Scrap Quilt Pattern

Scrap quilt pattern

Scrap quilt pattern

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

Make half square triangles

Make half square triangles

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.

Cut the squares into three

Cut the squares into three

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 into fours

Sew the strips into fours

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.

Scrap quilt block layout

Scrap quilt block layout

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.

Completed scrap quilt block

Completed scrap quilt block

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

First quilt border

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.

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

Squares for the piano keys quilt border

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.

Use green squares for the cornerstones

Use green squares for the cornerstones

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 quilt border

Third quilt border

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.

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  1. Thanks a million, Rose . My daughter lives in London and she was always asking me for a scrap quilt…now I now how to make it !!!! you are so wonderful , talented and, at the same time really practical !!! I love everything you post !!
    A big hug from Vienna ( we are visiting for a few days and love it !)

  2. Loved your quilt and thank you for the pattern

  3. Jennifer says:

    My sewing room needs a tidy up big time and this has encouraged me to think about how I can organise my scaps and turn them into great quilts like yours.

    • Hi Jennifer. I wish that I could organise my sewing area – I get it tidy and then I get carried away with several projects on the go at one time and suddenly I’m surrounded by a mess again!

  4. Thank you for this. Scrap quilt. That should reduce my stash a bit. I enjoy all your tutorials.

  5. Thank you Rose – you have a way of explaining things which I find easy to understand. A great way of using scraps and I shall start organising mine into sizes. Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    As usual a great quilt. I tried making the piano keys border, didn’t know exactly what I was doing so it came out to look like checkers. Only did it in pink white and black. Still looks good though. Will definitely try this as I have a lot of scraps. I hate to throw away a piece that looks bigger enough for something. Do all your scraps look like squares? Do you put them away like that. Mine are usually uneven strips. Love the idea of the sampler quilting, great video. I guess it just needs practice.
    Are you going to the wedding in Zimbabwe. My cousin-in-law’s family comes from Zimbabwe.
    Have a nice weekend. Good luck finishing the wedding gift. That should be your number 1 priority not thinking about us novices. But I’m glad you do. Love all your ideas, and one day I will make them all.

    • Thanks, Sandra. I suppose the original piano keys quilt border was probably made in just black and white, but it’s a great way of using up stash if you use any colours. What I try to do with my scraps is cut them into the biggest size squares that I can make from them. If the scrap is too small to make a 2.1/2″ square then I usually throw it away – although I do know some quilters who keep even these small scraps and then cut them up for filling for toys. Yes, I am heading out to Zimbabwe for the wedding – can’t wait.

  7. This is by far my favorite quilt pattern you have shared. Thank you so much for such exact instructions and descriptions in making this quilt. You are so appreciated!

  8. carole yoxall says:

    This is such a pretty quilt Rose,it doesn’t look like scrap material,it looks as if it is all cleverly worked out and pieced together.
    How lovely your daughter being bridesmaid ,are you going to the wedding?
    Lucky couple having a quilt made with love just for them,a really special present.
    Have a lovely weekend,Carole x
    PS Letters to put Christmas Greetings on wall hangings etc would be magic

    • Thanks, Carole. Yes, my daughter and one of my sons and I will be heading out to Africa for the wedding next month. I am very excited about it! I’ll definitely have a think about the letters.

  9. Janet Crossman says:

    Hi Rose, I love receiving your patterns each week, I save and make many, many of them. My little complaint is that your pictures don’t show the true value of your quilts, is there anyway to get better pictures or lighting? I hope you don’t take offense to this.

    • Hi Janet. None taken. I’m rather stuck with the lighting, I’m afraid – when I use a daylight lamp to try and help I end up with more shadowing which looks worse. I have thought about buying a better camera, so perhaps I should aim for that.

  10. Rose,
    Thank you for a great stash buster pattern.
    You have a very busy hectic time in front of you.
    How are you getting on with Minnie?
    Have a really nice week-end.

    • Hi Mary. Minnie and I are going great guns. I quilted a huge quilt with her last week but I can’t show the photos to you until the recipient has seen the quilt. I’ll try and get another quilt done this week that I can show you.

  11. Trish Tarbuck says:

    Hi Rose,
    Love this quilt and as you say it is ideal for using up scraps.Last week I went out and bought the fabrics for the whirligig quilt from the previous week. Yes the time has flown this year, I remember you announcing about you niece’s wedding.My own daughter got engaged January and the wedding was supposed to be this summer but I think they are concentrating on their jobs at the minute.Phew gives me more time too.
    Have a great weekend.
    Trish x

    • Hi Trish. Sounds like you might have a weddding coming up in summer 2015 – that’s when my son is getting married also. Weddings seem to take a lot longer to plan these days than they did when I got married.

  12. Hi Rose,
    I love this quilt. It’s so colorful. And to think that I have always thrown all those scraps away. Not that there were that many because I only made 3 or 4 small quilts. Incidentally, I removed the red square from the baby quilt and replaced it a blue. I should have sent a photo of the mess I created but I did succeed and the I like the new look. Time now to sew the front to the back. I’ve pinned each block but where do I start sewing in the ditch? By the time I finish, the baby will be ready to go to school. As for your wedding gift. I hope you are giving her one of your quilts. It’s a gift that she would treasure for the rest of her life. I know I would.

    • Hi Claire. I’m glad you’re happy with your quilt now. I’ve just been told that I put one triangle the wrong way round in this scrap quilt, but I didn’t even notice it – even when I took the photos! For stitch in the ditch you are best to start in the middle and work outwards. That way you can smooth any wrinkles out towards the edges. Don’t worry – the baby will appreciate the quilt more if he or she is older! Yes, I am giving Karen a quilt – I’ll show a photo of it after I’ve given it to her.

  13. Carol Smith says:

    Love this one, I may be able to use some of my Christmas fabrics . Just love your website. Such great ideas and a video too. Have yet to down load your templates for the Christmas garland, any chance of letters eg merry Xmas?

  14. Hi Rose. Loved the scrap quilt it’s beautiful. Could you give me some tips on how to quilt the tumbler and wine quilt please Pauline

    • Hi Pauline. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t quilted my tumbler quilt yet. I think that I would probably echo quilt the goblets and tumblers to give them some definition and then perhaps do either a design or some meander quilting in the white sections. Hope that helps.

  15. These are the best kind of quilts. I love working from my scrap bins. Thanks for sharing this fun design.

  16. cute quilt Rose!

  17. Hi Rose, apols as I forgot to congratulate you on your 5th anniversary. I really am most sorry for this. I’m looking forward to the next five years and so forth, and so forth.

    Really like this pattern. Not that I’m as organised as you with your stash, In fact I don’t really have a stash. I’ve got some long lengths of inherited material so maybe I should do something with them. Maybe this pattern is just what I should be looking for. Many, many thanks. Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. Not all my stash is organised – when I can I cut the scraps into sensible sized squares so that I can use them for quilts like this one or quilt block patterns when I don’t need too many in any one fabric. However, there are several boxes which just have scraps – all sorts of sizes and shapes!