Review: Quilts for Scrap Lovers

When Judy Gauthier asked me to be part of the online tour for her new book, Quilts for Scrap Lovers, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. I have a love-hate relationship with my fabric scraps. I love to find uses for them but they’re weird sizes and — because I make a lot of garments — often they are oddly shaped.


Yet I can’t seem to stop saving them, to the point that my color-coded scrap bins are stuffed to the brim. And don’t even ask about the tubs full of scraps from my three books that I keep thinking I’ll turn into the most epic scrap quilt ever.

I finally had a chance to dig into the ebook for Judy’s book while traveling to and from Quilt Market and I knew this was the book for me. All the challenges I’ve encountered with my own scraps? She gets it and she tells you how to deal with them. She’s not afraid to tell you what she’s done wrong, too, which I love, like admitting that cutting her scraps into certain size pieces without a plan made things way too hard.

I found myself nodding my head and occasionally commenting out loud in agreement (sorry, nice lady in the seat next to me on the plane!) to things like, “You can’t go wrong if it makes you happy when you look at it.”

She breaks up the pieces into three sizes of templates (the acrylic templates are sold separately; you can also use acrylic rulers, template plastic or even cardboard to make the templates). Position the templates and cut, then reposition and cut again until all the usable fabric has been turned into pieces that are ready to turn into amazing scrap quilts.

Judy talks about mixing old and new fabrics, color, value, bias edges, balancing quilt layouts and more before showcasing 16 quilt designs that use actual scraps. Some of the quilts require background fabric but even those backgrounds could be made with something like a variety of white-on-white fabric scraps to really go scrap crazy.

While I read through the projects, I was mentally flipping through my inventory of scraps, plotting which quilt I would make first. I’m pretty sure the cover quilt, Sunshine and Shadows, is near the top of the list. But it’ll have to wait until I’ve made Hugs and Kisses:


I just love this quilt! And I can totally see making it in a mix of pinks and aquas, which are two colors I have more scraps than I can manage!

Be sure to check out the other folks taking part in the book tour:

Mary Abreu Nov. 3 <– that’s me!
Diane Knott Nov. 4
Kim Lapacek Nov. 5
And now for the fun part: You can win your very own copy of Quilts for Scrap Lovers! Comment below with your favorite tips for organizing scraps and you’re entered to win. Winner will be chosen via on Monday, Nov. 7.

41 Replies to “Review: Quilts for Scrap Lovers”

  1. I definitely could use this book. I organize my scraps from 1″ to 7 1/2 ” – the rest usually stay till they too are ‘whittled’ down to size. I make log cabin block quilts and rail fence block quilts with these and we like to use them for our ‘beach quilts’. I have really tried to stop saving my 1″ scraps, but do you know how hard it is to even throw those out :)? Thank you for this giveaway chance!!

  2. I really need this book! My scrap collection is getting too plentiful! Just can’t throw anything out

  3. This book will be a very useful addition to my library and help me to use some of my 39+ year collection of scraps!

  4. I cut my scraps into strips and squares, storing them in bins according to size. I would love to read this book and tweak my system. Templates sound very helpful too! Thanls for the giveaway!

  5. My scraps end up in a bin, not very organized. I don’t cut as I want to be able to make the best use of the fabric when I do decide what to make. Thank you for wonderful giveaway.

  6. Wow…I would love this book! I am a scrap lover of every size, color and shape and they stick with me until they make it into a project forever! Sadly, I don’t have an organizational tip other than let them mingle happily in a few baskets. The baskets are very colorful!

  7. My scraps are scattered – I need a system! It’s a good thing I haven’t been piecing & quilting too long or I’d be overrun by scraps! 🙂

  8. I save scraps by sizes in squares that I use most often like 2 1/2″, 3 1/2″, 4, 5″). I love making 9 patch blocks and all my scrappy strips are color coded in Ziploc baggies – the big ones. I have plenty to make any of the quilts in this new book.

  9. Thanks for the chance! I think this book would be really useful to me.

    I few years back I took a bunch of yardage and cut into the sizes recommended by Bonnie Hunter. It has been nice to pull those squares for different projects, but the strips are still unused for the most part. So I guess I need more squares!

    I took the smaller pieces and pressed them and hung on hangers by color, that was nice when I was doing paper piecing. Just this month though I took the fabrics and put into boxes by color. So I have a drawer for larger pieces by color, and now the box with the smaller pieces by color.

    I haven’t really been doing any sewing though, just moving stuff around!

    So a book would be good inspiration! Thanks the chance!

  10. Currently I have my scraps cut in strips and squares and then sorted by size into plastic shoe boxes.

  11. Organizing scraps? I’m not sure I have any experience with that! Well, okay, I do have a small bag of leftover 2 1/2″ squares and a stack of 5″ squares, but mostly my scraps are in chaos. I do use them, but it is a hit or miss thing. This book looks like a good one to give me ideas to make the most of all the gorgeous leftovers. I love the look of scrap quilts.

  12. I haven’t been sewing very long and don’t have a lot of scraps yet so they are all together in a small box.

  13. I try to divide them by color. I put them in matching containers. Love how it looks. I would love to have this book. So fun. Thanks

  14. I don’t have enough scraps to have a system yet, but I like the idea of cutting the scraps into strips, squares, etc. and keeping different sizes in different labeled containers.

  15. I sort my selvages in one basket. I have 2 1/2, 1 1/2 cut strips. The goal is to divide these into lights and darks but not yet. I have squares, 10 inch, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2 1/2, 2 inch each in a category.

    Each set is in its own basket.

  16. I have the most success organizing my scraps when I do it as I go–put them in the “color” tubs after I complete a project, for example, rather than in a huge tub and then hope to divide them up later.

  17. I sort by color into large baggies and then I have a massive cut out session once a year and cut into strips or squares depending on my project. I usually do a scrap quilt each Thanksgiving – gives me something to do while the turkey is cooking!!!

  18. I store my scraps in shoe box size plastic tubs. I use the Thrifty Quilter’s method of cutting scraps. I do also have boxes that are sorted by color, but not cut yet.

  19. I don’t have that many scraps yet, so they’re all jumbled together in a couple of drawers. Someday I’ll get organizes :)ha!

  20. My scraps are in shoe boxes. I try to keep them somewhat organized by color. Boxes are labelled and stacked. There are days I feel frustrated and feel like I should get rid of them, but when I find the perfect scrap for a small appliqued project, I do a happy dance.

  21. You mean there is really something called scrap organization? I do cut precut sizes that I use most often like 2.5″, 1.5″, 5″ strips and charms. The rest are in tubs, see through plastic bags and bins. I do try to keep the scrap strips together but I do not organize by color as so many do.

    The book is a great addition for any scrap quilt lovers of which I am one. It would be a good additiona to any quilter’s library.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  22. I sort my scraps in a couple of different ways. I have labeled a box for each of my favorite designers, and I put scraps of any color into that box… all of the fabrics work so well together that it’s not necessary to sort by color. For all the rest of my fabric, I use a different box for each color.

  23. I have my scraps organized by size but think size and then color would be better. I toss scraps that are not cut into convenient sizes into a common tub. I cut them and sort while watching TV.

  24. When I finish a project I put the odd shaped scraps into a bin; a shoe box sized bin. When the bin is full but not stuffed, I spend an evening cutting those scraps into 2″ squares, 2 1/2″ squares, 3 1/2″ squares, 5″ charms—whatever best suits the scrap. If there is enough fabric for a 2″ strip or 2 1/2 strip 10 inches or longer I cut those too. Any strips that can be cut 1″ to 1 7/8″ go into a bucket for strip blocks which I sew up right away. Even tinier scraps suitable for applique go into another bin. I have a lot of scraps.

  25. My method to organize scraps isn’t working. I stuff them all in a large plastic storage box with a lid.

  26. I try to cut my scraps as I go. I cut them into 1 1/2 inch squares up to 31/2 inch squares and any size strip that I can get. I then store them in clear containers. Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. I use plastic shoeboxes and organize scraps by color, a couple times a year. In the meantime they are in a disorganized pile in a big basket. I love making scrap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win!

  28. When I made clothes I rewrapped my scraps into rolls and just stored them in boxes, but now I’m making quilts and have smaller bits of fabric left. I store FQ and larger by color and the smaller bits in several waste baskets by selvages, triangles, strips, tiny bits for a confetti quilt (someday). I’d love to read her tips and see how to make the best use of these bits.

  29. Sometimes it seems I have as many ways to organize scraps as I have scraps! I have some sorted by color, some are by size squares, some are strips, etc. I am trying to use them but they multiply as fast as I sew them, it seems. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. If I have left over scraps from a project that have already been ironed, I cut them up into usable sizes (strips, 6.5″ squares, 2.5″ squares, triangles, etc.) and store them by size. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  31. I look forward to reading this book and learning some scrap management! Thanks for the chance to win.
    jlpfeffer at gmail dot com

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