Scrap Quilt #1









So excited to start showing you my finished scrap quilts for 2020!  For a bit more background, read this post here.  Basically I decided to clean out every. last. scrap. and see how many quilts it would make.  Turns out it made 8!  And these are all small to large lap sized quilts...

So this first one was made from the large stacks of 2.5"x3.5" rectangles.  I found this to be a good size to cut from my scraps.  Because I tend to have lots of partial bits of 2.5" strips leftover from other things I guess. 

As I mention in my scribbles/halfway tutorial above (sorry guys, i'm so bad at taking the time to write a proper tutorial, I'd rather sew!)  anyways, as I mention, I divided the rectangles roughly into stacks of light, medium, and dark.  The mediums pile was by far the largest, with the lights coming in second and the darks having the fewest. 

I then started sewing vertical rows, doing 10 light rectangles, then 15 medium rectangles, then 10 dark rectangles.  This is so very flexible, as far as the size you want your finished quilt to be, and also depending if your scraps tend more to light, dark, or medium.

As you can see, partway through the quilt, the color values dip down with less dark and more light.  I wanted to add this interest and this quilt was really giving me the vibes of a sunset sky and the darks seemed like the hills on the horizon.  I didn't want it to have a completely straight line so I switched to 14 light, 15 medium, and 6 dark (oops, mistake in my written instructions above... the total number has to add up to 35.  or however many rectangles you are using)

Then towards the end of the quilt rows I went up to my original numbers of 10 light, 15 medium, and 10 dark.

I added in some geese, which I outline the basic size you'll need in the instructions above.  As you can see, the quilt was really feeling like a sunset sky to me.  I'm amazed how the quilt glows with color, and I did NO color selection whatsoever.  It's just a complete random selection of all my scraps. 

And I do love the back, as the black and white seem like a perfect foil to the vibrancy of the front.  After washing, the quilt came out at 55"x 69", so a perfect throw size quilt.

23 comments

  1. SEW excited to see your scrappy quilt top being transformed into a series of completed quilts!! Looking forward to the next installment.

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  2. This looks like a cozy quilt; I am ready to curl up under it and read.

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  3. This is fabulous and very inspiring. x

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  4. I like your quilt and I like your explaning about it. Thanks.

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  5. Scrappy quilts are the best, I love it. Thanks for such beautIful inspiiration.

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  6. This is one of my favorites of your quilts. Love the whimsy of the flying geese added in.:)

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  7. Fabulous! And thanks for the scrap quilt idea! I have been cutting out blocks that size!!

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  8. What a fun and yet simple design! All your scrappy ones have been great, I want to make them all!
    By the way, in your notes, step one shows 35 rectangles per row, step 2, when you switched the color hues up, the numbers don't add up to 35, not that it really matters for anyone to get an exact number as any change makes for an a nice subtle movement in the color range.

    Your blog is one of my favorites, I always love scrappy quilts and the prints you choose all play so well together. The quilts relay comfort to me.

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  9. Love this! I have been working through my scraps too and always appreciate more ideas of easy ways to use them.

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  10. Thanks for sharing! Scrappy makes me happy!

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