The Thrifty Quilter
Making (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric
by Anne Wiens
“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, quiltwoman.com) presents the scrap system along with 80 blocks, numerous setting options, and yardage charts for quilt sizes from crib to king.
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.
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.
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.
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!