A Crafter's Life, Studio

The $8 Quilt

Perhaps I should not let you in on a little secret: Occasionally one of our beloved Central Oregon quilt shops has spectacular Scrap Bags for sale for $8. I promised a couple quilting friends I would not reveal which shop (so that everyone does not suddenly get in their car or jump on a plane to rush to Central Oregon to get some of our Scrap Bags!).

A couple weeks ago, while wandering about a certain Central Oregon quilt shop with quilting friends, I found this bag of scraps for sale:

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I have plenty of fabric scraps (most are from my own quilt making or were donated by friends) and normally I do not buy these bags – but it was one of those deals not to be passed up!

The bag was jammed packed with coordinated scraps, apparently from the same fabric line:

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Each scrap was folded/pressed in half. I was curious how wide and long the scraps would be once opened.

Terry the Quilting Husband (TTQH) helped me unfold, press and organize the coordinate scrap collection. Here are the photos of MY HAUL from the $8 scrap bag:

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TTQH was so patient as we sorted the scraps by color/pattern. They took up my entire cutting table and spilled onto my ironing board!

The average size scrap unfolded and pressed measured around 2.5″ x 5″:

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What to do with these scraps? (By the way: Does anyone know what fabric line for these scraps? I am guessing Cotton + Steel or Tula Pink)

Well on my Kindle is a copy of Tula Pink’sΒ 100 Modern Quilt Blocks:

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I flipped through this book to get a feel for the dimensions of the pieces requires to complete the blocks for this sampler and in general they were within the dimensions of the scraps from my $8 bag. I just need a coordinating fabric to fill in when large pieces are needed.

Well I pulled out yardage of “Saffron” Peppered Cotton from my stash that I think will coordinate well with the palette of the scraps:

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It could also serve as a very bold setting fabric for the blocks!

I have so many projects in queue, I am not ready to start this one (for example I still need to finish up my Farm Girl VintageΒ sampler!). So I sorted the scraps into color stacks and packaged up the scraps and put them away in my Project Queue!

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It may be difficult to gauge by the photos but I think there are enough scraps to become a full sampler quilt with the Saffron Peppered Cotton fabric added to the pile! So it would be an $8 quilt (okay I am stretching this idea as I also paid for the Peppered Cotton but just play along, okay?)

Where did these scraps come from? My best guesses are they are either leftovers from a sampler quilt created for the quilt shop; or from cutting kits for the shop. I do not care where they came from, I am just so grateful for them!

(And thanks in advance if any of you recognize the fabric line and can share with the rest of us!)


Postscript

Look at these adorable socks one of my Quilting Sisters gave me.

Hopefully the salty word in the socks does not offend anyone, if so then my sincere apologies.

34 thoughts on “The $8 Quilt”

  1. Nothing beats coordinated scraps! I used to buy those bags before I had any stash to speak of; however they were never coordinated. Sometimes mixing fabric fiber as well as design. Of course that was before the days of quilt shops.

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    1. I know it was quite the find. Last year in a moment of weakness I bought a bag of random scraps and they all just ended up being sorted in my various scraps by color containers and I did not really need them. I just could not pass up this coordinated set! πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, that’s a lot of fabric for $8! Lucky you. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure what I’d do with such a find. I don’t often make purely scrap quilts anymore. (Though you know I love incorporating scraps into parts of mine!) And yes, the saffron is beautiful and will work just right with them.

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    1. Thanks so much and the fabric line might just remain a mystery until I stumble upon similar yardage someday! I googled and saw the socks on Etsy and other places so you should be able to join me in wearing proudly our “Craftiness” on our feet πŸ™‚

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  3. I fear my plane ticket to Oregon to grab one of those scrap bags would push the price of an $8 quilt out of my price range. I love the colors in that bag — what a great score! As a pirate/sailor speaker myself, the socks do not offend πŸ˜‰

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  4. Very awesome scraps, Tierney. What an amazing deal! That a large quantity of goodness (kudos to you guys for sorting them all out), and I really like all the different motifs on the scraps (like the rabbits and the Eiffel towers. Very cool!). These will definitely make for a lovely project. And cool socks! Sometimes, saltiness on socks is called for. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much and for enduring the saltiness πŸ™‚
      I cannot believe how much cool fabric I got from that scrap bag – and yes bunnies mixed with the Eiffel tower should be interesting in a quilt πŸ™‚

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