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Quilts for Scrap Lovers: 16 Projects • Start with Simple Squares

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Quilts for Scrap Lovers: 16 Projects • Start with Simple Squares

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Feb 1, 2016


Make 16 gorgeous scrap quilts from the scraps in your stash, including odd-shaped leftovers from craft or garment sewing. A unique cutting system helps beginning and seasoned quilters achieve beautiful results. Piece traditional blocks with ease when you start with 3 1/2", 4 1/2", and 5 1/2" squares. Imagine the feeling of accomplishment when you transform novelty, holiday, and even mismatched fabrics into striking quilts!
Feb 1, 2016

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Judy Gauthier is the owner of Bungalow Quilting and Yarn, a modern quilt shop. She is also a Critical Care Nurse, and mother of four. She resides in small-town Ripon, Wisconsin, with her husband of over thirty years.

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Quilts for Scrap Lovers - Judy Gauthier

Text copyright © 2016 by Judy Gauthier

Photography and artwork copyright © 2016 by C&T Publishing, Inc.

Publisher: Amy Marson

Creative Director: Gailen Runge

Editor: Liz Aneloski

Technical Editors: Susan Nelsen and Debbie Rodgers

Cover/Book Designer: April Mostek

Production Coordinator: Zinnia Heinzmann

Production Editors: Katie Van Amburg, Alice Mace Nakanishi, and Jennifer Warren

Illustrator: Tim Manibusan

Photo Assistant: Mary Peyton Peppo

Photography by Diane Pedersen, unless otherwise noted

Published by C&T Publishing, Inc., P.O. Box 1456, Lafayette, CA 94549


I dedicate this book to my customers. I am the most fortunate woman in the world to be able to run a quilt shop and meet so many wonderful people. Every day I work, inspiration walks through the door. So much of my creative energy comes from the people I serve in my shop. They are always happy to be in the shop and faithfully bring in their completed projects for me to see.


I would like to thank my family and loving husband. They have been very patient. I have had many a night where supper was kind of shorted because I had so much to get done. They are always a great support.

I would particularly like to thank Barbara Bending. She has been my right hand ever since I opened Bungalow Quilting and Yarn. She travels to quilt shows tirelessly with me to sell my fabrics and ideas and demonstrate these techniques. She listens to my dog and pony show over and over and is never impatient with me. Instead, she is happy to help and greet customers with a smile.


I was a very frustrated quilter and I was sure other people were as well. With the number of scraps I had left over from a broad range of projects, I felt I would never, ever be able to use them in a sensible way. There were pieces left over from garments, bags, umbrellas, borders, aprons, and pajamas.

Most of the books about scrap quilting gave me hives. I would look at them, and it was clear to me that these quilts were made from precuts or coordinated lines of fabric, not scraps.

My one goal in writing this book is to encourage quilters to work with their scraps in a more carefree way. I would like people to feel unconfined and adventurous. With so many types of fabrics available to us today, it can be difficult to try to coordinate them in a quilt. I want quilters to feel that there are no fabrics too strange to incorporate into their projects. Many of the projects in my book are suitable for just this purpose.

In addition to having an endless supply of scraps, I had parents who were children of the Depression, and they honed their ability to save everything and then passed that ability on to me. My mother, in particular, would save every last scrap of fabric, just in case she might need it someday. She was the most uninhibited quilter I had ever seen. Her quilts were, well … not always the most artful. Some were strictly utilitarian, but some were beautiful. Her spirit lives on in me.

I wanted to use my scraps, but in a slightly more coordinated manner. So I bring to you the 3½-, 4½-, and 5½-Inch Block Template System. It will combine the best of all possible worlds.

The Story of the 3½-, 4½-, and 5½-Inch

Block Template System

Most of our scraps are oddly shaped pieces. Perhaps you, like me, like to cut curves. I love to do elaborate curved piecing. I love Drunkard’s Path quilts. I love the types of quilts that call for arcs and convex and concave piecing. What kinds of scraps are left?

This type of quilt doesn’t leave you with perfect strips for scraps!

I also love to paper piece. Often when paper piecing, you are using a piece of fabric taken from a stash of fat quarters. A chunk is cut out, leaving a less-than-perfect piece.

This is the perfect candidate for cutting scrapsusing my template system.

Many people cut squares from their leftover pieces. You often read about someone who had a box just the right size for 3˝ squares, so she cut all her leftovers into 3˝ squares. I at one time cut out a whole bunch of 2½˝ squares because I had a template for a 2½˝ square. On the surface this seems rather organized. It works until you have to start looking for a pattern that uses only 2½˝ squares. It greatly limits your creativity. Quilting is all about the creative process, so you shouldn’t be boxed in by precut fabric. You shouldn’t have to look for a pattern to match your pieces. Rather, you should be attracted by the pattern and then cut the

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