I love scrap quilts. Love them. So when I made my brother and his wife a quilt as a wedding gift, I knew it would be a scrap quilt. Here's a picture:
I made it in 2004. The problem was, I hadn't been quilting for long, so I had to buy tons of fat quarters and 1/4 yard cuts and begged my friends for scraps and it was very expensive, and I *still* have tons of blue fabric left. I've got any boy babies my friends might have covered for years to come.
I still haven't figured out how to get good scraps for quilts. I still buy fat quarters and 1/4 yard cuts, but that's still expensive. I sometimes find fabric or 100% cotton clothing or sheets at thrift stores. I've bugged all my friends so much for scraps that I'm starting to get too embarassed to ask for more.
So how do you get scraps for quilts? I'm working on a postage stamp quilt now, which will have 2,880 squares in it. I'd like to use each fabric in just 20 squares, but no more than 40 squares (my favorites are the fabrics that I only have one tiny scrap of, so they just get used once!), which means I need at least 72 different fabrics, and probably closer to 100. I've gone through my whole stash, joined the million square swap here on craftster, bugged those friends who aren't tired of me yet -- but how else can I get scraps for quilts?