And then I did the Amitie BOM The Circle Game where Jenny the designer arranged the scraps into neat circles bound by a charcoal dot. Adding many of my own scraps into this quilt once again gave the quilt its own story, personal to me.
Now on my summer holiday, I've brought a ziplock bag with enough scraps to make 25 of these blocks although of course the lure of the beach means I've only made two! But pulling scraps from the bag, each one with their own story of where and when it was bought or given to me or used in another project makes scrappy projects so rewarding to work on.
Som scrappy projects are all scraps. Some have a blender to tie them together. I like bright scraps mixed with something like white or charcoal to give them some kind of cohesion and I think scale matters - too small and the overall look is muddy; too big and the overall look is messy and confused. When I pick scraps I find myself picking the same types of fabrics - brights mixed in with greys and creams and texty fabrics to add spots of interest. In her scrap vomit quilts, Katy uses the solid black and colour fabrics to bring order to her sea of 2" square scraps.
What about you? Do you like scrappy quilts? Have you made many? How do you pick your scraps? Do you restrict yourself to certain colours or just grab whatever comes to hand? Do you like a completely scrappy look or do you like your scrappy quilts to have some kind of cohesive element in colour and or design?