Scrap Quilts Update



Hello dear quilting friends!  The last few weeks I've been chugging away on cutting up all my scraps and making them into quilt tops.  As you can see, I've been successful in completely cleaning out my scrap bins.  ( had to quick take a photo because a day later I already had some scraps to add!)

I don't generally like to make a bunch of tops before quilting, as I like to keep a bit more of a flow so I'm not stuck with a massive amount of finishing.  But this project felt different somehow, so I'm finishing up all the tops before I begin quilting.  I thought it would be fun to show you the completed tops as well as where I'm at, because I'm almost done!

I'll add them here in the order I completed them.


First top I completed, made of 2.5"x3.5" rectangles.  I find this size to work really well with the scraps I have, since I seem to have a lot of 2.5" strips.  In general just sewed from light to dark in each vertical row.  Love how this one turned out!


This one wasn't in the original plan, but I kept finding more 5" squares and large chunks in my darks/black bin, so decided to make a HST quilt with them. 


Then this very random one to use up all the leftover 2.5"x 3.5" rectangles...


I've used this pattern before, from Sunday Morning Quilts.  I really like it on a low volume quilt.


This one was not planned in my original cutting/planning.  I didn't realize how many 5" squares there would be, and I hate to chop those into smaller pieces, so I made this pinwheel quilt.  The sashing and cornerstones are not scraps...  I feel like this is a quilt that is better in real life than in photos.  It's a more subdued vintagey vibe which I love.


By this time I was getting close to the bottoms of my scrap baskets.  I had quite a pile of strips and long skiny pieces, so of course I had to make a log cabin quilt!


 This is only half of the top because I ran out of 1.5" squares.  I'll scrounge around and likely find plenty of bits and pieces to cut up for this!


Maybe finish up the other half of this one today!  These were the 'bright' half square triangles, whereas the pinwheel quilt was the 'dusty' or 'muddy' fabrics.


And here's what's left on the design wall!  Those 2.5" squares are the very final bits and I may cheat and put them in the drawer since they're not enough for a quilt and I don't have a great plan for them.

So that's 8 quilt tops from my scrap baskets!  Size range from small to large lap size, think 50"-65" width and 55"-75" length.

This has been such an enjoyable project.  And I'm looking forward to quilting them too, amazingly!  I think most of them will be simple straightline quilting.

39 comments

  1. I'm SEW impressed!!! Empty scrap bins? What a concept. ALL of those quilt tops are phenomenal! Well done.

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  2. An amazing group of projects! Love how you use up your scraps, very creative! Is there a pattern around somewhere for quilt#7 please?

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  3. Oh my, you have been so busy. My favourite is the first one, I love the little row of flying geese and the dark to light element. x

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  4. WOW what a wonderful array of scrappiness!! You really did so well...Beautiful work hugs, Julierose

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  5. Bravo! Thank you for sharing all your inspiring scrappy goodness, Jolene! I am in awe. ��

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  6. Wow! Great quilts! They are all so wonderful

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  7. Inspiring! I've learned that my "scrap" bins pull new fabric in for each project, thus never empty!

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  8. Your quilts continue to delight me! I love everything that you do. :)

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  9. What wonderful source of inspiration in just one single post!!! Fabulous!

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  10. Well done! I am especially fond of the first one, but you really did find a good way to use all those scraps.

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  11. Do you have any idea how amazing you are?!?! You are such an inspiration. Gosh, so beautiful <3

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  12. Wow! Amazing quilts from scraps. It really inspires me to dig in to my scraps and "use them" to their potential!

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  13. Absolutely amazing. So inspiring. They are all beautiful. Just makes me want to sew.

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  14. Oh I do love the way you dive in to use them up. I have been making a scrappy Arkansas Crossroads and ended up using stash to liven it up! Win win, or so I thought - unfortunately I still seem to have more scraps than I started with!

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  15. I love them all. Thank you for sharing. Truly wish my scrap bins were empty too, but I keep trying :-)

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  16. Wow, these quilts are amazing. I would never imagine, what can be made from scraps. You are so inspiring.

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  17. Great progress. So many bright and cheery quilts. Destashing here too. Several of your quilts are inspiring,especially the rail fence and the graduated scrappy with the flying geese. Thank you for the inspiration. D. Weeks (aka Momma Llama)

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  18. Great design elements in all your scrappy quilts. We never realize how much yardage is in our scraps until we sew them together.

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  19. LOVE! This is a true inspiration. Now to get cutting! Thank you for posting!

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  20. Wow, you've been busy!!! I like them all, but I'm particularly drawn to the nine patch chain. I especially like the palette of it, the pattern, and the value contrast. You've inspired me to look through my scrap bins and do something with my scraps.

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  21. Those are some stunning quilts you've made! More impressive given that you were designing as you went from scraps. Good luck with all the finishing (and I'd be happy to quilt some for you).

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  22. That is impressive! I'm also on a quest to sew up scraps and fabric I already have. I'm on my third top. Hope to have 6 done by Christmas.

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  23. That's an impressive number of lovely scrap quilts! Wow! You just inspired me x 8 to focus on using my own scraps. Well done!!

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  24. Wow, you're amazing! Beautiful work.

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  25. I didn’t have time to comment yesterday as errands most of the day and we ended up going to one of our son’ home last night. (And somehow I ended up having to make him an apple 🥧 today). I applaud your creativity as I absolutely love each one of these beauties. What an inspiration for all of us quilters, especially right now!!! I believe I’ll save this post so I can look at it daily as we go through the upcoming weeks because it gives me so much joy.

    If I had to pick a favorite, which is difficult, it would be the pinwheel quilt. To me, it just oozes personality. Congratulations and hugs from Maine

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  26. Wow! You are the only person I know of who has actually used up all of her scraps! And I really love what you created with them. I especially like the first one and number 7. You are always an inspiration for me. Thanks for the little quilt show!

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  27. Just beautiful!! Every one!! What an inspiration!! IT CAN BE DONE!!!!!

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  28. That is impressive! You've accomplished so much in such a short amount of time, plus you have some beautiful quilts at the end (and an empty stash bin). Well done!

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  29. I love all these "scrap" quilts! I would love to know where you purchase your fabrics and how you pick colors. Do you buy bundles or do you prefer buying yardage? I just love the look and feel of all your quilts.

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  30. I love every single one of your scrap quilt tops. I'm anxious to see how you quilt them, too. It takes quite a commitment to stick with the plan, and not want to go off to start something from "new" fabric. And these are all so different, they don't look like they all came from the same scrap bins. I echo Julie - well done!

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  31. Ooh, lovely, especially that dark gradient!

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  32. What an inspirational post and terrific use of scraps! I'm particularly drawn to the rectangles quilt and the bright half triangles quilt. Bravo!

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  33. Such a great use of scraps and so much inspiration for all of us! Congratulations on your finishes and empty scrap bins! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  34. LOVE LOVE LOVE these. Thanks for the inspiration. I, too, use (try to) use up all of my scraps. I turn them into charity quilts.

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  35. True scrap quilt take a lot of time! The rectangle quilt with the flying geese is absolutely stunning. Loved seeing all these.:)

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  36. The 3rd one is my favorite but they are so beautiful together as a collection.

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  37. Love all your scrap play. Thanks for inspiring!

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