Fresh Jelly Roll quilts + giveaway

Star BlossomsScrappy or planned? Prints or solids? Jelly Rolls or quilting scraps? Every quilt is made up of choices, and those choices tell a story. About quiltmaking trends and fabric fashions. About the contents of your stash and the growth of your skills. And particularly when it comes to fabric, about what you like and how you like to use it.

Today we’re celebrating the release of best-selling author Kim Brackett’s new book, Scrap-Basket Beauties: Quilting with Scraps, Strips, and Jelly Rolls. We’ll hear about the changing nature of her fabric preferences and how those preferences affected the look of her quilts. A master at making quilts from scraps, Kim will also share tips on how to expand your collection of 2½" strips by cutting them accurately from both small leftover pieces and yardage. Then we’ll wrap it all up with a slideshow of brand-new quilts from Scrap-Basket Beauties.

First, let’s hear from Kim about her fabric stash and how she achieved a vibrant look for the quilts in her new book.


Triple StarOver the years, my taste in fabric has evolved. I still love warm, muted “country” colors, but lately I’ve enjoyed working with brighter colors and jazzier prints. I haven’t been using bright fabrics long enough to have amassed a stash of bright scraps that comes close to the large amount of dark, muted scraps I’ve collected in my years of quilting. As a result, I used a lot of solid fabrics for backgrounds in the quilts made for this book. Along the way, I discovered that I really enjoy using solids.

Their quiet nature contrasts well with busy prints. The quilts throughout this book are made from scraps, stash fabrics, and a few precut strips from designer collections. It’s very likely that our fabrics will be different, even if you have a huge stash or an insane number of scraps. You probably won’t be able to re-create the quilts exactly as they appear here, but that should be considered a benefit. By choosing the main fabrics and contrasting backgrounds, you’ll make a quilt that shows off your own unique style.

So, what are you waiting for? Gather up your scraps, stash fabrics, and precut strips, and get busy making your own scrap-basket beauties!

Cross My Heart - Bloom


Ready to put your 2½" strips to good use? If your supply of Jelly Rolls is running low, consider cutting yourself a batch of 2½" strips from quilting scraps and yardage already in your stash. Here’s Kim again to tell us how.


How to Cut Accurate 2½" Strips
From Scrap-Basket Beauties: Quilting with Scraps, Strips, and Jelly Rolls by Kim Brackett

Accurate cutting is essential for creating a successful quilt. Whether cutting from scraps or from yardage, follow the guidelines below to ensure that your strips and other elements of the quilt are cut accurately.

Cutting Strips from Scraps
Iron your scraps to remove any wrinkles before cutting. Use spray starch for the more stubborn wrinkles and to add body and stability to the fabrics. You will usually want to cut the longest strip possible. To even up the fabric for cutting, place the fabric scrap on your cutting mat so that the longest edge is vertical. Place your ruler on the fabric scrap near the right edge, following the grain line of the fabric and making sure that any uneven edges extend beyond the ruler. If it’s difficult to determine where the grain line is, you may find it helpful to turn the scrap wrong side up, as the threads in the fabric seem more apparent from the wrong side. Cut along the right side of the ruler to trim off the uneven edges. Rotate your cutting mat 180° so that the straightened edge is now on your left. (If you’re cutting from fabric that is longer than your mat, gently fold the excess fabric onto the mat before rotating so that the fabric you just straightened doesn’t move or shift from its place on the mat.) Place the 2½" mark of the ruler on the straightened edge of the fabric, and then cut along the right side of the ruler.

Cutting strips from scraps

Continue to cut in 2½" increments until you have enough strips. Note: If you’re left-handed, place the ruler on the left of the fabric for the straightening cut; then rotate the mat so that you cut strips from the right edge of the fabric. Continue to make cuts in 2½" increments across the fabric. To save time, cut up to four or five scraps at once. Stack them with the largest scraps on the bottom and keep cutting until you run out of fabric. Save the leftover “strings” (pieces narrower than 2½") for making string-pieced quilts at another time.

Cutting Strips from Yardage
Because the selvage edges shrink differently than the rest of the fabric, I remove the selvage edges before cutting strips. Open the fabric and iron it to remove any wrinkles and to eliminate the original fold line. Fold the fabric in half, with what were previously the selvage edges together, placing the folded edge nearest you. Place your ruler on the fabric so that a horizontal line toward the bottom edge of the ruler is aligned with the fold. Cut along the right side of the ruler to straighten the edge of the fabric.

Cutting strips from yardage

Rotate your cutting mat 180° so that the straightened edge of the fabric is on your left. Place the 2½" mark of the ruler on the trimmed edge and cut along the right side of the ruler to cut your strip. Continue to cut in 2½" increments until you have enough strips. Note: If you’re left-handed, place the ruler on the left of the fabric for the straightening cut; then rotate the mat so that you cut strips from the right edge of the fabric.

Crosscutting strips into squares

Crosscutting Strips into Squares
To cut a strip into smaller segments, trim the selvage edge so that it is straight and squared at a 90° angle. Using a small ruler, place the mark of the desired measurement on the left edge of the strip. Cut along the right side of the ruler. Continue to cut until you have the required number of pieces.


Thanks for the tips, Kim! To see all of her beautiful new quilts, just head to the slideshow at the bottom of this post. If that’s not enough eye-candy, be sure to check out Kim’s previous books on making quilts with 2½" strips, the best-selling Scrap-Basket Surprises and Scrap-Basket Sensations.

Where are you on the solids vs. prints spectrum? Do you have a healthy collection of both, or do you prefer one to the other? Share your preferences in the comments and you could win a copy of the Scrap-Basket Beauties eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. Good luck!

You can also purchase Kim’s book today and instantly download the eBook for free.

Comments are closed for this post.

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

“I have loads of prints. Mostly I have 30s repros but recently started buying Civil War repros also. I am thinking of getting some solids to enhance my prints.”

Michelle, we’ll email you about your free book. Congratulations!

Sanctuary

"Sanctuary"

Peaks and Valleys

"Peaks and Valleys"

Porch Swing

"Porch Swing"

Six Degrees South of the Equator

"Six Degrees South of the Equator"

Hourglass

"Hourglass"

Scrap-Basket Trail

"Scrap-Basket Trail"

Irene's Vexation

"Irene's Vexation"

Poinsettia

"Poinsettia"

Perpetual Motion

"Perpetual Motion"

Sea Glass

"Sea Glass"

Generations

"Generations"

Beachside Bungalow

"Beachside Bungalow"

Vintage Stars

"Vintage Stars"

Number 18

"Number 18"


317 Comments

  • I love prints, I have heaps of prints in every colour and style, to the point that I always need to buy solids to compliment my prints but you can never have enough prints!!

    —Mhairi on March 5, 2013
  • I love both solids and prints and the collection is growing!

    Jenny C on March 5, 2013
  • I have e healthy collection of both kinds of fabric in my stash.

    —DebrafromMD on March 5, 2013
  • I have tons of prints and maybe two FQ of solids. Brown and white. lol I need to buy more but I get sucked into the prints! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Heather Braun on March 5, 2013
  • I have a lovely collection of solids, thanks to Pink Chalk’s "solids" club. I am enjoying making traditional blocks of all-solid fabrics; it really changes up the look!

    AuntMarti on March 5, 2013
  • When I started quilting, I took every bit of free fabric that was offered to me and as a result, I have a very strange collection of prints. I have been supplementing my stash with solids to work with the prints and I hope to make a big dent in my odd stash soon. Although, it seems to just multiply….

    Darling Jill Quilts on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer to work with a wide range of colors – scrappy quilts are more interesting and appealing to the eye.

    Nancy on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer "almost solids" in my quilts. To my eye, the tone on tone, marbled fabrics add more depth than a flat solid. The effect is the same, the solid like fabric enhances the prints, while providing visual interest.

    —Susan C on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints, and have a nice collection of them. Not so much solids, but I really need to round out my stash with more. Thanks for the helpful tips.

    Jocelyn on March 5, 2013
  • I love using solids and prints, and I have a good stash of both!

    —Linda Cartwright on March 5, 2013
  • My stash has lots of prints (both small and larger sized prints) in it with both yardage and charm sized fabrics. Most of my so-called solids are more tone-on-tone type fabrics for some reason. LOL! I do have lots of pre-cuts with the majority of them being jelly rolls. I seem to have more softer colors, however, I have been buying more bolder colors for about the last half year. I have really enjoyed lately making more scrappy styled quilts which is helping me go through some of my stash! 🙂

    —Tamara McCall on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer both. I thing all prints can be way to busy and solids need some spicing up.

    Charlynn on March 5, 2013
  • I use more prints than straight solids, but have a lot of fabrics, like batiks, that I wouldn’t call solids or prints.

    —TINA LEIGH on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer both. Prints can be way to busy and solids are ok sometimes but adding prints add some spice.

    Charlynn on March 5, 2013
  • I like prints, but find myself buying more solids recently.

    —MaryAnn on March 5, 2013
  • I love them both, but I tend to sway toward floral prints.

    —lynaeve on March 5, 2013
  • I’m in love with solids, but still use lots of prints. Thanks for the chance to win Kim’s book. I’d love to try out some of her ideas with my scraps.

    Brenda on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of prints right now, but I’m definitely moving more towards using solids. I love both of them! I’m so excited about Kim’s book 🙂

    Michele on March 5, 2013
  • I definitely use more prints than solids, but I’ve started adding a lot more solids to my stash and have even been using them for bindings and backings!

    Sherri on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints – and more is always better! But I have been trying to get out of my scrappy box by using some of the great new solids.

    —Patti on March 5, 2013
  • I have a few solids, but I’m mostly a print girl. I’m so excited for the new book!

    —JoAnne on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints, but I’m starting to collect solids. I like the way the solids help to give your eyes a place to rest in the quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Cecilia on March 5, 2013
  • I like solid colors but not usually when I quilt, I tend to gravitate towards prints and paisely. Thanks for the chance to win

    debra on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints, not many solids though maybe some tone on tone.

    —Brenda on March 5, 2013
  • Prints, but I am working on increasing my solid stash

    —Marlene on March 5, 2013
  • I love color and I love prints. Solids are not something I am drawn to, but definitely something I would like to begin playing with because I do love the way analogous colors can shade into one another.

    —Kathy on March 5, 2013
  • My stash definitely reflects more prints than solids, and even when looking for background fabrics, I’m drawn more to subtle tone-on-tone than a pure solid. With my buckets of scraps I really can use the tips and patterns from Kim’s new book! Thanks for holding this giveaway.

    Pat on March 5, 2013
  • I like prints or tone on tone -but am finding I stocked up on too much "novelty" when I first started stashing and now am liking these scrappy quilts where I can cut them into little bits and tone down their "theme" and use them with other fabrics.

    Regina on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints more than solids

    —Joyce on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints. thanks!

    —Debbie H on March 5, 2013
  • I have a "healthy" collection of both prints & solids. You never know what might work better for any given pattern or project.

    —Susan on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer prints – and I love tone on tones that read as solids. They add texture and interest to a quilt.

    —Gwen W on March 5, 2013
  • i always start with prints & add a solid to it…the new book looks as lovely as kim’s previous ones!!

    —Linda S on March 5, 2013
  • I have a lifetime supply of prints, and am just starting to collect solids. Love these books!

    —Laura G on March 5, 2013
  • I like a mix of solids and prints, they both look really good together

    —Sunnie on March 5, 2013
  • I currently own more prints than solids, but the more I see done in solids, I’m wavering…..

    —Karyn Ashley Smith on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints. I have been seeing a lot of quilts with solids so it might be a good thing to get some in my stash!

    —Debbie Berkebile on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints and have a hard time resisting adding more to my stash, yet solids are an important addition to many quilt designs I want to make.

    —Elizabeth Dale on March 5, 2013
  • I started with very traditional fabrics when I first learned quilting 7 years ago. As time has gone by, I’ve ventured out into batiks, and then into very brights. My most recent quilt is full of Kaffe Fassett red, pink, orange, and magenta in huge prints, with Kona Snow as my background. I buy fabrics I love when I see them, then add solids as I need them for a particular project. I’d love to use some of my scraps for one of the projects in Kim’s book.

    —Bette Ingoglia on March 5, 2013
  • Boy, your question has really gotten me to thinking! I’d say 85% of my stash is prints, esp. in my favorite color families. But it would be really smart to stock up on solids to round things out. The patterns in Kim’s book are wonderful — would love to make ’em!

    —Susan Mulvihill on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer prints, but I like a sprinkling of solids to break it up.

    —Linda Towles on March 5, 2013
  • I like to mix them up! My eyes won’t take too many prints together due to dyslexia but I love fabric no matter print or solid!

    —Karen on March 5, 2013
  • I have both….more prints than solids, tho. I end up buying solids as accents.

    —Lisa on March 5, 2013
  • was prints, but am converting to solids, at least sometimes

    —Katherine on March 5, 2013
  • Prints are definitely my favourites

    —Cinzia on March 5, 2013
  • I have a few solids, but I prefer using marbled fabric (or similar) to make the quilt more visually interesting.

    —Laura F on March 5, 2013
  • I have a lot of solids but I tend to like busy quilts so I use the prints more often.

    Wanda on March 5, 2013
  • Am just about to begin quilting. I have some solids and some prints yardage, a few jelly rolls, some charms, and quite a few remnants purchased inhope of doing quilts one day.

    Love the looks of the patterns in Scrap-Basket Beauties.

    —Kathryne on March 5, 2013
  • I have always kept a good amount of fabric with little to no print to use for background or to balance my prints. I love the variety of solids available now. They make great accent fabrics too!

    —Diane on March 5, 2013
  • My stash has mostly prints in it although lately I’ve been trying to pick up solids and blenders to use with them.

    —Verna on March 5, 2013
  • I have loads of prints. Mostly I have 30’s repros but recently started buying Civil War repros also. I am thinking of getting some solids to enhance my prints.

    —Michelle F. on March 5, 2013
  • I have a huge assortment of both solids and prints. It’s actually a running joke with my family because I was the beginning quilter who said she would never never have a stash because it was a waste to put all her money into fabric that was stored. Ha! The last laugh is on me because I have a big stash for someone who has only been quilting for four years.
    My whole way of thinking changed as I began to make spontaneous quilts from something I had seen at a guild meeting or online. I’ve learned I really love scrappy looking quilts;a lot! I started out collecting Civil War prints because I was drawn to the muted colors.
    Then, I had memories of a beautiful wedding ring quilt my mother had when I was a child-and…that led to stockpiling 1930s prints.
    Too soon, I realized I needed holiday prints; this meant Christmas, fall, Halloween, spring, etc.
    After that stash was built, I worked into batiks because I wanted to make an autumn leaf/log cabin quilt. Well, that log cabin piqued my interest in making a floral log cabin, which meant stockpiling florals and white tone on tones. But, if I needed white tone on tone, then I must need ivory tone on tones too!
    So, you see where this is leading? One compulsion leads to another. Which led to installing 11 feet of cabinets in the sewing room.
    We won’t even discuss how seeing a Featherweight led to "needing" five more plus a 301 and some toy sewing machines to boot!
    No, I don’t have a stash, I have an obsession that’s become an addiction!!!

    —Karen Pollard on March 5, 2013
  • I’m more of a solids girl. I love tone on tone’s the best though. I do have a ton of prints though!

    Kelly Grace on March 5, 2013
  • Hmm not sure if it’s a healthy amount, but I sure have lots of scraps/stash/fabric. Would love to win this book to use some of my scraps up.

    —Toni Brooks on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints but many times realize I should invest in some solids as well .

    sheila on March 5, 2013
  • P refer prints. I own almost NO solids. I love the depth that tone on tones, marbles Fairy Frosts and batiks give to my quilts. They read solid from a distance but continue to provide interest as you get closer to the quilts.

    —Monica Sharp on March 5, 2013
  • Since I just started about 15 yrs ago quilting when I inherited my great aunties quilt top, every visit to the fabric store just made me purchase fat quarters of fabric, sometimes being solids and sometimes being prints. Since I could purchase them signally, it was cost effective to start a small collection and I did. I am so glad I did as fabric were reasonable then and not so much now but I have a small collection of both and go to them when I am looking to audition for a new quilt.

    —diane on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of prints and am trying to build up my solids stash. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on March 5, 2013
  • I LOVE scrappy quilts! Love the prints and the combinations. LOVE LOVE LOVE 30’s prints. Thanks.

    —Judy Brennan on March 5, 2013
  • I have prints in country, warm colors in my stash. I’m trying to use those up in order to add more variety to the stash.

    Gina Elias on March 5, 2013
  • Mostly prints, many batiks and a few solids seem to be in my stash,which grows daily!

    —Sybil Derderian on March 5, 2013
  • I think I have mostly prints because they are what catches my eye but I am getting more blender fabric as I refine my preferences, which include batiks. I have fabric given to me which I would not have chosen but will use for charity quilts.

    —Cindy Wienstroer on March 5, 2013
  • I have only started using solids in the last few years so I have a lot more prints. I have loved both of Kim’s earlier books and this one looks like a winner as well. What she said about her tastes evolving is true of my tastes too and I would love to use her tips to make quilts that encompass my old fabric loves and my new ones too. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Lisa Marie on March 5, 2013
  • I use more prints than solids, and lately my stash seems to have lots of children prints for my grandson.

    —Janet on March 5, 2013
  • I like a mix of prints and solids. With just all prints it can be a bit busy looking. Solids help to calm things down a little bit.

    —Sherril on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of prints and even more tone on tone. Solids have never appealed to me but maybe, after seeing these quilts, I need to rethink that as they are gorgeous in combination with the prints.

    —Carol V. on March 5, 2013
  • I seem to have mostly prints. I need to probably get some solids as I seem to need them and never have what I need. What great books by Kim. Beautiful quilts. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

    —Tammy on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of printed scraps but hardly any solids. Lately my LQS has started carrying some really luscious solids so I am sure I will have lts of those as well in my future.

    —Barbara on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly tone on tone and prints. I buy solids to use as background fabric.

    —Deb G in VA on March 5, 2013
  • I use solids sparingly, as an accent. I’ve made a couple of "modern" quilts from the solids but they’re really not my preference. I already have the older 2 scrappy books by Kim!

    Alicia Key on March 5, 2013
  • I really have to get rid of some scraps. I have thought about using my fabric strips as noodles for dinner just to reduce the volume. One way to get "fiber" into your diet. Really just kidding. (but only a little)

    Cynthia Wood on March 5, 2013
  • I’m seriously low on solids. It’s not that I don’t like or need solids it’s just that for the price you pay for fabrics, I’d much rather buy all the beautiful prints I see. I just can’t help myself.

    —Jennie P. on March 5, 2013
  • I have way more prints than plain… always add plain when needed for a specific quilt I am making.

    —Julia Waterbury on March 5, 2013
  • Prints, definitely! I love Kim’s quilts. Thanks for sharing.

    —Pam S on March 5, 2013
  • I have a healthy bunch of both solids and prints. I love them both I’d say.

    —Mj on March 5, 2013
  • I love all the patterns in the books. Would love to make each and every one.

    —Sandie on March 5, 2013
  • My stash is mostly prints, although I have a bunch of prints that "read as solid". I like the depth that comes with the tone on tone fabrics, too.

    —Jennifer P on March 5, 2013
  • I definitely have more prints but love the look of solids as background and accent fabric.
    Patterns using scraps and how to use your scraps is a great idea.
    Great help in the technique photos.

    —Marlene on March 5, 2013
  • Love the quilts shown. I have the first 2 books, so I can’t wait to add this one. Good thing I have plenty of strips to use.

    Teri on March 5, 2013
  • In the last 3 months I had to stop buying fabric, so I determined I would use all my scraps and make tops in laptop sizes and save my $$ to buy backings and batting. So I’m still in the midst of these projects. I found I had so many scraps that I could cut into charm squares. I even sewed together smaller scraps to make charm squares. Really fun to use up what I have and come up with a pretty quilt I could give to a friend. About solids, I don’t have a good collection at all and that’s a goal. My favorite prints are 30’s, second favorite is anything with red in it. Love the article and comments about making good 2 1/2″ strips!

    —Anita on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints and many prints that read as a solid from a distance. I love scrap quilts and this book looks great!

    Ruth on March 5, 2013
  • I love both, but tend to use prints for my scrap quilts, because that is what I have most of. Would llove to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

    —carneyes on March 5, 2013
  • I actually love them both but for some reason I never seem to buy solids unless a pattern calls for them. I use alot of neturals but not that many solids. This book seems to be tailor made of the use of both.

    —LeAnn on March 5, 2013
  • So far, my stash is made up entirely of prints, so it is high time to try some solids, and on my want-to-make list, is a quilt of bright tonals with black sashing and/or borders. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Margaret Lawrence on March 5, 2013
  • I have one of Kims’ books and would love to add another one to my expanding library. Scrappy is my very first choice in quilt making. I have pounds of scraps, all flavors, and a few jelly rolls. What fun these books would be.

    —Joni Wright on March 5, 2013
  • For me prints are the new solids, I have very few solids in my stash. I only buy solids when they are on deep discount or absolutely necessary to complete my design. I like to spend my limited budget on a print that I’m sure I must have and probably will never see again if I don’t buy it right now! LOL

    —Thea on March 5, 2013
  • Gotta have both prints and solids to make a quilt design work effectively!

    —peggy connolly on March 5, 2013
  • Oh, love them marbles! And small prints that read as near solids from a few feet away. The only use for big prints is kaleidoscopes and yo-yos.

    —Lynne on March 5, 2013
  • Prints are my favorite–there is so much variety and visual artistry in them. Solids do give them a grounding, though. This new book looks fantastic!

    —mrsmoore on March 5, 2013
  • I have been using more prints than solids… but have seen some quilts that just use solids that I would like to try.

    thanks for the giveaway!

    —Nancy on March 5, 2013
  • These are great tips for cutting! I just bought some design rolls for Christmas, and would love to learn how to use them.
    My personal style is solids, tone-on-tones prints, blenders, marbles. I don’t like big, heavy florals or big prints. I like smaller prints with geometrics, scrolls, spirals. I’m learning to enjoy paisleys and multi-colored smaller prints. Most of the time, I prefer the blenders and solids because I love the block designs and patterns to shine through; I think big prints make the blocks disappear.

    Rachell R on March 5, 2013
  • Up until now, I have been mostly into prints, but now I am really liking the Modern Quilts with mostly solid colors.

    —Sharon Lichter on March 5, 2013
  • I tend to like prints or at least tone on tones but I have been working with some solids lately and find I like to punch they can give to the prints.

    —Ellie on March 5, 2013
  • Can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I love precuts and I love making my own strips from leftovers! This book looks awesome! Can’t wait!

    —Danette R on March 5, 2013
  • I probably have mostly prints in my stash. Since my interests are now tending to art quilts, I tend to prefer solids, or almost solids that I can embellish myself.

    —Barb Bryson on March 5, 2013
  • HI! Love prints! Do use solids too,but they alone would be so boring! What a wonderful Book Giveaway! Thank You~

    —Linda on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints. Many of my prints are tone on tone which I use almost like solids, but I definitely have to get more solids when I use the fabrics from my limited stash.

    —Bernie S on March 5, 2013
  • It’s prints for me. I particularly like making my backgrounds all the same color, but different prints. Cohesive but not bland 🙂

    Tracy in SW WA on March 5, 2013
  • I have nearly all prints in my stash, with the exception of flannels, of which I have a nearly equal mix since I do lots of rag quilting. I’ve been trying to build up more solids in my stash to balance the prints when making projects.

    JulieCC on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints and love them. When I look at all of the different prints in a scrap quilt I love seeing them and being reminded of what I made with the original fabric cut.

    —Joanna on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints but so many quilts are enhanced by the addition of some solid. So I try to have plenty of both!

    —Shirley C on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer to use tone on tone fabric; not solid. I like the accent it gives to print fabric.

    —Marilyn Meinecke on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints. I only have one solid in my stash, and that’s black.

    I would love some good ideas on reducing my stash – help please!

    —Rhonda Casey on March 5, 2013
  • I very few solids, I prefer tone on tones to solids.

    —Connie on March 5, 2013
  • My solids are limited but seeing the quilts you featured I am on my way for some solids.

    elr on March 5, 2013
  • I have more prints, but do like to use solids for borders and in my blocks. I also just purchased a kit that is all solid fabrics.

    —Carmen on March 5, 2013
  • Right now I have more prints than solids but I’m slowly adding more solids to my stash. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    Terry on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints but use some solids. I liked her jelly row patterns, great patterns, not just sewings strips together.

    —Susan on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints and most of my stash is prints, but I’ve recently discovered solids and to be honest I think over time they’ll take over my stash.

    Rachelle on March 5, 2013
  • Most of my fabric stash is prints. The solids I have the most of are black and white.

    —Julie B on March 5, 2013
  • My stash has prints that I have fallen in love with and some "reads" as solids!

    —Judi Reiss on March 5, 2013
  • I have prints – they are what call to me when I shop. I will pick them up just because I like them and hope someday I can use them in something. Like Mhairi I need to go and buy solids when I want to make something. Thanks for the chance to win Kim’s book. I want to make Irene’s Vexation. And just about every other quilt in the book too.

    —Debby on March 5, 2013
  • I use more prints than solids, but solids are working their way more and more into my work. I use them for backgrounds or for introducing a quiet spot amidst the flurry of prints.

    —Sally on March 5, 2013
  • I’m a prints kinda gal when it comes to quilting fabric!! And the more of them in a quilt the better. Tie it all together with a yummy solid reading print (or a solid – they work too), and you’ve got something to love and cherish!!

    —Susan Burney on March 5, 2013
  • I tend to purchase prints because I love the colors and designs. This time of year I like making "happy quilts"- quilts with bright springy colors that make me smile. I usually use solids as accents because they highlight the design.

    —D. Kirchoff on March 5, 2013
  • Prints are my favorite. Even tone on tone. I rarely use a solid because they seem flat to me. I have used them where appropriate with prints.

    —Sharon G on March 5, 2013
  • I have a lot more prints than solids, but I have a solid quilt in the planning/collecting stage. I do like to pull a couple solids in with the prints to even things out.

    —Garilyn on March 5, 2013
  • I have and use more prints but am gathering more solids lately

    —Ellen on March 5, 2013
  • I have prints and batiks. The closest thing I have to solids are my white tone-on-tones! And maybe some scraps of marbles. Oh wait, I have black. I use black for sashing in my stained glass quilts, but I think that’s the only solid I own!!

    —Sandra on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of prints, what I really need is prints that read solid. I dont like pure solids.

    —madeline on March 5, 2013
  • Interesting question. Now that I’ve thought about it I think I have a healthy mix of prints and solids. I like a variety of solids in great colours to use for bindings and borders.

    —DianeH on March 5, 2013
  • I have a huge selection of prints and am trying to buy more solids.

    —Julie A. on March 5, 2013
  • Prints, prints and more prints! In fact, I prefer prints so much that we call solids "the S word" around here!

    Beth Strand on March 5, 2013
  • Mostly prints and a few solids. Kim has so many beautiful quilts. I’d like to try those that particularly caught my eye and the beautiful color arrangements of them, WOW! I do have a few out of the box prints to work with, too.

    —Mary on March 5, 2013
  • Solids have changed dramatically in fabric availability. I have 30’s and the solid’s for belnding or use as backings are wonderful. The weave is much smoother, tighter and colors truer. I don’t tend to "stash" as much any more as my tastes are starting to change and I like to try new things. Big change from when I started quilting 30 years ago..but then you could exfoliate your skin with some of the fabric…:0)

    Jane NJ

    —Jane Modjeski on March 5, 2013
  • I have only recently starting collecting solids, but mostly I love prints. What a great looking book!!

    LoriD on March 5, 2013
  • Most of my stash consists of prints, but I do have a big tub of hand-dye solids that go great with my scraps!

    Karen in Breezy Point on March 5, 2013
  • i love scrappy quilt’s love using up fabric so i can buy more

    barbara woods on March 5, 2013
  • I haven’t owned a solid in years, maybe decades! So far , I’ve added three large solid pieces and intend to add more. I love the modern quilts and intend to make those for a while. I’d love to win this book, because the quilts are gorgeous.

    —Melody on March 5, 2013
  • I have many more prints than solids, mainly because I usually have to buy a piece of a solid color because what I have on hand just doesn’t quite match the print I want to use it with!

    —Roberta Kennedy on March 5, 2013
  • I have tons of fabrics & scraps–this could be a great project starter!

    —jane d on March 5, 2013
  • I don’t rule out solids completely – I do have a few, but my preference is more of a tone on tone print. I just think they add a little more character to an otherwise plain area in my quilts.

    —Kelly Teems on March 5, 2013
  • My stash is still fairly small and mostly prints of some variety. I’ve had a pattern in mind for quite a while using solids and once I get them collected, I can’t wait to make it. I think solids need to be with solids; I prefer tone-on-tones with prints or prints that read solid with other prints. I think solids can sometimes stand out too much. All of the patterns in Kim’s new book are stunning! There are several I’d love to make!

    —Amy Roth on March 5, 2013
  • My stash is mostly prints. I have been using solids more lately for binding and borders. My goal is to use the stash when I retire later this month. Can’t wait to get my hands on the new book.

    —karinm on March 5, 2013
  • for me its all about prints and patterns… the solids come in to match up to them…

    —lawana whaley on March 5, 2013
  • I like to mix solids and prints. 🙂 Thanks for the great tips Kim! Love to win the book too! 🙂
    ~Christina in Cleveland.

    —Christina in Cleveland on March 5, 2013
  • MY stash collection is mainly prints with a rainbow of solids.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on March 5, 2013
  • I would love to win Kim’s book. I love the batiks-like almost everyone I know- and extremely bright fabrics.

    —Judy Celik on March 5, 2013
  • Fun looking projects! I love prints, but think you need some nice solids to balance the prints. I seem to wind up with more print scraps than solids.

    —Janet M on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer prints more often over solids but I’ve noticed that solids mixed with prints makes things pop. I just used a solids rainbow bright colors to make a Jelly Roll Quilt and it turned out beautiful!

    —Debbie Weishaar on March 5, 2013
  • I have a good collection of solids but…..I don’t seem to use them as much as I should. I have lots of prints!

    Connie on March 5, 2013
  • I use mostly prints with tone on tone ones subbing for solids. Other than white or off-white, I rarely use a true solid.

    —Karen A on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints, crazy, wacky, sweet, traditional, and modern prints! Lately though, I have begun to love some solids. I have a growing pile of colors to complement my prints! The book has quite a few quilts that I’d like to make. I’d love to win it!!

    —Jean Blythe on March 5, 2013
  • Excited to see all the quilts from Kim’s new book! I have more solid (or read as solid) fabrics in my stash and can imagine lots of them making it into these quilts!

    —Jennifer on March 5, 2013
  • Since Christmas 2012 I have made 4 quilt tops from my stash. I have quite a collection of solids as well as prints. I would love to win this book so that I can try some new patterns…I love all of the quilts especially the bright colors…Thanks for the blog…love it!!

    —Susan Paxton on March 5, 2013
  • When i first read the question, I thought I have almost no solids. Then I started to think of the sashimg fabrics for my latest project, all solids. I have a group of earth-toned (are we still allowed to use that term) brushed solids that I plan to use for a sofa quilt. I remember a sample made up in the store when I bought that group. I made baby quilts for two of my grandsons out of solid flannels. I do have a lot of tone-on-tone fabrics to balance with the prints in my stash. So i guess i have a better balance than i first thought. i have one of Kim’s books, and like almost every pattern in it.

    —Linda Enneking on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints.I am sooo glad scrap quilts are soming back into fashion. They are my favorite!

    —cindy white on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer every fabric known to woman! Prints please me most when combined with solids so a good stash must have both!

    Terry SailingKnitter on March 5, 2013
  • I definitely have more prints! Thanks for the tips on cutting strips!

    —Janice on March 5, 2013
  • I love Kim’s quilts! I’m a scrappy kinda quilter and love mixing things up. LOL

    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts on March 5, 2013
  • I love all kinds! My stash is mainly prints….but I do love all types! Adore Kim’s style too!

    Mary on March 5, 2013
  • As a new quilter I don’t have much of either one. Right now I am trying to build a stash of solids that will complement the prints I have. I like a combination of both in quilts. Kim’s new book looks exciting. Thank you!

    —Angelia L. on March 5, 2013
  • I’m a newcomer to scrap quilts and already obsessed! I don’t have many plain fabrics, but I really appreciate those areas where my hand quilting stands out. I’m currently planning (LOL! Aren’t we all??) a couple of quilts where there will be areas of plain fabric to showcase the quilting.

    —Kayt on March 5, 2013
  • i buy both solids and prints … love ’em all!

    ritainalaska on March 5, 2013
  • I have a lot more prints and batiks than I do solids. I try to make sure I use both for variety, but the solids are used mostly for background to let my prints be the focus.

    —Cindy C on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer prints but find that a variety is necessary to let your projects Sing and POP so I do throw in a solid or two. While designing your eye needs to find a place to rest!
    I already own Kim’s two other books and love them!!!! so this ebook would be fantastic to win since my bookcases are over flowing! lol
    Jane

    Jane on March 5, 2013
  • I think the only solids I have are the wrong side of printed fabric!

    —Geri on March 5, 2013
  • I have a large collection of prints but lately have been buying solids, inspired by the modern quilts I have been seeing. Love scrap quilts!

    —Jane Dietl on March 5, 2013
  • I tend to buy larger pieces of fabric in solids or near-solids, and smaller pieces in prints. I probably have a 1:3 ratio, solids:prints.

    —Robin Maguire on March 5, 2013
  • My scrap pile is full of prints. I feel buying solids is "cheap" because prints can add tone and texture to a quilt!!

    —Polly on March 5, 2013
  • I have way more prints than solids, but just recently finished a BOM with a group that I am in that was all solids. I LOVE the way the blocks turned out, but now have to figure out how to set them together! 🙂

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on March 5, 2013
  • I have both solid, print and near solids in my stash and in my scrap basket. Haven’t met many fabrics I don’t like-I use them all! Great book for stash-busting!

    —JaneR on March 5, 2013
  • I have Kim’s other two books. I love prints and scrappy. This book has a lot of cool patterns.

    Janet on March 5, 2013
  • Love it all! And my scraps are of all kinds with the majority being prints and some prints that read as solids.

    —Barb Peters on March 5, 2013
  • I have a healthy collection of both….love prints, reproduction prints, modern prints and solids are a must.

    —Lisa Phillips on March 5, 2013
  • Using my AccuQuilt Go system, I create jelly roll strips from all my left over fabrics. Using mostly prints, I sort them into ‘types’ of prints, like 30’s, African,or Batiks. Trying to put them into quilts I absolutely need ideas. Kim’s books offer so many ideas. Definitely a ‘go to’ book for jelly roll.

    —Val B on March 5, 2013
  • I really love prints, and have a large selection of them in my stash. Every time I go to a fabric store I am always drawn to floral prints. I have Kim’s two earlier scrap books and would really like to win a copy of Scrap-Basket Beauties.

    —Bonnie on March 5, 2013
  • I think Kim’s books are great. I do not have many solids, but am gathering more when I go to quilt shops. Now I have to keep a color card to know what I need.

    —Nancy Myers on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots of prints…mostly bright batiks or geometrics. But I also love the Aunt Grace type repro fabrics and even some of the civil war era repros. I like to make miniature quilts with the civil war repro fabrics. But I also have solids to use as accents…and some of the "marbled" looking fabrics that read as solids.

    —Lisa on March 5, 2013
  • I love both, but my stash is made up of mostly prints.

    Pam C on March 5, 2013
  • Wonderful and interesting post . Sounds like an awesome book and I’d love to have a copy. I have more prints than I do solids as scraps but I’m trying to change that, hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on March 5, 2013
  • I love to mix my fabrics, both prints and solids. Kim’s quilts are some of my favorites, and I currently working on one from "Scrap Basket Sensations." Keep it up, Kim!

    —Amy L. on March 5, 2013
  • For sure PRINTS, the scrappier the better.

    —diane on March 5, 2013
  • Prints always grab my attention, followed by tone on tones so I am often on the search for solids to go with these. Slowly the solid stash is growing basically because I always purchase additional yardage when I find a solid that pleases me. I absolutely love Kim’s two previous books. I look forward to owning this one some day too.

    —Audrey on March 5, 2013
  • Heavy emphasis on prints here.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 5, 2013
  • My fabric is equally solids and prints, though they don’t really match each other.

    —Ginger on March 5, 2013
  • I love, love, love prints!,,

    —Beverly fessler on March 5, 2013
  • Well lets see, I have hardly any solids and my quilt room is bursting at the seams with prints. So I’d say my stash is UN-healthy and I need to go shopping for more solids to balance out my Ying and Yang. 🙂

    —Joan Rodriguez on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints, I have very few solids in my stash. I always have to buy solids to calm down the bright colored prints. Kim’s quilts are amazing, I love them all.

    Peggy Sego on March 5, 2013
  • With the exception of white and black, I don’t buy solid color fabrics. My preference is to use tone-on-tone, blenders or batiks that read as one color.

    —Beth on March 5, 2013
  • While I enjoy solids, I’m definitely a prints girl.

    —Karen on March 5, 2013
  • I love scrappy quilts, random scraps and planned fabrics, that carries on to fabrics, prints, strips, plaids and solids are incorporated into my quilts.

    —Connie B on March 5, 2013
  • Prints dominate, but I have dyed many yards of lovely mottled fabric.

    —Sandy on March 5, 2013
  • I have way more prints than solids, though I did once buy a yard of every color solid in a small booth at a market–I believe there were 92 of them 🙂 My favorite fabrics are what I call mottley solids–a tone on tone that will read as solid from a distance, but has some texture to it. I already own Kim’s two previous books, and would love to win this one!

    —Glenda in Florida on March 5, 2013
  • I think I have a good balance of prints and solids. I’ve been working more and more with solids, so my stash is growing to all the colours of the rainbow, and includes some shot cottons too!

    —Paula on March 5, 2013
  • I have LOTS of both. I’m glad that solids are fashionable again!

    —Jonquele Jones on March 5, 2013
  • I love, love, love prints!! Any but especially flowers, cats and paisley; then there are all the holiday and fall colors. I love prints, can you tell? Usually have to make a special trip to store for solids for current projects where I can also pick up more prints.

    —Joyce on March 5, 2013
  • Prints, prints, prints!! Love them all – with a sprinkling of solids. Thanks for the chance.

    —jane on March 5, 2013
  • I really do enjoy both prints and solids and now I have a healthy stash of both. However, I still find it difficult to pull from my solids. I’m not sure why that is and I need a bit of a nudge.

    —Peggy on March 5, 2013
  • I love all batik fabrics, also muted designs, but have almost no solids in my stash. So you could say I like design, earthy type of fabrics. But love all types of batiks.

    —Karen on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints, but I always include some solids in my scrap quilts. I’m trying to work down on my stash, so won’t be making an all-solid quilt any time soon!

    —Dot on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots more prints than solids. I usually don’t keep to many of solid scraps around. This looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Renea on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints but my collection of tone-on-tone fabrics helps all my quilt top fabrics ‘play well together’! ;^)

    —Marcia B on March 5, 2013
  • I have a good collection of both prints and solids and use both in my quilting

    —lindawwww on March 5, 2013
  • My stash has both, I mostly lean toward 1800s repro fabrics, and particularly to the small prints that read as solid. More recently I have been drawn to batiks. I’m a scrappy kind of quilter and love to use 100s of fabrics in each quilt. The more the merrier! Love Kim’s quilts.

    —Pam in Sacramento on March 5, 2013
  • I have mostly prints because I fall in love with the combinations. I have recently started buying more solids and fabric that reads as a solid, to help me get more contrast in the quilts.

    —Gwen Pattarnon on March 5, 2013
  • Prints, solids, I like them all! Good cutting idea. I think it’s time for me to take a pressing break and get myself some 2 1/2″ scraps ready for Kim’s super projects!

    —Kathy on March 5, 2013
  • I must prefer prints , as the majority of my stash and scraps are prints, It used to be hard to find much selection in all cotton solids, now that they are more available perhaps I will use more.

    —Rhonda W on March 5, 2013
  • I love to use prints in my quilts, especially scrappy quilts.
    I already have Kim’s Scrap-Basket Surprises and would love to win this new book.

    —Julie in GA on March 5, 2013
  • I am definitely a print girl…and I’m not afraid to mix them all up in scrappy quilts.

    Joy on March 5, 2013
  • I mostly have prints but am now branching into solids, as a long arm quilter I can show off my quilting more with solid fabrics. Love Kim’s quilts and books.

    —Mandy Foot on March 5, 2013
  • I have been sorting my scraps in anticipation of using them. I have many more prints that solids which I would like to start using. This book looks like it would be perfect for what I would like to do!

    —Susan on March 5, 2013
  • I am actively building up my solids stash right now – love a mix of solids and prints.

    —Becky Greene on March 5, 2013
  • i’m addicted to jelly roll quilts.

    —vickster on March 5, 2013
  • I’m a solid fabric gal. I love to play different hues and values against one another to create a visual journey. I tend to decorate my home in solids as well!

    Cheers,
    Kathleen

    —Kathleen on March 5, 2013
  • i use both printd and solids i have equal of each

    —vickster on March 5, 2013
  • During my patchwork life I have swung from mixing solids with prints to using only one or the other, back to mixing again as I find works for a particular quilt. I love scrappy quilts – most of my quilts are made up from 15 or more fabrics, sometimes many more! I am now starting to use some of my accumulated scraps to make quilts just from scraps though often with a unifying fabric as background or feature. As for my stash – only a small proportion is solid colours. Prints are really my preference – there are so many to choose from: beautiful, funky, retro, repro, floral, geometric, wallpaper prints, border stripes, bright, soft or pastel tones or just plain STUNNING! And one can never have too many ideas for scrappy quilts so thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    —Jenny Fish on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints. Not too excited about solids but know they can really pop a quilt.

    —Marguerite Namdar on March 5, 2013
  • First, congrats to Kim on the new book! Love her patterns!!! I have more prints in my collection than solids so seem to always be on the look out for adding solids on an as-needed basis. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

    Wendy on March 5, 2013
  • I love prints-the more the merrier! The quilts in Scrap-Basket Beauties look amazing. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

    —Becky S on March 5, 2013
  • I am trying to use more solids in quilts…but honestly,they are not my favorite.

    lynninflorida on March 5, 2013
  • I prefer to work with prints. Thanks for the tips..

    —hueisei on March 5, 2013
  • I’m organizing my sewing room right now, putting my stash in color order, and it’s clear that I have far more prints than solids. That’s where I’ll be focusing on my next fabric shopping trip.

    —Beth T. on March 5, 2013
  • I have lots more prints, and a hefty serving of those are batiks. I love to play around with them and see how things work. It seems that with batiks you cannot go wrong – they all work together.

    The tips for cutting strips are great. Thanks!

    —Connie C on March 5, 2013
  • I like to mix it up. I have both. I can’t wait to get this book it looks wonderful.

    —Chris on March 6, 2013
  • I love to use both prints & solids, thanks for the chance to win this beautiful book.

    Béatrice on March 6, 2013
  • I have lots of different prints in my stash – ’30’s, Civil War, brights, batiks, and others – mostly in small quantities, but I buy white fabric and muslin in huge quantities, cause both work great as backgrounds. I’ve even added some plain black, which makes the brights really shine.

    —Jean HS on March 6, 2013
  • Scraps or prints? It really doesn’t matter, they’re all great cos they’re all fabric!

    QuiltSue on March 6, 2013
  • I have lots of prints-florals, geometrics, wild, and tame, tonals, mirage, but not as many solids. Seems like I only buy just enough solids for the project I’m working on.

    —Cegnfred on March 6, 2013
  • I always like to have some plain solids in my stash. I don’t use them a lot in blocks but love them for sashings

    —Teresa on March 6, 2013
  • I mostly have small prints in my stash. I’m usually pretty traditional with colors, but am trying to break out of the box and jazz it up with some of beautiful brightly colored fabrics that are so popular now. I already own one Kim’s books. Love it and would really like to have another one!

    —Debbie Leschisin on March 6, 2013
  • Hmm prints vs. solids… Never met a fabric I didn’t like! I have more prints probably,but I also like some solids. I have been known to "make" prints look like a solid by sewing a bunch of the same colored fabrics together to "read’ as a solid in a quilt!

    —Machelle on March 6, 2013
  • I have a container of patterned scraps that I don’t know what to do with…but now I see what I can create. Thanks for the inspiration. Your quilts are beautiful!

    —Cathy Olesky on March 6, 2013
  • I am a scrappy quilter and I have come to love gray solid – it is my new favorite

    —Linda D on March 6, 2013
  • My stash is mainly prints, or blenders. The only solids I usually have on hand are either creams, white, or black.

    —Nancy Bennett on March 6, 2013
  • I am mostly prints but I do like to add a little solid to each one.

    —Jennifer on March 6, 2013
  • I have only recently begun working with solids, and I must say, I missed my prints while I was working. Solids are, well, solid, and offer not much to the eye while they are being pieced. However, they do lead to some beautiful accents and overall color.

    —Colette DeGroot on March 6, 2013
  • I have way more prints, reads as solid and theme prints than solids. But that doesn’t stop me from using the solids I have and occasionally buy. It’s all good. This book looks good. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

    Bonnie in Va on March 6, 2013
  • About solids and prints – I really like my solids to be very in depth prints that would read as solids. Thanks for the opportunity to add Scrap-Basket Beauties to my bookshelf. I already have "Sensations" and love it.
    Nancy

    —Nancy Zarse on March 6, 2013
  • My stash is mostly prints with some tone-on-tone fabrics mixed in. I am drawn to bright, rather than calm. Love Kim’s new designs!

    —Lorraine on March 6, 2013
  • I have alot of prints .I use them more than solids.I do try to have solids to help blend . Now with the scrap quilts all the rage I have been able to use alot of smaller pieces I have. Thanks for the great books every one.
    Chris

    —Chris Ash on March 6, 2013
  • I’m pretty lopsided. I NEED more solids.

    —Vicki H on March 6, 2013
  • I have both prints and solids, but the amount of prints is by far the most in the stash. I have never met a fabric I didn’t like. Most fabrics I see I want and right away try to think of a quilt pattern the fabric would look splended in. My motto: You Can Never Have Too Many Fabrics. If I need a solid or a print to finish the design–Shopping Trip!!!! What would the world be like without fabric? Just look at nature and admire all the patterns and how the solids bring out the best in the prints.

    Bettie Johnsosn on March 6, 2013
  • I am drawn to prints, both large and small, in my favorite colors. I have many in my stash. I like to treat myself to prints that catch my eye, and then later, I have an excuse for another trip to the fabric store to find coordinating solids for a specific quilt pattern.
    As if I need another excuse!

    —Karen on March 6, 2013
  • The past year has seen many solids coming home with me! I’ve been using them for modern quilt patterns as well as breaking up prints.

    —Jane on March 6, 2013
  • I have Scrap Basket Surprises. I love the quilts in it. I have always loved scrap quilts. Why use 2 or 3 fabrics when you can use hundreds? LOL.

    —Laurie Evans on March 6, 2013
  • I prefer prints but I do like to mix in solids for texture. I’m new to quilting so I am just learning and making my stash.

    —Thelma jones on March 6, 2013
  • I love all of these quilts, I am a scrappy quilter and a buy fabrics for a quilt type of person. I tend to use more tone on tones and prints instead of solids. I use the tone on tones for a solid since they blend into the colors because sometimes it is hard to find the exact solid color to use. I would so love to win this give a way.

    —Elizabeth on March 6, 2013
  • I’m ususally a print kinda girl but lately I’ve been gravitating towards solids…..

    LizA. on March 6, 2013
  • I like mostly small and medium prints, with some solids thrown in for contrast. Love Amish quilts with the black backgrounds and solid contrast, too.

    —Valerie Strickland on March 6, 2013
  • I definitely have more prints in my scaps, and should probably add some solids to round things out.

    —LPStarr on March 6, 2013
  • You name it, I have it. Now to have the time and patterns to use more of my stash. Would love to win this give away; the patterns in these books are wonderful.

    —Cindy R. on March 6, 2013
  • I have mostly prints in my stash, but lately having been adding solids to the mix. This book looks great, and would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

    —Donna W on March 6, 2013
  • I love them both because they’re both so necessary! LOL!

    —Nancy B from Many LA on March 6, 2013
  • I’m primarily a print girl, although I do appreciate how solids can calm down to many busy prints!

    —shelly s on March 6, 2013
  • I have mostly bright colored prints, I have very few solids. But O like both.

    —ruth shelton on March 6, 2013
  • I’m a print person, but I especially love small prints and shirtings. I’m also a fan of tone on tones as opposed to solids. A touch of solid is great in a scrap quilt, it’s fun to find those pieces, especially with reproduction prints.

    —Sharon A on March 6, 2013
  • I am a huge fan of prints! Especially the holidays! I save and save hoping to create the beauty quilt and maybe one day I will!

    —Cathy on March 6, 2013
  • Most of my stash is small prints that can read as solid from a distance, but I do have a healthy selection of solids to blend with my prints. The quilts in this book are beautiful.Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.

    —Carolyn Howland on March 6, 2013
  • When I first started quilting I used a lot of solids because fabrics to match prints were not always that easy to come by. So I have quite a few scraps of solid fabrics. Then I started collecting subtle tone-on-tone prints to use in place of my solids. Lately I have been purchasing some solids again, especially as I have been experimenting with a more modern look to my piecing.

    —Nancy on March 6, 2013
  • I have lots of prints and blenders, but very few solids in my stash. I probably have under 10 pieces that are truly solid. Sad, isn’t it?? lol.

    —Maryellen on March 6, 2013
  • I’m partial to prints…..solids do have there own time and place but give me a small print anytime!

    —Leslie on March 6, 2013
  • I have lots of both but tend to have more prints — and then have to go buy a solid to do something to complete a quilts

    —Martha Knutson on March 6, 2013
  • I also love all the quilts. I like the mix of solid and prints. I have the first book and would love to win the next one.

    —patty clayton on March 6, 2013
  • I love prints more than solids but would like to build my solid stash.I love the brights and springy colors and totally love Kaffe and friends. Love the quilts in this book. Would love to win.

    —Margaret M. on March 6, 2013
  • I have Kim’s other two books and love them. This one looks fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mary

    —Mary Kastner on March 6, 2013
  • I’ve recently started to admire quilts using solids, because of the all rich, vibrant colours that are available now. I stick with prints for my own quilts though.

    —Emily on March 6, 2013
  • I prefer prints and love to mix them

    —MaryRose on March 6, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts. To blend the different prints to each other, I use batiks, tonal fabrics, muted plaids and subtle polka dot fabrics. A dear quilting friend told me that the fabrics next to one another must be friendly and get along, be sure to use a solid or "reads as solid" to rest the eye. 8 years later, I’m still hearing her lessons as I put together scraps for a quilt.

    —Diane Wright on March 6, 2013
  • I loved the scrap quilts my grandmother made, with many fabrics in it. These were done from necessity, and I confess that I’m not as adventurous with colors and prints as she was and my mother was. Looking forward to making one of these and loosen up the "match-y" look of buying ‘go-together’ fabrics.

    —Kay Losh on March 6, 2013
  • There aren’t many solids in my stash, but I do enjoy the contrast and foundation they give to any quilt they’re in. My stash is prints, prints, prints. It looks like Kim has written another winner. Love the unique designs in these new quilts.

    Vivian on March 6, 2013
  • I save my scraps and those selvage edges for my scrappy quilt that will get done "some day". I have preferred prints to relate as solid but solids are sneaking into my stash; of course that’s OK, any reason to buy a fat quarter works for me. I like the Generations quilt and all of them. I’m a work in progress and lovin it.
    Cheers, Carol

    —Carol on March 6, 2013
  • I love solid and prints, but I do favor prints.

    —Linda Christianson on March 6, 2013
  • I love both prints and solids, but probably have more prints than anything….and quite the variety also!

    Gorgeous quilts!

    Bari on March 6, 2013
  • I am not a fan of solids. I like some movement in my fabrics. I rarely purchase solids.

    —Evelyn on March 6, 2013
  • My favorite type of quilt is scrappy (one-patch especially) and it seems that solids work better most of the time to calm down the variety of prints & colors, so I have a good selection of both solids & prints in my stash.

    —Sharon Roberts on March 6, 2013
  • Prints are my absolute favorite, tho I don’t do the really big bold prints as much. Mostly love piecing scrappy quilts, and the subtle prints are what I like most for that.

    —Karen on March 6, 2013
  • I have tons of prints because if I don’t buy them immediately they’ll be gone and solids are always available! I also have a huge collection of white on white and cream on cream for backgrounds.

    —Dawn Toth on March 7, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts.I have scraps of all kinds. Am planning to make a Christmas String Quilt. Would love to have Kim Brackett’s new Scrap Basket Beauties book.

    —Nora Brofford on March 7, 2013
  • I love prints, but I tend to choose those that are too "busy." Solids make beautiful scrap quilts!

    —Janna B on March 7, 2013
  • I love prints but often struggle with pairing them up it’s why I like precuts and solids are always a great go to for scrap quilts

    pippa parsons on March 7, 2013
  • I like having a healthy stash of both – when I first started quilting, I bought all these beautiful prints, but then discovered I needed lots of tone on tones and solids to show off these beauties. Now I stock up on basics and background fabric so that I can get started right away if I find the right combination of pattern and fabric in my stash. BTW, I have and love the first two Scrap Basket books, would love to have the next one!

    —Malinda on March 7, 2013
  • I have both solids and prints. Although when I am ready to make a new quilt there is always something that I need to add to it 🙂

    —Kate Brown on March 7, 2013
  • I always mean to buy more solids but there are just so many wonderful prints that want to come home with me. The best I generally manage to do is picking up tone on tones and blenders.

    —Miriam on March 7, 2013
  • I have Kim’s first two books and have made over a dozen quilts between the two books! Really excited about the next one.

    —Janet on March 7, 2013
  • I have a room full to overflowing with prints. I have a few solids, but I wouldn’t call it a collection.

    jeanne in Ohio on March 7, 2013
  • I love them all. But, I have more prints than solids. Have to do something about that.

    —Paule-Marie on March 7, 2013
  • I usually get solids – but these past two weeks I bought a about eight pieces of batik – thought I knew what I was going to do, but now getting cold feet so I just have 4.5 inch and 2.5 inch strips cut…. Thanks for putting my name in the hat for this book!

    June @ QuiltQuest on March 7, 2013
  • I am a print fanatic! I especially love vintage prints – small calico flowers are my obsession!

    —Shannon C. on March 8, 2013
  • It is interesting our we evolve over the years. When I started I used solids and prints together. Now I seem to want even my background fabric to have a tone on tone design.

    —Nancy Angerer on March 8, 2013
  • I have a LOT of prints. I need more solids!

    —Sandy on March 8, 2013
  • I mostly have prints, but a large collection of whites and ivories to use as background fabrics. I recently bought the Bella solids in jelly rolls and layer cakes to offset my prints. Honestly, I love fabric of anykind! The proof is in my stash!

    —Jan staples on March 8, 2013
  • I’m trying not to get too big of a stash, but I notice I have mainly prints. Mostly florals and batiks.

    —Cindy S on March 8, 2013
  • I have a very healthy stash of both solids and prints as I believe both set each other off in a quilt. I do have many more prints than solids as I convince myself that the print is available for only a short time so I get it, while solids will always be available, so I only stock up on those when they’re on sale. This book looks awesome and I really hope I win, thanks for the chance.

    —susan on March 8, 2013
  • I have a huge stash of prints,but am slowly adding more solids to the mix. Thanks for the chance:)

    Hilary on March 8, 2013
  • I have more prints than solids and I don’t prefer either over the other. I find I need them both to make nice quilts. I run short on the solids and am always looking for them for backgrounds. I just made the "Christmas Ribbons" from Scrap Basket Surprises and used my scraps of neutrals for the backgrounds and scraps of Christmas fabrics for the ribbons. It turned out great!

    —Lisa Long on March 8, 2013
  • Depends on the projects, but I like a good 1:1 ratio 🙂

    —Karrie Smith on March 8, 2013
  • I like prints that read as solids, but when you get close you see something more.

    —Sheilah on March 8, 2013
  • You know, I don’t think you can go past a great batik. The colours, though usually muted are intense and lend themselves to so many wonderful creations. Of course, I have prints in my stash as well but always find myself drifting back to my batiks.

    And if I throw a fossil fern into the mix, then I’m one happy little black duck. So I guess I lean towards being a solid kinda girl.

    —Jan Rhoades on March 8, 2013
  • I have a healthy blend of prints, solids, and tone-on-tone that read as solids. There is a "mandate" that I, being king of my quilting domain, have recently established. Fabrics that have been in the stash for a long time, and never used, are being cut into 2 1/2″ strips to insure they are finally used in scrappy quilts.

    —Crazy Cuban on March 8, 2013
  • I prefer prints that have a mottled or variegated backgrounds.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on March 8, 2013
  • happy prints are the best – is there any other choice?????

    —barb on March 8, 2013
  • happy prints are the best!

    —barb on March 8, 2013
  • As long as the colors are bright and bold I’ll take solids or prints either one.

    —Rhonda on March 8, 2013
  • Me encantan las impresiones, me dan más posibilidades de utilización. (Translation: I love the prints, I’m more likely to use them.)

    silvia payer on March 8, 2013
  • Definitely more prints than solids in my stash.

    —Carey on March 8, 2013
  • I love Kim’s designs and have both of her books and am in the middle of one of her quilts, Picnic! I’d love to win this great new edition of Scrap Basket books 🙂 Me, I am big on prints but do have a small stash of solids, mostly fat quarters and smaller yardage. I agree that it helps calm down some of the busyness of prints.

    AnnieO on March 9, 2013
  • Ilove prints but always add solids or tonals to keep the quilt from being too busy.

    —Mary Ann on March 9, 2013
  • I have predominately prints, so that is what I use most. I do buy solids once in awhile for accents or backgrounds. I have Kim’s other books and use them often.

    —Kathleen on March 9, 2013
  • I have a tendency to be captured by interesting prints. So I make it a point to look for solids when they are on sale. Hopefully the final result is some good balance in the stash.

    —Pearl on March 9, 2013
  • Another Scrap Basket book? Great! Love those patterns!

    —Joanne on March 9, 2013
  • I love prints and solids.

    Dresden Quilter on March 9, 2013
  • I have lots more prints than solids but I’m starting to collect more solids.

    Teresa Marler on March 9, 2013
  • I tend to have more prints than solids.

    —Peggy Savage on March 9, 2013
  • I am a sucker for prints and hardly have any solids in my stash. I figure when I’m ready for a project I’ll shop for an appropriate solid. The quilts in the slideshow from Kim’s new book are scrumptious! I LOVE scrappy quilts!

    —Cynthia on March 9, 2013
  • I have to go with prints, even if they are very, very subtle..still prefer them over solids.

    Sandy (aka Stitches) on March 10, 2013
  • My first venture with solids came when my art-major son asked me to make him a quilt using only the CMYK solids. The bears-paw quilt I ended up with was stunning! I’m ready for a 2nd adventure–just neet inspiration….

    —Ruth Finch on March 10, 2013
  • Ilove prints but sometimes I throw a solid in … just for the fun of it!

    —Hildy on March 10, 2013
  • I love batiks and like to dye my own solids to go with them so I guess I like a mix of solids and prints.

    —Kathy on March 10, 2013
  • I definately need more solids in my stash – of all colors. I have a lot of patterns that would use them and I just don’t have enough. LOL. Thanks for the opportunity for this book.

    —Barbara on March 10, 2013
  • I have a lot of scraps prints and solids. I think I willhave to work with them.

    —Dini on March 11, 2013
  • With scraps, who knows? I have lots and there are at least some of each. More prints, though, I would say.

    —Bethleen on March 11, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts and that’s good because I have plenty of them. Solids don’t call me, they just sit there until I need one for extra pop!

    —Pat on March 11, 2013
  • solids vs. prints — my stash has MOSTLY prints. i generally buy solids when planning/making all specific projects– solids or tone on tone prints are integral to most every finished piece. of course, there are leftovers/scraps of solids in the stash which get worked in. recently i have purchased some pre-cut solids — fq’s. strips, charms as well.

    LOVE Kim’s new patterns and totally love all the bright and light colors this time!!!

    —MaryJ B. on March 11, 2013
  • Love prints, so I’m always having to purchase solids to complete a quilt

    —Donna O. on March 11, 2013
  • I mostly have prints in my stash. If I need to have a solid I will usually buy a bolt of it and then I have that color for other projects. I am slowly getting a supply of solids but the majority (about 90%) are prints.

    —Margo S. on March 11, 2013
  • I love fabric, period (VBG). My stash is mostly prints or tone-on-tone prints that read almost solid. I LOVE scrap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Becky Gilliam in upstate SC

    —Becky Gilliam on March 12, 2013

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