Scrap Quilt Pattern


Scrap quilt pattern

Scrap quilt pattern

This scrap quilt pattern has made a wonderful dent in my fabric stash – it’s a great feeling because it made me feel that the quilt had cost me very little money to make!  I tend to store my scrap fabric in boxes of squares – the sizes that I use frequently in quilts like 2.1/2″, 2.7/8″ and so on.  For this scrap quilt pattern I raided the 4.1/2″ and 4.7/8″ boxes.  As well as using scrap fabric within the quilt blocks, I have also used it for the piano keys border.  The quilt measures 52″ square.  I have used 1.1/4 yards of background fabric (I used a light green) and about 2 yards of stash fabric.

Cutting requirements for the scrap quilt pattern

4.1/2″ squares:  thirteen green, one hundred and two from stash (that is for both the quilt blocks and the piano keys border)

4.7/8″ squares:  eighteen green, eighteen from stash

For the first and third borders you will need nine 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric cut across the width of fabric

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

Making each block for the scrap quilt pattern

Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares.  Place a green square and a scrap square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.  This will produce two half square triangle units which are 4.1/2″ square.  Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.

Cut the squares into three

Cut the squares into three

For the rest of the quilt block you will need to do the usual quilting thing – cut your squares into bits and then sew them back together again!

Cut each scrap fabric square into three, to give you strips 1.1/2″ wide by 4.1/2″ long.  Of course if you are not using scrap squares, then you need to cut 1.1/2″ strips of fabric and cut them into 4.1/2″ lengths.

Sew the strips into fours

Sew the strips into fours

Sew the strips together first in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make fours.  These will now be 4.1/2″ squares.  You will need to make thirty six of these squares for the quilt blocks and forty of them for the piano keys border for the scrap quilt pattern.

Scrap quilt block layout

Scrap quilt block layout

Lay the squares out in three rows of three – you can see why I think that this is a really quick quilt to make.  There’s a green 4.1/2″ square in the middle, a half square triangle in each corner and a strip square everywhere else.  Note that the strips are placed vertically in the top and bottom squares but horizontally in the other two squares.

Completed scrap quilt block

Completed scrap quilt block

In the layout photo above I tried out using four half square triangles from the same fabric, but I decided against this and used different fabric for each corner of the quilt blocks.

Make nine of these blocks and sew them together in three rows of three for the scrap quilt pattern.

First quilt border

First quilt border

First quilt border

I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric for the first border.  You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

Piano keys quilt border

I thought that the piano keys quilt border would be ideal for this scrap quilt pattern because it uses the same squares as those used within each block.

Make forty of the same strip squares as used in the quilt blocks.  Sew them together side by side in four strips of ten squares each.  Make sure that all the strips are running from top to bottom rather than side to side.

Use green squares for the cornerstones

Use green squares for the cornerstones

Sew one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt.  Sew a 4.1/2″ green square to each end of the remaining two strips.  These are the cornerstones.  Sew one strip to each side of the quilt.

Third quilt border

Third quilt border

Third border for the scrap quilt pattern

Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the scrap quilt pattern top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section, towards the bottom of the page.

Here’s the video:

I have made the first section of a machine quilting sampler quilt, pulling together some ideas for straight line quilting.  I will be adding to this, using simple quilting designs that I hope you will find helpful.  You can see it here:  machine quilting sampler.
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Straight Line Quilting – Quilt Sampler


Straight line quilting

Straight line quilting

This straight line quilting tutorial is the first design in my machine quilting sampler quilt.  The whole idea for the sampler has come from all my efforts to engage with Minnie, my longarm quilting machine, over the past few weeks.  I am actually demonstrating the straight line quilting on my normal domestic machine because of course the designs that I am going to use in my sampler can be sewn on any machine.  I have used plain fabric in a light colour with black thread for the quilting so that it shows up well.  The size of the quilt is about 32″ by 42″ for the very technical reason that I had a piece of wadding that size in my stash.  As I go along, I will be subdividing the quilt into sections about 8″ square.

I am not going to go into the basics of setting up for machine quilting, because I have already covered that here.

Straight line quilting ideas

Straight line quilting is the first step when you begin quilting – when you stitch in the ditch or echo quilt you are following the lines of the seams in your quilt blocks.  The next step is to begin to add a little something into the lines so that you can use them as a design in their own right.  As you can see, I have begun with triangles sewn at intervals in a line, then squares – yes, I agree they are more like rectangles than squares!  In the next line I have added hearts and in the final line I have added very simple stars.

Whichever design you want to include in your straight line quilting, the important thing as always is to practise it before you use it in a quilt.  The few designs that I have shown are very basic, so think about variations that you can use – different sizes of triangles within the same line, different spaces between them, different designs within the same line.  Try them all out and decide which variations look right for your particular quilt.

I was going to show you two squares of the sampler in each tutorial, but the video would have been far too long so I am cutting it back to just the one section for each tutorial.  The video goes into some detail and I hope you will find it helpful to see the straight line quilting as I sew it:

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.



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