Scrap Quilts

I love fabrics and hate to waste even a small piece.  So when I make a quilt,  I keep my scraps – you never know when you may need a small piece of lime green fabric!  When I am working on a project, any small piece of fabric goes in a basket to save for future projects. Well, that basket is over flowing again.  

So, it’s time to think about doing another scrap quilt. An idea came to me while looking at commercial fabrics for cushions at my dental office. One of the fabrics was called “Bounce” and my staff thought it would be a nice quilt idea.  This quilt should be fun (think balls bouncing out of a ball pit), but it will be a while before I can work on it.  Until then, I thought I would post some pictures of previous scrap quilts I have made. 

A few years ago, my eldest son asked if I would make him a new quilt from some of my scraps.  He looked through the many ideas for quilts that I had designed using EQ7 but not sewn.  He selected one I called “Rainbow Stars” which was a variation of the Starry Path Block.  I sorted through my scraps and found that I had enough to complete the quilt.  All I needed to purchase was the black background fabric. The angles in this  quilt are not your typical quilting angles.  I found it easier to make the quilt using paper piecing. Luckily, EQ7 allows for printing templates for paper piecing.  

I changed the order of the colors and switched the corner blocks to brown.  But, the resulting quilt was remarkable similar to the design.

I enjoyed making this quilt so much, that I thought – what would it look like in lighter fabrics, Batik pastels, perhaps?  So, I went back to EQ7, changed the colors, liked what I saw and decided to make another. I didn’t have any pastel batiks in my stash, so, I purchased a jelly roll of pastel batiks. This proved useful. The points of the stars fit nicely in the 2.5″ strips.  

Again, this quilt looks very similar to the design.               

A trip to the Minnesota State Fair showed the quilt sporting a lovely blue ribbon!

With a bit of extra fabric, I decided to make some accessories.  
-a doll quilt
-a pillow sham in grey and white
– a decorative pillow

After requests from friends for directions for making this quilt, I decided to type up a pattern.  If you are interested in the pattern, go to PatternSpot to purchase.

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