Book Review and Giveaway: The Thrifty Quilter

The Thrifty Quilter

Making (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric

by Anne Wiens

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“If you quilt, have you scraps. Lots of scraps.
Mountains of scraps.”       —Anne Wiens

Anne Wiens is a creative thinker who makes scrap quilts using a smart, simple system for cutting and using leftover fabrics. The Thrifty Quilter (2010, presents the scrap system along with 80 blocks, numerous setting options, and yardage charts for quilt sizes from crib to king.

 Book Review and Giveaway: The Thrifty Quilter

My Overflowing Scrap Basket, original block by Anne Wiens

A color gallery of quilts by Anne and others further expands the possibilities, which are infinite. Who doesn’t need help organizing and actually using their fabrics? The Thrifty Quilter system will have your scraps and leftovers organized and quickly turned into colorful quilts for the people you love—or into donation quilts for charitable groups.

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Don’t let the word “system” scare you. It’s just three patches: two squares and a rectangle. In the book, Anne gives them in two sizes, for a total of six patches. They can be turned into an unbelievable number of blocks and quilts—all from the fabrics you already own.

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Thinking of the small set, you’d have these:

• 2.5″ square
• 4.5″ square
• 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle

The large set would have these:

• 3.5″ square
• 6.5″ square
• 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangle

The Thrifty Quilter gives the patch threesome in the sizes listed above, but in a brilliant turn, Anne explains that you can make the patches in other sizes too. Your blocks will be smaller or larger accordingly. Get the complete scoop on Anne’s Seams Like a Plan blog.

I’d been familiar with Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System, so I asked Anne what the difference was. She answered that her own system is more focused, and I find that to be true. Bonnie’s system uses strips and bricks and more sizes of each. Anne’s system is just two squares and one rectangle, in whatever sizes you choose.

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Anne Wiens

Anne is a member of Quiltmaker’s 2013 Scrap Squad. We recommend her little gem of a book to anyone interested in organizing and using their scraps to make great quilts. The Thrifty Quilters group on Facebook is open to anyone, so you’ll want to check that out too. Anne regularly shares new ideas and design insights on her Seams Like a Plan blog and in the Facebook group.

Let’s have a giveaway. For your chance to win a copy of The Thrifty Quilter, leave a comment below before the end of Thursday, Jan. 23. I’ll draw for a random winner and send it to you. You’ll love it!

The winner of this giveaway is Mom C who has been contacted. Thanks for all the great comments and Happy Scrapping!

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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691 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Thrifty Quilter

  1. Pat D. says:

    I could sure use this book! I enjoy the scrappy look and I could maybe get my stash down a bit. I have a year until Christmas (almost) and if I start now I may have several lap quilts done to give a gifts. My family would be quite impressed!
    Thanks for this great giveaway !

  2. Genee Davis says:

    I’m a huge fan of Bonnie Hunter! I must thank my FIF sister Amy Caldwell for showing me this! I’d love to organize my scraps more and can’t wait to get this book and follow her along….With Organized scraps! Going to go and “like” her Facebook page now! :-)

  3. collette mcmanus says:

    Thanks for the info on new scrap ideas…and for the giveaway!

  4. v dale says:

    Boy, do I ever need a book like this! Have lots of leftover fabric!!!

  5. Angela Neff says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  6. i would really love to win it, thanks for the chance

  7. kathy says:

    Anne’s fabric cuts sound very doable, and her resulting projects are testimony to her ideas. The book would be great to have. K

  8. Hazel Dickinson says:

    I make most of my quilts from others leftovers but the scarps of scraps are harder to use up. This would really come in handy for my quilting

  9. Janelle Celander says:

    I would really love to win this book . I have big box of scraps that I need to get used up, so it would be perfect.

  10. Sharon Hudson says:

    This book is right up my ally, I have a lot of scrapes and love making scrape quilts ,thank you for this chance to win this book.

  11. Amy Caldwell says:

    I was given a box of scraps and have been trying to figure out a way to use them. This book would be awesome to win. Thanks for the chance. :)

  12. Belinda Wright says:

    ooooh! that’s just what I need! my goal this year is to get rid of a BUNCH of scraps of fabric that have been collecting for YEARS! looking for ideas… Thanks for the chance!

  13. I would love to learn more about quilting. I think this would give me some good guidance. I have only made 2 quilts so far. I have one ready to put together.

  14. Pat H says:

    This looks like a great system for all those scraps I can’t part with!

  15. Janet Crossman says:

    I do have my stash in order according to “Bonnie” but, I find I have a lot of pieces I rarely ever use. Would love to have this book, perhaps it is better suited to me.

  16. carmen mays says:

    This book sounds great and I would love a chance to win.

  17. Barbi Vogel says:

    Being that my goal this year is to make dozens of scrap quilts and organize the stash I have been building since 1986. This book will be an awesome way to start organizing the small stuff. (anything smaller than a FQ) I will now start the process by creating the bins for each color family in two sizes small and large. This will be “sew” much fun…..

  18. Margareth says:

    Fabulous idea would luv this book on my library shelf

  19. Laura filbeck says:

    This looks like a great book. Thank you for your hard work.

  20. Margareth says:

    What a fabulous idea.

  21. Doris Bone says:

    I would love to win this quilt. I have a lot of scraps and so have them organized similar to Ann’s but would love here system also.

  22. Kay Landerdahl says:

    My parents were married in 1930 and my mother spent basically her whole life dedicated to not wasting anything she could possibly use. Consequently, I have a large collection of fabric scraps because she taught me well how to be thrifty!!! I need all the help I can get trying to live up to her example (and convince my husband that I am really TRYING to find ways to use all that fabric!!!) This book looks like a winner!

  23. Susan in OK says:

    This is a terrific idea – use what you have. I need a focus. I don’t have strips. I have squares, rectangles, and triangles. This is a lady after my heart. These would make great donation blocks/quilts. My guild makes quilts for needy babies and toddlers and even teens.

  24. Eileen Hubl says:

    I would love to win this book!!

  25. Eileen Hubl says:

    I would love to win this book…Would make scrap quilts for grand babies!!!

  26. Tami Chaulk says:

    I would love to win a copy of Making (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric! This is such a wonderful giveaway! Thanks!!

  27. Connie Wood says:

    This book looks like a perfect solution to all my scraps.

  28. Leanne says:

    I love scrap quilts, so this would be a great win! Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Melva Nolan says:

    I have been part of the TQ fb group. This would be a great book to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. JudiC says:

    I have lots of scraps & would love to win your book

  31. Sarah says:

    This looks incredible! I am new to quilting and always looking for ways to make blocks from all of my fabric scraps from other projects!

  32. Tammy says:

    Sounds like a book that every quilter should have.

  33. lynette hilgers says:

    Would love the book! I’d like to make those mountains of scraps go down!

  34. Kathy Elamon says:

    Would love to win this book! Always need help using scraps.

  35. Deanna Parker says:

    I would love to receive this book to learn how to organize my scraps so that I know what I have and how to use them to make beautiful quilts rather than having beautiful fabric scraps unused in a tote.

  36. Kim Seymour says:

    Your blog and FB page are very inspiring. I’m looking forward it using my scraps with your system! Great ideas and more quilts

  37. Gloria Twiggs says:

    I lost 3 nephews to PTSD and want to make more guerney size quilts for “The Wounded Warrior Project. Thank you for your consideration.

  38. robin says:

    I could use this book! Thanks!

  39. Marilyn S says:

    I love the idea of using what you have and making some amazing blocks and designs at the same time. I sure would love to win and work through some of the fabrics I acquired over the past few years. Thanks for a great giveaway!!

  40. Kathy Burns says:

    A very dear friend has recommended this book to me. As I work at organizing my sewing space I’m making a pile of scraps to start using this method. I can’t wait to start some of those beautiful quilts from the book. Thank you for sharing what you do so well.

  41. Lucinda says:

    Sounds like a very useful book!

  42. Pauline says:

    I spent months, yes, months, organizing my scrap stash and now sit here with all these wonderful pieces and have absolutely no idea of what to do with them. All the pieces came from specific projects but I had no thought of what I’d do with the leftovers, wasn’t planning on there being many leftovers. I’ve forbidden myself to buy any new fabrics until I make a dent in what I have. I need help sooooooo badly!!!!!

  43. Janet says:

    Seems like most everything I am doing lately in retirement comes out of my stash. I would love to organize some of it in a different way. Thanks for the giveaway.

  44. Nathan and Laurie says:

    Hi! We would love to have your book! Looks great!

  45. Laura says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been looking for a way to organize my scraps. Thanks for the chance!

  46. Rhonda says:

    Oh how I would love this book! I so need to get organized, and really need a very simple and focused way of doing it! Thank you for the chance to win this book!!!

  47. Trixie Comfort says:

    I have tons of fabric that I am not using and I would love to cut it all up and make scrappy quilts out of them. I would love to win your book to help me do this by using your patterns. Thanks Trixie

  48. I love scrap quilts! The scrappier the better. I had a bunch of squares and rectangles cut~ then dug into them for a project and haven’t cut anymore since- I really need some inspiration to get back to cutting those scraps! Thanks for the chance!

  49. Mary Jane Plemons says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. I’d like to own a copy very much. I really like the concept.

  50. Kathy says:

    I really need to get my fabric and scraps organized so I can use them. I’d love to learn more bout this system and read the book.

  51. CindyD says:

    Love this idea! My goal this year is to make all scrappy quilts.

  52. Kathy says:

    I really need to organize my fabric and scraps so I can use them… I would love to learn more from this book and system

  53. I love this simple concept and would love to win this book so I could put it to good use. I have TONS of scrap fabric!!!

  54. Carol Vickers says:

    This looks like a wonderful book. My scraps and I would love it!

  55. Susan Blumenshein says:

    Oh My Goodness! I need help and direction with my scrap mountain(s). Would love to win this and I would really use it! (My husband would REALLY love it…)

  56. Kathy Beach says:

    Very good idea! Love the scrappy quilts.

  57. Joyce Denning says:

    My house is overflowing with scraps. I need direction! I’m frugal by necessity, so using scraps efficiently will keep me happy with my quilting hobby for a very long time.

  58. Cindy L says:

    Great book! Looks like fun and something to share

  59. Mary Ann Cooper says:

    Not only would I love to win the book, but, I NEED the book.

  60. Linda S says:

    Would love a chance to win this book. Definitely need some inspiration for an easy plan to use of all the scraps accumulating around here. I am just never sure what to do with them. Thanks for the chance. dragonfly9716(at)yahoo(dot)com

  61. Maureen Narimatsu says:

    This would be a great asset for our Quilts of Valor group, we are always looking for ways to stretch our fabric.

  62. Renata says:

    This would help with my scrap piles.

  63. Susan says:

    Love scrappy quilts and have a lot of scraps, somewhere in my sewing room (I know they’re there, just hiding from me!)… Love the idea of only 3 patches!

  64. Anita Balgenorth says:

    Great idea -love the idea of two sets to make so many different blocks. Would love to win the book!

  65. Kim Lantis says:

    I have soooo many scraps here in a bin I can’t get the lid down. This book would help the lid off situation alot. Looks like an awesome book. Please help this fabric scraps hoarding situation.

  66. Lisa says:

    It seems like a manageable system. I’d be interested in the book to give it a try.

  67. Mary Ellen says:

    Love making things from scraps. I am very interested in her “focused” approach.

  68. Charleen says:

    I’d like to try this method and see if I can use of those scraps. Thanks for the opoportunity.

  69. Carole Diehl says:

    Would love to have this book!

  70. Marge says:

    I love quilting, I make culottes for our young ladies and ladies at church so I have tons of fabric pieces.How much fun could I have doing things like the different size shapes.

  71. Janet Barnet says:

    I love the idea of using my scraps. I can’t wait to see here plan.

  72. Deb Nydegger says:

    Lots of scraps………this sounds interesting! Would love to win, thanks for the chance!

  73. Laurel Lee Pedersen says:

    This would be lovely to have and learn this system!

  74. Jan says:

    I have plenty of scraps that need a destination. This looks good to me.

  75. Shirley in Canada says:

    oh would love a chance to own this book before I start cutting all my scrap stash up! Thank you!!

  76. kbo says:

    ONE of my 2014 resolutions is to tame my stash. What a better way to reorganize and sew a variety of blocks.

  77. Louise says:

    Scrap quilts are my favorites!! Wonderful ideas in this book. Always love new ideas on how to keep a handle on my fabric remnants!

  78. Susan Coleman says:

    I am always looking for new ways to use up all of my scraps! I donate quite a few quilts to charities but still like them to be pretty and have some sort of pattern to them. This system looks EASY and FUN! Would love to win a book on this cold snowy winter day!

  79. Anne-Marie Dupuis says:

    I’d love to receive this book if it can help me get rid of some of my scraps, and the great ideas of what I could do in quilting. Thanks for the chance.

  80. Myra Sattler says:

    Seems like I have a ton of scraps and never know how to cut them to use them for the best blocks. I need that book to help me use up some of my stash.

  81. Marlo Raub says:

    Working on a scrap quilt now. Had two different squares sitting on my table kept looking at them. Finally decided to cut the black squares to match the multi colored squares. And away I go. Ready to piece.

  82. Jana Leuschen says:

    I have tons of scraps! Would love to find a quick easy way to use them

  83. Lois G says:

    I have a lot of scraps that need a system!

  84. Annette Varcoe says:

    I love the idea of having a system to use up scraps – I have a lot of them and I’d like to do something with them….

  85. Daynora says:

    I would love the book, to get some ideas as to how to use up some scraps!

  86. Kitty says:

    I’d love to get my scraps organized. This book sounds great.

  87. Subee says:

    I use Bonnie’s scrap user system. I also have other units really close to what this book does teach. Fabric is so pricey now that my stash has tripled in value if not in size!
    XOXOXO Subee

  88. Sunnybec says:

    This looks a really lovely book. Thank you for the chance to win it. Linda

  89. Elizabeth_T says:

    Have been saving scraps for a while now and would love to have this to help me get them organized and used up :)

  90. Barb Johnson says:

    I have Ann’s book on my wish list! I’m always looking for a better way to organize and use my scraps! When I first started quilting, the “Nickel Quilt” books were all the rage, so I started collecting and swapping 5 inch squares. That was great for a time, then I realized that there were lots of things that you can’t do with 5 inch squares. About that time, I found Bonnie Hunter’s “Quiltville” blog, and started cutting my scraps into strips wherever feasible. So now I have a couple of boxes full of nickels and a couple of drawers full of strips. And because I can’t stand to waste anything, I’ve been cutting my leftovers into squares and rectangles in 1/2 inch increments. So I’ve got squares from 1 1/2 to 5 inches. Most of my rectangles are 5 inches by whatever because they are left from when I was cutting yardage to nickels. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens after I read Ann’s book, LOL! I may need to buy some more containers…

  91. Sue says:

    LOVE ‘scrappy’ quilts because I feel so much better about having SOMETHING useful to do with those leftover pieces from other projects! And they’re so colorful too!

  92. Doris Gardner says:

    There is NEVER a shortage of scraps for me! This seems like a great way to try to control them. Thanks!

  93. patricia wieck says:

    Every quilt I have made has been from scraps
    I buy remnants and scraps from thrift stores. I am looking forward to seeing some new inspirations.

  94. Linda Zumwalt says:

    I have only been quilting for a few years but already the scraps are getting out of control. I need a system and Anne’s system sounds great. I would love to win her book and start using the system.

  95. Leslie Hassmann says:

    I have a lot of scraps that fellow quilters have given to me. Your book looks like it would be a wonderful way to convert my scrap stash into useful quilts to gift and donate! Thanks for giving away a copy :)

  96. Susan Slovinsky says:

    I think even I could follow this one and would love to use up the scraps :)

  97. beverly says:

    Always looking for new ways to use up my scrap pile

  98. I think this is a perfect book for those of us that Have so many scraps. Can’t wait to see it. Could really use this book!

  99. Connie Higgins says:

    Love, love, love…scrap quilts!

  100. Connie Higgins says:

    Love, Love , Love scrap quilts!!!!

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