Feb 01

Scrappy Boy Quilts! (51 & 52)

Well, it is Tuesday, and I’ve never joined this group before, but here is what I’m doing for Quiltstory’s Fabric Tuesday!

Remember how I was working with all of those scraps in my last post?  Well, I made more quilts, but this time they are boy quilts.  I decided to use these more geometric scraps (and animal scraps) for a boy’s quilt.  Well, actually, they made TWO boys quilts.  I started out cutting the fabric into appropriate size blocks for a log cabin style scrappy block.

Each block needed:

  • One 2.5 x.2.5 inch block
  • One 2.5 x 2 inch block
  • Two 2 x 4 inch blocks
  • Two 2 x 5.5 inch blocks
  • Two 2 x 7 inch blocks
  • One 2 x 8.5 inch block

Together, these make a (final) 8 x 8 inch block.  Then, I cut out 5.5 x 5.5 inch blocks out of the scraps and surrounded them with white for the alternating blocks (two 2 x 5.5 inch blocks and 2 x 8.5 inch blocks of white fabric).

I made 25 scrappy blocks and 25 square in square blocks.  Here they are before I sewed the blocks together…

Quilt 1 in blocks

Do you see that big orange dot on the top picture?  I found some scraps of fabric that had a little orange in them, so I thought it would be fun to include them in this quilt to add a splash of color.  Well, after I made this block, that orange dot didn’t sit well with me.  I just didn’t like it.  So, rather than undo the whole thing to fix it, I came up with another idea.

Completed scrappy quilt #1

There!  I fixed it.  Can you see it?  The block is the fourth row down, fourth square across.

I’ll give you a closer look.

Fixing a mistake on a quilt

Now can you see it?  I used the freezer paper applique (sewing by hand) method and used the backing scraps to cover up the dot.  Then, I quilted over it to stabilize it.  Yes, I did tell the recipient so that she wouldn’t wonder what was going on.  But I think it was a pretty good idea.

Quilt 1 at an angle

quilt 2 close up

I used a blocky meandering pattern to quilt them.  This idea came from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh! Fransson.  She most recently used it on her Tokyo Subway Map quilt.

The back of quilt 1

back of quilt 2

I made the back of these two quilts with Kona Solids and extra scrap fabric.  And I bound them with gray binding.

Binding on quilt 2

I love how they turned out!  One has already been given  away.  I hope that new baby boy likes it, even with the covered up dot.  🙂

These quilts were 40 x 40 inches before washing, and 38.5 x 38.5 after.



  1. Rachel says:

    Very nice! I love the grey binding ;). Ingenuious way to cover up that orange dot (even though it probably would have been cute as is).

  2. LisaAnn says:

    I love your quilt! The back is very similar to what I did on the last one. Nice colors and prints, love it!

  3. Nikki says:

    Cute! And I love how you covered up the orange. 🙂
    I really like that quilting design, did it take a long time to do? I think I’m going to try it some time.

  4. Becky says:

    Great job! I have 2 boys, and am always looking for good “boy quilts”. Great job on the cover up… very clever! Love the quilting too!

  5. Tanya says:

    It didn’t take long to do after you cut all of your pieces. I would do one step with all the blocks, then press them all, then add another piece, then press. After adding and pressing the first 2 x 5.5 piece, the resulting block was supposed to be 5.5 x 5.5 inches, so I squared them up at that step. The best part was that the piecing was random, so the lack of planning made it that much easier!

    And thanks everyone for not calling me lazy for covering up that dot. By the time I had made up my mind about it, the quilt was basted, so my options were limited.

    Thanks for your comments!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE the grey binding in the second quilt, though they are both wonderful!

  7. Wendy says:

    Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of grey (although it’s very ‘in’ at the moment) but I love how it “fits” in here and the grey binding is just awesome!! Love the quilting too!

  8. sewsara says:

    wow it’s darrrrrrrrrrrrling! thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Sara says:

    Beautiful! Green and blue are my favorite colors. This quilt is so cute! I especially like the white frames. Great job!

  10. Lovely! I just did that same style of quilting on a baby quilt. It has a really nice effect, nice to have a variation on regular-old stippling.

  11. Those are wonderful quilts! Great idea on covering that offending orange dot. Have you found all the great quilting ideas and tips over at http://www.WeAllSew.com yet?