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. QuiltinGram says:

    Shoulda had this book when I started over 25yrs ago! Thx for chance to win!

  2. Elizabeth Wilcox says:

    I like all sewers have ever so many scraps and I am always looking for ways to use them.

  3. Carol Nance says:

    I favor the look of scrap quilts. Like the old adage waste not want not. Appreciate the opportunity to win Thrifty Quilter by Anne Wiens

  4. Connie Epp says:

    I’ve done a lot of craft sewing through the years. I recently started piecing quilts and have a small stash of scraps, so the book would help be start organizing them. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  5. Cathy Koester says:

    What quilter doesn’t need a system for scraps?

  6. Jennifer Culver says:

    I would love a system to use those bits and pieces. The fabrics are just too lovely to discard!

  7. Kate says:

    I haven’t made enough quilts yet to have many scraps, so I need this book to learn how to manage everything correctly from the beginning!

  8. Iris says:

    I own a ton of scraps, bits & pieces. Quite new to quilting, I can’t figure out what to do with them. This book could be an answer, thanks for the chance to win

  9. Jacquie B says:

    Great system, would love to have this book.

  10. dalena says:

    ive got bags of scrap material love the look and versatility of scrap quilts. i am always on the lookout for new and better ideas. hope i can add your book to my collection.

  11. Mary says:

    I have a ton of scraps and not sure what to do with them all. Looking for a book like this. Thank you

  12. Pauline Sawatsky says:

    The longer I quilt, the more I love scrap quilts and I have plenty of scraps. Would love to browse through your book. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Pat Smith says:

    I have two big bins of scraps I would love to do something with. This book would be great to have!

  14. Catherine Dewoody says:

    My scrap pile grows and grows. This book would give me a great starting point

  15. KT says:

    Looks great–I loved her scrap squad quilts!

  16. Catherine Dewoody says:

    My scrap bag grows and grows. I could use some awesome ideas to use them up. This book will be a good starting point.

  17. I would like to get my scraps under control and contained to a manageable amount. This system is intriguing. Would love to win the book.

  18. Linda Fritchen says:

    Sounds like a simple system I could handle. Love scrap quilts and have plenty of scraps!

  19. Barbara says:

    Would love to win and try this system.

  20. I was once told no scrap of fabric is too small to save! I’ve collected lots of fabric pieces over time and this book would be very helpful for me in putting my scraps together in a quilt!

  21. RobinSue says:

    I could use some help organizing my scraps into quilts. The book sounds like something I would use over and over!

  22. Bev Gunn says:

    I LOVE scrapping-have a hybrid system and am currently making Merry Mayhem’s New Year’s Day Mystery all from scraps! Looking good, if I may say so myself!

  23. Becky Thomason says:

    Love scrappy quilts

  24. Gloria P. says:

    My scrap stash is mounting weekly. Could surely use the book to get it under control.

  25. Marca Fritzemeier says:

    Yes! I need a scrap system that is amazingly simple so I will actually use it.

  26. Claudia Burns says:

    I would love to use up my scraps!

  27. Diantha Howard says:

    I think I need this book! I have a lot of scraps left over from making clothes for myself and my daughter and I’d love to turn them into quilts.!

  28. Diana Vukonich says:

    I would love to win this book, I’m really getting into scrap quilting and could use the direction.

  29. Bonnie Abbott says:

    I am very unlucky when it comes to winning things, do would like to know how to buy this great book. Have lots of scraps to use!

  30. Thank you for this opportunity to improve my organization. Love scraps.

  31. Renata says:

    I think I need a copy of this book!

  32. Linda says:

    I came back to quilting a few years ago after several years away. The changes are mind blowing and I am having so much fun. Trying to keep myself organize. And I did save my scraps from those past years and adding to them now so I would love to have the Trifty Quilter book. As I am now retired – thrifty is a watchwork – lots of time to quilt but the budget is not as large so scrap quilting i wondeful.

  33. gail Johnson says:

    Now THAT is a book I could use. I need to do something to organize my scraps.

  34. Vicki Garro says:

    Even as a starting quilter, I am getting a buildup of scraps. This book would definitely be of help.

  35. Barb Wilson says:

    Love your beautiful ideas!

  36. Katy Pannell says:

    Excited for this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. Louise Cheever says:

    What an intriguing idea. I’ll be watching for my book! Thank you

  38. Patty says:

    Love books on scrp quilting! Thanks for the chance to win

  39. Darline says:

    Drowning in scraps – sound like this book could will save me!!

  40. Lori M. says:

    Would love a book that helps me make some warm cuddliy quilts and other objects de home decor to keep my family warm here in Montana…..

  41. Yvette W says:

    I would love to have this so I could use up fabric I have stored over the last 10 years.

  42. Tabatha smith says:

    Cool article!

  43. I would love this book as I,ve been making quilts as grandchildren graduate high school.therefore, I have lots of scaps. Waiting for router cuff surgery to heal and super anxious to quilt again after enforced rest!

  44. Kelly Williams says:

    That would be a wonderful book to have. I would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Martha Johnson says:

    Would like to add this book to my library. I am always looking for ways to use my stash.

  46. Kathy Pennell says:

    I surely do need to get busy on some scrap reduction! I think they may be breeding in the dark! Thanks for the chance to win a book on how to reduce them.

  47. Irene Glad says:

    I’ve been quilting since the 1980′s and never did much with the scraps except collect them. I’d love to see new and easy ways to put them to good use. Really hope I am a winner.

  48. Janice Svercek says:

    I just finished a king size scrap quilt for Christmas. Sounds like a great book.

  49. B.J. Peters says:

    Yes, lots of scraps at my house and in our Children’s Quilts Charity Group. Would love to have this resource. Thanks for the opportunity!

  50. Pamela Reim says:

    I love it! I have tried to figure out the best way to cut down my scraps. Perfect!

  51. Sari says:

    I spent a delightful day today organizing the scraps in my stash. The Thrifty Quilter’s system sounds great! Would love to try it!

  52. Marie says:

    I love scrap quilts, this book would be great.

  53. Deb says:

    I agree! Mountains of scraps!

  54. Margaret C says:

    Oh my, what a thought……..wish I had thought of this too! I have kept my bags and bags of scraps forever, so the book would be wonderful!

  55. Melody Lutz says:

    Randomize ME.

  56. Lori Morton says:

    Would loooove havin this book help me to corral my scraps into such cooool projects!!!

  57. Nan Hohenstein says:

    I use scraps almost exclusively when I make quilts. I used to trash can dive on sew days. My friends just finally started handing bags of scraps to me. Makes me so happy.

  58. Judy Nicely says:

    Interesting concept. A “why didn’t I think of that” moment. Friends laugh when I yell “Don’t throw that away. I’ll take it.” Thus I have an abundance (for lack of a more descriptive word) of scraps. Your book will be a real blessing to receive. Most of my quilts are donated to the national organization Project Linus for traumatized kids. Great joy to see the faces light up when they get “their own” quilt. Good luck with your endeavor. Hope to get your book!

  59. Brenda H says:

    Love the Overflowing Scrap Basket block… so perfect. I am rather obsessed with scrap quilts and have been cutting and sorting different sizes of squares since I first encountered Bonnie Hunter’s methods a couple of years ago. This looks like another great way to manage and use scraps!

  60. Paula M says:

    Love thrifty quilting! I rescued a bunch of really good scraps from a trip to the landfill whe I was attending a quilt retreat. Two years later I used them to make sashing for a quilt as well as pieced binding! It came out very cool and my friends were surprised I actually used them!

  61. Irene Chandler says:

    Scrap quilts are my favorites! I love making them…it does feel like I am making something from nothing! I would love to win this book!

  62. shirley eggert says:

    I have boxes of scrapes. I allways buyy more than i need just in case

  63. Kay Jump says:

    I have totes of scraps. I would love to win this.

  64. Shirley Bost says:

    I could really use this book!

  65. In recent years my quilting time is spent mostly in making quilts for charity. I love using scraps and find some very inspirational ideas and patterns in Quiltmaker Magazine.

  66. Patricia Wood Emery says:

    Oh, my… I NEED THIS!

  67. Andrea Southern says:

    Sounds great.

  68. Andrea Southern says:

    I need some sort of system to use up my scraps and this book sounds like it’s would be ideal.

  69. Florence Daly says:

    I have scraps coming out of my ears, and I need to get organized. This book would be a great help to me. Thank you in advance.

  70. Norma says:

    I love it when it’s simple. This book sounds good

  71. Kathy says:

    No matter how many scrappy quilts I make I just don’t seem to make headway into my stash. I am always looking for new ideas on how to use up all those pieces.

  72. Joy says:

    What a wonderful way to organize fabric remainders. What an excellent resource for scrap-happy quiltmakers! Sure hope I win this one!

  73. Charlene says:

    My favorite quilts to make use scraps. Her book sounds great!

  74. Shirley Larsen says:

    This sounds like a great system! I have plenty of wild scraps that need to be tamed!

  75. Love Bonnie’s inspirations!!

  76. Love following Bonnie! I have boxes of scraps to use “someday” this book would bring them out of the closet!

  77. Margaret Schindler says:

    I have so many scraps I need this book. Thank you for the giveaway

  78. D. Kuffel says:

    I love my scrappy quilts! And I continue to make them. But my stash isn’t getting any smaller! HELP!

  79. Cathy King says:

    I love that you give sizes to cut my scraps. On a day where I need a no brainer task I now know what sizes I should cut my scraps into. Thank you for helping to organize my scrap pile.

  80. Judy says:

    This sounds like the perfect book to show how to use all the scraps we quilters gather.

  81. Joan H. says:

    Wow! Could I ever use this book to tame my piles of scraps I can’t bear to part with.
    Help me, Please…

  82. Jason ottman says:

    I think this is amazing! What you can do with 3 pieces!!

  83. Lynn says:

    I keep saving my scraps. . . I need the help with the visual part of using them.

  84. Lynn says:

    I keep saving my scraps. . . my issue is I need the ‘visual’ to figure out what to do with them all. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

  85. Karen W. says:

    I’d love to give this a try. I make scrap quilts for charity, but love it when they turn out as beautiful as planned quilts. I’ll be looking up Anne’s blog, too.

  86. Robin Corzilius says:


  87. Hanke Fijnvandraat says:

    I’ve got a lot of boxes with scraps and love to make a quilt and use them. Thanks for the chance!

  88. Penny Arndt says:

    I would love to have a book that is devoted to the use of all of those random fabrics that are taking over my sewing room!

  89. Valery says:

    So much variety to choose from to make a scrap quilt….. I would love to explore these blocks and start creating! It would be great to expand on a budding pattern collection with this book. :D

  90. Maire Bourke says:

    Ooh, what a fun looking book!

  91. Jean Poulton says:

    Would love this book, have been making Bonnie Hunter quilts, and still have tons of scraps left!

  92. I definitely need some kind of system. I have been trying to cut up my scraps in usable form – it is taking a long time since I am just starting!

  93. Gill Turner says:

    I love using scraps -the books looks great!

  94. Valerie Brill says:

    My sewing closet is overflowing with scraps. I dream that they are taking over the house and coming to get me in my sleep! Please, I need Anne’s book to save me!

  95. Marlene Casper says:

    So many scraps, such a simple idea – let’s get started!

  96. Joyce says:

    What a great way to use up those leftovers!

  97. LubbyGirl says:

    And to think that just yesterday my friend said I should make a quilt from all my scraps. LOL!
    Just two squares and a rectangle? Even I could do that, probably. Now I gotta go check out the Facebook page!

  98. Rosslyn Gale says:

    Just what I need, what every quilter need I would think. Would love this book

  99. Linda Webster says:

    Great ideas for using up my smaller scraps!

  100. annette pethick says:

    sounds like the book I need – would love to win it

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