Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scrap Strategies Class for my guild

I have been a member of my local guild for almost 20 years.  Our members and our guild shows and activities have played a formative roll in my development as a quilter.  So I felt very complemented when I was asked to teach my Scrap Strategies class for the guild's monthly class offering. 
We are very fortunate to have a great classroom space at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz's new facility.   The natural light is great, the workstations are ample and the chairs are comfy!  You can see the crowd of students in the far left.  They are all gathered around the "Scrap exchange" table.  I invite students to bring a bag of scraps to share.  We dump them on a big table and toss them like a fabric salad and then everybody can go fishing for new scraps.  It is soooo much fun!

In my Scrap Strategies class I  teach how to sort and sew scraps in a very care free way to produce very individually designed scrap quilts.  It's fun and easy, beginner friendly but it can also provide design challenges for more experienced quilters.
The examples below illustrate how diverse quilter's designs can be using this process!
With a few exceptions these were all produced using 'real' scraps, gleaned  from our scrap exchange and made in about 4 hours of sewing time!  The results are as diverse as their makers and it is a real delight for me to see how everyone really embraced the process and what wonderful beginnings they produced!
Happy Scraping!
cheers, Claire W.


  1. Very fun! Thanks for sharing.:)

  2. hmm maybe I should start sort my scraps by "themes" too .. and not by size ... batics, light florals ... well that's a roundabout way of saying it's interessting that it's not just random scraps, but that they are all pattern and7or colour coordinated in some way .. which is something I don't really do with scraps ...

  3. Such a variety of tops started. Looks like a fun class!!

  4. I am sure everyone enjoyed your class! You are right each one was unique. I would love to learn more about your scrap strategies.