No Scrap Left Behind GIVEAWAY 

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Today is my stop on the No Scrap Left Behind blog hop! No Scrap Left Behind is the latest book from the uber talented Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts fame. Her first book Sunday Morning Quilts, written with Cheryl Arkison, is a must have for any quilter’s library. And No Scrap Left Behind is sure to become a go-to book as well! It was tough to choose which project to make, but I immediately loved Mini Nines! I decided to make placemat versions of the pattern. Make sure you don’t miss the GIVEAWAY at the end of the post:)

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This is some tiny town piecing. T-I-N-Y T-O-W-N. For reals. You have to cut very carefully and piece just as carefully. Amanda Jean has some great ideas for getting started on this project! I wanted mine to be super scrappy so I didn’t strip piece as she suggests, but I did take her suggestion by cutting longer than was needed and trimming. 

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I used a mixture of bright blues, aquas, greens and limes mixed with low volume background pieces in greys. I ended up editing out some of these because the scale of the print was too large for the finished sizes of the pieces.

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It was fun to play around with the block arrangement! I made twelve blocks per placemat, six light border and six color border.

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Voila! Two placemats! I’m going to put them in my breakfast nook, but the lighting is not too great on rainy days (it’s been raining for days…), so here they are on the living room floor. 

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They are all things scrapalicious! I used quite a few favorite fabrics which makes me happy on scrappy projects.

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I went with simple quilting 1/4″ from the seams on both sides. I used Aurifil 50 wt in 2010 because I wanted to quilting to be subtle.

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For the binding and backing, I used Robert Kaufman Essex Linen in Lime. I love the backs too! I decided not to put on a label so the mats are two-sided.

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The linen binding felt bulky while hand stitching it, but looks great from the back and front! I think it was more awkward because it was different.

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Obviously, Amanda Jean is all about the scraps! The book is full of ideas and tips for sorting and storing your scraps and most importantly USING them! She asked us to share a bit about our scrap storage. I sort into large glass jars. I have a pure color jar, a little bit of grey jar and a muddy color jar. Scraps look best when you are using similar color types, so this works best for me. Plus, if I am seeking a specific color, it’s easy to look through the glass and find the color I need. I save anything from 2×2″ to just under a fat quarter in the jars.

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My pure color jar is always the one that is overflowing! As soon as the jar is full, it’s time to whip up something scrappy and fun. These jars are the only scraps I keep. If I make a quilt with a full line of fabric, I pull out the scraps I love to put in my jars. I bundle the rest and gift them at guild. If I have a whole quilt in a fabric line, I’m usually “done” with that fabric in my mind. 

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It’s GIVEAWAY time! I’m giving away a copy of No Scrap Left Behind! If you are a winner and you live with in the US, you will receive a hard copy of the book. If you live outside the US, you will receive a digital copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite scrap using tip! One entry per person pleasae. Entries open through May 6! <UPDATE> Entries closed. Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner using the random number generator!!

Spoiler alert, there’s a chance to win at each stop of the blog tour. Make sure you check it out and enter for many chances to win!
Monday, April 24: Mary Kolb
Tuesday, April 25: Lee Monroe <— That’s me! You’re here!!
Wednesday, April 26: Sandi Hazlewood
Thursday, April 27: Bernie Kringel
Friday, April 28: Erin Cox
Monday, May 1: Katherine Greaves
Tuesday, May 2: Tracy Mooney
Wednesday, May 3: Cheryl Arkison
Thursday, May 4: Debbie Jeske
Friday, May 5: Amy Smart

Go use those scraps! Or at least pet them and dream up a fun project!!

xx LC

473 thoughts on “No Scrap Left Behind GIVEAWAY 

  1. I love your cute placemats! And I would love to get that book! I need something to justify all the tiny scraps I couldn’t bear to throw away over the 20 years I’ve been sewing! :)

  2. I keep small scraps right next to my machine and use them as “leader-enders” for any project I am working on. I toss the “twosies” in a small box, then sew “foursies” together. In this way I build slabs that are going into my Scrap Vortex quilt that was inspired by Amanda Jean’s quilt on her blog and Instagram. I make all my slabs 10′ across in one dimension. I am hoping that this will make sewing them together easier when the time comes.

  3. I love collecting scraps as I am a beginner quilter and love all the bright colors I put my fabrics in clear small storage boxes

  4. Thanks so much for your tips. It’s also interesting to see how people store and use their scraps. I’m glad that you learned about strip piecing. You were brave to sew 1″ pieces together!!

  5. I love that you felt you could do placemats and not an entire quilt. Wonderful idea when you just want to try something out before making a big commitment. Beautiful colors too!

  6. Great placemats – I love to work with 1 1/2″ for my 9 patches but these 1″ ones are a must try. I have a big round old hat box that I throw my 1/2 sq. triangles into and still trying to decide what fabulous pattern I will use them in

  7. I LOVED Amanda’s first book and am excited about her second book!!!! I have my scraps organized by color….and sizes in small plastic tubs! As soon as one quilt project is done- I cut up the leftover scraps into usable squares and strips!
    Your placemats are awesome! Love the color way you selected!

  8. I have lots of tiny scraps. Your placemats would be a good project to try.so far I’m more of a saver. My tip – use ‘me, don’t hoard ’em!

  9. It’s just now May 6th! Glad I saw your post on this. What fun projects in this book. My tip would be to limit the number of projects you work on, so you can manage the scraps and stash! I have too much so really need to get sewing on new projects designed for scraps so I don’t feel badly about using my in-house fabric stash! Thanks so much for the chance!

  10. Depending on the size, the scraps go either into a bag that I use to make a string quilt or a box in keep the I use for leaders and enders. I’m trying to use the leaders and enders more as blocks and incorporating them into other quilts.

  11. I’m love all the scrap storage tips. I definitely need a new system. My best scrap tip is just use them. I’ve made a lot of string blocks with my scraps and now I’m going to start making slab blocks.

  12. I have three different scrap jars: one for black, white and greys, one for red, orange, yellow and pink and one for green, blue, and purples.

  13. I love your Mini Nines placemats and all your beautifully colored scraps. Thanks for the giveaway and the inspiration!

  14. I just have a box with all of my scraps in it and I pull them out as I go when making a string quilt or something with any kind of scraps

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