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Scraps Plus One!: New Patterns to Quilt Through Your Stash with Ease    by Joan Ford order for
Scraps Plus One!
by Joan Ford
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Taunton Press, 2013 (2013)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Joan Ford's Scrap Therapy, Cut the Scraps! was a runaway success with quilters looking for advice on how to organize their fabric stash and use their scraps. Now the quilt designer is back with another helpful guide. Scraptherapy Scraps Plus One!: New Patterns to Quilt Through Your Stash With Ease is loaded with new, fresh ideas and patterns for quilting through any stash of leftover fabric bits and pieces.

You'll find step-by-step instructions that will show quilters how to 'get organized and get quilting'. Twenty plus-one patterns offer a creative quilting twist: add one new yard of fabric, one fat quarter, one new color or pattern to your stash and use it to make scrappy quilts, totes, pillows and more.

Clear quilting instructions for piecing, stitching, binding, and finishing each quilt are included, along with clever solutions to common scrap-quilt problems.

The author explains her philosophy quite succinctly in the book's introduction. 'It seemed that many of the scrappy quilt patterns and books had it backwards: start with a pattern, and then go on a strange treasure hunt to unearth the right pieces of fabric from massive piles and bags of unkempt scraps and finally assemble the project,' she writes. 'In my mind, it makes more sense to start with the scraps, cutting them up following a simple plan. Then you are ready to select and sew the scrap pieces into controlled scrappy projects.'

Whether it is creating a table runner, pot holders, blanket or tote, the patterns you find here will inspire you to not only put to good use that large collection of scraps you have been hording but to also have fun creating some colorful and unusual items for your own use or to give as gifts. 'It's time to dig in!' says Ford. 'Roll up your sleeves, put in a fresh rotary blade, and to coin a phrase, 'Cut the Scraps' and get sewing ... again!'

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