I love the idea of using up some of my fabric stash in a scrappy quilt pattern. For this scrap quilt I have used red, pink, blue and white in each quilt block together with assorted squares from my stash and I have also used rows of scrap squares for the sashing. For that reason I haven’t actually used too much fabric in the rest of the quilt. It measures 42″ square and I have used 1/4 yard of blue, 1/2 yard each of pink and white and 3/4 yard of red fabric. I have used one hundred and fifty four 2.1/2″ squares from scrap which is equivalent to about 3/4 yard of fabric.
Cutting requirements for the scrap quilt
2.1/2″ squares: eighty nine red, sixteen blue, one hundred and fifty four scrap
2.7/8″ squares: twenty four each in pink and white, sixteen each in pink and red, sixteen each in pink and blue
2.1/2″ strips for the border: four white
Making the frame scrap quilt block
Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above (pink with either white, red or blue squares). Lay two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangles which are 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in eight rows of eight squares. On the right I have shown the frame part of the block without the scrap squares in the middle. This part is common to all the blocks and I thought it might be more easy to see the layout by seeing the frame on its own like that.
There are twelve scrap squares in each block and I have used darker squares as they are on a white background. Sew the squares together across each row. You can see the first four rows on the left and the last four rows on the right – they are in fact the same as each other. Sew the rows to each other to complete the frame scrap quilt block. Make four of them.
Making up the frame scrap quilt
Sew together eight scrap squares at a time to make twelve strips of eight squares. For these strips I have used lighter coloured scrap squares as they have a dark red fabric on either side. Sew one strip between each pair of quilt blocks to join them.
In order to join the two pairs of blocks, sew together two of the eight square strips with a red square in the middle to make one long seventeen-square strip. Sew this between the pairs of blocks to join them together. Make two more strips the same and sew one to the top of the quilt blocks and one to the bottom.
You should now have the four quilt blocks joined by strips of scrap squares, with further strips across the top and bottom but none down the sides. For each side you will need two of the eight-square strips with a red square in the middle and one at each end – so that’s three red squares and two scrap strips. Make two of these and sew one to each side of the quilt top.
Border for the frame scrappy quilt
I have used a white border for two reasons – one is to provide a good contrast to all the bright colours within the quilt and the other reason is that I find it more easy to add the binding to a single length of fabric rather than one with a lot of seams. That’s just a personal preference, really. I have used 2.1/2″ strips of white and you will need two lengths of 38.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the sides of the quilt.
The frame scrap quilt top is now complete and ready for layering, quilting and binding. You can find full details of these steps at the bottom of the beginner quilting page.
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