I’ve been sewing for about a year now, and have no real craft area. Everything is kept in Tupperware tubs in a giant armoire. So, needless to say, I was overflowing with little scraps of fabric. Time to do something with those little pieces. Because they were kind of all in one color family (pinks, browns, turquoise and green), but all different sizes, I decided to try my hand at a scrap quilt.
Don’t get me wrong….I can appreciate the design and hard work that quilters put into their creations. But I have no desire to become a quilter. In fact, I can barely call myself a sewer……so I needed to be able to do this simply and quickly.
So I cut up my fabric into different size pieces, using several pieces of cardboard as my templates to trace. I had a quilt panel in my pile of random fabrics, but like I said….I have no intention of quilting. So I cut it up instead, cutting the characters from the quilt panel into the largest squares, and then using the surrounding patterns as smaller parts. I used strips of the fabrics as the borders too. And to be honest, I did this completely by trial and error….I had no idea what I was doing. But, I figured it was a scrap quilt, so the more hodgepodged it looked, the better.
Bear with me…..here’s how I did it:Materials: thirty 6 1/2 inch squares sixty 3 1/2 inch squares seven strips of 45 1/2 inches worth of fabric…..with each strip being 2 inches wide….and having 1/4 inch of seam allowance on each end one large piece of fabric 47 inches by 45 1/2 inches 1 piece of quilt batting measuring 46 1/2 inches by 45 inches
I had a big scrap of padding….so I folded a corner over to form a square and cut off the excess ( I think it ended up being about 46 square inches)
This was one of the spare pieces of fabric I had that I loved, but wasn’t sure what to do with….so I cut it up to use as my focus squares on my quilt.
I measured all of the little critters on the panel, and luckily they all were about 6″….so I decided to make my larger squares that size (when finished).
I used a piece of cardboard as my template to cut around. (I made three templates…a 6 1/2″ square, a 3 1/2″ square and a 2″ wide strip….length doesn’t really matter…..all seam allowances for this project are 1/4″)
There were large chunks of interesting patterns left after I cut out the critters, so I supplemented more 6 1/2″ squares with them (and other fabric I had), and also used them for my smaller squares (which ended up being 3 1/2″ squares). If you look carefully, you can see where I drew my lines using a washable fabric pen. All of my seam allowances were 1/4″.
I also cut 2″ strips from scraps (varying lengths) to use as my borders. Then I laid everything out on top of my batting. I wasn’t too concerned about it fitting exactly, but I wanted to make sure that it was at least as wide as the batting….I ended up trimming excess at the end of my project. I also cut out one large piece of fabric to be the back of the quilt…..measure it to be the same size as your batting, and then add a 1/2″ around the edges to account for the seam.
Lay out your whole quilt…..I alternated one 6 1/2″ square and then two 3 1/2″ squares across, and then a 2″ strip in between each of the square rows. Just keep cutting scraps until your quilt is filled! I arranged mine on top of my batting to make sure it was big enough, and so I could get a visual on where all of the pieces were going to go.
I wanted to make sure that each of my fabrics were spaced out, and no two same patterns were touching. I also had to watch the spacing of my green and turquoise pieces because they totally clashed together….but spread out against the other patterns looked nice and were great bursts of color!
Time to sew!
I started to pin everything together before sewing….and quickly gave up. So much easier just to hold it in place as I sewed!
Take your two 3 1/2″ pieces and place them right sides touching, raw sides together. Make sure you know which edge to sew (based on the two 6 1/2″ squares it will be touching….pay attention to color and pattern placement).
Sew the two pieces together with a 1/4″ seam…do a quick backstitch at the beginning and end to tack the ends.
Here’s what the seam should look like on the right side. Sew all of your pairs of 3 1/2″ squares together…but keep them placed out on your quilt so you know which direction they should go (again, watch your colors and patterns!).
Line up the raw edges of the 6 1/2″ square and the two (sewn together) 3 1/2″ squares….right sides touching.
Sew 1/4″ seams, and backstitch.
Here’s what it should look like.
Sew on the next pair of 3 1/2″ squares to the other side of your 6 1/2″ square and continue to the end of the row.
Here’s the first row I completed….you can see I didn’t follow my own advice about really watching my placement and which sides I was supposed to be stitching together….my snail was sideways! I had to undo the stitching on both sides of that square, turn it, and redo it!
Do the same with your 2″ border strips. Sew them all together-end to end with 1/4″ seams. Then place them right sides together with your square strips, raw edges touching. Sew a straight line down the whole strip (1/4″ seam), and backstitch at beginning and end. Once you do this to all of your strips, your quilt will be all in one piece….very satisfying to see it all come together!
I pinned the right sides of my quilt and the fabric for the back together. I layered the batting on top of the quilt back and pinned it.
Ok, so I forgot to take pictures of these next couple of steps (sorry!), but they were pretty easy:
-I sewed all the way around (1/4″ seam), making sure to get the batting into the seam as well. I left a 6-8 inch opening on one end so I could turn everything right-side out.
-Carefully stuff everything through the hole so that your quilt is facing right-side out. At the hole, fold the raw edges under (and pin if necessary) and sew closed. I use an 1/8″ seam allowance to sew it closed…..and then I keep going all the way around the edge of the finished quilt. Then, I sew another stitch at a 1/4″ in from the edge….all the way around to give it a nice finished look.
Then I sewed along the right hand side of each of the strips of fabric in order to keep the batting in place. I spread out the seam and used a light pink thread since it matched much of my fabric color and was light enough to be seen on the back of the quilt (my fabric was a yellow and white gingham on the back)
And she loves it!
Room for two!
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