Designer Rebecca Silbaugh has been around quilts her whole life. As the daughter of a quilt-shop owner, she knows the most common struggles quilters face. Quilt patterns for charm squares, fat eighths, fat quarters, Jelly Rolls, and Layer Cakes abound, but the results can come off as too matchy-matchy for the kinds of quilts that many quilters dream of making—quilts with depth, dimension, character, and complexity. How do you achieve that look? Through scrap quilting.
With straightforward patchwork, repeat blocks, and simple sewing, Rebecca introduces time-honored scrap quilting to the new kid on the block—precut fabrics. They’re getting along famously in Rebecca’s new book, Seamingly Scrappy. Rebecca says in her introduction:
“Only you and I will know how easy these quilts are to make. It’s like a cake that tastes like it was made from scratch but came out of a box!”
Don’t we all wish we had that recipe!
We’re thrilled to introduce Rebecca as a guest blogger today; below she tells us more about her fresh approach to scrap quilting.
Hello! Rebecca Silbaugh here. You may recognize me from my blog and patterns at Ruby Blue Quilting Studio or my patterns at the Moda Bake Shop. I’m here today to talk to you about my new book, Seamingly Scrappy. In the book you’ll find 10 projects that will give you the scrappy look people love without the hassle. You don’t even need to have a stash to be scrappy! I’ll show you how.
I got my start quilting while helping at my Mom’s quilt shop, Cottonpickers, in Chardon, Ohio. Throughout the years of helping at the shop, I heard the same things over and over again: that people loved our scrappy samples but thought scrappy quilts were hard. Wrong! These comments were a huge inspiration for this book.
So, let’s see if this book is for you. Take this simple quiz:
- Do you think scrappy quilts are hard?
- Do you have a hard time picking out fabrics?
- Do you think you’re bad with color?
- Do you like scrappy quilts?
- Do you currently own a precut, like a charm pack or Jelly Roll, that’s just sitting there?
- Can you sew a straight line with a ¼" seam?
- Do you have access to a quilt shop that sells precuts?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, this book is for you. I will be with you every step of the way with tips and tricks to make these scrappy-looking gems. I have tips on selecting fabrics, including fabric values and styles. I will teach you how to view fabrics differently, which will help you with color selection. (Most people are so much better with color than they think. You get dressed every day, don’t you?!)
So if you like scrappy quilts and currently have a Jelly Roll or Layer Cake just sitting around waiting to be used (I know you do, we ALL do!), fire up that sewing machine, get comfy, grab your copy of Seamingly Scrappy, and get ready to create!
Oh, and that last question about access to a quilt shop with more precuts? I know you all have some stashed away. Once those are gone (because you’ll make so many of these quilts once you realize how simple they are), you’re going to need more. Just saying.
Whether you’re a new quilter or a seasoned pro, there is a project in this book for you. Many of the quilts are simple enough for beginners (like “Tiny Bits,” pictured above) yet interesting enough for people with a few quilts under their belt. As you work through the book you can build your skills and work to more complex designs (like “Cavanaugh,” below) as you begin to feel more comfortable with fabrics.
Also, if you happen to have a stash that seems to multiply before your eyes and you don’t know how to control it, I have some simple solutions for you. Using my tips on how to make your own precuts and other organizational tips, you can get control of that fabric monster and make it work for you, not against you.
So what do you say? Are you ready to make some amazing quilts that look much harder than they are? Are you willing to trust my theories and conquer your color/fabric fears once and for all? Are you ready to tackle that overwhelming stash that’s taking over your house? Well, that might just be me, but are you with me? Then Seamingly Scrappy is the book for you!
Rebecca, thanks for the inspiration—and the pep talk. You’ve got us feeling ready to untie, unroll, and unfold!
What did you make with the last bundle of precuts you acquired—or is it still awaiting further instruction?
Share your quilt story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Seamingly Scrappy eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Or, purchase Rebecca’s book today and instantly download the eBook version for free.
See all of Rebecca’s beautiful scrappy quilts in the slideshow below.
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Kathy, who writes:
“Pre-cuts, love them! I found a great tool for a half hexagon (trapezoid) on the Minnesota shop hop last summer. Since then I have been using up by charm squares for a braided table runner using my new tool. They make great gifts as they go together so nicely and you can get two good sized runners from one pack. Now If I had the jelly rolls to match my border/binding problems would be nill! It sure is nice to have a stash of gift items for that birthday, house warming, friendship gift that comes up out of the blue.”
Kathy, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!