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!

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