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. Susan says:

    Still no winner of the book?

  2. Brenda Dolha says:

    MOUNTAINS of scraps, that’s me! This would be interesting, and I think I will start cutting them this weekend— another two ‘snow days’ are forecast! Thanks for the inspiration, and the chance at winning!

  3. Ceil says:

    I have so many scraps but most books use a lot of additional fabrics and not all scraps so they don’t really work to bust those scrap bins! I’m always looking for a way to use up my scraps.

  4. Hilda Villalobos says:

    I love working with scraps. That’s what I look for in magazines, new ideas on how to use my scraps.

  5. Lorie Brown says:

    I’ve been researching and playing with a wide variety of scrap-busting systems. This system looks wonderful and a copy of the book would be grand!

  6. ssherry childs says:

    I would this book. I have a hamper full if scraps to
    use up!!

  7. Roxanne S says:

    What a great book idea! A lot of inspiration, too.

  8. Kay Losh says:

    count me in, as a “scrappy” quilter! I like “using up” small pieces of other projects to put in the quilts. I have a quilt from my grandmother with pieces from my dresses in it, and I love looking, identifying, and remembering these pieces.

  9. Kay Losh says:

    My grandmother was a quilter, from necessity and preference. She didn’t believe in wasting, and many of her beautiful quilts were made “using up” little pieces leftover from other sewing projects. I guess I inherited this attitude, as I’ve made 3 or 4 quilts (a “new” quilter) using bits and pieces. Would love to use this book for the next ones!

  10. Barb Bunz says:

    I am drowning in scraps and have always loved scrap quilts. This book looks like just the ticket for a scrap hoarder like me!

  11. My freinds who helped me move from a big house to a small flat, tried to make me throw away my scraps but I refused. Now I understand that I need the space so I really need to use them for something. A book with inspiration should be great to have.

  12. Bobbie Kastel says:

    Wow. I be blessed if i could win this book. Been trying to find this. I say a prayer maybe ill be lucky one. Thanks have a great day

  13. Margaret Causton says:

    Oh I could sure use this book. My scraps are taking over my sewing room!!!

  14. Brynda Raether says:

    Would love to win this book!

  15. Debbra Good says:

    I’m fairly new to quilting, but have been trying my hand at wall hangings and crib size projects, I always seem to have little piles of leftovers! I have started collecting vintage patterns that use smaller blocks, it would be great to have instructions that shows how to use all the pretty little pieces I just can’t seem to let go of!

  16. Paul says:

    What a wonderful sounding technique book.

  17. Stephanie O says:

    I would love to have this book. Aways looking for ideas.

  18. Janet T says:

    I would love to see some fresh ideas for scrap quilts! I have so many scraps and not enough ideas to make the pile go down.

  19. I love scrappy quilts. I used to help my Granny, we cut pieces of fabric from old shirts, dresses etc. to make her quilts. Takes me back every time I work on one. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book.

  20. Terri Gardner says:

    I would love to have this book. I love the look and memories contained in scrappy quilts but have a hard time knowing where to start. It seem that every scrap quilt begins with another trip to the fabric store and my husband telling me it would be cheaper to just buy the quilt completed. HELP–I am becoming buried in scraps with no plan.

  21. Laurie Allen says:

    I would love to have this book , as it might help me to get my stash organized, and be able to put together quilt tops a little faster.

  22. Donna L says:

    Hello, I would love to have this book,I am learning to quilt more and these patterns look easy enough for me to learn from. Thank You for the option to sign up and win a special book from you.

  23. Judy Worobel says:

    Always looking for creative ways to use up all my scraps. Just don’t have the heart to throw out all that beautiful fabric. So glad I have come across this great website.

  24. Annaleena says:

    This sounds interesting. I would like read more how to use scraps better.

  25. Annaleena says:

    This sounds interesting. I think I could use some advise how to use my scraps better.

  26. Peggy says:

    I’d love some ideas on what to do with my stash!

  27. Becky Davis says:

    I would love to usd some of my stash up with this system. Looks like fun.

  28. marian says:

    I could certainly use a “system”. The scraps have escaped and are taking over all my space. What’s a quilter to do??!!

  29. Linda says:

    The Thrifty Quilter system makes wonderful sense and reminds me of “Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking”.
    I hope I win but if I don’t, I will add it to my library. :)

  30. Cynthia Hair says:

    I have been a follower of Quilt Woman for years.

  31. Anya says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

  32. Deborah Wright says:

    Ok here is the Truth! While my daughter had an intervention with me this past weekend over my mountains of fabric scraps, I promised NOT to purchase any more fabric until I made quilts from these mountains! So who could possibly NEED this book any more Than moi? Thank you for this great giveaway!

  33. Carol Rice says:

    I could use up all of my leftover fabrics for quilts I have completed. Have lots of small pieces.

  34. Gwendolyn Clark says:

    I sure could use this book, thanks for the giveaway.

  35. Heidi Story says:

    I would love to win this book! It sounds like a system I could actually understand.

  36. Phyllis Baas says:

    Just started trying to use up scraps. I keep thenbut need to use up

  37. Reena Kaplowitz says:

    I love using my scraps! Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Renee G says:

    Would love to have a copy of this book.

  39. Theresa Nicholas says:

    What a great book.

  40. Sharon says:

    Really want to win this book!

  41. Sharon says:

    Would love to win this book, sounds like a great book.

  42. Susan says:

    I’d love to win this book, as my scraps are taking over my sewing room! What a great idea to cut leftovers into squares and rectangles and store them — just pull out what you need and start sewing!!

  43. Thunder Kaplan says:

    ohhh my scraps need help !! this looks like a great book. thanks for the chance :)

  44. LaVera Crownover says:

    What a fantastic way to learn how to store and use scraps while also seeing how the various shades of colors will work together. Thank you for having the giveaway.

  45. Dawn Jones says:

    This looks like an awesome book!


    Would love to have this book just to show me how to organize the scraps

  47. Cherie says:

    I must start learning to save my small pieces!

  48. Kristen says:

    Sounds like a great book – my scrap bins are always overflowing even though I try to sort them by size, I don’t know what to do with them once I have done so. I think I need a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Debbie Yandell says:

    I would love a creative way to use up my scraps. Thank you for your give away offer.

  50. Kalen Hahn says:

    What a great idea for handling all my scraps! Looking forward to trying it.

  51. Trudy Pickle says:

    I find that making scrap quilts allows me to discover viable color combinations that I normally would not have imagined. Thanks for an opportunity to win this great book.

  52. Eugenia Read says:

    A book about organization and scrap control ~ yes please. When I was learning to quilt I joined the local quilting club in a small town. I received lots of scraps from various members. Once word got around the community I was learning to quilt, I was given boxes and bags of fabric. All free for the taking. We eventually had to move from that generous small town so I passed a lot of fabric to people I knew. I don’t have latest and greatest organizational system but I’m working on it. Your book would definitely be used and appreciated.

  53. Sheila Lande says:

    Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!!

  54. Sheila Lande says:

    Would love to be the lucky winner! Thanks for the chance!

  55. charlotte stafford says:

    it sure wo9uld be nice to know what to do with all these scraps(3 boxes)

  56. Celine K. says:

    Looks like a great book for us scrap addicts!

  57. I love scrappy fabric quilts. Being librarian for my guild lets me see all the new books first!!

  58. Alex says:

    Scraps overwhelm me sometimes so I’m happy to get the chance to win some guidance for me to know what to do with them!

  59. Margaret Graham says:

    Anne Wien’s thrifty technique is so sensible that a great big light bulb has gone off in my scrap bag! I can’t wait to apply her measurements and techniques. Thank you for featuring her.

  60. Deborah Long says:

    I’ve been sewing for years, just started embroidery a year ago so… Now I want to learn to quilt. Love your videos!

  61. donna says:

    Love new ideas for using scraps.These ideas look great.

  62. Carmen says:

    I have lots of leftover fabric – sounds like a wonderful book!

  63. Marty says:

    I have a 3-foot tall fabric-lined “waste” basket of scraps and I want to use them!!
    Bonnie’s system, which produces beautiful quilts, seemed too complicated for me.
    I’d like to try your system, so would like to win your book!

  64. Marianne says:

    I haven’t got a chance (there are 622 comments already) but this book does seem right up my alley!

  65. Sue Neyenhouse says:

    Just starting to quilt so I will be setting up your scrap saving system right away. LOVE IT!!!!!!

  66. Linda says:

    I ADORE scrappy quilts! 30 blues are much better than just one :) I’d love to win this book. Thank you for sharing your technique and your tips.

  67. Connie says:

    I save every scrap larger than 1 inch. I have a fear of retiring and not being able to afford fabric! I would love to know more about how to use my scraps!

  68. Linda J. says:

    I save every leftover piece of fabric, mostly for use in appliqué. I have trouble picturing scrappy quilts. This book would certainly be a big help in using up my larger scraps. I think they multiply while I’m sleeping ;-)

  69. Darrilyn M says:

    I’ve never made a scrap quilt. Would like to try.

  70. K B Parnell says:

    What a great system! Creative in so many ways…organization of scraps, wealth of pattern “samples”, ease in cutting, and simple but dramatic results. Sounds like a real winner to me…a book that I’d love to have in my quilt library and that I’d be sure to use!

  71. Jo McGonigle says:

    Wow, wish I had this book sooner, fabulous Ideas!! Love the designs. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to wins one of your books. God Bless.

  72. Donna Albright says:

    I have made two queen size scrap quilts in the last year and am working on a pineapple quilt now that is scrappy as well. I have not figured out why my pile of scraps is not getting any smaller! I have always wanted to make a string quilt so I thought maybe my scrap piles would diminish if I did the string quilt thing. Now I’m beginning to think my friends are coming to my house and leaving their scraps to blend with mine! Just kidding – their scrap piles are just as big as mine! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and, maybe, overcome the ever growing scrap heap.

  73. Jackie Iannarelli says:

    This sounds like just what the doctor ordered. I’ve been very discouraged by “scrap books”. When you start reading the directions it tells you that you need “1 1/2 yd fabric”, now, how do you measure scraps? I’ve got a great big bin of fabric scraps that could be dug into for this book. It sounds like this book would be for me even without looking at the pages.

  74. Kathy Luther says:

    I’m always looking for new and easy ways to use up my scraps, which seem to multiply on their own! This book looks like it will have lots of good ideas.

  75. valerie csmith says:

    I just love this ideal!–I have so many scraps that I could use this book on

  76. Betty Hickey says:

    I have been a fan of Bonnie Hunter for years. This looks right up my alley. I live in a motorhome now and it is critical I use up those scraps…I have very limited room for all the fabric leftovers.

  77. donna miller says:

    I sure could use a system like this it could help clean up my scraps fast

  78. Linda Taylor says:

    Would like to try this system since I do have SOME scraps after all these years. Ha, ha

  79. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been working with Bonnie Hunter’s leaders and enders system for years and have a few extra quilts to show for it. And yet, I’m still under a pile of scraps that I could use any additional inspiration to use up! I really like how clever Anne’s blocks are and with only a few pieces! Would love to win this book!

  80. Sheila Fernkopf says:

    I would love to win this book! I would enjoy using the patterns to make scrap quilts for donation quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

  81. MaryAnn says:

    Anything that helps with organization is always welcome!

  82. Pat Hanes says:

    I am “newly retired” and need to ‘down-size’ my scraps, now that I will have more time to sew. Sounds like a WONDERFUL book!! This is my first visit to a blog!!! ;-)

  83. I need this book! My scraps have taken over my life.

  84. Jeannine says:

    Please enter me in the book drawing. I’ve been “blessed” w/someone else’s stash and lord knows it needs using up! Thanks!!

  85. Sue says:

    I have 2 large baskets of scraps, I would love to have a book that would help me organize them and use them up. Thank you for the opertunity to enter.

  86. Lisa Marie says:

    I saw Anne’s beautiful Scrap Squad quilts. Looks like she knows what she’s doing! Thanks for the chance to win her book, I definitely have scraps I could use with it!

  87. Jackie Moore says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. I have scraps over flowing and do not know where to begin with them.

  88. Jackie Moore says:

    I definitely feel as though I am drowning in scraps. I have recently redone my sewing room and just can not come up with ideas to whittle down the fabric stash that is multiplying.

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