Every quilter knows that leftover pieces of fabric are inevitable.
While some people throw these scraps away, others are quite conscientious and look to make something from their scraps.
However, scrap quilting is not a new concept.
Looking back to the Victorian age, we find that the production of crazy quilts by upper-class women was a way for them to show off their wealth and knowledge of stitching.
The fabrics used were often brocades, silks, and chintz.
These scrap quilts were not made for utility but more for bragging rights as they were often draped across the chair in the front parlor for visitors to see.
Scrap quilting with cotton fabrics became popular during World War II when to waste something was unAmerican.
Out of necessity quilters recycled feed sackcloth and clothing to produce a scrap quilt.
These quilts were then donated to the American Red Cross or soldiers’ homes.