No Scrap Left Behind Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the No Scrap Left Behind Giveaway! There were lots of great ideas for sorting and using scraps. I enjoyed reading all of them and tried to reply to everyone:)

Mack was napping so I chose a winner. He’s not always reliable. The winner is number 150 of 472.

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Congratulations Chantal!

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Congratulations!!

xx LC

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

Good Neighbors Pincushion Party GIVEAWAY

Today is my stop on the Good Neighbors Pincushion Party! Amanda Jean Nyberg of Crazy Mom Quilts designed a new line of fabric with Connecting Threads. It’s full of fun bright prints! The prints work wonderfully together but also are great stash builders for patchwork. They’re exactly what you’d expect from Amanda Jean’s scrappy style. She has a fabulous blog that you should check out if you haven’t already! Amanda Jean is also one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met:)

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Connecting Threads was kind enough to send out a charm pack to make the pinnie. I decided to use my Cube Pinnie Tutorial and make a scrappy patchwork version. I cut a bunch of  1 1/2″ squares and divided them by value.

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I added SF101 to the back to make it a bit more sturdy. It was a bit more challenging to sew the cube together, but I think it was worth it.

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Here’s my little pincushion! I think it turned out pretty cute. And how fun are those fabrics?!

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The fabrics are perfect for scrappy!

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I used Faux Burlap in Charcoal from Connecting Threads for behind the pocket.

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Now it’s time for the GIVEAWAY! Connecting Threads will send a charm pack to one lucky winner. All you have to do is comment below with your favorite color! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses only. (Sorry to the International folk!) Mack the Chihuahua will choose a winner on Wednesday, September 16 at 10 pm est. And make sure to check out all the other pincushions! There are so many great ones:)

September 1: Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts
September 2: Anna of Noodlehead
September 3: Mary of Mary on Lake Pulaski
September 4: Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
September 5: Debbie of Esch House Quilts
September 6: Holly of Bijou Lovely
September 7: Carla of Grace & Favour
September 8: Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
September 9: Vanessa of V & Co.
September 10: Anna of Thimbleanna
September 11: Krista of Poppy Print Creates
September 12: Erin of Why Not Sew
September 13: Lee of May Chappell <— That’s Me!
September 14: Alex of Teaginny Designs
September 15: Cheryl of Naptime Quilter
September 16: Penny of Sew Take a Hike
September 17: Amy of During Quiet Time
September 18: Debbie of A Quilters Table
September 19: Anne of Spring Leaf Studios
September 20: Melissa of Happy Quilting
September 21: Amber of One Shabby Chick
September 22: Nettie of A Quilt is Nice
September 23: Adrianne of Little Blue Bell
September 24: Cindy of Live a Colorful Life
September 25: Amy of Diary of a Quilter
September 26: Chase of Quarter Inch Mark
September 27: Rene of Rene Creates
September 28: Erin of House on Hill Road
September 29: Nicole of Modern Handcraft
September 30: Teri of Connecting Threads

xo LC