Monday March 10, 2014
Any quilt can be turned into a scrap quilt.
If you're using a pattern for a color-controlled quilt, sure, you'll need to alter the instructions just a bit. But that's not difficult, even if the project is quick pieced or strip pieced. For strip pieced components, simply make more -- but shorter -- strip sets, and then cut the same number of required segments. The duplications won't be noticeable in the finished quilt, especially if it's a large quilt.
But some patterns are scrap quilt naturals, and those are the guys I've pointed out in my scrap quilt patterns article, along with advice to help you identify additional selections. If you're into scrap quilts, take a look at the suggestions, but think of them as a starting point, not a rigid set of choices.
Patterns that Are Perfect for Scrap Quilts
Cracker Quilt Blocks by Beatrice
Saturday March 8, 2014
Log cabin quilt blocks are traditionally sewn with a light side and a dark side, and the two sides are divided diagonally. Now, some log cabins are different... like Courthouse Steps, which has four diagonal divisions that radiate outwards from a center square. And there are other variations of the design -- explore log cabin quilts and you'll immediately see just how variable the quilt blocks and quilt settings can be.
When I make small or miniature log cabins, I usually prefer to sew paper pieced quilt blocks, because the end results are always very accurate. But when blocks are larger, paper piecing slows me down -- all of that fabric flip-flopping around is a distraction.
This 14" quilt block was made using retro fabrics from a jelly roll -- a collection of 2-1/2" precut coordinated strips. Jelly rolls are perfect for log cabin quilt blocks, but it doesn't take a bunch more time to rotary cut your own fabric. The pattern includes tips for a couple of sewing methods, along with yardages and cutting for 30 quilt blocks, plus examples of log cabin variations.
Easy Log Cabin Quilt Pattern
Saturday March 8, 2014
I've heard a few quilters comment that they aren't huge fans of the no-waste Flying Geese method, and I have to admit, neither was I... at first. But after making a quilt filled with geese, and ending up with loads of unused triangles, it's my technique of choice for all but the scrappiest of scrap quilts.
The no-waste flying geese method might seem confusing at first, but I encourage you to give it a try, because it's really very simple, and (in my opinion) results in patchwork that's more accurate than the other quick piecing method we often use for geese.
Flying Dutchman Quilt Block Pattern
Thursday March 6, 2014
My Sixteen-Patch in a Square quilt block finishes at 12" x 12".
The block's center is a patchwork unit that can be assembled either piece by piece or with strip piecing methods -- both are described in the pattern. Corner squares surround the patchwork to give the block an on-point appearance.
The block works nicely with sashing, either with or without cornerstones. If blocks are sewn next to each other, without sashing, altering the corner triangles in adjacent blocks will create more visual interest.
Sixteen Patch in a Square Quilt Block Pattern