This scrap quilt pattern has made a wonderful dent in my fabric stash – it’s a great feeling because it made me feel that the quilt had cost me very little money to make! I tend to store my scrap fabric in boxes of squares – the sizes that I use frequently in quilts like 2.1/2″, 2.7/8″ and so on. For this scrap quilt pattern I raided the 4.1/2″ and 4.7/8″ boxes. As well as using scrap fabric within the quilt blocks, I have also used it for the piano keys border. The quilt measures 52″ square. I have used 1.1/4 yards of background fabric (I used a light green) and about 2 yards of stash fabric.
Cutting requirements for the scrap quilt pattern
4.1/2″ squares: thirteen green, one hundred and two from stash (that is for both the quilt blocks and the piano keys border)
4.7/8″ squares: eighteen green, eighteen from stash
For the first and third borders you will need nine 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric cut across the width of fabric
Making each block for the scrap quilt pattern
Make half square triangle units with the 4.7/8″ squares. Place a green square and a scrap square 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 produce two half square triangle units which are 4.1/2″ square. Press the seam allowance towards the darker fabric and trim the corners where the triangle tips stick out.
For the rest of the quilt block you will need to do the usual quilting thing – cut your squares into bits and then sew them back together again!
Cut each scrap fabric square into three, to give you strips 1.1/2″ wide by 4.1/2″ long. Of course if you are not using scrap squares, then you need to cut 1.1/2″ strips of fabric and cut them into 4.1/2″ lengths.
Sew the strips together first in pairs and then sew the pairs together to make fours. These will now be 4.1/2″ squares. You will need to make thirty six of these squares for the quilt blocks and forty of them for the piano keys border for the scrap quilt pattern.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three – you can see why I think that this is a really quick quilt to make. There’s a green 4.1/2″ square in the middle, a half square triangle in each corner and a strip square everywhere else. Note that the strips are placed vertically in the top and bottom squares but horizontally in the other two squares.
In the layout photo above I tried out using four half square triangles from the same fabric, but I decided against this and used different fabric for each corner of the quilt blocks.
Make nine of these blocks and sew them together in three rows of three for the scrap quilt pattern.
First quilt border
I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric for the first border. You will need two lengths of 36.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 40.1/2″ for the sides.
Piano keys quilt border
I thought that the piano keys quilt border would be ideal for this scrap quilt pattern because it uses the same squares as those used within each block.
Make forty of the same strip squares as used in the quilt blocks. Sew them together side by side in four strips of ten squares each. Make sure that all the strips are running from top to bottom rather than side to side.
Sew one strip to the top and one to the bottom of the quilt. Sew a 4.1/2″ green square to each end of the remaining two strips. These are the cornerstones. Sew one strip to each side of the quilt.
Third border for the scrap quilt pattern
Finally for the third border I have returned to the 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric. You will need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the scrap quilt pattern top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section, towards the bottom of the page.
Here’s the video:
I have made the first section of a machine quilting sampler quilt, pulling together some ideas for straight line quilting. I will be adding to this, using simple quilting designs that I hope you will find helpful. You can see it here: machine quilting sampler.