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Tips for Thrifty Quilting from Darlene Zimmerman
Learn to use fabric scraps, leftover blocks, selvages, with tips about thrifty quilting from Darlene Zimmerman.
Arrange a fabric swap with friends or guild members. Keep the rules simple: Bring fat quarters or larger pieces of quilt shop quality fabric. Swap for as many fat quarters as you have brought. This is a great way to collect enough fabrics for a particular color palate (blue and yellow for example) or theme (Christmas for example) for your next quilt.
Get free fat-quarter-friendly patterns.
A pieced binding can be added to a scrappy quilt by sewing longer strips together on the long edges, creating a strip set at least 12-18" deep. Cut bias binding from this strip set and piece together on the diagonal to create the length needed for binding.
Learn how to create pieced binding.
Recycle clothing to use in quilting -- wool fabric for felted wool projects and save buttons for craft or quilting projects. Bits of trim, embellishments and fancy fabrics can be incorporated in crazy quilting. Worn cotton fabric can be cut up for cleaning rags.
Use felted wool and trims in a Wool Heart Valentine.
Learn to cut the exact shapes you need in piecing flying geese and similar units instead of sewing squares on the corners and trimming (and discarding) large amounts of fabric.
Learn to piece Flying Geese blocks.
Sew gift bags for family and friends and encourage them to re-use them. Sew pillowcases as gift bags for large gifts—the wrapping becomes an extra gift!
Get free pillowcase patterns.
Use fabric and rickrack to wrap gifts for quilting friends. The wrapping and trim are re-useable!
Make a Fabric Gift Bag.
Re-discover the joys of hand piecing, hand quilting and embroidery. Keep one of those projects handy to work on while watching television, traveling, or waiting for someone. It's amazing how much you can accomplish if you have a project ready to work on – and you aren't using any electricity to hand-sew!
Get tips and project ideas for on-the-go quilting projects.
Worn-out quilting gloves make great gardening gloves or for dirty chores.
Keep worn-out cutting mats to use for craft projects or scrapbooking. The surface works well for exacto-knife cutting, or can protect your tabletop from glues and stains.
While sorting through your stash to find just what you need for your current project, put aside those "mistakes"—fabrics you wonder WHY you ever purchased—for a quilter's garage sale, to donate for charity quilts, or to share with your friends.
Try to purchase all-purpose tools and rulers (instead of notions that you might rarely use).
The selvages you cut off can be used to tie up plants, tie bundles of fabric or fat quarters together, or used to tie up packages.
Links:  http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/slide/swap-friends