Tagged: scrap quilt

Mar 02

The Ultimate Boy Quilt Complete (86)

As I mentioned in a previous post, when I go shopping with my son to fabric stores, I allow him to pick one fabric from the remnant bin, or I let him choose 1/4 yard of a fabric of his choice.  After a few visits, we collected quite a variety of “boy fabric.”  I would fold it into a stack, and he would grab the stack and play with his “quilt.”  He would wrap things with the fabric, roll it up, throw it all over the place, and neatly stack it unfolded.  It was time to do something with it.


Presenting the ULTIMATE BOY QUILT!  The prints include frogs, fish, sharks, planes, cars, tanks, basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball, Batman, Spongebob, Spiderman, and Star Wars.  I used a pattern similar to my Cape Ann Hybrid Quilt, only I used one fabric down the middle instead of the strings, and added a 1 inch border to either side.


ultimate boy quilt close up

The quilting in this quilt was pretty fun.  I was able to do dense straight line quilting in the diagonal lines, and then one line inside the diamonds.  This is how the quilting looks in the front:



I pieced together a back with the left over fabric and Kona raffia.  I didn’t actually use the orange cats on bikes fabric in the front, but it was one of his fabrics, so I included it in the back and binding.


This is the quilting from the back.  I’ll be honest, I just eyeballed the quilting, so it is not quite perfect, but good enough for a three year old boy, right.  🙂


I am happy to say that I used all of the extra fabric in the binding.  I bound this by machine, which is not my favorite method, but it was the fastest way to get it done, and the boy wanted it done!

I pulled this quilt out of the dryer and wrapped him in it.   He was in heaven.  When I asked him which print was his favorite, he rubbed his hand over the quilt and said, “This is.”  I tried to clarify by saying, “Which fabric is your favorite?” and he said, “All of them.”

I see me making many more quilts for that boy in the future.


Dec 13

Dolce Star and House Collection quilts (80, 81, & 82)

I was running a little low on baby girl quilts, so I thought I would make a few.   Two of these are of the same design, and the middle one is a simple square quilt.

Ten Quilts ago, I had made a quilt using Tanya Whelan’s Dolce Fabric.  I had a pile of “scraps” left from that quilt, and so I thought I would make a couple of baby quilts.

Dolce Stars quilt II

Dolce Stars II


I wanted to separate the large designs in the Dolce line with something, and so I came up with these scrappy looking wonky stars.  These stars are made from solids in my scraps and also some coordinating colors from a couple of stacks of Kona Charms, which I now consider a necessity in any quilter’s stash.  They are tiny and were hard to make, but I love the effect!

Dolce fabric quilt

After making the two quilt tops, I had a few extra stars.  I added a row of them to the back of one of the quilts.

Lizzie collection quilt back

The two large panels on this quilt are from Anna Griffin’s Lizzie Collection.  They are the same design, but one in a light blue, and one in a celery green.  The other Dolce Stars Quilt uses the blue as the back.  They are both bound with Kona Robin’s Egg blue.

My other quilt was a way for me to take a mental break with quilting.  I needed to make something simple.  Thus, a simple square quilt.

It is made with Annette Tatum’s House collection fabric.  At first, this collection seems to be a bunch of random fabrics jumbled together, but I really like the effect.  It’s like having a quilt made from my stash, only I don’t need a stash.

Annette Tatum's House collection used in a quilt

 I love the soft colors, and the gentle designs of these fabrics.  I think it makes a quaint little baby girl quilt.  The back uses the same Lizzie Collection celery green as found in the Dolce Star’s quilt.  It is also bound in Kona Robin Egg.

The Dolce Stars quilts were 38.5 inches x 40 inches before washing, 36 inches by 37.5 inches after washing.

The House Collection quilt was 40 inches by 48 inches before washing, 38 inches by 45.5 after washing.

It feels great to have these done.  Baby quilts are such a great change from twin quilts.  Thanks for stopping by!


Nov 17

Scrappy Staircase Quilt (77)

steps quilt scrappy

I am really really liking working with scraps.  I had a bunch of strings that were no more than 2.25 inches wide, which wasn’t wide enough to add to my “scrap vomit” quilt, so I put them all in one large grocery bag and waited.  I knew I wanted to make a string quilt of sorts, and debated between spider web quilt and string-X quilts.  Neither won, but I still plan on making one of each in the future.

I had an idea a while back to use money mailers as the foundation for paper piecing string blocks.   After I look through them and pull out the ones that I’ll use, I save the others.  They measure 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches.  And, with a little bit of inspiration here and here (different varieties of stair quilts), this is how this quilt began.


I am going to show with pictures how to assemble these blocks.  Feel free to scroll down to the end to see more pictures of the finished quilt :).

Using glue stick, glue first strip to paper. Be sure the fabric covers across the entire width of paper. It should be at least 5.5 inches long.


Add a strip on top of the original, aligning the right sides together. Sew 1/4 inch from right edge of fabric, sewing through paper and fabric.


Press strips open at seams with iron. This image shows my original strip with additional strips on both sides.


Continue adding strips to either side. Use iron to press fabric open.

Continue adding strips to either side. Use iron to press fabric open.


Here is the block once it is covered completely with fabric.

Here is the block once it is covered completely with fabric.


A view of the rough block from the back

A view of the rough block from the back


Using a rotary blade and ruler, cut along the edge of paper to remove excess fabric.


Remove excess fabric from all sides.


Completed block. Using this block, you can add to it to make a variety of different quilt designs.


I added a 3.5 inch by 8.5 inch white strip of fabric to the block. Make sure to sew with fabric down instead of paper down, or the feed dogs will slip under the fabric.


Here is the final block.


Using 99 of these blocks, I made this staircase pattern with 11 rows of 9 blocks.  Here was my layout.

staircase quilt

I used a typical free motion meandering to quilt it all together.  Here are some close ups.

steps quilt

I used a fun house fabric I found from Ikea for the backing.  I’ll be honest, every time I see this fabric, I want to grab some markers and color in those houses.

I have donated this quilt to our local PTA to be auctioned.  It measures 68 inches by 84 inches (71 x 87 before washing).

So that is it!  Thanks for coming!

steps quilt


Oct 10

Scrap Vomit / Technicolor Yawn Quilt Finished (74)

Scrap Vomit Quilt

What started off as thousands and thousands of scrap 2.5 x 2.5 inch squares ended up being this fun new quilt!  Using Katy’s tutorial, I was able to make this quilt top in a twin bed size (before washing, it was 69.5 x 97, after washing, it s 66 x 93).  I altered her tutorial just a little when I made 18 blocks of the diamond shape instead of the 17 in the tutorial.  The reason is, I really liked having all of the diamond shapes in the corners of the quilt.  With this change, I was supposed to only make 17 of the 7 square by 7 square scrappy blocks, but I made an extra one.  And, I of course had to use it, so I put it on the back.

technicolor yawn quilt back.

I had a hard time placing this square in the front because it had very little orange and red, and a lot of blue and green.  But, all alone back here, you can’t even tell:)

scrap vomit quilt back

The back is a fabric called “Sugar Pop! by Liz Scott for Moda.

I used a new-to-me free motion quilting design.  I love how the rainbow design looks on quilts, but I noticed they were usually hand quilted or long arm quilted.  I wanted to give that same effect with a free motion effort.  So, I came up with this design.  This is an area where I started working with this new quilting design.

free motion quilt pattern

By the time I got to the end of the quilt, I think I got a little bit better at it.  🙂

free motion quilt design

I used a sage green thread to quilt the rainbows, mostly because I had a lot and I didn’t have any future projects in mind to use it.  And, it acts as a fairly neutral color in this quilt, since so much of it is green anyway.

And, just like Katy’s quilt, I had to bind it in black.  What an awesome frame for this quilt.  I’m not a fan of using a lot of black fabric, but I found it to be perfect for this particular pattern, and I agreed with Katy’s style in using the black for the diamonds and binding and the blue for the accent diamond.

Scrap vomit binding

My kid’s favorite part of the quilt is putting it over their heads and looking through it toward the light.  I’ll admit, it is one of my favorite parts, too!  Thanks for stopping by!

technicolor yawn quilt


Sep 10

Scrappy zig zag quilt II (70)

Someone had seen my scrappy zig zag quilt and asked if I could make one for her one year old using her own fabric.  Some was fabric she bought, but others were fabric with meaning, like an old shirt, a sheet, and something from her own grandmother’s stash.  I agreed and began working on it as soon as she mailed the fabric to me.  What a fun bunch of fabric:  Horses in green, Monster’s Inc. in yellow (with all of the pink purposely left out), kids in space,  octopus and seahorses, cowboys, robots…

I added some solid greens, aquas, orange, and red to add some breaks in the patterned fabrics.

Here is the quilt next to the original zig zag quilt.  I had to take a picture of them side by side.  It was like having siblings next to each other.

two scrappy zig zag quilts

With this new quilt, I made sure to not have the brown patterned fabric be the first strip I sewed on to the triangles, that way the scrappy zig zags would stand out more from the background.

Here are the quilt backs side by side.  The lady had sent me a sheet from her husband’s youth for the backing material.  It was straight vertical lines, but I cut it a little on the bias to give it more of a diagonal line.  I figure since the grain of the fabric is all over the place on this quilt anyway, it wouldn’t matter if the backing is a little off as well.  I like the final look.  Do you like how the backing and binding in these two quilts alternate, as if I planned it that way?  I didn’t, but I think it is fun!


quilt backs


After washing, this quilt measured 35 inches x 46.5 inches.

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