Other People's Strips
I've been working lately with my sister-in-law on scrappy quilts. She is... tentative... to say the least about venturing out on her own on them, though she loves them if OTHER people do them. She mentioned that maybe she just didn't have the right kind of scraps, because nothing she put together seemed to work. Then she got the idea of sending ME a box of scraps that she didn't want, to see if I would do something with them. Well, once I received the box, I sorted through them, and using nothing but her 1½" strips, and some Kona Black that she had put in the box, I started laying out some squares. The only part of the following quilt that came from MY sewing room was the multi-color sashing that I bought on clearance! And it didn't require much of that!
For the backing, I cut 8" squares of various fabrics, and just made a multi-fabric reversible out of it.
A couple of the online groups I belong to have been addressing the subject of "stashbusting" older or unwanted fabrics in their collections. This might be a solution for some of them. Personally, I think this quilt turned out quite nicely, using fabric strips that my sister-in-law thought were not usable for anything more than string quilts at best. At least it's another option. And the backing is a way to use up some pieces that might not be enough to make a full coordinated quilt from, but do work as a nice patchwork effect. I like it better than a boring back, myself.