Tuesday, 28 August 2012

I am most definitely addicted

I'm working on scrap vomit number 4. This one doesn't really have a purpose other than I have a gazillion scraps and want to get some used up (although when I'm done with this I know I'll still have enough squares for another quilt)

The stack so far

I've made 10 blocks so far, completely blindly picking fabrics from my scraps and sewing them together.

Another day of scrap vomit

Soon I'll start on block B (the one that adds order to the chaos) and my quilt will start to come together. I love it when that happens.

scrap vomit - bound and finished!

I have a few rules when I'm making scrap vomit quilts -

  • you need a good mix of 'ugly' and 'pretty' fabrics, bright fabrics and dull fabrics. The more variety the better.
  • your own scraps will tend to focus on particular colours. They might not be the colours you have most of in your stash, they are the colours you have used the most. My scraps are quite heavy on blues and pinks.
  • swapping is a great way to mix up your scraps. If you are in a guild ask fellow guild members to swap with you, or if you have local friends that sew, do the same. If you're not in a guild or don't have any local friends you are probably online and have a flickr account or twitter or a blog - you will have at least one friend that you talk to regularly, or a blog you visit on a regular basis that you have formed a kind of relationship with that person. Even if you don't think of that person as a real friend, if they sew they have scraps and they will most likely be happy to share with you. It doesn't hurt to ask.
  • whatever type of scrap quilt you are making chances are you'll be adding in a solid. Make sure that solid is a high contrast solid to allow the quilt to pop. White usually works, but for scrap vomit it really doesn't - there's not enough of the white to have an impact. See this mock up I made? The white is lost. But on the quilt below it works really well.
scrappy pinwheel playmat


I like to think that the black diamonds in block B calm the whole thing down and make it look less like I've emptied my scrap bin onto the floor (you might disagree - it's ok, I'll not hate you, but I might look at you with that slitty eye look that says 'you're so wrong')

Scrap Vomit - for me

When I made my spiderweb quilt I was far more conscious of picking pretty scraps. It was still a scrap quilt, but the uglies were pushed to one side.

quilted lines

I guess you call that controlled scraps. As much as I love that quilt I don't love it as much as scrap vomit.

Lynn makes the most amazing scrap quilts, I think my most favourite quilt she has ever made is the twinkling stars quilt  - which, co-incidentally is on the next cover of GenQ magazine. It was Lynn's spiderweb quilt that convinced me I needed one in the first place. Lynn was one of the first people I 'met' online and she's been a constant source of inspiration ever since. Her scrap box must be more like a scrap room as she's been sewing and quilting for so long. So many old and long forgotten fabric lines lurking in her scraps, it's no wonder her quilts are always so magical.

If you want to make a scrap vomit quilt of your own you can find the tutorial here, here and here.

Edited to add - the spiderweb quilt was a tutorial from Marit. I meant to add the link but clearly didn't copy and paste it. D'oh. Here you go - spiderweb block

I'm leaving you with a few questions, I'd love it if you answered them!
How do you feel about scrap quilts?
What is your process in making them?
Do you blindly grab like I do with scrap vomit, or do you prefer an order to your chaos?
Do you have a favourite scrappy pattern or tutorial?

61 comments:

Pam said...

I have never made a scrsp anything, I am a bit of a control freak, and I love order and precision. However I have a mountain of scraps, filed in colour and and size. Sooooo I am going to try my best to produce a scrappy quilt. I do think that I will have to make blocks and use sashing and cornerstone though, one step at a time.

kheli said...

I love scrap quilts. I love how they capture a time frame in fabric form. I tend to save scraps, then when my bin is overflowing, make a quilt. Then make another til the the bin is empty. I have very insistent scraps!
I have made a variety of scrap quilts, I like to cut my scraps into strips and squares, so I have them ready for action when the moment strikes.

findahappyplace said...

I love scraps and scrap quilts - it's becoming my only way of quilting. I suspect that part of the attraction is a feeling that this is what patchwork was intended to be, a way of using up bits, making a bit of fabric intended for one purpose go a bit further. I also just love the bundle of colours and textures scraps bring. I'm currently making the Maple Leaf Rag quilt from Material Obsession 2. The crazy patchwork elements are truly everything goes, the wheels will probably see me try and exert a bit more control.
Actually the stash pact of last year has completely changed my attitude to fabric, I love buying bags of scraps now, it's my favourite way to fabric shop!

justsewaudrey said...

I love scrap quilts! I like both chaos and controlled. All depends on mood and if the quilt will be heading somewhere as a gift. Scrappy quilts always take me down "memory lane" of other things I once made.

Jilly said...

I love scrap quilts, but I can never bring myself to make one. I keep thinking "once I have the scraps from X project, then I will have a truly fantastic group of scraps and then I will make a scrap quilt. But then I'm in love with the fabric from the next project, and those scraps are left behind. I also have so many scrap quilt ideas (scrap vomit, a string quilt, a spiderweb quilt, a scrappy trip around the world, a x+ quilt, etc, etc) that I never settle on one to start on. Consequently I now have 5 large ziploc bags of strings ready for a string / spiderweb quilt and three drawers of assorted scraps waiting for me to decide on a pattern. And four more quilts to finish that I want to "harvest" scraps from. Sigh. Really should make a scrap quilt this year . . .

Spoolhardy Girl said...

I LOVE scrap quilts, but I haven't yet made one of my own because they scare me a little bit. I worry that mine will just turn out looking like mud.
I've been stalking scrap vomit for ages now (well, since as long as you first showed pictures). When I finally get the nerve, that will be the one I make. I have already taken your advice and started cutting my scraps from other projects into tidy little squares.

blondie19012k said...

I actually prefer your mock up with the white, rather than the black *waits for slitty eye look* ;p
I've not made a scrap quilt, I've not been sewing long enough to collect anywhere near enough scraps! I think I'd have to have a little bit of order and wouldn't put any 'ugly' fabrics in either, so not really the point of a scrap vomit quilt at all! I'd probably use solid sashing to look like the one with white sashing that you posted above.

Marion said...

My scrap quilts are usually centered around a color or combination. I am a bit color challenged :( I play it safe due to lack of natural color placement instinct. I am so inspired by your vomit quilts. I have been saving scraps forever(I do have AWESOME natural fabric hoarding instincts :). I am going to be brave and make a vomit quilt :) I am going to try your method and just grab and sew. BE BRAVE and sew on... this will be my new mantra! ;) THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATION!!!

angharad handmade said...

I think I'd be addicted too, if I had a) more time b) more sleep c) fewer children! Still quilting scrap vomit #1. I have, however, brought a friend over to the dark side, so I'm spreading the scrap vomit virus.

In answer to the questions, I love scrap quilts - very satisfying to use up all those bits and pieces. And I am a blind grabber (also aided by my 2 year old who switches even the bits I've blindly grabbed around). My fave pattern? You've guessed it, scrap vomit, though I'm also adding wonky stars to my to-sew list.

Heidi said...

I love scrap quilts ! I've made me a triangles quilt ( http://libellenquilts.blogspot.de/2010/10/hoar-frost.html ), paired with white and at the moment I'm working on a ocean waves quilt.
And I'm trying to use all sorts of scraps but control them, when sewing pairs together...

Marla said...

I love using up my scraps. I blindly put scraps together and then enjoy looking at new color combinations when I press them. I realize I like some combinations that I would have never put together purposefully. My latest scrap quilt, Scrappasaurus Rex, is a monster made up of alternating blocks either a 16x`6 2.5 inch (finished) square blocks and Arkansas crossroad blocks. I can't wait to quilt it up. Blogged here: http://sewhungry.blogspot.com/2012/08/scrappysaurus-quilt-top-is-done.html

Lynn said...

Gosh, thanks Katy, You're making me blush.

I love scrap quilts. I have a hard time cutting into fabric pieces as big as a fat quarter. Crazy, I know. Scrap quilts are even better if you are using bits left from clothes or pajamas made for your kids. All those memories stitched in.

Amy Friend said...

I love scrappy quilts but have a hard time bravely picking any old thing. I tend to go controlled chaos.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

I am a scrappy quilt kind of gal. I have made others that I really like, but the scrap quilts are the ones that truly capture my heart. I just finished a huge one, but it is somewhat controlled because I used only western fabrics from my stash. I have yet to make one where I just blindly pick and choose scraps, but I'm working on it! :)

Auntie Pami said...

Thomas got me started on this, but I packed it away for future joy (torture?). I really like the 1/4 square triangle with white. My stash is crazy, this might work for me. Thank you for the inspiration!

Nedra said...

The last few years, my goals have been to use what I have rather than buy more fabric. I'm always looking for scrap quilt ideas, and love Scrap Vomit (what a name!) Thanks for the tips and tutorial.

doodlebugmom said...

I love that little crab scrap in the top photo :) I am pretty new to sewing, so don't have a lot of scraps yet...but I am working on it!

DianeY said...

I love the idea of scrap quilts, but I really have a hard time diving into my scraps. The scraps just never seem to get all used

Heleen Groot said...

I love scrap quilts and am planning to make one.....I just never have enough scraps to get started. Or the scraps are really just very tiny bit of fabric....I tend to use my scraps trough all sorts of projects (pin cushions, cushion covers, other quilts). I'm usually in the same colour range anyway....I love the idea. I'll get around to it one day!

diane said...

How do you feel about scrap quilts? I have never made A scrap quilt but LOVE them. I just don't think I have enough scraps yet.
What is your process in making them? See above
Do you blindly grab like I do with scrap vomit, or do you prefer an order to your chaos? When making scrap BLOCKS for bees I grab blindly if the person does not have color preference.
Do you have a favourite scrappy pattern or tutorial? Love scrap vomit and I have loved some of the scrappy grannies I have seen popping up all over blogland and flickr

Nat at Made in Home said...

I have not made a scrap quilt as I don't have enough scrap, but I am making a cushion cover - it is really a mix of a new line and scraps. The scheme goes with the theme of a quilt I am making - so i could not go blindly into it, and as I always think of what the quilt is going to be used for, I think I will always have to pick my craps to a certain extent... I saw some amazing scrap quilts on Rachael's stitched in color blog. It was the first time I had to think about it - ie what do you keep, when is a scrap too small/too big?

diegoagogo said...

I adore scrap vomit quilts! When I am having a day where I want to sew but don't know what to sew , I pull out my 2 inch squares & go to it.
Mindless but productive at the same time.
I love the Bonnie Hunter (Quiltville's Quips & Snips) idea of using your scraps as Leaders & Enders. Gets them stitched with no pain.
Remember NOTHING is ugly at 2 inches!!

Anita said...

I absolutely love scrap quilts! There is something so nostalgic and cool about them. I make up block kits for quilts for injured soldiers like QOV and my favorite part is combining all the scraps together. I tend to go for "organized chaos" or "planned scrappiness" :) I'll put all tans, muted colors in a block or brighter, white colors together, sometimes though I don't have enough variety of one color wave and the mixing of the two really makes for pretty blocks. Oh and Bonnie Hunter is the queen of scraps! All of her stuff is really inspirational, as are you :)

dolores said...

Wow....you really ask great questions! I can't believe I'm going to say this but I basically haven't made a scrap quilt yet! I mean I regularly get scraps/trimmings from work but that is usually cause I am cutting a collection and trimming the edge so it's straight then I take them home and put them together to make mini things so that doesn't count.

I have a sort of scrap quilt I just finished and is awaiting it's binding being sewn down. It is from a flickr swap over at Old Red Barn where 8 of us made charm packs of 25 squares of scraps and swapped with each other....that is sewn together and so I could remember who sent what I sewed them in 5x5 squares separated by grey sashing....and I organized each section!;)

Sooooo....I am now inspired to do a Scrap Vomit quilt but a little differently! I soooo love how yours looks and I have been wanting to make a sort of memory quilt for my two kids (23 and 25) and been collecting fabrics from favorite books and comics like Richard Scarry, Dr. Seuss, Bernstein Bears, Ed Emberly, Clifford, Golden Books, etc. and of course DC and Marvel comics and Star Wars!!:) I couldn't figure out how to combine them all....until NOW!!!!:)

Between the Hexy MF and Scrap Vomit you are keeping me very inspired and busy and I thank you so much for that!!!xoxo

Anita said...

PS - my favorite pattern for scraps is the simple string blocks with a foundation piecing. We've made many of those and they always turn out gorgeous! The key is to have a coordinating color in the middle of each block (we use white). For triangles and wonky blocks do Bonnie Hunter's crumb block technique, it makes for very cool scrappy blocks!

Sarah Russett said...

I have made a ton of scrap quilts. I think they are interesting. But I also love two color quilts. Where can I find the pattern for the spiderweb quilt! I love what you did.

Deb Robertson said...

I love scrap quilts. Every few years I try and sew all my scraps up and start again. My favourite is my epic. http://deb-robertson.blogspot.co.nz/2011/11/bloggers-quilt-festival-my-picking-up.html

I often use a single fabric to tie my others together and it makes them go further too and gives the same scraps a different look. Like this one http://deb-robertson.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/scrap-basket-quilt-number-six.html and this one http://deb-robertson.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/my-creative-space-and-winner.html

Holly said...

"that slitty eye look that says 'you're so wrong'" I absolutely can picture that look! It's a favourite of mine in debates. As for scrap quilts, I haven't made many, but I did make three ticker tape doll quilts. I was pretty controlled with how I used the scraps and made sure I didn't get a concentration of one colour in an area.

Trudi said...

Soooo love scrap,quilts, but I tend to do controlled scrappy, which isn't in the same league as scrap vomit, just too damn intimidating! Gonna have to make one now! Love Bonnie K Hunter for go to scrappy patterns (Quiltville.com)

Marian said...

I love scrap quilts and have hopes of making several in the near future. I especially love yours and made 4 SV blocks this morning! With that, I like to randomly grab for them. I haven't really made any other scrap quilts yet, but I might be more selective and push aside the uglies too. I guess it would depend on the pattern though. I really like the spider web quilts, but I also think it'd be cool to make a double wedding ring quilt from scraps.

Katy Cameron said...

Controlled vomiting, excellent :oD

I keep collecting up scraps for a quilt I want to do, just haven't had time to start it yet... one day!

Flying Blind... said...

Scrappy is great - but I think I need to order them by colour or something to stop me losing the plot - maybe I need to get my big girl pants on (or off?) and go more random?
My favourite 'pattern' is Aneela's crazy scrappy blocks, but I am thinking I might get busy with the Sizzix and go wild!

katie z. said...

I wish I blindly grabbed, but generally I do sort into some sort of color scheme.

If anyone needs scraps, I'm happy to share!

Wendy said...

I really love to look at scrappy quilts. But most of them usually look like they are controlled scrappy. I really like the look of your scrap vomit quilt. I personally have never made an uncontrolled scrappy, but after looking at your scrap vomit blocks I am going to make one. Off to read the tutorial now.

Nifty Quilts said...

Scrap quilts are my very favorites. I just said to a friend that if my house burned down, it's my scraps I'd miss the most. Sick, huh! I grab my scraps blindly and I think they come out better that way. I try to emulate the African American scrap quilts and old string quilts from the Depression era, which have irregular shaped scraps. These are really interesting to me. I also love your "scrap vomit," and will probably make one someday. Your "controlled" blocks are a brilliant solution to bring focus and order. Definitely, trading scraps is the way to go!

Linda said...

I adore Scrap Quilts! Make them all the time. Love Wonky blocks in the Gwen Marston style, scrappy stars etc. also made several Strip quilts, some grabbing any strips of fabric or some in a more organised selection of colours. Like making coin quilts and strippy quilts from the Gwen Marston Liberated Quilts book. In both cases I used scraps but only with a limited colour palette.Would like to make one of your Scrap Vomit quilts but I still don't like that name! Also have ambitions to make a Granny Quilt, probably with every block using a different colour combination.

Melanie said...

I love scrap quilts, but I've never made one just from my scraps. I've never had enough scraps before until now...

On days when I don't feel like working on my ongoing projects I have been grabbing scraps out of my three (!) shopping bags and cutting 2 1/2 inch squares for my future scrap vomit quilt. It's the perfect project for me as I have a ton of black fabric leftover from other projects and I have plenty of solids for the diamonds. I would like to start sewing it during my Christmas holiday, but we'll see if I have the time.

Another scrap project I'd like to make eventually is a spider web quilt. It will be a pull as I go project too as I feel like that's how scrap quilts are supposed to be made. I like the chaotic beauty of unplanned scrapiness!

Thanks for your inspiration!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I adore your scrap vomits!! I'm cutting all my small scraps into squares until I have enough to make one. I'm all for random and love the ugly/cool mix :)

Karamat said...

I really didn't "get" scrap quilts until a couple of years ago, but now they're my favorite thing to work on. So many great memories as I use those last little pieces...

My favorite scrap pattern is your SV of course... Working on my second one now. But sometime soon I want to tackle a butterfly scrap quilt & Camille's spool pattern in scraps.

Tiffany said...

I have yet to make a scrap quilt! But I joined the scrap vomit swap, for the purpose of making a scrap vomit quilt. I think I will be more of the grab and go sort, then picking "pretty" vs "ugly"

quiltrob said...

I love your scrap vomit - I made one last year and donated it to a charity. My fave pattern for scraps is "Disappearing 9 Patch", orderly chaos suits that pattern better, but still ok randomly. There is so much you can do with that pattern and I love it.

Megan said...

I love the scrap quilts I've made so far! I usually have a pseudo-controlled palate. For my first one, I just pulled out all the 2.5" strips from my "dark" bin that I liked, paired them with a cream background and start strip-piecing hourglass blocks. So much fun! But like you say, it barely made a dent. I might try the scrap vomit approach next time though. I've certainly got the 2.5" square collection to do so!

Valerie said...

I love scrap quilts! I haven't made one yet, but I can't wait to try one! Yours are absolutely beautiful!

Elisabeth said...

I haven't made a scrap quilt yet but am on the way cutting my scraps into 2'" and 2,5" squares depending on their size. I will just pull out and sew, I think, although I am a bit anal when it comes to sewing so one or the other scrap might end up back in the bin for later if I feel it doesn't go with the others.

peacedgoods said...

Hi Katy, I love scrap quilts. I usually am controlled in how I do them, but I'm doing
the SV quilt along, now, and I am not planning anything other than the central fabrics in block B. It is very freeing for a control freak, especially using blocks made by other people who all cut, piece, and press a little differently. I was taught by a master at machine piecing traditional blocks, and am trying to free myself up little and this project is helping.

bloominworkshop said...

~ I love scrap quilts!
~ I don't think I have any sort of process.
~ Mostly, I blindly grab. Unless the piece grabbed doesn't work well with the bunch I'm working on.
~ No favorite pattern. For some reason I have a hard time making the same thing twice. But my scraps are out of control, so I should find one and just keep making it over & over until there is some control. I think I like having a purpose or a person to make for. Or else the project never gets finished.

Louisa Jones said...

I love them. I'm working on my first at the moment for my neighbour. It's not even a planned pattern - all the scraps are odd shapes so I'm just working with what I've got. I don't pick the colours to consciously go with anything else, although if it's too similar to the next one I might sway it, BUT I do pick them for useful shape, like a jigsaw.
I'll blog about it soon ans try an remember to let you know.

StitchyAddiction said...

Love these Katy! I haven't been sewing long enough to have many scraps but I'm going to keep going so that one day I too may have enough to make something as cool as your scrap vomit quilt!

CathyK said...

I really like all of your vomit quilts! I may have to try this! :)

Stitch fabrics said...

As soon as I leave STITCH I'm rushing home to make a start on my scrap vomit quilt... Iv been inspired :) thank youuuu

Janice said...

wow, you really know how to make fugly fabrics look fantastic! I totally want to try this now! I adore making scrap quilts, but I tend to only use select scraps, from fabrics I love. I keep passing over the ugly scraps. I really need to try your method!

Elizabeth Elliott said...

I love your SV quilts! I've seen some really great scrappy string quilts but my favourite pattern so far is the 'Japanese X and +' quilt. I work on a few blocks whenever I get the time. I am pretty controlled in selecting the scraps. Admittedly, I need to get better at letting loose and just grabbing scraps randomly. This is where I found the pattern.
http://badskirt.blogspot.ca/2011/04/japanese-x-and-scrappy-quilt-tutorial.html
And I guess at one point there was a quilt-along that I missed out on so there are lots of inspirational photos on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1623980@N25/pool/with/5432175582/#photo_5432175582
Next up, I'd love to try a Scrap Vomit...but I'm definitely investing in a Sizzix for that!
-Libs

Kelly said...

My first ever quilt was made with fabrics from my scrap bin. They are 10cm squares (when I used to measure in cms!). It is a mix of every fabric that I used during the first year I started sewing and looking at it reminds me of how far I have come since that first envelope cushion and how much I love sewing and fabric now.

Now I am using my scraps for hexagons and sewing them together waiting for inspiration to strike. Or for someone to buy me Hexa Go Go ;)

Molly said...

I've only made one scrap quilt and it was all "pretties". I'm planning another and will be using both "pretties" and "uglies", but separate them by light and dark, then alternate to achieve the pattern I'm looking for.

Wendz said...

When I first started quilting I could only afford to buy a few FQ's now and then, from the very small selection that was available to us then in that part of the world. As a result I only really ever made scrap quilts and absolutely love them, in their way they relax all the boundaries of matching up prints and colour. Fabrics used are chosen mostly by value and the only important matter is that the colour density must harmonise and not clash. I'm in the process of making 2 scrap quilts at the moment and am cutting squares for my sv quilt as I go.
Many fabrics are left over from my or my family's home made blouses, skirts, shirts etc so these scrap quilts are also memory quilts.

Lisa said...

I love the look of scrap quilt! I like control or monochromatic quilts but have done a few where you grab the next piece from a brown grocery bag. I love Perkiomen Daydreams by Bonnie Hunter and hope to make it and SV...someday. Too many UFOs I want to finish first.

Linda said...

Reading all you "Scrap Quilt comments, including my own and realised I forgot to mention my current obsession....... Crumb Quilts! Check them out on my Flickr page, Koshka2. Think I originally saw the idea on pleasant home.blogspot.

Linda said...

Me again! Pleasant home.blogspot has a Tutorial for a "Patchwork style scrap quilt. Look under the heading of Titorials, and in the Misc section you will see a picture of the brightly coloured scrap quilt. Click on that picture to view the Tutorial. Crumb quilts can be found by Googling Crumb blocks quilting and you will see the Quiltville tutorial. Right, I'll stop stalking you now, Katy!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

I love scrap quilts and pretty much work in scraps exclusively. I do like some consistency either with a common background fabric, shape (like the apple core) or in colour. In my opinion the eye needs a place to rest amongst the chaos :-)

Cheryl Arkison said...

Well you know how I feel about scrap quilts...
This does remind me that I have 2000 charms from a Y2K swap. Yup 12, almost 13 years old now...

amandajean said...

Scraps?!? Love them! But that's no surprise!

I have a deep love for the 2.5" square. And I've got some ugly ones I'm not sure I can let go of. I've resisted so long from making a steps to the alter quilt, but feel my resolve breaking.....

I've loved the inspiration quilt (Melanie's) for a long time.....what's one more WIP, right?!?!

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