Scrappy makes me happy!

Scrap quilts have always been my favorites – if you peruse my patterns, that’s pretty obvious. Playing in the scrap basket is fun, and satisfying for the Frugal Yankee in me.

Did you ever notice, though, what happens to the volume of fabric in the basket after making a scrap quilt? Instead of the level in the basket going DOWN, it goes UP?!? Maybe all that stirring and pawing fluffs it up, like making whipped cream.

This is why I advocate a scrap organization system that gets your overflowing basket under control, by cutting up the wrinkly mess into usable strips and squares, in specific sizes that work for your projects. Notice I said that I advocate the system – that is not to say that I always adhere to it!!

You see, when you make stuff, the scrap basket never gets truly empty, and if you don’t watch out and tend it regularly, it will overflow again like last year’s pumpkin patch. So every once in a while I tackle the basket’s contents with the iron and the rotary cutter, and whip it into shape. It’s obviously time for me to do that again.

Here are some examples of the scrap organization system in action:

Do you have an unruly scrap basket? Maybe you just need a new pattern to help you use up some, and maybe I can help…

Want to try your hand at one of my patterns, but just can’t wait for a paper pattern to come through the mail? You can download one right now from, where scrappy quilts are featured this week!

From April 29 – May 5, take 10% off the price of scrappy quilt patterns
by using discount code SCRAPPY2014 (all caps) from

By the way, I love to see and share pictures of your versions of my patterns. And don’t worry about quilts not being completed – pictures of tops, or even just work-in-progress are just as good!

Thanks for stopping by!