Do you impose sewing-related rules on yourself? I do — my sewing room is not big and I have to maintain some sense of order! Today I am going to share my scrap quilt rules with you.
First let me just say that I regularly break these rules. I do not have them to make myself feel bad or guilt if I need to ignore them occasionally. These rules exist to help me maintain order and use fabric efficiently and responsibly. These do not need to be your rules — you can do whatever you want!
Using scraps is more important than having a fabric that is a perfect fit for a quilt
Would I like to always have the exact right fabric in every place in every quilt? Sure, but I am making scrap quilts to USE scraps and if I am cutting into my yardage, I am making MORE scraps.
Do not use fabrics that you do not like in your scrap quilt
You can believe me or not, but using fabrics you do not like is not a good idea. Donate those fabrics!
Always use frankenbatting (pieced batting scraps) for scrap quilts
I use this batting tape, but there are other options or you can zigzag stitch your batting scraps together. I use a queen size batting roll for my quilts and my most of my quilts are lap size, so I always end up with at least a 12" wide of extra batting from every project. I save these and use them for scrap quilts.
Binding should (almost always, rare exceptions) be from my stash
Finding binding for a scrap quilt is a great way to use up one of those prints-you-love-but-will-never-use prints from your stash. It doesn't have to match anything, this is a scrap quilt!
If possible (it's not always possible) the background fabric should be from low volume scraps
This is definitely a step that takes a lot more time and that isn't always possible. Between the various quilts that I made, I end up with quite a few scrap pieces in various shades of white and light gray that work together well for a scrappy background.
Scrap quilts should be given as gifts if possible — if they are not gifted, they should be used and should never sit on a shelf
I save some of my quilts to use as samples, but I try to make sure that these are never scrap quilts. Scrap quilts should be used!
Scrap quilts should contain as many different fabrics as possible but I will not cut into yardage to make this happen
The goal of a scrap quilt is to use scraps. If I cut into yardage to get more fabric variety, I am creating more scarps.
These are my own rules and, like I said, I break them all of the time. They serve as helpful guidelines to turn those overflowing scrap bins into useful, beautiful quilts!