Scrappy Summer

My after-market sewing goal was to make a quilt only from scraps.  Sorting, measuring, pressing, and trimming my scraps is what took forever…the rest of it went together quickly.
Sophie had rolls and cracks full of sand by the time we got home from the beach.
When using a lot of different prints and colors, a simple pattern and a lot of solids makes it a bit easier on the eyes.
It was fun to see what colors I use the most while sorting my scraps….red, green, blues, yellow, a little orange, and of course gray…SO much gray.
This one measures 64″ x 80″.  These blocks are simple to make and it’s a great way to use scraps.
And of course…my scrap basket is still full, and ready for more.
Edit:  Thanks for the recommendations on good homes for scraps!!

50 Responses to Scrappy Summer

  1. Jennifer June 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Margaret's Hope Chest

  2. allison June 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Thanks Jennifer!

  3. Paula @ Sewy Stuff June 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Jennifer, thanks for sharing that link. What an inspiring group!

    Allison, That's a lot of squares/scraps! I love the arrangement of color.

  4. BijouxBaby June 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I've been thinking about making an irish chain quilt with a scrappy background. Love the way yours looks.

  5. Laurie June 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Our church ladies have a sewing circle that makes layette bundles for unwed mothers new babies and quilts for orphanages and such… If you're serious about charities :)

  6. Beverly Atkins June 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    It's gorgeous! I can't wait for the mini tutorial. I see you already have several suggestions for charities. I'll wait and see if you need any more.

  7. Ali June 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Lovely quilt, the 4 little red blocks in a row really pop.

  8. PCS Hermiston June 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I'm making a scrappy quilt for the pregnancy center I work at, if you wanted to contribute scraps to it! ;) But I see you have some great suggestions already.

  9. Emily Camfield June 5, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    That looks great! I love scrappy quilts. I just made a mini quilt out of scraps, and each fabric reminds me of the project it came from.

  10. allierae June 5, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    If you want to send them to the Seattle MQG, I'll organize some quilts out of them :)
    Actually, if you feel like a little field trip, we're having a sew-in on Vashon Island on the 15th.

  11. Jacqueline June 5, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Of course charity is a great idea, but you can also sell a bag of scraps. People like me who don't have many are happy to buy them, and I'm sure other readers probably would be too! :-)

  12. ✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ June 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I usually donate them to my local project Linus. Hey I won the fat quarter shop pattern play last week and chose your new line for the quilt! I know what I'll be usin my gift certificate for:)

  13. Di~ June 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Allison, My quilt group here makes a quilt a month to donate to humanitarian services. We are ALWAYS needing fabric. Thanks.

  14. Ashley P. June 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I second what Jacqueline said. I make more baby/childrens quilt so my scraps are not very "grown up" so to speak. As much as I would love to make a lap size scrappy quilt to have in our living room, I don't think rockets and teddy bears and police cars would fit the bill. lol Maybe you could put together a bag of scrappy goodness to give away or sell, and then have some to give to a charity.

  15. Sarah @ FairyFace Designs June 5, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Love your scrappy quilt top. My scrap bin is about to take over my room, I need to do something!

  16. Tammy June 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    I curretnly have a project going for The Breast Care Center. A divison of one of the larger hospitals here. It is where they do up to 100 Diagnostic type and normal screeing mamograms a day radiation treatments, ultrasounds, and biopsys for Breast cancer. I was recetntly diagnosed their with breast cancer. They also offer lots of progrmas and referals and RN Nurse Navigators tha tfollow patinets from diagnosis to treatment. They refer and send poor patients to the correct places so that they obtain all the treatments needed for breast cancer. They have a fabulous program over their for everyone wetehr they are private pay insurance or indigent (poor) patients. The ladies are fabulous and they just blew me away with their care and concer. I have been collecting and solicitng donations of fabric scraps to make mug rugs for everyone on staff their. My way of giving back to those tha tgive so freely of themesleves each and every day. I have been asking for any types of pinks, prints or solids, whites and creams or any Breast cancer awareness fabrics or pink threads. I have a contact at the center and she is aware of my project and is very excited about it. If you have nay scraps you would like to donate for my project please email me for shipping. I am not a big non profit organization. Just doing what I feel led to do to give back somewhat to let these ladies know they are truely appreciated. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com or you can check out my facebook also where I have posted about it. You will have to scroll down a bit for the orginal post.

  17. Shay June 5, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I love scrap quilts and this one is a definite beauty. Great job!

  18. pcflamingo June 5, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    I always have a basket of leaders and enders (a'la Bonnie Hunter) going for something. Then I can sew my twosies into foursies or into sixteen patches eventually. And WHERE was that picture taken? I couldn't tell from the sand if it was Vashon or Bainbridge or Whidbey or Bremerton or WHAT?

  19. Anne June 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    This quilt top is gorgeous!! I love the size variation, I think that adds a lot. :)

  20. Sharon June 5, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    Cute quilt! I love your photographs, what beautiful shots of the quilt and scenery

  21. Julie June 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    This looks like my sort of quilt pattern, lots of straight lines and squares. Might have to try something like this. Thanks for the inspiration.

  22. Jodi @ Tickle and Hide June 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm #

    Oh I love this! I sorted my scraps into buckets by colour at the beginning of the year because I started a 'fabric fast' – no new fabric for 2013. I'm really enjoying going there first and only using my stash when I need it for backing and binding. It's so satisfying!

  23. Jocelyn June 6, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    What a beautiful scrappy quilt! It would make a lovely tutorial, ya know. :)

  24. Malini June 6, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    Love this quilt pattern and colors are awesome!

    Your daughter is so adorable!

  25. Trish June 6, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Love it! Scrappy quilts are my favorite, because that is all my grandma used to make. Crazy, scrappy quilts are the best!

  26. A Quilter's Mission - Vicki June 6, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    Totally delightful! Your pix, with the baby in the background, are perfect. The solids do make a huge difference.

  27. Brenda June 6, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Since I would like to cheat and have the scraps without doing all the actual sewing you need to do to accumulate them, I would say "Sell Them!" I have bought scrap bags from some online fabric stores, and it is fun to get a collection of fabrics that are new to you and that you maybe wouldn't necessarily choose for yourself. I like to use them to make zipper pouches and other small projects.

  28. Jess June 6, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    love, love, love this!

  29. Jeneta June 6, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    It is absolutely beautiful! Love the photo of Sophie in the background playing on the beach.

  30. Cheryl Arkison June 6, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    Have you ever heard of Mary Ellen Hopkins? When I first started quilting I saw a presentation by her and she described this exact block! I've always remembered it so it is fun to see you do it now.

  31. Judith Blinkenberg June 6, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    That's a very nice pattern, something relaxing to make without a lot of stress. Two of my grandchildren moved to Texas so I haven't felt like sewing too much. I think later this month I will start again. Thank you for the idea.

  32. Ladytrucker223 June 6, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    I don't quilt. But somehow I came across this site while searching for crochet patterns. I am always truly amazed at the beautiful and creative things you post. I don't know how you find the time. I am always trying to squeeze my craft time in between 2 jobs and my little one are all big now.
    Thanks for sharing. Always an enjoyable visit.
    God bless!

  33. bezaz June 6, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    I'm so admiring your works and scrap quilts or anything from scraps are my best.. you have to be very very patient to do such quilt.. and as always I'm wondering where you can find time for all the beautiful things :)

  34. EJ June 6, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    what a pretty, fun quilt. I hope to do one some day….

  35. Katie Cohagen June 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    What a great pattern! It makes it possible to use all sizes of scraps! This might be my summer project. My goal is to spend an hour or so each week, using up my scraps. This would be perfect! Can't wait for the tutorial!

  36. trish June 6, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    Your quilt looks great! :o)
    Sounds like you have some fabulous ideas for donating your scraps. :o)

  37. MaterialGirlQuilts June 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Love Love Love this scrap quilt! Of course that is mostly because I love the colors of your scraps :) Beautifully done.

  38. cyndiofthevortex June 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Your scrappy quilt top is wonderful! There is such a nice variety of fabrics in this quilt. I also loved where you photographed it. I live near lakes and the ocean so I now have a new plan to take pics of my quilts. Thanks for the idea!

  39. terrieannie June 6, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    I, too, love your use of solids and near solids to keep the quilt from being overwhelming. It's the first scrappy quilt that I've really liked well enough to emulate. I'm thinking that the small four patches are made with 2-1/2" squares, which makes the bigger patch a 4-1/2" square, thus giving you an 8-1/2" block when sewn as your bottom blocks. Easy peasy and such a versatile pattern!

  40. Quiltingranny June 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Looks like you may have been on Bainbridge Island?? For those looking for fabrics, I am having a traveling stash giveaway that ends tomorrow and if they belong to a group they could pitch in for postage when it needs to be sent on:

  41. Pam June 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Love your scrappy quilt! Gives me inspiration to use my scraps!! Your daughter is adorable!

  42. Mary Ellen Kinkel June 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    An unanswerable question – Why is it that no matter how many scrap quilts I make, the amount of scraps never goes down? hmmm….

    its a lovely quilt. I like the idea of using grey to calm it down. thanks.

  43. Cindy June 6, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Love this!! Love the color combos-so fun!!:)

  44. prsd4tim2 June 7, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Oh, your scrappy quilt is lovely! I really need to get busy and pare down the scrap bin very soon.

  45. Sarah June 7, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Scraps breeding the baskets Im sure. I donate small fabric scraps to my kids school and preschool. They use them at their making tables and activity boxes for when they are making things in technology and art.

  46. ilovedolly June 7, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    I love the satisfaction of using lots of scraps. Your quilt, as always, beautiful.

  47. Michele June 8, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    This is a great idea. I'll have to borrow that one myself.

  48. clairesoprano June 10, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    I love this quilt, so beautiful!

  49. Jennifer Bell June 12, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Absolutely love what you did with your scraps and your advice on solid colors. It's beautiful against the gray backdrop of the Seattle sky!

  50. The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter June 18, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    Oh Imagine my surprise! I have been following you for a few years now and have been missing home a lot lately and I see this post, of the beach and Seattle! Thanks for this, I am currently in Dubai so am so home sick!

Leave a Reply