Great Helps Whether You’re Coordinating Colors or Not!
There’s something special about scrap quilts of any kind, but have you noticed that some stand above the crowd? By paying special attention to fabric selection you can turn a nice scrap quilt into a sensational one.
We tend to think of scrap quilts as fitting into one of two groups. There are those that are more controlled and coordinated around a particular color theme, and then there are the “anything goes” scrap quilts made up of everything but the kitchen sink.
Regardless of which style you choose to make, it pays to take your time when selecting fabric. First, make sure all of the fabric is in like-new condition and will wear well for years to come – and that they all have the same fiber content (all cotton, for example).
Secondly, pay attention to values and separate out your fabrics into light, medium and dark piles (or whatever is required by the pattern). You’ll find a great value tip here.
Finally, choose as many different fabrics as you can. The National Quilting Association (now disbanded) required a quilt to contain a minimum of 75 different fabrics to fit into their scrap-quilt category. While you don’t need to use that many, unless you want to, a wide variety will add interest and appeal to your quilt.
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Be sure to allow plenty of time for making a scrap quilt. You’ll need to locate and prepare the scraps before you begin. And, you’ll want to make sure each block is balanced as you’re constructing them. You might want to work on a few blocks at a time in between other projects.
Image Source: The photo at the top of the page is from Moda Fabric.
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