Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Scrap Busting Quilt

Pieced Border Scrap Quilt

Good morning to all of Madame Samm's blog readers.  My name is Rita (Red Pepper Quilts) ~ I love all things fabric, but making quilts is definitely my favorite pastime.  A big thank you to Madame Samm for the invitation to share with you today one of my favorite tutorials:  The Pieced Scrap Border Quilt.

Scrap Happy Quilt Top

The Pieced Scrap Border Quilt is made from two square blocks that alternate.  One block is a pieced block and the other is a solid block (white).  The pieced block is no more than a square center that has been given a pieced border.

What follows is a step by step tutorial to make your own Pieced Scrap Border Quilt, a great scrap buster project.  This quilt is suitable for beginner quilters; it involves rotary cutting, straight line sewing and strip piecing which will speed up the whole process.

You will need a total of 1.5 yards of solid fabric to make the number of blocks required for this quilt and a whole bunch of scrap fabric.

STEP 1

From cotton scrap fabric rotary cut pieces measuring 1 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches long.  For a great overall scrappy look I would suggest you might need 20 plus different fabrics in a range of bright colors.  You will need a total of 224 strips.

STEP 2

Using a 1/4 inch foot, sew together strips into sets of 3 and 5 strip blocks as shown above.  Mix colors/fabrics together at random.  You will need 28 sets of each strips set.  That is 28  5-strip and 28 3-strip sets.  Press seams to one side.  The only seams that are important in terms of direction are the outer seams of the 5 strip set - press in towards the center of the block.  This will become obvious when sewing the block together.

STEP 3

Cross-cut each strip set at 1 1/2 inch intervals. Discard the remainder.  You should easily be able to cross-cut in to three separate pieced strips.   You will now have a total of 84  strips of each pieced strip.

STEP 4

Cut a 3 1/2 inch center square from a solid fabric*.  I have used Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in white.

STEP 5


Sew two of the small strips to each side of the center square as shown in this picture.  Easy!  Press seams out towards the printed fabrics.

STEP 6

Sew the longer (5 pieced strips) to the remaining sides of the center square.  Press seams out towards the colored fabrics once again.  This ensures that no seams are visible in the white solid center square of the block.  And your pieced scrap border block is finished.  The finished block should now measure 5 1/2 inches, which includes your seam allowances.

You will have enough strips to complete 41 pieced blocks.


Once you have pieced 41 blocks you will need to cut  40 squares from a solid fabric each measuring 5 1/2 inches. A total of 81 blocks are required to make this quilt as pictured. 41 pieced blocks and 40 solid blocks.

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Lay out your blocks according to the finished quilt as above.  I ensured that each outer corner of the quilt has a pieced block rather than a solid white block. Sew blocks in each row together.  Then sew rows together.  The finished quilt top will measure 45.5  inches x 45.5  inches.

I have quilted this quilt with my favorite and preferred style of straight line quilting.  I  first outlined all the blocks by stitching just 1/4 of an inch on either side of the block seams.  I then cross-hatched through all of the blocks.


For binding I have used one of my favorite binding fabrics by Marcus Brothers.  This is Aunt Grace - Polka Dots in blue by Judi Rothermel.   I machine stitch the binding for all of my quilts ~ you can find a tutorial for machine stitching the binding here.


Be sure to add your projects the Red Pepper Quilts Flickr Group where you'll find numerous fun quilts made using this tutorial:

Baby quilt #2 - making progress
by Andrea

Thank you again to Madame Samm for having me and I do hope that you use up some of your scrap fabric to make this quilt.    If you've enjoyed this guest post be sure to head over to my blog ~ Red Pepper Quilts ~ where you will see much more of my quilt making journey.

Happy Stitching!
Rita
Red Pepper Quilts

41 comments:

  1. I am not normally the best at using scraps. This is a great quilt and looks so easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love this one!!!! Scrappy quilts are my favorites and this one is so easy and looks so fine! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  3. Very good tutorial. You make it look easy. I like scrap quilts and this is a nice looking scrap quilt. Thank you for posting.

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  4. Oh my - just waiting on an order of Kona Snow to make this quilt. I was struck with de jau vue when I came into 'Stash' to see the new post. I love the scrappy, but crisp new look to this quilt. My skinny strips are waiting to be played with.

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial Rita! I will have to add this to my must make list, its gorgeous! :)

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  6. I like it! The white centers really make the fabric choices POP!

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  7. Rita, this is a truly spectacular quilt design. you have wonderful eye for color, space, light. thanks for sharing your insights. Great post and lovely tutorial.

    Sorry, butI'm a bit exhausted and trying to leave a comment. Long day. But I wanted to thank you for a wonderful post.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for the tutorial! I just love your quilts and you always seem to have the BEST scraps to use. :D

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  9. Good Morning Rita....IMPACT yes you are, quilt, post, well YOU in fact. I love white backgrounds in a quilt. YOUR choices of scraps, which look more like designer strips makes a delightful quilt, tie in a simple quilted design and you have perfection. Yes from my fingers to your eyes....LOVE IT. I am with some of these other laides...I am going to check out my stash...LOVE these from your flicker ( friends quilts) Wow! again. What a welcome morning to see you here..coffee anyone? lol

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  10. Wow 1 1/2" strips...a girl speaking to my heart. I am a fabric a holic, who can't throw a scrap away, and this is perfect for those little pieces I have. Headed down to my stitchin room right now to see what I can sew and chop up! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. Super Cute quilt. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  12. Love! Love the process. Love the fabrics. Love the quilt. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. A gorgeus scrap quilt! Thanks for sharing :o)

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  14. Love this pattern and the tutorial is very clear. I'm going to put this quilt on my list. Sounds like you could probably do it in a weekend, maybe even a day, if you had all the strips cut ahead.

    Love it.

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  15. What a great quilt - no points or seams to match and uses up scraps and has a white background - my favorite kind. :) Great tutorial to go with it! blessings, marlene

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  16. This is such a beautiful quilt! I really love the quilts that are colorful, and yet easy on the eye.. does that make sense??? I hope so.. I like the ones that don't have too much distraction going on.. and this one is fabulous!! Thank you so much for sharing with us ;)

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  17. I dislike scrap quilts, but this one may make me a convert. The scraps are so well behaved. I'll be printing this one for later. Thanks.

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  18. I fell in love with this quilt the first time I saw it on Rita's blog...way back! BEAUTIFUL!

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  19. Adorable.......my girlfriend sent me over to have a look........okay did I just miss a chance to win a BABY GO? Darn! I won't let that happen again!

    Nice job on the scrappy quilt...it looks so fresh and bright with all those nice pastels.

    Happy Sewing

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  20. Love this design! Really like the white as the backdrop for those lovely scraps. I've been wondering what to do with my 1 1/2 inch scraps and now I know!

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  21. What a wonderful way to use up scraps. It's stunning. I love the white you used. Course I'm partial to white, it just makes the other colors "pop" out doesn't it. Beautiful work!!

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful way to use up scraps. I believe I must make one :)

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  23. Love this quilt! The white really makes the colors pop. Great tutorial. Thanks!

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  24. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

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  25. Nice to see you here, Ms. Pepper. *S*

    I follow your blog - you make just one beautiful quilt after another.

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  26. What a fabulous quilt - I love the scrappy look, and the plain blocks show off that nice linear quilting...Sew beautiful!
    Thanks for a great tutorial; the pictures are so clear, and the text is easy to understand. I'm headed down to my stash now!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Thanks...this looks like a wonderful and easy quilt to put together!

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  28. Thanks Rita. That's a great quilt.

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  29. I just love all the color in your scraps. Thanks for your tut and link and I am joining you at your blog. How lucky we are to have met such wonderful ladies who happen to quilt. T.Y. Rita.

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  30. Rita, great to see you over here, as an avid follower of your blog, this tryly reflects you, your style and all the thought you put into your tutorials. Thanks for sharing with us :) And thanks Madame Samm for introducing Rita to sew many more quilters! :)

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  31. Great way to us up scraps! Will have to try it at our next Charity sew!

    Mary Ann

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  32. I need to make a baby blanket in the very near future. (not for me!) But this maybe just the ticket for a combination of cute and quick. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Hmmm, I think the Katie Jumps Rope fabric I have been saving, just found it's home!! Thank you!!!

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  34. I love this quilt and it's on my newly created quilt to-do list. I've seen it on your RPQ blog before, but I'm glad to see it again!

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  35. This is funny that I found this here. I saw it on your blog a couple of weeks ago and have been working on it for a baby gift. I'm really using my scraps right down to sewing the tiny blocks individually because I don't have some long enough for strips. I can't wait to see it finished.

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  36. I always love your colour combos Rita, and enjoy your photography almost as much as your beautiful quilts!

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  37. Thank you!!This is great for scraps. Tiziana from Italy

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  38. Oh, sooo tempted. You have a great eye for design and colour.

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  39. Love it Rita. Thanks for sharing. I will be making this for a baby quilt for a friend's first born.
    Bev.

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