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. LeAnne L says:

    Sounds like this book would come in handy. Most of my scraps just get put in bins. They are color sorted, but that’s it. I recently started a 2 1/2″ strip basket from my leftover strip quilts; and after taking a class with Bonnie Hunter, I have started a strings basket also.

  2. Judy Gardner says:

    I need to find patterns for my totes of bits and pieces because nothing coordinates with anything else.

  3. Annette says:

    Have scraps; need book!

  4. Myrna Roy says:

    I’m a new quilter and I could really use this book to help me learn more.

  5. Laurie Tarnowski says:

    Would love some new ideas

  6. Cindy Wienstroer says:

    I love the scrappy look but haven’t mastered how to use my scraps effectively. This book would help. Thanks

  7. Connie Francoeur says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  8. Sheryl Andrews says:

    So much fabric, sew little time.

  9. Looks like a good book. I haven’t been sewing that long, so my scrap collection is not as big as some, but it’s getting there.

  10. Sandy N says:

    I have soooo many scraps that need to be tamed. I would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  11. Christine Williams says:

    What a great system! I’m part of a guild that makes charity quilts. We need a simple system like this to make quilts for kids, teens & adults.

  12. patty says:

    I have bins of scraps I just can’t let go. They need to be made into quilts!

  13. Peg says:

    If one quilts, one must have scraps!

  14. This book sounds amazing and I’m impressed by the fact her system uses so few pieces.

  15. Clare Kupcho says:

    Sounds like a great system for scrap quilts!

  16. Carla Rouse says:

    It’s my goal this year to use my stash of scraps, this is just what I need to do it. Pick me please!

  17. Christi says:

    I think my scrap stash is bigger than my yardage stash! Help!!

  18. Gloria Carpenter says:

    Yes, I have a lot of scraps – infact my friends laugh at me because when I make a scrap quilt I end up with “scraps” to be used on another quilt. Can’t stand throwing away perfectly good fabric. Some friends even give me their “scraps”. The book would certainly help me out.

  19. Sydney says:

    Sew much fabric, sew little time!!!

  20. Kathy Launius says:

    I would love to have this book to use my scrap. Sounds great!

  21. Kim says:

    So many scraps, so few ideas! This book would help so much to get the scrap pile under control before it topples over and buries someone

  22. Linda says:

    I just found this site and love. I am going to cut my scraps down to manageable size and start making some scrap quilts your book would surely come in handy.

  23. Julie B says:

    Yes, I do have mountains of scraps. This book would be very helpful. Thank you for the chance to win.

  24. Pat Dauphinee says:

    Would love to win this book, we moved last April and I did not realize how much fabric I had until it came time to pack it up. Wow I could make loads of charity quilts. Thanks for the opportunity.

  25. Missie Galentine says:

    This really appeals to me. Cut my scraps into 3 sizes and make a few blocks at a time. I need to find a copy of this book.

  26. Allison Evrard says:

    This seems like a great system. Can’t wait to try it out!

  27. Laurel Marsolais says:

    Any help to use up a mountain of fabric would be appreciated!

  28. Penny M says:

    Oooo…I really need this to start my quilting library. Must have! Had to laugh, because my Mom used to talk to me about being “thrifty”!!!

  29. Carla says:

    I love scrap quilt books, and better when it comes with a system.

  30. Therese Cossens says:

    What a help that would be; to get me through the scrap pile. Good luck to all.

  31. Linda Bee says:

    I’ve started my system and need some ideas on what to do with the organized stash.

  32. Sharon L. says:

    I have lots of scraps and have not even begun to organize anything. I would like to make a scrappy quilt one day so it is time to start getting ideas for getting everything together. Thanks for a chance.

  33. Darlene says:

    I am pleased to say I have been doing this for years. My blocks are 2 inch square, 4 inch square and 2×4 rectangle. I also have some scraps that make. The most sense to cut into 1/2 square triangles so I do those as 4 3/4 to 5 on one side. I can always trim down to make the correct size finished square I need. My problem is trying to find the time to cut all those scraps!

  34. Sounds like a must-have for all quilters!

  35. Limbania says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great way to organize scraps.

  36. Holly Love-Marihugh says:

    Hi, I am a fairly new quilter (3 years). I save every extra scrap I have. I often look at them and think I should throw them away, but I know that at some point, I’m going to find a way to put them to good use. Your book should be able to do that. Thank you for the opportunity.

  37. Pauline Lentsment says:

    Love the idea that you use everything up, and the chance to win the book thanks Pauline

  38. Frances says:

    Would love to win the book and attack the scraps in my bin. Thanks for the chance.

  39. Margie says:

    Would love the book. I too, have mountains of scraps and do make lots of charity quilts.

  40. Nikki Allen says:

    Me please! Love scraps and i am disappearing in my mountain of fabric! Make my birthday too!

  41. Sheri says:

    I have scraps, scraps and more scraps. I could really use this book!

  42. Candy Beardsley says:

    I am getting my stash “organized”……I ought to be done in about 10 years or so…LOL… Would LOVE to win this book and try this method!

  43. Jackie says:

    I just finished organizing my stash. Now what to do with my scraps? This book would help.

  44. Jackie says:

    I’ve finished organizing my stash. Now where to begin with my scraps? I would love to own this book.

  45. WyoDi says:

    Looking forward to using up some scarps!

  46. Cindy says:

    Such a practical book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  47. Rosemary Sims says:

    I need to get with one method and organize all my scraps. Would love to win the book. Thanks.

  48. vicky says:

    would love ideas to use up scraps

  49. Rosemary Sims says:

    Need help organizing all my scraps. Enjoyed reading your blog and would love to win. Thanks.

  50. Lisa shirtcliffe says:

    I need this book I’m drowning in scraps lol

  51. Dawn M says:

    I use my scraps up for NICU quilts for our local Children’s Hospital. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book for those! And after I get the jist of the system, would probably pay it forward and give the book to someone else who wants it :)

  52. Loretta O' says:

    It seems like a great way to organize the scraps that we all have to make beautiful quilts. Scrappy quilts are my favorite kind.

  53. Claudia Kehoe says:

    “Focused” sounds like a good idea to me! I love scrap quilts and would be delighted to have this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  54. Rhonda Davis says:

    Anne’s book would be a welcome addition to any quilter’s library…especially mine!

  55. This sounds like a great way to begin using all those scraps. Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. E. Engman says:

    How lovely that one of “our” Scrap Squad-ers has a published book on–scraps! Looks like a great resource.

  57. Karen Lehman says:

    I am fortunate to be able to buy lots of fabric, generally when I want to. But now I’m going back thru my Stash, and seeing if I can create other quilts. I’m also getting ready to sign up to do some charity this book would be very helpful. Either way, I’ll consider buying it if I don’t win!

  58. Gwen Sadler says:

    Would love to have this little jewel.

  59. debbie benjamin says:

    would LOVE TO WIN THE BOOK, scrap quilts are the best !

  60. Adele Aiken says:

    What a great idea!! Would love to read the book!

  61. Judy says:

    Oh, I would love to have this book!

  62. Anita says:

    Just retired ! Yay! Now, I need to be thrifty.

  63. Melissa Feuer says:

    This looks great!

  64. Vickie Barnes says:

    I’d love her book. I’m starting to collect way too many scraps and I’m not sure what to do with them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. Melissa Feuer says:

    This looks like a great book!

  66. Charlotte Henley says:

    (Not sure my last try at a comment went through, so here it is again.) I’d love to have a copy of this book. I have loads of scraps!

  67. Charlotte Henley says:

    I’d love to have a copy of this book. I have loads of scraps!

  68. Regina says:

    Love scraps and these are some great ideas to maximize their use

  69. Cathryn says:

    I like the idea of using up those scraps. I’ve been using them on other projects where I needed a small bit of color in applique. But this book sounds like a real treasure.

  70. It looks like a great book with lots of good ideas for making scrap quilts. Thanks for the chance to win such a nice book.
    Regards from Alberta, Canada,

  71. Jerry Beavers says:

    I have so many scraps. Looks like a great book to have in ones collection.

  72. Carole Williams says:

    This sounds like the book I need in order to effectively use up my scraps for quilt making.

  73. Michele says:

    looks like a great system– I’d love to win the book!

  74. Patricia Sakel says:

    This looks like such a great way to organize and clean up your left over pieces!

  75. Carol Wold says:

    This would be a wonderful book to own because I love all of the bits and pieces that I save and this will open up new ways to organize and use them. Thank you for this s

  76. Lois Stoltenberg says:

    I love scrap quilts and would love to have this book to help use up my scraps…they seem to multiply every time I stir them up!!!

  77. Beth B says:

    This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  78. janis says:

    What great ideas. I do not like to waste scraps.It would be a terrific birthday present.

  79. Nancy says:

    I need this – looks great!!

  80. Suzanne says:

    I would love this book! Finally an easy way to organize my scraps. It would be so nice to actually start using them up instead of piling them in bins.

  81. Victoria Webster says:

    I need a way ti use my scraps!

  82. Victoria Webster says:

    Great ideasQ

  83. Victoria Webster says:

    I need a system to use up my stash. This looks very good!

  84. Donna Howard says:

    What a great idea for a book! I have been cutting my scraps into these sizes for a number of years, and now I look forward to putting this wonderful book to its full use!

    Thank you for taking the time to write and publish so helpful a book, Anne!!

  85. Jayme L. says:

    I’d love an easy way to organize my scraps! Looks great.

  86. I love the idea of just three sizes. I already will often cut my tiny scraps down to 2×2 blocks in anticipation of a postage quilt, but I feel like if I expanded to three sizes, I’d make even better use of my scraps.

  87. Carol W says:

    Looks like the book has some great ideas!

  88. Dorothy Hall says:

    Lord, would this help me get rid of some fabric.

  89. Marcia Carr says:

    Hate to throw away even the smallest scraps. I want to save every thing. Would love this book.

  90. Sharon says:

    If I had this book…I might be able to finally clean up all my scraps!! Thank you for the chance!

  91. Nancy Rowe says:

    I want to see how you organize your patches!

  92. Margie Kitzman says:

    Brilliant! And timely! I have to “downsize” and thought I’d be able to justify a 66-qt tote full of scraps and fabric pieces less than a FQ. Turns out, after combining all of the various stashes of scraps I own, it’s more like TWO totes! I had no idea. It seems I really DO have a problem–as suggested by many family members and friends on more than one occasion. Boo! Would *love* the book! And I promise I wouldn’t lose it in the vast collection of books which seems to have a life of its own. Hiss!

  93. Marianne says:

    What a wonderful book. I probably have enough scraps stored away to make all the quilts contained in the book. Would love to win it.

  94. Margo Sensenbaugh says:

    New to quilting but I already have a good number of scraps an d love the look of scrap quilts. Would love to have this book. Thanks for the great chance to win.

  95. angela says:

    Would love to have this book. I already have way to many scraps would be great to have a way to use them up.

  96. Sheri Wonderling says:

    Thank you for a great chance at this give away. I am always trying to learn more and use what I have saved. Thanks in advance for the chance

  97. Sue Doucet says:

    I would love to win this book, because then I would have it. I tried to order from Amazon and they do not have it. Every time I make a quilt I think I could make Something out of the scraps but lack ideals. This book by all reviews would help solve my problem.

  98. LeeAnn says:

    I love scrap quilts! I buy fabric just so I can have more scraps to make quilts from!!

  99. Sandra Sanderson says:

    I love this idea for small scraps and could use any help I can get. It would be wonderful to win your book. I am also going to follow your fb page for new ideas of how to use my scraps. Thank you for this opportunity.

  100. Dottie says:

    I have yet to attempt a scrap quilt. It sounds like I should check out this book before I do.

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