Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Quilting Without Obligation {The Scrap Edition}

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I have so much to write about and show but I have no new pictures!  It's raining here which is a rarity in the summer.  We need it but how's a girl supposed to take good pictures of her quilts?? *sigh*

I've been giving a lot more thought to my scrap ideas as I have been quilting my Old + New quilt.  Thank you all for your awesome ideas and sweet comments; I promise I'll be responding to each one of you! 

I'm thinking that a Flickr group, in conjunction with this blog, is the way to go to organize this.  I love the idea of swapping scraps for yardage and vice versa because that's just fun.  I also want to have a charitable component to this as well.  I am working on identifying some charity quilting groups but that's going to take a bit of work.  So, in the meantime, I want to give some of my scraps away to deserving individual quilters. :)

I'm going to group the scraps according to my previous quilts so that you are able to get an idea of the colors you will be working with.  This is going to be a hand selected giveaway {not random} and a lot of the selection will be based on your story, why you want the scraps, what you will do with them, and a friendly promise to either post in the Flickr group or email me a picture of your completed project.  I will also take nominations so if you are a reader and know someone, feel free to enter on their behalf.  And BTW, your project doesn't have to be for yourself; it could be something you are going to make for a deserving person in your own life.

So here goes... 

Up first are the scraps from my two Heather Ross quilts. Blue... brown... orange... rust... and of course mermaids


Next, are the scraps from my On the Road to Spring quilt! Yes, Hope Valley scraps and lots of them!


And lastly, scraps from my Wonky Nine Patch quilt and my I Do Too quilt. Guitars... zoo animals... lava lamps... the perfect scraps for a boy or a really cool guy!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling me which scraps you would like, your story, why you want the scraps and what you will do with them.  And again, you may nominate someone as well. 

I will close the entries on Monday, July 5th @ midnight CST and I will announce the happy recipients on Tuesday, July 6th.  Have fun and good luck!

PS: International entries are gladly welcome!

29 comments:

live a colorful life said...

What a great idea, Jennifer. I, however, am going to pass on your scraps as I need to come up with a way to get rid of my scraps as well. I think you are on to something here, though, and the stories will make for such interesting reading. I hope you will share some of them!

AllieKatMom said...

If you want to dump your scraps on me I would gladly accept them. I have a few ideas for scrap quilt I would love to make. More traditional quilts with tiny pieces but with modern fabric. Also if the scraps are big enough I would love to have them to make some charity quilts with. Quilts for kids would be loving the quilts I make :) I have two done aready that I need to drop off.

Katrina said...

I love the I DO TOO quilt scraps, I just finished a quilt and it would pair lovely with them to make a scrappy quilt. What a great idea!

elle said...

ooh! a mermaid! I could... But whoa! I have my own scraps to pass on and trading with you won't get either of us moving forward! LOL Great idea.

free indeed said...

I'll copy and paste my comment on the last post. I don't see that I'm deserving of the scaps you have since I don't make charitable quilts very often; but I would enjoy them none the less if you will part with any. I'd like to start cutting into my bins for an apple core and triple irish chain to work on this winter. Your 'step into spring' would add a nice burst of color. I tend to go into toned down and cool colors so some of those warms definately would add interest.
here's the past post:
"I'm just the opposite of you...I continually use the scrap bin to use it up and hate to cut into my yardage. I use that basically for backings or borders. I LOVE scraps! I joined a block lotto for the purpose of using up scraps and it is going well. My sewing lately has been for grandbabies it seems. It's that stage of my life. I have 10 all under six, and that is with only half the kids married (3 of 6). I've only done one donation quilt because I don't have the time to put into it. I gift much of what I make. I could trade you a yard for scraps here and there?"
Shelley

Heidi said...

What a great idea ! I'd love the boyish scraps and would use them for a charity quilt for a foster child ( I'm not quite sure if this is the right expression, I'm talking about kids, whose parents aren't able to care for them and who then live with other familys ).
You encouraged me with your remark about internationl entries :-))
Heidi in very warm Germany

Kristy said...

I bought the book quilting for peace earlier this year and have been making quilts for a number of the organizations listed - to thepoint I'm running out ofmy own scraps!

I'd love to keep going with your scraps if you are happy to send them on....

handmaderetro(at)gmail.com

Melissa said...

Oh, I love scraps! I can't get enough of scraps. At my sewing night people are starting to call me the scrap miser. No one is allowed to throw anything away without first checking with me :) All three sets of these scraps are amazing.

As far as what I would do with them, I have to think. Most of the charity quilts I particiapte in are done on a larger scale when my church request them. (We made 200 quilts for the Haiti disaster :) So I tend not to use scraps for those but make scraps.

However, I have a friend who is expecting twins and I think the heather ross scraps would be adorable for a new twist on a stacked coin quilt I saw recently for the girl and the Wonky Nine Patch would be perfect in the same pattern for the boy. She is on bed rest right now and I think two adorable quilts would just brighten her day :)

This is so sweet of you to pass on your scraps. What a wonderful idea. My favorite thing about a scrap quilt is getting to see all of the other quilts in my mind that I made with those fabrics. How fun to get to see what others have made with your quilt fabrics :)

by Daisy said...

hello!
thank you for the opportunity of winning such a wonderful giveaway.
i would love to get the scraps because i'm looking forward to making my first i-spy quilt and i could really use some. i already have animals, so maybe the guitars or the lava lamps would be handy.
stop by my blog too if you want, because i'm having a giveaway as well.

stitchinpenny said...

I would love to have the hope valley scraps and they would be turned into a quilt for a baby. If I win I would pass the quilt on to the Bumble Beans Basics. I quilt for the fun of it, I am not very good at it, but I think as long as I can afford it I will try to give to people who have a need in some way. I have hope that I will be more able to do that over time.

meri_drake said...

Wonderful idea! I'd make a quilt for a friend that happens to play the guitar, but really does a lot for others...she's very giving of her time. Seems like a perfect thing!

lips said...

Very nice of you to give up your scraps. I am a new quilter. I would love to make for the winter holidays some I spy quilts for some children and/or some lap quilts for older folks. Thank you for the opportunity. Colleen

Annette said...

I love this idea! I'd love those Michael Miller scraps, I'm currently working on a quilt for my sons 7th bday and these would be awesome! There are many things I'd love to do with these scraps. I'm currently loving using scraps to make hexies. 1) A special quilt for my son with the groovy guitar fabrics. He's getting lessons for his bday. 2) Make some bibs, burp cloths and a quilt for my sons SUPER SPECIAL FRENCH teacher. She's expecting in September and he really wants to suprise her with a handmade gift for her little one. He has such a caring heart. Mme.Kilbride you rock!
3. I really want to make a charity quilt for Victoria Quilts and another for my local childrens hospital where my son had open heart surgery. The staff was so warm and caring and I will be forever grateful to them.

It warms my heart to think that a quilt I've made could provide warmth and comfort to another during a trying time in there life.

Kelly said...

Yeah! I can nominate someone else! I would like to nominate my Flickr BFF (yes, we are virtual best friends) Amy. Check out her blog at alliekatmom.blogspot.com. I've won a LOT of giveaways lately--around 10 in the last 2 months. Yes, really. My hubby is in Iraq right now and my friends think this is the universe's way of keeping me happy while he's gone. Anywho! Amy is always the first to congratulate me and get almost as excited as I do about my giveaway wins, but it must seem gosh-darn unfair! Moreover, she just sent me an AWESOME mini quilt made from Anna Maria Horner voile for no other reason except she thought I'd like it! Is she a great friend or what?!?!? I would love for her to receive any of these awesome scraps--if I have to pick one I would say the Heather Ross, but she would be thrilled with any of them! Please, please, please pick Amy! I want to do a happy dance for her for a change! :) I have no idea what she will make with them, but you can rest assured she will blog about it! Thanks so much for your generosity!

Kelly said...

LOL! I just now realized after posting this that she's already entered this giveaway! Too funny!

Nathalie said...

ooh, to win some of the fabric from your wonky 9 patch/i do quilt would be wonderful. Where in the Dallas area do you shop for fabric? I have my favorite places to go when I come for conference, but don't remember seeing hope valley at any of them. Just curious.

Marianna said...

Ooh, I would love the scraps from your On The Road to Spring quilt! I am a beginner, having only made two quilts, so my scrap bin and my "stash" are both somewhat puny.
Both the quilts I've made so far have been made during periods of my grandfather being extremely ill - he is currently very unwell again, and when I get home from (my last ever term at, sob) university next week I will be helping my mama with hospital visits and all the other madness that comes with illness. I want to start another quilt to keep me distracted in the evenings, so your scraps would be used for that! I like being able to look at both of my quilts and see something beautiful (in my opinion) that came out of a really hard time...the next quilt will be continuing that tradition. And I want to try doing some decorative hand quilting...oh, this must be the longest comment ever. Sorry!
Conclusion: Would love the Road to Spring scraps to use in Distraction Quilt III this summer to make life more beautiful and more bearable. I would be delighted to show you the results if you promise to remember I'm a beginner!

Thank you for the chance! Marianna x

maz_wilde (at) hotmail (dot)com

Erin M. said...

I'd love the Hope Valley scraps to make some cards and a patchwork skirt for my girly 5yr old.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

oldbatt said...

I would love to say that I would take the scraps and make them into quilts upon quilts for others more deserving than myself. I would make a quilt to feed the soul of someone in need. I would create incredible works of beauty so someone else could feel fortunate. In reality I would look at them and covet them until I found just the right project. Possibly for myself and possibly for someone else, who knows? I have to say though I am not the most deserving, but I love fabric. Best, Lisa

Emily said...

I love those hope valley scraps. There are lots of cute scrappy-prints-on-a-white-background that I'm dying to make. Maybe one with maverick stars!

Andrea said...

Fabulous! I'm here via the Vintage Sheet Swap on Flickr - *love* your Old/New quilt! I'm most hoping for the brown/gold/blue scraps - I just joined up with Anna Maria Horner's Rainbow Around the Block project to assist families flooded out in Tennessee in May. I am planning to use some of my African fabrics in hopes of adding some cultural meaning to the blocks I make, and these colors would work well together. I'm thinking after looking at your quilt that I should also make some blocks incorporating some vintage sheets - a whole other kind of cultural meaning. Thanks for the giveaway, and the ideas!

Marcia said...

There are so many ideas for quilts in my heart. My grand niece loves mermaids and I do not have any Heather Ross fabrics. Wal-Mart is our largest affordable fabric source. It would be so much fun to make her very own cuddle quilt with those scraps. She just turned 5. For my mother, Hope Valley. She is almost 80 and has unselfishly made quilts for everyone else and charities. I would like to make her a quilt and know she will like the Hope Valley prints. Both my niece is expecting as is my nephew's wife. The last collection would make a cool modern baby quilt. So, any of the groups would find new happy homes as quilts.

Jodi said...

I, too, love scraps. If I win, I will definitely be sharing them with Shurti in India who just won a vintage quilt from Deb of the "Works in Progress" blog:
http://deb-robertson.blogspot.com/ Please check it out. Shurti sounds like she really could use a little help from those of us who have so very much in the USA. I have, previous to entering your giveaway, emailed Shurti to get her address so I can send her some of my fabric. Thanks!

Amy Sp said...

I love the colors in the last set (lava lamps!) and I would use the scraps to make a baby quilt for some online friends. I am a member of a message board full of the greatest women, and I've never met any of them. These women are some of my closest friends. We celebrate exciting news together, and comfort each other in times of stress and pain. I feel so lucky to have them all in my lives. We like to send each other little gifts from time to time, and I think I could make a happy mom or two with those great prints.

Barbara said...

I would love to have the wonky 9 patch scraps! That's a great idea. I might do it on my blog! Thanks so much!! PiecefulDays.SquareSpace.com

Sooz said...

Hi! I'm so happy I stumbled across your blog! I'd love a shot at the Heather Ross scraps, as I am collecting her mermaids to make sister quilts for me and my sister. In 1985 she helped costume me for our home-town's Miss Eelgrass Contest. It's a beauty pageant of sorts, a fund-raiser for the local fishermen. Ladies dress themselves in seaweed and lobsters and fish heads. Hardly beautiful, but very funny. My sister helped design a mermaid persona for me, complete with green skin and scallop shell bra. My legs were made into a tail, I couldn't walk, so I was carried atop a lobster trap by my brothers and friends. I won, we had great fun, and my sister and I are forever bound by mermaid memories.

Thanks for the giveaway! What fun!

Janet said...

Do I deserve your scraps? Probably not. Would I like them? Yes! Like many others I love scraps and seem to make my most inspired quilts from them. I love your Heather Ross scraps the most. I give away almost everything I make - to someone who I think deserves or would love it. I would love to win some of your scraps!

Eileen said...

on the road to spring quilt has colors i love. well...they all do, but i'm SOOOOO hoping my new grandbaby is a girl--due yesterday!! she/he has a big brother who quilt is on the header for my blog. it would be so fun for him, his mommy and daddy to have a little sister/daughter, but we'll be happy to have a boy, too, so i'd have to say the last two quilt scraps would be great, too. how great of you to share such wonderful fabrics. thanks and have a great day!!

Jessica Christensen said...

I'm kind of late. I just barely discovered your blog and have been reading all of your quilting without obligation posts. I love the Heather Ross prints, and I would love to have those scraps of course for myself, but also really for my sister. She has two little baby girls, and she has a great desire to begin sewing and quilting, but it is just not in her budget. Her husband works a factory job, and there just isn't room in her budget for Joann's fabrics let alone designer fabrics. I would love for her to have those to begin a little stash of her own. I've given her a few of my scraps too, but it's not in MY budget to help her build a stash really since my husband recently started a business, and I am not buying fabric right now. I'm just trying to use out of my own stash. Anyway, I probably missed the deadline, but if not, I would LOVE for my sister to be able to have those fabrics. She would LOVE them. Thanks!

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