Scraps: tricks, tools, and twofers (+ fabric giveaway!)

Posted by on December 4, 2012, in quilting & sewing, , ,

Everyone knows about the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle. But don’t you think it’s possible that quilters invented the whole idea? After all, it’s why the first quilts were created—to use it up and make it do. Perhaps quilters were the world’s first conservationists!

Twice as NiceTimes have changed since our quilting ancestors started saving bits of fabric. These days, speed often takes precedence over using up scraps. But what if patterns existed that put your scraps to use—even before they landed in the scrap pile?

Leave it to Kari Carr, the self-proclaimed “recycled home-ec teacher,” to find a way to use your scraps without, well, the hassle of using of your scraps. Her new book, Twice as Nice: Quilts with Scrap-Saving Bonus Projects, offers six pairs of patterns, with each pair playing off each other in a very scrap-happy way.

Kari’s idea is to start with one large project that calls for typical fabric yardage. Then, with the scraps from the first project, make a smaller project. Between the two you get a beautiful, coordinated look, while virtually every bit of fabric gets a home. And just look at the gorgeous examples of her methods in action!

But here’s where Kari gets really clever. As she’s making a first project, Kari’s already working on pieces for the second one. Before fabric from the first project can even become a scrap, she’s already sewn it into a “bonus unit” ready for project two. See?

Half-square triangle plus bonus unit
First project: half-square triangle on the left. Second project: “bonus unit” on the right. The scraps never became scraps!

Kari’s technique makes it easy to immediately turn those tiny, pesky leftover triangles into usable units. Presto.

Giveaway alert! Our friends at Maywood Studio have generously donated TEN half-yard cuts of fabric from their “Woolies Flannel” line to give away to you—the very same fabric Kari used to create the quilts on the cover of Twice as Nice! Find out more about how you can win at the end of this post.

Clearly Perfect AnglesIf learning how to sew diagonal seams like the ones above makes you break into a sweat, Kari’s invented a special sewing seam guide just for you: Clearly Perfect Angles. It’s a brilliantly simple tool—a vinyl sheet that clings to the surface of your sewing machine. It instantly provides measurements and guides for stitching 45° angles, making the task completely stress free.

Watch a quick demonstration of the tool in this video.

(Note: Kari’s tool is completely optional—it’s not required to make any of the projects in Twice as Nice. It’s simply another amazingly handy invention from an oh-so-clever quilter.)

To celebrate the release of Twice as Nice—and Kari’s versatile tool—a special sale is in order:

Twice as Nice-Clearly Perfect Angle Promo

Get Kari’s beautiful new book, her ingenious tool at 20% off—and free shipping too. Plus, download the Twice as Nice eBook for free. Now that’s a way to celebrate!


Woolies flannels from Maywood StudioSo, what have you done with those tiny leftover triangles from past projects? Tell us your three-sided story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Twice as Nice eBook plus these beautiful half-yard cuts of Woolies Flannel, generously donated by our friends at Maywood Studio! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Cecilia, who writes:

“I have kept the extra triangles, but I haven’t used them yet. This book would be just the thing to show me what I can do with them. Thanks!”

Cecilia, we’ll email you about your free fabric and eBook. Congratulations!


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