S is for Scraps - 18 Great Quilts

by Gayle Bong
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Give your scraps a place to shine! With striking styles that move beyond basic strips and squares, Gayle Bong speaks directly to what many quilters struggle with: how to select fabric for a scrap quilt.

  • Gather inspiration from 18 delightful designs with traditional flavor
  • Look at scraps by character, color, and contrast, and pinpoint the types that work well with each pattern
  • Learn Gayle's Twin Peaks and Thirtysomething piecing techniques

by Gayle Bong
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
November 9th, 2010

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Review from Kelly Jackson, ihaveanotion.com

The scrap table at my guild meeting is always full of free fabric. Does your group or guild have a free table at their meetings? If not, you might want to consider starting one. I am always marveling at the free fabrics that return to the guild meeting for show and tell after they have been transformed into beautiful quilts. S is for Scraps: 18 Great Quilts made me think of all of those transformed beauties, so I had to see what Gayle had to say about scraps.

When I read a quilting book, the first thing I notice is how the person writes. When I am reading I want to feel like I can almost hear the person speaking to me. More of a conversation than a recipe is my preference. Gayle has done just that. Her writing style is personal and informative.  She has provided lots of tips for organizing your scraps and a variety of ways to consider grouping your fabrics for a project.

Joy in the Morning is an example of what I would consider to be a easy project that would make a lovely quilt for almost any occasion, including charity quilts. I can't share how Gayle recommends putting this pretty pattern together but I can tell you that it goes together very nicely and Gayle has given you plenty of good directions and diagrams. There are 17 other patterns that work very well for using up scraps. S is for Scraps would be a great addition to everyone's quilt reference library.

Review from Barbara Rhoades, Amazon.com Top 500 Reviewer

Is your scrap bag overflowing? Haven’t a clue what to do to escape it? Then grab a copy of this book and your problem is solved. While some require you to have several larger pieces of scrap, the others are truly scraps! Just look through the book and find the ones that suit your scrap bag.

The 18 quilts are made using half-square triangles, squares, rectangles, diamonds and rectangles. They range from simple piecing to inset piecing. The colors of your finished projects will depend on your scrap bag.

The first section is the basic quilting tips and is followed by well written instructions for each project. A colorful photo, finished quilt and block sizes and the materials and cutting lists are next. A small blurb is given about the project and graphics help you along so you know you are on the right path. There are real quilting suggestions rather than the dreaded "quilt as desired."

The last page is a short bio and two URLs where you can find more information. This book will definitely give your scrap bag a run for its money.

Gayle Bong

Designer Gayle Bong first learned to sew by watching her mother. By ninth grade, she was making most of her own clothes. Designing quilts and writing patterns come naturally to Gayle, who has always been attracted to geometric patterns, fabric, math, puzzles, and writing. She has authored several quiltmaking books and teaches her techniques at quilt shows and guilds across the United States.

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