Deb will walk you through this FAST and EASY quilt project called Scrap Crazy. This is a great quilt project for wedding gifts, birthday gifts, cancer survivors, recent graduates, etc. You can make this quilt in just one day! It is so FUN and SEW EASY!
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- Hey, everybody, I'm Deb Luttrell from Stitchin' Heaven, and, baseball season has opened, and I have got a home run of a project to share with you today. Go Rangers! Today, I'm gonna be talking to you about Scrap Crazy. Scrap Crazy is my favorite project, because it's fast. It's that project that you go to when you need a baby gift, you need a wedding gift. Someone who's in the hospital that you need a treatment cover for. It's just something that you can make when you don't want to spend a lifetime on something, but you need something nice. So, that's Scrap Crazy. Scrap Crazy is made using, best using layer cakes or 10-inch squares, which is what we're gonna talk about today. I want to show you the quilt. This one I have behind me is made from a collection of layer cakes by Thomas's Treasures, and it is a beautiful way to do a patriotic, to do a Quilts of Valor. And, look at the backing on this quilt. Isn't that beautiful? So, your quilts are gonna look any way, depending on how your layer cake is. If you love your layer cake, you're gonna love your quilt. But, let's get right to how to do this. I'm just gonna give you a few tips. I'm gonna tell you that you need your Scrap Crazy template set, this is the set by Karen Montgomery. It's produced by Creative Grid Rulers. And, it's gonna come with instruction. Really, everything I'm gonna tell you today is in these instructions. And, you can follow along here, just really easy. A couple of things that aren't in this instruction, is, our helper tool. We're gonna give you this little helper template every time you purchase a template set from us. So, that's gonna be included. So, you'll need your Scrap Crazy templates. You're gonna need a really good cutting mat, a rotary mat, rotating, like this. I recommend the Martelli mat, it's an excellent, excellent product, you won't be sorry you bought it. It will last you forever. You're gonna need a good rotary cutter. I like Tula Pink's rotary cutter, just because it's very well balanced, and it's easy to use. And, you're gonna need a thread cutter block. And, I'll show you why you're gonna need this in just a minute. So, let's get started. What you're gonna do, I'm just gonna show you a few things about cutting. This helper tool that I was telling you about, you use this, just for your first cut. And, the reason you need it, is because you need to be sure, when you make that first cut, that you have enough space on the left-hand side to get the two shapes that you're gonna need for over here. And, that's the only time you use this, but it is really important, because, if you don't cut that just right, you may short yourself, and you may ruin your layer cake. So, you cut that, and then, you're going to be cutting an A piece, a B Piece, two C pieces, and a D piece. Really, really easy. The main thing with the cutting, that I want to point out to you, is that you don't want to, you want to use the cuts you've already made. Like, on this A piece that I'm about to cut, I'm not gonna have to cut this top section here. I'm only gonna cut this side, this side, this side, and then, the tips are engineered, so you can cut off the tips. So, I've done that. Then, I'm gonna cut a C piece right here, and because I've already cut the top and the side, I no longer have to cut those off. So, we're gonna be cutting the bottom and the side. And then, I'm gonna also trim off the tip. Now, do you see why you need a really good rotary mat? You notice how much I swing this around, to get to what I need to cut, and I don't have to be going like this, or like this, to be doing my cutting. So, on the D piece, same thing, we don't have to cut the side and the top, we only cut the bottom, and this side. And, there's the D piece. Then, we come to this other side over here, and we have to get two pieces out of this section. We're gonna do the C piece, so, I don't have to cut this side. Cut the bottom, I cut off the tip, turn my Martelli around, cut the top and the side. Good. Got that cut, and then we're gonna cut the B piece. The B piece is just a short version of the A, I usually trim off the end of my set here. And then, I can just, I don't have to cut that side or this side. I cut that part. Turn off the tip. And swing around, and cut off the top. All right, so that's what you do, basically. Just, you go through your entire layer cake. A lot of times people ask me, how many layers I cut. I cut as many layers as I can, because, the more layers you can cut, the quicker it is that you're gonna get through this. Now, once you cut all your layer cake, your stack is gonna look something like this, okay? So, what you want to do, first thing, is, you want to shuffle these around so that you have a different piece of fabric on the top. It doesn't matter how you do that, there's no scientific, you move three, you move four, or anything like that. Just make sure the top piece is different. And then, your entire layer cake will be shuffled. So, you're gonna follow the instructions, and the instructions are right here, and it's gonna tell you to sew your C piece to your D piece, which is this, right here. So, you're gonna take this to the sewing machine, and you're gonna sew this entire set together, so there'd be 42 of them. Our 40th, it's a boutique layer cake. A regular layer cake has got 42. And so, however many pieces in the layer cake is how many blocks you're gonna have. So, you'll either have a quilt that's five blocks by eight blocks, which is 40, or you'll have a quilt that is six blocks by seven blocks, which is 42. The cotton layer cakes, like this one, from Moda, has got 42 pieces in it. The boutique ones have 40, and why they do that, I don't know, but anyway, so, you're gonna cut, and you're gonna sew this entire stack together, and you're gonna chain sew it. And, chain piecing means that, you don't stop and cut your thread between pieces. Once you get that finished, you're gonna have a long flag of chain pieces sewn together. So, you can either take your scissors, and you can cut those apart, one by one, or, you can use your thread cutter block, which is this. And, you can take those pieces that are sewn together, like this, say, pretend these were sewn together, and you can just cut them like that, and it's really, really fast. We make these at Stitchin' Heaven, so this is a really good tool to have in your toolbox for any kind of chain piecing. So, once you get that sewn together, then you're gonna sew your A piece to your C and D piece, and that side is done. Then you're gonna sew your C piece to your B piece. This side is done. You sew this side to this side, and boom, your blocks are finished. Now, pressing, you don't have to worry about pressing, really, because none of these, you want to press between each time that you sew, but, none of these things intersect, so it doesn't matter which way you press them, until you got to put your blocks together. Now, once you have your blocks together, you're gonna have them all lined up here, and, honestly, I do not recommend you put this project on a design wall. Honestly, folks, it does not matter. Most of the people you're gonna be giving these to really don't care if two fabrics match up at the same place. It actually gives it kind of a nice, interesting look, if sometime that does happen. Probably on this quilt, you can see, like right here. This is okay. It makes a really neat little design. Somebody's gonna say, how did you do that? And, you know, it's because you just let it happen. So, what I recommend you do, is, you take your squares. Take the first square and the second square, turn the second square once, add it to the first square. Turn the third square twice, add it to the second square. Just mix the blocks up. So, your six blocks, your row, put it behind your sewing machine, and then repeat that until all your blocks are gone. Take all of those rows, sew them together, and then once all of the rows are sewn together, you can look at it, and see what it looks like. And, it's kind of fun, it's kind of like having a baby, you know? You're never gonna know what it looks like till it comes out. So, once you get the center done, you can decide if you want to put borders. You don't have to put borders on this quilt. If you want to, you can put either just an outer border, which we recommend, a six-inch outer border. Or, you can do, like we do on this one, and do a two-inch inner border, and a six-inch outer border. Um, and then you just quilt it and bind it, and it's done. Really, I can make one of these. I can start in the morning. I can get it cut out in 20 minutes. I can put my blocks together in about two hours, and, by dinner time, I'm finished, put together with the borders on it, ready to go to the quilter. So, we're gonna show you a few pictures of some options, that you may want to think about. We have, these are just some examples of different quilts that we've made up. We do have these most of the time. We have them in kits, so, if you want to order just the kit, with the layer cake, the borders, and the backing, you can do that. So, we make it real easy for you. So, if you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment. I'd love for you to subscribe to our channel, so you can get more of these lessons in the future. And, I hope you enjoyed this lesson on Scrap Crazy. This is Deb Luttrell from Stitchin' Heaven.