Tagged: scrap quilt

Apr 27

Scrappy girl quilt with 2.5 inch squares Complete (61)

I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Since I was on vacation for a week, and my sewing machine was getting a tune-up, I’ve been a little slow on some of my projects.  I did get a couple of things done, though.


1)  This pile of paper and green, black, and white strings became this quilt top.

It is kind of busy, but I will find a nice mellow back to go with it.


I did finish a quilt this week.  But it was a new one that wasn’t even on my list.


2) Two weeks ago, I showed this project, and it still isn’t done (although I have made a bunch of half square triangles, so that is progress!)  I wanted to make a girl version of this quilt, so I cut out over 400 2.5 inch scraps, made 80 half square triangles (using 3 inch scraps of a printed fabric square and a white fabric square).  I had originally planned to put them together in this layout:

But, it was too busy.  I already had them sewn into 4×4 blocks, so I decided to just work with that, and put together another possible layout.


Kind of boring, but much better, visually.



3)  So, here is the finished quilt.


I have to admit, the back is my favorite.

I bound it with Holly Holderman’s Dolly dresses leaves in celery.

I was able to get a bunch of Holly Holderman’s Dolly Dresses fabric for a really great price.  I made some stacks of fat quarters, if anyone is interested.

And now that I have made this quilt, I now know a little more about what I want to do with the boy version of this quilt.  Stay tuned to see that one.

Quilts yet to be touched this week:

4) pirate quilt

5) bursting star quilt

6) Diamond Boy quilt


Thanks for visiting!


Mar 21

Pollination station- a two patch square quilt (58)

I made this quilt using 3 inch strips of fabric.  I sewed a 3 inch strip of scrap patterned fabric with a 3 inch strip of white fabric and cut those into 5.5 inch squares.  I arranged those squares so that the patterned side alternated with the white side.  Simple enough.

two patch square quilt

Since the piecing was so simple, I wanted to make the quilting be a little feminine.  So, I made flowers.

flower free motion quilting

I had remembered that I had seen free motion flowers on someone’s blog, and of course it is from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! She comes up with the best free motion quilting ideas to use with your home machine!


It was much faster to quilt all of the flowers, and then tie the ends of the thread than it was to do them one by one.  I love how the quilting mimics the Amy Butler flowers (orange and gray) and it also mimics the flowers (Milly) on the backing fabric.


Milly flowers for backing fabric

I chose a Kona Medium Pink for the binding, to soften the look of the quilt and make it more of a baby quilt.


So, there is quilt number 58.  Why Pollination Station?  It rhymed, I’m a science nerd, and it was better than “Flower Power,”

I’m still new at the quilt naming thing.  🙂


Before washing, this quilt measured 40 inches x 45 inches.  After washing, it was 37 inches by 43.5 inches.


Mar 17

Nature Path Quilts (55 and 56)

I finished two baby boy quilts.  And I even used floral fabrics!


These quilts were very easy to make.  I cut 3.5 x 5.5 inch blocks and 3.5 x 2 inch blocks from a few (somewhat) neutral solid fabrics, and I cut 3.5 x 3.5 and 2 x 5.5 inch blocks from a variety of patterned fabrics.  In my case, I used fabrics that remind me of nature (florals, leaves, swirls, damask).





After sewing them into this design, I knew right away that I wanted to do straight line quilting.


I think the straight line quilting adds to the masculinity of this quilt.


And, of course, I had to do the gray binding.


I named these quilts “Nature Path” because of the organic-looking fabric organized with neutrals in a pattern that resembles pavers on a pathway.    I wish I could be on a cute path in the woods right now!


I chose a Michael Miller fabric (I believe it is called “Esther”) for the backing of both quilts.


Michael Miller Ester fabric used as a quilt backing


I think I have discovered that I love a backing that pops.


scrappy boy quilt front and back

These quilts were 41 inches x 40 inches before washing, 38 inches x 39 inches after.

Oh, and another fun thing.  “Ugly Fabric, Awesome Quilt” reared it’s ugly head at a church activity, as the backdrop of a pioneer display.  I love that quilt. 🙂



Jan 26

String Quilt Complete (49) and Making baby quilts from scraps.

Two weeks ago, for Cheryl’s (Naptime Quilter’s) Workshop in progress, I asked two questions.  The first was what color should I use to bind my string quilt.

After looking at all of the opinions, and looking at the binding fabric next to the quilt…

String quilt with white binding

White binding

Green Binding for string quilt

Green Binding

Blue binding with string quilt

Blue Binding

Gray Binding on a string quilt

Gray Binding

I decided that I liked the darker fabrics better (gray and blue) but since there was so much blue in the quilt, I chose the gray.  Looking back, that is exactly what Cheryl suggested.  If I  had dark purple, though, I think that would probably have been my best choice, but I wanted to  use what I already had.  I like it a lot.

The winner! Gray!

So, here is the final string quilt.

Finished string quilt front

Backing for my string quilt

String Quilt Back

This quilt measured 95 inches x 71 inches before washing, and 91.5 x 67.5 after washing.  WE LOVE IT!

My second question that I posed out to blog land is what I should do with these scraps…

I cut some 5.5 x 5.5 inch squares from the large pieces, but I had so many smaller pieces left over, so I made a few quilts.

With the long strips 3 inches wide, I strip pieced them with 3 inch strips of white, and then cut them into 5.5 inch squares.

I had enough of these squares to make one baby quilt top.

Then, I took the smaller scraps and made scrappy squares within squares.

Since I had some small scraps and some larger scraps, I chose to make the squares inside the squares various sizes.

Since I already did the math, here are the measurements (If you don’t want these, then skip to the next picture):

To get a 1 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric:1.5 x 1.5
  • Border fabric: 2 pieces of 1.5 x 2.5 , 2 pieces of 2.5 x 5.5

To get a 1.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2 x 2
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.25, 2 pieces of 2.25 x 5.5

To get a 2 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 2.5 x 2.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 2 x 2.5, 2 pieces of 2 x 5.5

To get a 2.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 x 3
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3 x 1.75, 2 pieces of 1.75 x 5.5

To get a 3 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 3 .5 x 3.5
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 3.5 x 1.5, 2 pieces of 1.5 x 5.5

To get a 3.5 inch square inside a 5 inch square, you need:

  • Center fabric: 4 x 4
  • Border Fabric: 2 pieces of 4  x 1.25, 2 pieces of 1.25 x 5.5

I framed them in .75 inch white fabric squares, and then sashed them with 2 inches of green fabric.  This is the resulting quilt top.

Then, with the scraps of my scraps’ scraps, I did some wonky corners on some white squares.

I have seen butterfly quilts (here ) where they put the triangles on two of the corners on opposite sides.  While I liked how that looked, I wanted mine to be more random.  So, I chose to make some squares with three corner triangles, some with one corner triangles, and some with two corner triangles.  I didn’t want to do any with four corner triangles, because they looked too much like wonky stars.

Here is the resulting quilt top.  I love it!

Now I just have to think of some awesome backs….

Edit to add:  I finished the modern butterfly quilt just now.  But, I still have the other two that are backless.


Dec 10

String Quilt top is done!

Scrap String Quilt

I love this quilt top.  I cannot wait to quilt it.  I already have the back made.  I just need to baste.

But, I’m going to wait until I finish quilting the top to my mom’s chainmail quilt.

And I have to machine quilt my baby chainmail quilt.

It’s using up a lot of my safety pins.

Motivation is a good thing 🙂

Here’s another picture:

twin scrap string quilt