Review: Scrap Basket Bounty by Kim Brackett

Title: Scrap Basket Bounty
Author: Kim Brackett
Pages: 80
Genre: Nonfiction, Instructional, Quilting
Source: Free ARC from That Patchwork Place

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from That Patchwork Place via Edelweiss. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

Every quilter knows how quickly a scrap stash can grow, especially if you’re a quilter who loves their fabrics like I do. You can’t bring yourself to just toss the sometimes small or oddly shaped bits of this and that. But what do you do with them? Make scrap quilts, of course! And if you want some wonderful ideas about how to use those scraps, Scrap-Basket Bountyis a great place to start.

This book offers great hints on how to decide on which scraps to use like:

  • Use scraps from the same designer, but different collections. A great hint, especially since designers tend to favor certain color combinations and always have a similar personality
  • Use a single solid background color with a combination of another color (red). The color consistency allows you to scrap it up, and still create a cohesive look.
  • During layout, try turning the blocks in different ways for a unique final result
  • Use a seasonal color scheme, such as summery colors for a picnic quilt.
  • Use a theme like polka dots or text prints to keep a cohesive, but still scrappy feel
  • Focus on blocks like log cabins that can really help use up scraps of all different sizes and shapes.

Some of the features I really appreciated about this book:

  • Shows at least two different examples of quilts made from the same block type laid out in an alternate pattern. Some of them look entirely different with the slightestchange!
  • Explains what type of blocks respond well to what kind of treatments (turned on the diagonal, etc.).
  • Quickly explains the building blocks such as chain-piecing, half-square triangles, folded corner units and more.
  • The illustrations and instructions are clear and concise.
  • It caters to those who like a truly scrappy look and as well as those who want to use their scraps in a more cohesive fashion.

Truth be told, since I first started quilting, aside from my addiction to fabric, my passion for quilt books and patterns is unmatched. And as someone who tries very hard not to create unnecessary waste, I neededthis book!

In a nutshell, Scrap-Basket Bounty by Kim Brackett is scraptastic!


5 Replies to “Review: Scrap Basket Bounty by Kim Brackett”

    • The possibilities are truly endless. Some of the art quilts out there are unbelievable. I haven’t tried any curved piecing yet. Trying to master all the “easy” basics first. 😉

      I hope you find some time to quilt sometime soon. I hope to make some time tomorrow to get some piecing done, even if it’s just a block or two, after about two months of nothing. Yesterday, I sewed neck warmers/gaiters for my kiddos and I can’t believe how much better I felt after a little time on my sewing machine.

  1. What a beautiful cover, it makes me want to start quilting just looking at it. Nice review Myndi, sounds like a great book for those beginning quilting and looking for a way to make a quilt without spending a lot of money. So glad you are enjoying your new past time.

    • Quilting books are definitely my new thing. Though I have other hobbies that I’ve been doing for years (fiber arts, mostly), I’ve never been as enthused about those books as the quilting books. Not sure why. But I’m really loving learning so much about it.

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