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Cut the Scraps!: 7 Steps to Quilting Your Way through Your Stash    by Joan Ford order for
Cut the Scraps!
by Joan Ford
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Taunton Press, 2011 (2011)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

If you are a quilter no doubt you have a closet or perhaps more accurately a room filled with fabric you have been collecting for years. No matter how hard you try, the stash doesn't seem to get smaller. In fact, just the opposite is true; like Pinocchio's nose, it grows and grows and grows.

Quilt designer Joan Ford rides to the rescue in this well illustrated and helpful book as she suggests some creative ways to deal with that ever expanding collection of fabric that is totally out of control.

The author explains a logical method for organizing all those scraps and leftovers, plus she offers twenty original patterns to put some of the excess to good use.

The nitty-gritty of Ford's book is a chapter on cutting up your scraps and then another which explains how to organize the cut-ups in bins by value or the type of collection. Next there are sections on selecting a theme for a project, time saving gadgets and tools, piecing and sewing, and, finally, finishing a project.

A godsend for anyone who wants to arrange all those scraps taking over the sewing room, this book will not only show how to organize the mess but you'll also find some clever ideas for tote bags, pillows, table runners, and much more.

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