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Frame scrap quilt

Frame scrap quilt

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.  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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles with all the 2.7/8″ squares in the colour combinations listed above.  That’s 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 and now you just need to trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.



Layout for frame scrap quilt block

Layout for frame scrap quilt block

The frame without the central squares

The frame without the central 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.

First four rows of the fram escrap quilt block

First four rows of the frame scrap quilt block

Last four rows

Last four rows

There are twelve scrap squares in each block.  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

Sashing strips of eight squares

Sashing strips of eight squares

Sashing between the rows

Sashing between the rows

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.  Now 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.

Sashing strips for the sides

Sashing strips for the sides

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

Border for the frame scrappy quilt

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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  1. Ella Wilson says:

    I just want to thank you for all your hard work all year round I dont know how you can do all those lovely quilts every week you top of my page and I look at every single thing you make buy your books and when I can get them your tapes aswell thank you so much Rose for all your teachings and explaining things you make so clear Have a happy christmas and all the very best is wished for you in 2014. what do you do with all your quilts when you finished makeing them just curious.

    • Hi Ella. Thanks for your kind comments and all your support (and purchases) throughout the year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you aren’t being battered too much by the storms. I don’t often finish my quilts, but I’m going to try and get more of them finished this next year – but I think I also said that this time last year! Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

  2. This is another winner, Rose.

  3. Bonnie Jenkins says:

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you so much for all the inspiring quilt patterns you have sent out through the year. I always look forward to opening your emails.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.
    All the best Bonnie

  4. Shirley McCormick says:

    Hi Rose, once again you have come up with a very good idea to use up some of my stash. I think it is a very nice looking quilt, even if it is made bigger. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Xmas and a prosperous new year. I look forward to my emails coming from you, I am sure I am not the only one who has used your designs for a quilt.

  5. Lovely quilt definitely a good way to use scraps.
    I’m relatively new to patchwork and I’m amazed at
    how fast scraps accumulate.
    Rose Thanks for the pattern.

  6. Thank Rose I have time i think i make this.

  7. Brenda in the USA says:

    This is just lovely! Thank you!

  8. This is lovely Rose. Even though you have used odd scrap fabric, it blends together and looks beautiful.

  9. The quilt is lovely, Rose. I’m amazed as how you got it done in so short a time and at such a busy time. Looking forward to what you will be coming up with next week. For sure, it’ll be another winner.

    • Thanks, Claire. The quilt this week is relatively small to give me time to decorate the house before the children come home for Christmas!

  10. Thank you so much Rose. I always look forward to receiving your e mails/instructions on your latest creations. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Healthy / Creative 2014

  11. I have only subscribed to your newsletter for a short time but I can’t figure out how to download the free patterns like the scrap quilt that was todays special scrap quilt. Please let me know how to download your free designs. This is the first on that I have loved colors and all.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Sharon. Glad you like the scrap quilt pattern. If you scroll down towards the bottom of the page you’ll find a green box that says ‘print friendly’ or something similar. If you click on that it should give you the download. Alternatively, you could always highlight and copy the page and then paste it to a word document.

  12. Good Morning,

    I’m kinda new at this, I have problem with cutting strips, I can’t cut a straight strip, I usually end up with the bump in the middle. What am I doing wrong?
    What can I do to cut a straight line<


    • Hi Flora. That bump in the middle often means that the fabric is not straight before you begin to cut it. Hold the fabric with both selvedges in one hand and the fold in the other hand so that the selvedges are hanging down together. You may well find that they are not lined up together at the other end that you are not holding. Slide the two selvedges against each other until they line up. Then trim off the edge of the fabric again and try cutting a strip. I think that this needs a video – it doesn’t come across very clearly with just words. I’ll try and do one next week.

    • Just a different way to say the same as above. Hold up the fabric with wrong sides together, letting the folded edge drop in front of you. If you see waves at the fold on the bottom, wiggle the salvage edges back and forth until there is no more wave. Then trim the cut edge to match, should solve your bumps in the middle of your strips. Hope this helps.

  13. I absolutely love your designs/ideas! Your instructions are always so clear! Thank you!!

  14. very pretty!