark fabric to create beautiful scrap quilts. She shares this technique in "Combing Through Your Scraps."

Fascinated with optical illusions in quilts, Karen teaches on the subject in many of her workshops. She is the author of "Optical Illusions for Quilters" and the co-author of "3-D Fun with Pandora's Box.

Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, two (almost grown) children and a cute Shih Tzu. To learn more about Karen's quilts or classes; visit her website at karencombs.com.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
A terrific book, chock full of ideas for using up all your scraps using simple 9 patch designs! Great for beginners and wonderful for all of us who have been quiltmaking for years. This book makes you want to run to the fabric store and buy even more fat quarters to add to your stash.The color photographs are wonderful, as are the directions. You will keep this book handy at all times for inspiration!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carol H. Miller on May 26, 2001
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Based on a simple split 9-patch, Karen's designs serve only to whet your appetite for more. The book includes pictures and instructions for 18 projects, plus a literally endless source of inspiration for future quilts. If you have been a conservative quilter, using three fabrics and a background, this is a great way to break into the world of multi-fabric quilts. You will learn to judge your fabrics by their value (light or dark) and it will improve your quiltmaking skills for other kinds of designs, too. This book is completely different from Karen's Optical Illusions for Quilters but every bit as enjoyable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Darling on February 25, 2001
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Here are some excerpts from my review of this book. You can see the complete review (and many other reviews of quilting books and quilting products) on the Quilter's Review website.
"...Karen Combs' new book...shows you how to use your scraps to make quick and easy quilts.... Karen has reworked some standard block patterns in a larger format to create designs that are traditional, yet have a contemporary feel. Using only four different versions of a nine-patch block, Karen presents many different looks from which to choose.
"Since all the nine-patch blocks use just one or two easy shapes, a quilter of any skill level can make all 17 quilts shown in the book.
"...Once you have the blocks made, Karen encourages you to play with the layout of the blocks. The blocks can go together in endless combinations, so you never have to make the same quilt twice, even though you are making the same blocks again and again....
"But you don't need to use scraps for these striking quilts. The projects in Karen's book work well with fat quarters, charm packs or fabrics you swap at your quilt guild.
"And these wonderful scrap quilts are perfect for using that fabric you bought because you liked it at the time but, on re-examination, can't imagine why. Everything works in Karen's quilts.
"In addition to her "combing" techniques, Karen also covers fabric values, rotary cutting, piecing, and block layout.... 'Combing Through Your Scraps' is a great book for beginners as well as for scrap-rich experts."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
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Something I have struggled with from the beginning is color. I will procrastinate the beginning of a quilt forever, just because I get stumped on the color. This book actually lets you take a break from color and focus on value. If you can sort light and dark value, you've got it! Great for all those scraps we tend to collect and perfect for the "uglies" as you're only looking for value. Anything works as long as you stay true light and dark value. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Barbie Kanta-Kinsey on December 3, 2000
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This book not only stirs the imagination for scrap quilters, but also is refreshingly informative in a way to benefit the beginner and aid the intermediate with helpful technique and designing hints. I highly reccommend this book for the quilter and for those buying gifts for quilters!
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