New Year’s resolution: use up those scraps!

scrapsDid you make any quilty New Year’s resolutions this year? I asked several of my quilting buddies and got many different answers. The top four were: finish up UFOs, get my sewing space organized, learn a new technique, and use up my scraps! If using up scraps or paring down your stash is at the top of YOUR list, then you’ll love the books below. They offer solutions to a number of different scrappy dilemmas. Read on and find the perfect book for the scraps you’re ready to bust.


Scrappy Fat-Quarter Quilts
Scrappy Fat Quarter Quilts: Favorite Projects from Fons & Porter

Got fat quarters? Most of us do. This great compilation of quilt patterns from Fons & Porter will whittle down that fat-quarter stash in no time (which means we can buy more, right?)!

Sparkle Punch quilt Triple Four Patch quilt
Left: Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartman. Right: Triple Four Patch by Lynn Roddy Brown.


Strip Savvy
Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″-Strip Quilting Designs by Kate Henderson

For those of you with a collection of 2½" strips or Jelly Rolls (please don’t ask me how many I have!) that are begging to be sewn into quilts, you’ll find plenty of tempting patterns here.

That 70s Quilt Reflections quilt
Left: That 70’s Quilt. Right: Reflections, both by Kate Henderson.


Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles
Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles

Perhaps your scrap collection is made up of smaller pieces that you just can’t bring yourself to throw out. These stunners are all based on small rectangles!

Black and White and Red All Over quilt Lava Flow quilt
Left: Black and White and Red All Over by Judy Turner. Right: Lava Flow by Margaret Rolfe.


Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen
Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen: or a King, Twin, or Lap

If you’ve been quilting for a while, chances are you have all of the above—and then some. There’s a book for that too! Best of all, no matter how large or small your scrap collection is, the talented Sally Schneider provides you with 10 scrappy quilts—each with instructions for making lap, twin, queen, and king sizes. What a phenomenal value!

Diamond Ring quilt Courthouse Steps quilt
Left: Diamond Ring. Right: Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps, both by Sally Schneider.


What is YOUR scrap situation? “Send help, I’m buried!” “I’ve got it under control!” Or, “Scraps? What scraps?” Tell us in the comments!


42 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Right now under control but getting close to send help love the looks of all the books

    —Linda on January 23, 2017
  • My scraps are under control and sorted, I just do not do anything with them.

    —Kim Light on January 23, 2017
  • I am very overwhelmed by scraps. everywhere i look in my sewing area has scraps. Part of the problem is I truly believe I will use/need THAT scrap in a future project. I have loosen up and have become slightly more discerning in the size. Any scrap that I discern is not large enough to use goes into a lined basket. Then i take those scraps and make a pet bed for cats or dogs. So that expensive commodity is still getting a valued use.

    —Sue on January 23, 2017
  • I need help. Organized but way too many scraps.

    —Karen H on January 23, 2017
  • Send help quickly, I’m buried. I just finished on with 1760 1/2 square triangles and 1 1/2 inch strips and I still have scraps.

    —Stephanie Woodward on January 23, 2017
  • I’m definitely in the "send help – I’m buried" list! Every time I think it’s time for me to sew what I want to do, something else comes up! Some day…..lol

    —Susie D on January 23, 2017
  • Scraps….I have them but they are so small. I think I could make the Reflections design with the strips leftover after I have used the fabric for my 3 inch strips.

    —Judy on January 23, 2017
  • OMG – I’m buried. I think they multiply overnight when I’m sleeping. I finish one scrappy project, and then another and I still have more. I collect them and some of them are sorted and organized. Others not so much! Send help (or more scraps – we could always use more – right?).

    —Deborah on January 23, 2017
  • Definitely send help I am buried, even though attempting desperately to tame the scrap monster.

    —Colette on January 23, 2017
  • Send help, I am buried. I think they procreate in their bins!

    —kathy o on January 23, 2017
  • I am between I’ve got it under control and Scraps, what scraps?!

    —LP Starr on January 23, 2017
  • Help! I’m buried, but I have a cunning plan!

    —Liz on January 23, 2017
  • I try to control my scraps by cutting them into pre-cut sizes. But I do have bins of the pre-cuts so I guess I have a problem. 🙂

    —Mary C on January 23, 2017
  • Recortes? Lo sobras? Tengo muchos recortes pequeños.

    Translation: Cuts? I have many leftover small cuts.

    —Margarita on January 23, 2017
  • Yes, send help, I am buried! I do have plans for much of the scraps. Must say, all the various bags are pilling up, better get busy! 😳

    —Marilynn on January 23, 2017
  • I am buried, and could sure use some help. I’ve made a few string quilts, a couple of scrappy 4 patches, and still I have tons of scraps. So many scraps, so little time….

    —Carol on January 23, 2017
  • I’m buried, Help!! I try to keep it all because surely I will use tomorrow. Tomorrow hasn’t come!

    —Gloria on January 23, 2017
  • I’ve got it under control…three large boxes, dark, medium and light..but three large boxes means there is a definite need to use them up! Need a book I guess! Need help I guess!

    —Carol Eberhardt on January 23, 2017
  • Buried but separated by color at least ;o) Definitely need some help with to sew with them.

    —Kristie Michalowski on January 23, 2017
  • Send help, I’m buried! They multiply like bunnies!

    —Marsha Nelson on January 23, 2017
  • Got it under control. Nothing is a scrap until you can’t use it anymore.

    —Janet T on January 23, 2017
  • Scraps! The more I use, the more I have!

    —Margaret Dalmer on January 23, 2017
  • Well, they are under control but there sure are a lot of them! Time to make another quilt!

    —Pat V. on January 23, 2017
  • I’ve got it under control – but just barely!

    —Angela Webb on January 23, 2017
  • Right now I’m in control, but that could change at any moment. There’s some great quilts in the books you presented, and they are doable at my skill level. I am feeling the compulsion to buy at least one.

    —Sandy May on January 23, 2017
  • Haha. Send help. However it is a goal this year to get them under control and I have begun!!!

    —Pat on January 23, 2017
  • I am buried and loving it! Sally Schneider’s book looks like fun!

    —Bev Gunn on January 23, 2017
  • In an attempt to organize and get a grip on my scraps, I have made a total, complete CHAOS of SCRAPS every where. I have cut and cut every size scrap–they are multiplying like rabbits.

    I am now BURIED!

    —carol on January 23, 2017
  • I didn’t think I had that many scraps, and then, lo and be hold as I am going through my fabric I find all theses small containers absolutely stuffed full of scraps so now I am definitely a quilter needing help with her scraps!

    —Amanda Best on January 23, 2017
  • Help, I am buried. You’ve all heard the expression "6 feet under" well I am more like 12 feet under. I am focusing on making more scrap quilts again this year. I have actually started getting all my scraps organized–I have bins of squares from 1-1/2″ to 5″ and other bins with strips from 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ wide. Most all of my fabric has been sorted by yardage, i.e., fat quarters, qtr. yards up to 6 yard pieces. So finding books of patterns that focus on scrap quilts alone would be of great interest to me–every one of these books are being added to my list to get–and if I were to actually win one that would cut my buying down.

    —Sue F on January 23, 2017
  • Yes I have scraps,but not many that work well together. Some civil war,Kaffe Fassett,whimsical brights,batiks,children’s prints of puppy dogs etc. See what I mean.

    —Lois on January 23, 2017
  • I do have lots & lots of scraps, because I like making scrap quilts the most. But I am working on control & am getting there. But to me, that’s the fun of working with scraps, just put them in a basket, reach down & grab one & use it, then repeat. Soon I have a beautiful quilt made of scraps.

    —Nancy Harvey on January 23, 2017
  • sounds like scraps are a problem…I prefer to think of them as smaller pieces for future creations…who am I kidding? I have too little time not too many scraps.

    —nina on January 23, 2017
  • I HAVE MORE SCRAPS THAN i CAN EVER USE BUT i AM HAVING THE BEST TIME MAKING PINWHEEL LAP QUILTS AND 1930 FARMER’SWIFE SAMPLER QUILT–AND USING ALL MY SCRAPS! oF COURSE, IT SOMETIMES MAKES MORE SCRAPS, BUT. . . i LOVE MY SCRAPS….eSPECIALLY LIKE THE DESIGNS IN THE pATTERNS FIT FOR A QUEEN!

    Carolyn on January 24, 2017
  • Help, I am buried. I have been trying to use them, but they don’t seem to be going anywhere.

    —Holly Small on January 24, 2017
  • I have bins and boxes of scraps. They are not quite to the point of drowning me, but the more I use, the more scraps are left! The books featured all seem to have great ideas for using up scraps. I just might have to buy one or more and find out! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Linda Towers on January 27, 2017
  • I am partially buried. I have a lot of scraps. It seems that most patterns that are scrappy also need some yardage to "tie" the design together. I definitely need help!

    —Vivian Lewis on January 27, 2017
  • Send help, I’m buried. I love all kinds of scraps and have been keeping them for years. I have made it my resolution to go through all my containers this year and cut the scraps into usable pieces.

    —Renea Yarolim on January 27, 2017
  • Scraps, Scraps Everywhere! I have more scraps than ideas for them at this time!
    My children say "get rid of them so we don’t have to!" That is really hard to do.
    Linda W.

    —Linda Willen on January 27, 2017
  • I love, love, love the quilt on the cover! I am a beginner quilter and have quite a stash to use up as I quilted when I was younger. I need to use up my stash or give it to a friend or foe who needs some to make room in my craft room. Would love to win!

    —Cindy on January 28, 2017
  • So far, I’ve got them under control–one bin! Pretty soon I’m going to have to dig in and start using them OR keeping adding until I’m sure I have plenty of variety to use them.

    —Janet Sabol on January 28, 2017
  • Am buried under scraps!! Need help!

    —JanG on November 19, 2017

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