I started quilting about 20 years ago. My first quilt was from squares that a relative had made from 30’s fabrics and her husband had thrown away after she passed on. They had sat in my attic for 20 years and one day when helping my mother recover from hip surgery, I thought this might be something we could do together. Mother had quilted for years but I never thought it would be something I would like to do. I had sewn for years, knitted, crocheted and cross stitched. Quilting just seemed like endless repetition. Well, the bug was born!

After finishing the quilt from Aunt Mary’s squares, I started my own, crafted from my first quilting book with potholder patterns. I had no stash so I purchased eighth and quarter yard pieces. Each square had different coordinated fabrics and it grew to be a queen-sized bed quilt! A scrappy stash was born!

I loved the scrappy look and most of my quilts are scrappy. I soon developed a reputation with my guild as “the scrap queen”. Bags of scrap donations were always welcomed and well used.

Then I discovered Bonnie Hunter, a kindred soul. I began to follow her blog every day. Quilty friends and I compared notes as we worked on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery. When the mystery was finished, my friends said they thought I should do a scrappy mystery quilt for our group. They love my scrappiness and wanted to learn my style. It took a while but finally I was convinced.

Scrapitude (Scraps with Attitude) was presented to the Canal Country Quilters and Sandy blogged with her Quilting For The Rest of Us group. The response was so much fun and fantastic that it has grown to a life of its own with ScrapitudeQuilts.com. I hope you enjoy this journey with me as I share scraps of my thoughts and scrappy designs.

  • Kerry E.
    November 12, 2014

    Looking forward to organizing my scraps like you do Charlotte. I listen to “quilting…for the rest of us” podcast so I heard Sandy interview you about your method. I took notes on a post-it pad – not the best way to do it I know ! Wishing you the best in your new adventure and hope to participate in the future.

  • MaureenHP
    November 12, 2014

    Congratulations on getting your website up and running! I am cutting and bagging up my scrap-in-a-box components. So appreciate the lead time to prepare.
    Is there a way to subscribe to the blog via email?

  • jenny
    November 13, 2014

    hi Charlotte, so happy to see your blog up and running. i am really looking forward to your mystery quilt have my scraps all cut and just waiting for the first clue.

  • Lisa
    January 21, 2015

    Hi Charlotte,
    I just learned of your blog today from a lady on another group. I am wanting to join in on the mystery too. I am also interested in doing the Scrapitude if at all possible. Can you tell me where the instructions for it can be found? I have many scraps to use up. I also have done many of the Bonnie Hunter mysteries. I have many scraps already cut up just waiting to be used.

    Thank you,

  • Gail
    April 29, 2015

    Charlotte, I subscribed to the blog by email in January, but I haven’t been getting any blog posts since February. I missed the March and April scrap in the box clues and had to find them on the blog. When I tried to subscribe again it told me I was already subscribed check my inbox (still empty). By the way I’m have a great experience with the mystery quilt! I never would have believed I would enjoy working with such little pieces.


    • Charlotte Hawkes
      May 4, 2015

      Hi Gail, I’m sorry you haven’t been getting the clues. I wonder, can you unsubscribe to the email and then subscribe again? If that doesn’t work, I don’t know. I’m glad you are having fun with the mystery. I enjoy seeing all the progress that everyone has made and posted. They all look great! Haven’t seen one that I didn’t like! Quilt on!

  • Sharon
    May 8, 2015

    Is it permissible to share your mystery quilt with a quilting club via their newsletter if credit is given? I think our group would very much enjoy doing this as a group if so. Thanks,

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      May 11, 2015

      Hi Sharon,
      You may use the Scrap-In-A-Box mystery with your quilting club. Credit must be given as this is my original pattern. The reveal and last clue will be released tomorrow at 7pm EDT. I would also appreciate it if you would tell your group about the ScrapitudeQuilts.com website and that we’re on Facebook too. I will be doing another scrappy mystery probably in the Fall and at that time I will pull the clues and instructions for Scrap-In-The-Box. The pattern will be available for sale after that along with the Scrapitude pattern. I hope your group enjoys the mystery! Have fun with it!
      Happy Quilting,

      • Sharon
        May 12, 2015

        Thank you for your reply. I will do all that you ask. I am sure that they will enjoy doing the mystery. Sorry to hear about the death in your family. Prayers and thoughts will be with you and the rest of the family.

  • Penny M
    July 10, 2015

    I saw something about your Scrap In A Box quilt, but I can’t find the yardage requirements and beginning of the pattern. Would you please give me a link for that? Thank you.

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      July 13, 2015

      Hi Penny, The cutting instructions were given in October 2014. You can find them in the Category listing under Scrap in A Box Mystery. That will bring up all of the clues and if you scroll down to the beginning you will find what you are looking for.
      Happy Quilting!

  • Beverly Penaranda
    October 9, 2015

    Everyone!! I won FIRST PLACE with the Scrap-in-a-Box quilt!!! We have a judged quilt show every 2 years. Pepper Cory was our Judge!!! I feel so fortunate to be part of this group!! Great design!!!

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      October 9, 2015

      Hi Beverly,
      Wow! Congratulations! Can you post a picture on the Facebook site? Would love to see it! Let us know where you are too. Thanks.
      Great Quilting!

  • Charlotte Hawkes
    November 17, 2015

    Hi Debbie, I’m sorry the pattern did not go through. Send me an email to where you want it to go and I’ll send it to you.

  • laura schmidt
    April 15, 2016

    Hi Charlotte,
    I love your quilts! I was able after several tries to subscribe to your blog… thank you so much. But I missed the first two clues and the cutting instructions for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner. I have tried to print them from the blog but nothing I do allows me print them, I can print from my email but nothing else. Is it possible to send those to me as emails? I have a hard time using my computer when cutting and sewing, a paper instruction works so much better for me.
    Thank you for all your help!

  • Carolyn Hopman
    August 1, 2016

    Is there going to be a scrapitude 2017? Loved making the last two and hoping to get around to number one. Thank you Charlotte!

  • Martine toussein
    August 21, 2017

    Hallo, do we need to sign in somewhere for this quilt or is it all on the blog? Thank,you

    • Charlotte Hawkes
      August 21, 2017

      Hi Martine, it will be on the blog. But if you sign up for the email you will get the post automatically when I send it out.

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