There is no shortage of patterns for scrap quilts, and often I start with a pattern I’ve found somewhere and modify it to suit me. I have notebooks full of pictures from magazines and photos I’ve taken of vintage or show quilts, so I use those for inspiration. Here is a quilt I made by modifying a pattern from a magazine I’d been saving for a long time:
The above quilt was made from my husband’s old shirts–whether that counts as scraps or yardage is a matter of opinion 🙂
I have some favorite scrap patterns I’ve used repeatedly over the years. This one, which I learned from Barbara Lenox many years ago, is intended to be made at the end of the year using scraps from all the projects you made that year. I love that idea and have made several of these. You can see my post explaining the basic block here.
Another favorite quilt pattern is Junk to Jems, by Linda J. Hahn. Here is my version which has been modified a fair amount from the pattern.
One thing I love about this pattern is that it is possible to make the elements of each block then re-arrange them so that there are several different variations on the same block. So yes, my version is not quite like hers.
Augusta Cole is another teacher whose scrap quilts I admire, and I have made several from her Snappy Scrappy Stars pattern. This makes a great leaders-and-enders project for me and I often use the blocks in donation quilts.
Of course, often a quilt starts as a pattern and then veers off course (surprise!). The quilt below started as a way to use both a linen background and a group of fabrics I had in small amounts. The original pattern is one of Karla Alexander’s stack and shuffle designs, and you probably can see that if you know the pattern. This is my variation.
And finally, even when I buy fabric for a quilt, I often buy fat quarters, which pretty much guarantees a scrappy look. And I don’t really like making the same block twice, so often I make a variety of blocks for a single quilt. Here is one last example of a quilt made from a fat quarter bundle, though it appears scrappy.
A friend who is a writer mentioned the other day that her stories sometimes take on a life of their own and lead where she didn’t expect to go. She asked if my quilts do that, too. Absolutely! Start out headed for A, end up at Q!
It’s all good. 🙂
Thanks. Just wanted to say that I enjoy your email every time it comes. I am a scrappy quilter too and love it much more than cutting into yardage. Thanks for all the inspiration.
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Great examples! I especially like the ones with lines of squares in a single color.
Lovely quilts, lovely explanations. I am still in awe of your industry (work and play).
Zippy, you know I love all these scrap-happy quilts and consequent ideas…fantastic! Thanks.
wow so colorful!
love the designs
Thank you 😊
Thanks for this post. I definitely have a build up of scraps that can be put to good use.
Yes, after a while most of the stash is scraps!
Great patterns….thanks for sharing!!!
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This has been a great series, and although Life Was Happening when they were first published, I’m also glad I got to read it as a unit, as the progression is interesting as well. These are great ideas of scrap quilts, and I like how they balance the color as well as the value. So many fun creations here–thank you so much!