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