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ScrapTherapy® Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your Stash Paperback – March 1, 2011
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About the Author
Innovative quilt designer JOAN FORD cleverly founded the ScrapTherapy(TM) program in 2006 as a way to help quilters get organized and cope with the clutter of fabric collected over the years. Ford travels around the country lecturing and teaching quilt classes and cutting workshops. Visit her website at www.scrap-therapy.com
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I have been shucking scraps like crazy the last couple of years--I donated huge sacks at quilt guild, bags of them to my art teacher daughter for her students' projects--and still--they accumulate!
I was delighted to see that Joan Ford has adopted the same mantra I decided on a couple years ago.
"I will quilt this stash into quilts before I kick the bucket if it's the last thing I do."
"I will not be that poor woman whose lifetime stash is dumped at quilt guild because no one else in the family quilts."
I have quite a few other scrappy quilting books, but this one looks much better thought out with having only 3 sizes of blocks to cut.
And wouldn't you know it--I got back yesterday from a quilting class (Bali Fever) where I bought this really huge and sharp rotary cutter (I've never had a really big mama like this before and whoah does it cut, cut, cut :) And that nice Judy Neimeyer even showed me how to cut curves freehand with it--boy- can I ever cut good now.)
So you can see, when step 2 in this book is "The Cutting workshop"--hey--my big mama rotary is revved and ready :)
The patterns look doable--and I particularly like the 2 tote bags and the table runner--because then you can give them away for gifts.
I also like the fact that these patterns are based on mostly squares instead of strips--I already have tons of books and patterns that will turn strips into scrappy creations--but I like having patterns to turn all those wadded up pieces into something functional. :)
And she tells you up front what you will need to organize them.
There are some whimsical scrap quilts in this book I have not seen before--such as "Something Fishy" and "Run Away Thread" which look very fun and even one called "Once Upon a Scrap" that makes use of those old panels lying around as well as the scraps. I have quite a few "doggie" and "kitty cat" type panels that would work with this. :)
Okay--I am definitely going to start on this as soon as I finish my acounting for income taxes--after I get everything in the right columns and added up--I will give it to my husband and he will start crying and screaming because we will probably have to pay too much again this year to IRS--so while he's weeping--I'll go into my quilting studio and get out the big rotary cutter and cut, cut, cut those scraps !Drumming on the Edge of Banjo
Getting Started - fixing the scrap problem
Selecting a Theme
Gadgets & Tools to Save Time
Piecing & Sewing
Finishing the Project
Each one of these steps will lead you to getting things organized, break down your scraps into usable sizes, store them where you know what you have & can see what colors & sizes you have to begin a quilt. Ms Ford has great organizational skills & helps you make use of every piece of fabric. After you have done all this, then you may go & pick out some fabrics that will complement what you have on hand.
The one thing that helped me was to start out with a scrap & determine what sizes could be made from it. Once the scrap is ironed you can then see if you can cut a five inch square from it, then a 3 1/2 inch & 2 inch square. These are popular sizes in scrap quilting. Learning how to organize & store these cut squares are the next step & the book walks you through these logical sequences all the way to making a quilt. You will leave this book with a lot of useful ideas for all sizes of fabric.
You will not spend a lot of money buying extra storage containers that are bulky & hard to blend in with the rest of your furniture if you do not have a designated sewing room. You Will buy some see thru shoe boxes at Wal Mart & start making the most efficient use of these to store your fabric & other supplies. You will empty all those crumbled up sacks of scraps & see them placed exactly where you know what you have.
Go for it, great way to start the new year with organization in your quilting world.
The book is also highly readable--I rarely put it down. It's unusual that I would really read a quilt book straight through and not just look longingly at the photos and cut lines. This book is different--it made me WANT to read it, AND I have already cut out a complete quilt from the patterns. Not a standard practice for me. I usually dream over the quilt images for months or more before I begin to cut. Written in a clear and straightforward manner, the book is a valuable addition to my quilting library.
A lot of quilt books come to me and spend most of their lives on the shelf, but this one hasn't. I am using it! I think it's the best quilt book investment I've made, and I have a ton of quilt books!
I have noticed 2 things, eventually I will have more room as 1/2 of a bin is not even a shoe box full and nobody needs 20+ boxes of scraps! Whew, lots of work ahead but I can see this will eventually be the best thing since canned soup for me. Brilliant idea.
I have added a couple of sizes to the squares mentioned, 6 and 2.5 inches. So far so good.
Well written, explanatory and lighthearted. Just what this old gal needed to get things under control. Pauline