Blog Hop – Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier

Today I’m excited to tell you about a new book from author Judy Gauthier, owner of Bungalow Quilting and Yarn in Wisconsin. I first met Judy when we were both panelists for a discussion about how to store your stash at QuiltCon earlier this year. (You may notice recognize a few of the people in the pic below – it was quite the panel!!)


Left to right: Judy Gauthier, Rossie Hutchinson, Mary Fons, and me at QuiltCon 2016

During the discussion Judy mentioned how much she loved working with scraps. This all makes sense to me now, with the release of her book, Quilts for Scrap Lovers.


Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier

I never really considered myself much of a scrap quilter until I realized that I loved color-blocked quilts. A good example of color-blocking is shown on the cover quilt – Sunshine and Shadows, where a block is made from scraps of the same color. In order for scrap quilting to work effectively, Judy states that, “there must be a high degree of contrast between the colored and neutral fabrics.” I totally agree with that sentiment and Judy has done a fabulous job creating contrast in the 16 beautiful scrap quilts  contained in her book.

Let’s take a look at a few more of the lovely quilts from Quilts for Scrap Lovers:


House Divided, 72″ x 82″

I think House Divided is a really clever design. Notice how the blocks can either look like houses, or  like modern arrows!I love it when negative space is used in the border, creating more white space around a design. This is definitely my favorite quilt in the book. I bet it was so fun to gather the scraps for this one!


Modern Anvil, 53″ x 69″

Modern Anvil really floats my boat, too. Just look at all that low-volume scrappy goodness in the backgrounds! Those brightly colored anvil blocks with pops of color in the borders give this quilt lots of movement. It’s another effective example of high contrast fabrics.


Chevron, given in Three Sizes

Judy’s Chevron quilt is another great example of color blocking. It’s also shows that you can make an effective scrappy quilt even when you don’t have any background at all. Her clever placement of color provides contrast in between each of the chevron stripes so that the design doesn’t get lost.

The golden rule of book-buying is that if you like at least three of the projects in a book, then it’s worth the price. Trust me, you will like ALL of the quilts in Judy’s book! I think my favorite part is in the front of the book where she includes lots of great tips on how to combine fabrics together.

The last thing I want to share with you is the introduction, set against the backdrop of another lovely house quilt included in the book. (Click the image for a larger view that’s easier to read):


Pick up a copy of Quilts for Scrap Lovers today!

Giveaway Time!

Judy’s publisher is generously giving away a copy of her book for each of the blogs on the book tour below. For your chance to win, leave a comment letting me know if you’d ever made a scrap quilt (or three). Winners will be chosen at the end of the week. Happy reading friends!

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232 thoughts on “Blog Hop – Quilts for Scrap Lovers by Judy Gauthier

  1. Sherry Von Fumetti says:

    It seems like most of my recent quilts are scrap quilts. Once you take the plunge, you starts visualizing all patterns as scrap quilts. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  2. Laura Belkin says:

    I’ve made scrap quilts. Right now I have such heaps of scraps I have sworn off buying any fabric until I use up a significant amount of what I have, so inspiration is needed!

  3. Nancy N says:

    Great looking quilts. And yes, I have made a scrap quilt (or more). I normally go for a controlled scrappy, but I have also just thrown everything in. Thanks for the review and the chance to win the book.

  4. Anne J says:

    I love the scrappy look but as I am a new quilter, I don’t have enough scraps to effectively make a quilt yet. Maybe a mini is in order…love that house quilt on the intro page to the book!

  5. June @ QuiltQuest says:

    I’ve finished a lap scrap quilt, just right for my mom in her wheelchair! Very satisfying finish and I practiced basting, free motion quilting and binding. Now working on putting together some strips someone gave me, I already know though that I want to be more plan-ful for the next project! Thanks for the chance.

  6. Sherry Chambers says:

    I love making something beautiful from “nothing”. It just pains my heart to throw away pieces from other designs.

  7. Betty C says:

    Scrappy and controlled scrap quilts are my heart. I love scraps more than yardage. Those are the quilts I really enjoy making and feel good that I only discard slivers of fabric.

  8. Little Quiltsong says:

    Yes, I have made quite a few of log cabin block quilts and rail fence block quilts and even string block quilts, but love the patterns I see on your post. This book would definitely be a bonus in my sewing room. Thank you for the giveaway chance!!

  9. Irene Marie Martinez says:

    I’ve made several scrap quilts, and enjoyed piecing and quilting them for the freedom of the process. However, I really needed some guidance on how to use more than 2 or three colors, and my scrap quilts were mostly monotoned (all shades of yellow/green, or pinks/reds, and tan/browns). Judy’s book is a wonderful addition to any quilter’s sewing room.

  10. Kim S says:

    I am making a scrap quilt as my Leaders and Enders project, scraps from other quilts I’m making. it looks like a fabulous book!

  11. Donna says:

    Oh yes I have made scrap quilts, favorite scraps can turn into an amazing no stress quilt
    A few years ago I taught some grade 7 girls to make scrap quilts, they loved it.

  12. MARY DAVIS says:

    Yes I have made a scrap quilt or two or three or …… more. I love scrap quilts. It looks like some great projects are in this book. Kudos.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Kath S says:

    I’ve not made a scrap quilt yet; all my scraps, little and big, are being saved until there’s enough to make a scrappy. Every time I see someone on a teaching video
    ‘discarding’ leftovers’, I cringe and really hope they aren’t throwing away all that fabric.

  14. Cindy says:

    I started a scrap quilt. Does that count? LOL! It’s one of my many UFO’s. Really need to finish that one though. These are lovely scrap quilts. Would love to win that book!

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