I won't deny that we quilters spend a hefty sum on our quilting supplies, but I still believe that we are frugal
. We purchase fabrics and supplies that help us construct long-lasting quilts — and we don't typically waste anything
. Our fabric scraps go into a bin for future use, even small pieces that some sewing fans would pitch. And you know what, most quilters end up using those small patches. All of these patterns are frugal-friendly, because they make good use of your leftover fabrics.
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Roman Square Quilt Block Pattern
You will love this scrap-friendly quilt block, and you can make batches of them in no time at all. Gather a bunch of random strips and start sewing. Don't pay attention to color at all — you might be surprised at the smashing results.
Twenty-Five Patch Quilt Block Pattern
This quilt block is made from bunches of small squares. You can choose a color scheme if you have lots of scraps in the colors you want to use, or go completely scrappy.
Quilters nearly always have taller fabric stacks of one or two colors (my tallest stacks are blue), and that means lots of leftovers of your favorites — perfect for a monochromatic quilt.
Quilt Blocks by Michelle
Assemble this nifty quilt design by cutting sixteen 2-inch squares for each block. That should help you use up a bunch of those little leftover pieces that are tucked away in boxes and bins.
Scrappy Floating Stars Quilt Block Pattern
When you see this block, your reaction will no doubt be that's not a star quilt block!
But looks are most definitely deceiving, because stars emerge as you sew these super-simple blocks side-by-side. Floating Stars may be one of the easiest quilt blocks you'll ever make, but it's bound to become one of your favorites.
H Quilt Pattern
Try this colorful H quilt the next time you want to go scrappy. I've included a couple of options in the pattern. One lets you strip piece sixteen groups of four identical H units, and then mix them up in the layout. The other gives you cutting instructions for one block, to help you attack the fabrics in your scrap bin (you might want to go with a combination of the two methods to make the best use of available fabrics).
Bricks and Cobblestone Quilt Blocks by Colene
This wonderful design originated in our Quilting Forum, with hostess Robicole2. Scrap quilt
fans always love her Penny Pincher swaps, because they're designed to help use up those small pieces of fabric in your stash.
Shoo Fly Quilt Block Pattern
Here's a Shoo-Fly quilt block that finishes at 6-inches square. It's perfect for baby quilts, wallhangings or even a large quilt, but I've also included cutting instructions for a 12-inch version for those of you who want to make larger blocks. There aren't many patches per-block, but it's an effective design -- a traditional favorite.
Grecian Square Quilt Block Pattern
Grecian Square is another beginner friendly quilt block pattern. It doesn't have many pieces, but your placement of darks, lights, warms and neutrals can help specific areas of the patchwork pop out dramatically. Grecian Square finishes at 9" x 9".
The Quilt Block Patterns index is another place to look for scrap-happy patterns.