Scrap Happy Quilt Tutorial

Thursday, September 14, 2023

 This next project I want to share with you is such a great scrapbuster!
I saw a quilt like it at my friend's mother's house and knew it would be such a fun project 
so I just had to make one too!

Here's a brief description of how to make this beginner-friendly quilt:

1. Gather a bunch of 4-1/2" wide scraps (they can be any length you want). 
I cut mine anywhere from 1-1/2" to about 5-6" in length.

2. Sew them into one long strip.  Press the seam allowances open.  

3. Cut that strip into 4-1/2" segments.   
Some of the fabrics will be wide and some will be narrow strips.  
You're not supposed to worry if they're really narrow - that's what
makes this pattern charming.  (I would adjust my ruler to avoid
having a piece that was smaller than 3/4" though).

4. Lay out the blocks, rotating every other one so the strips alternate directions.  

5. Sew the segments into rows.  Press the seams in one direction, 
alternating the direction with each row.  

6. Sew the rows together and press all the seams in one direction.

You can make this quilt any size you want.
I made mine pretty big to use up a bunch of fabrics from my stash.
I did an 18 x 21 layout (378 segments) so my quilt
finished at 72" x 84".  That means I needed a 4-1/2" wide 
strip of scraps about 48 YARDS long!!!

I had my friend, Jen Ostler in Highland, Utah quilt it for me
with a new-to-me panto called Spring.  It's made up of
circle and petal shapes.  Do you see the little bee Jen added in, just for fun?!?
She always hides a little object in the quilting for a fun game
of hide-and-seek.

I had the white and purple polka-dot fabric in my stash 
(but didn't have quite enough so I added in a strip of the mint green fabric
to make my back long enough).  Then I bound the quilt in the aqua floral fabric
from my fabric line, Treasured Threads by Poppie Cotton.  The specific name 
for that fabric is Double Crochet in the color Teal.

This project was really easy and really fun!
I highly suggest doing it if you have a lot of scraps!

I am having a quilt sale soon.
I have so many quilts that are just sitting in closets, not getting used
and I need to recoup some of my costs for them (plus gain back some closet space!)
So you can visit my Etsy shop HERE if you're interested in a pattern or a quilt.
This quilt will be included in the sale which will probably start on Monday 9/18/23.
Feel free to pass along this info to anyone you know who loves handmade quilts.
I would appreciate the shares!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy quilting!

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