SCRAP RECTANGLE PARTY QUILT

SCRAP RECTANGLE PARTY QUILT

Scraps, scraps and more scraps. Do your scraps seem to multiply without much help from you? Maybe while you are sleeping? It sure seems that way in my sewing area. Welcome to the super simple Scrap Rectangle Party Quilt !!

Here’s the inspiration from Pintrest for my own quilt: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/782570872732967356/

Inspiration from Pintrest for Scrap Rectangle Party quilt
Inspiration for my quilt – from Pintrest

I liked the look of the gray on the inspiration quilt as the alternate blocks between the scraps. My stash had several yards of a gray with white polka dots so that became the alternate blocks and the stable color all through the quilt.

The rectangles:

I decided to work with a larger size rectangle. After cutting and experimenting with several various sizes of rectangles, I decided on 4″ wide by 7″ long. It was an easy to piece top that was also quick.

Container of rectangles for this quilt.

The scraps were pulled out of the scrap bins and cut to size. I did not use anything that blended in with the gray, but otherwise, the scraps were fair game.

I sewed the blocks together long wise into pairs, those pairs into groups of 4 rectangles , and those into 8. Using 24 blocks across made for easy math with 3 sections of 8 rectangles each.

Another view of the Scrap Rectangle Party quilt.

The rows were 24 blocks across with a total of 16 rows. Now to frame it with some sort of border.

Borders:

My daughter came over and between us we came up with the narrow black border (cut 2″ wide). We found the tough part was the outside border, nothing seemed to really work – more gray made the quilt too dark. There was not enough of any florals that looked right. I didn’t have enough of the solid purple that looked really neat.

Am I the only one frustrated with finding the perfect border fabric for scrap quilts? Somehow I doubt it. Anyway, daughter and I continued to dig through the stash and came up with a fun novelty fabric that was perfect. Cut a 4″ border from it for the outside border.

Border fabric for this quilt.

This really was a quick quilt to make. I started ironing and cutting on July 4 and put the final stitch in the top on Aug. 3.

Remember that you can adjust the size of the rectangles bigger or smaller depending on your own fabrics and desire. This quilt will be easy to piece no matter the size of the rectangles or completed size you want. Depending on the fabric choices, it could look totally primitive to very modern.

I am actually going to try another one of these in a planned color scheme.

Finished top size is 92″ x 110″.

Border area of this quilt.

Have a fun time making your own Scrap Rectangle Party quilt. Please send me photos – I love to see what other quilters do with ideas from this blog.

SCRAP RECTANGLE PARTY QUILT

More scrap quilt ideas:

https://indianaquilter40.com/lemon-drops-and-blueberries-quilt/

https://indianaquilter40.com/the-great-migration-quilt/

Have a wonderful day, and happy stitching.

Girl with sewing machine and quilt top.
Source: Google clip art

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NAUTICAL SCENE WALL HANGING (fabric panel quilt)

I am sharing this quilt because I thought the readers would enjoy this small quilt. It is another idea for a personal quilt for yourself or someone in your life. I love the ocean, and purchased this panel in Maine on one of my trips there. Eventually, it evolved into the Nautical Scene Wall Hanging. It is another fabric panel quilt.

NAUTICAL SCENE WALL HANGING (a fabric panel quilt)

The actual panel is larger than the part I used for this wall hanging. In the photo, the panel extends from the solid blue inside border (between bubbles and sea shells) to the center section.

I trimmed the panel up and added the blue bubble batik fabric as the outside border. It was cut 2.5″ wide.

I pieced the top while up in Maine and somewhere in my travels the top got dirty. I opted to wash it after completion so that there was no much unraveling and threads to deal with.

For quilting, I used my sewing machine. I outlined around the sailboat and the lighthouse on the panel. I did simple stitch-in-the-ditch around three of the borders.

Nautical Scene wall hanging completed.

The backing is a nautical toile. The binding is the same fabric and was cut 2.5″ and ironed in half. It is machine sewed to the front and hand finished on the back.

Backing and hanging sleeve of the Nautical Scene wall hanging.

The hanging sleeve is also hand sewn to the back of the quilt. The finished size is 24″ x 25″.

The Nautical Scene wall hanging (a fabric panel quilt) is a gift to family friends who allowed me to stay at their home while dealing with mom’s final days and funeral. They are wonderful and I really appreciated all their help. This couple is very minimalist and a large quilt would not have worked. However, a small wall hanging in a nautical theme is perfect because they love the ocean too.

And so ends the story of the Nautical Scene Wall Hanging, a fabric panel quilt…

You can do this too

Making personal quilts for other people in our lives is fun and a great way to utilize the fabrics in our stash. Keeping the quilts simple can also make them fast and easy.

Here’s some other ideas for personal quilts using fabric panels:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/06/farmall-quilt.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/04/thankful-harvest.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/sailing-ships-of-old-quilt-another-panel-quilt/

LEMON DROPS AND BLUEBERRIES QUILT

LEMON DROPS AND BLUEBERRIES QUILT

Want to make a dent in your scrap bin? What about making a simple quilt in your favorite colors? This quilt, Lemon Drops and Blueberries, will do either or both. Plus it was fun and easy.

This quilt can easily be made with 3″ wide strips and strip pieced together if you have yardage or bigger scraps. However, I was working with small scraps and cut individual 3″ blocks.

Starting step for Lemon Drops and Blueberries Quilt

Using the same idea from Pintrest as I did for a previous quilt, Simply Squares (indianaquilter40.com/simple-squares-quilt) I cut out stacks of 3″ squares from the scrap bin. I narrowed my color choices to blues and yellows.

Blue and yellow 3" squares for the quilt blocks.

For this quilt, I made the blocks 6 squares long by 6 squares across. I use the foot on my machine for the seam line and it is a bit bigger than a quarter inch. My blocks turned out to be 15″ square.

Rows together to make blocks for the Lemon Drops and Blueberries quilt.

I decided to make the quilt five blocks across and six blocks long (30 blocks total), plus the sashing and posts. So I did not loose count, I pinned the finished blocks together in stacks of 10 blocks.

30 completed blocks for the Lemon Drops and Blueberries quilt.

Adding the posts and sashing to Lemon Drops and Blueberries Quilt

The blocks finished at 15″ square which is the length I cut the sashing. The sashing is 3″ wide.

By sewing sashing, block, sashing, block and repeating, I was able to sew the six rows of five blocks together quickly.

Then I sewed the post, sashing, post, sashing, etc. together until it was the length I wanted to match the block row.

Close up of blocks, posts, and sashings for this quilt.

Adding the borders to the Lemon Drops and Blueberries Quilt

The only fabric that is not scraps is the border on my quilt top. I cut it 4″ wide.

Border fabric for Lemon Drops and Blueberries quilt.

I sewed the top and bottom borders on, then ironed. After that I sewed the side borders on and ironed.

Close up of border fabric sewn on quilt.

The top is complete !! The size is 94″ x 110″.

Remember that this quilt can be adjusted several ways:

The square size can be made larger or smaller than the 3″ squares that I used if you desire. This will enable you to utilize the fabric you have.

Or the number of squares sewn into a block can be adjusted to more or less based on the needs for your own quilt. I used 6 blocks across and long (so 36 squares in each block).

Even the posts and sashings can be narrower or wider than the 3″ I used.

The border can be easily wider or narrower based on the size of quilt needed.

Completed blocks for this quilt.

Other ideas for using simple squares and scraps to make a quilt:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2009/10/leftovers.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2010/06/wonderful-fall-colors.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/1930s-one-patch.html

Happy Stitching and have a wonderful day.

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A PERSONALIZED QUILT AS A GIFT

Have you ever considered making a personalized quilt as a gift for a special person in your life? Below are two examples of lap quilts that are very personal to the quilt recipients. They were fun to make, and I kept them simple and easy.

clip art - wrapped gift box.

A personalized Quilt As A Gift – Reversible Sunflower & Ocean lap quilt

My sister loves sunflowers and the ocean (actually any body of water). I wanted to make her a lap quilt for her birthday. Something she could take along on travels and snuggle in. I made her a reversible quilt that includes both her favorite things.

This is the sunflower side. It is five different sunflower fabrics. The medium green separates the sunflowers. The border is a black. I believe the sizes of the strips are six inches for the sunflower and three inches for the green.

Personalized quilt - sunflower side of reversible quilt

For the water side, I started with a lighthouse panel. By adding 4 different fabrics that coordinated with it the theme continued.  The fabric right next to the panel is actually two fabrics – the top part is clouds and lightening, with the bottom fabric being waves.

Personalized quilt - the water side of the reversible quilt.

The outside black border is the same on both sides. It is also the binding.

Finished size is 62″ x 53″. Pieced during Dec. 2017.

Machine quilted by RLM in January 2018 in a stipple pattern.

A PERSONALIZED QUILT AS A GIFT – TEAL & YELLOW LAP QUILT

A PERSONALIZED QUILT AS A GIFT - TEAL & YELLOW LAP QUILT

My niece asked for a quilt in teal and yellow for her birthday. I had plenty of scraps to make the blocks. Bought enough of the teal and yellow paisley fabric for the outside border, binding, and the back.

The blocks started out as 8″ squares sewn diagonally and cut apart, so there were two identical triangle blocks. Directions are in this post. Sewed those into rows, and added the border.

Remember that you can easily adjust a simple pattern like this for your own needs. The blocks can be smaller or larger. The border can easily be adjusted to complete the quilt in the size you want.

Machine pieced and machine quilted in Feb. 2018. The quilting pattern is an all over stipple.

Her mom says that she loves it, and that the quilt is on top of her bed over the other blankets. I am always glad to know that quilts I make are loved.

Happy Stitching.

Another idea for a personal birthday quilt

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YO-YO DOLL QUILT MEMORIES

We were so poor growing up, and my mom hated to sew. I don’t remember ever using anything for a doll quilts around my “babies” but old worn out towels. However, I do have special memories of a doll quilt my mom kept safe and gave me as an adult. This is a brief story of my yo-yo doll quilt memories.

Apparently these quilts were popular during the 1920’s to 1940’s. They were portable, could be used for scraps, only required a circle template (a plate or cup would do), did not need a sewing machine, and many did not have any kind of batting or backing. Quilters make due when times are tough.

Yo-yo Doll Quilt Memories

Yo-yo doll quilt memories

This 18″ x 22″ yo-yo doll quilt is a really pretty example of this technique. Most of it is 1930s fabrics with a few pieces being 1940s. My grandma (the same wonderful woman who years later would teach me to sew) made it from scraps she had available. There is lots of blues and pinks, with some yellow and multi colored fabrics typical of the time in it.

When grandma died, I inherited her treadle sewing machine and fabrics. With the scraps were some still bright fabric pieces that match the fabrics in this quilt.

The yo-yo’s are sewn down to a piece of muslin for stability. My mom had a real baby doll to play with. Mom was born in the mid 1930s so life was still hard and the Great Depression still a real part of life.

Yo-yo Doll Quilt Memories

When I was growing up, this yo-yo quilt was stored in a chest in my parents’ room. Once in a great while, mom would bring it out for me to touch and look at. The texture was wonderful. The backing had thin spots and a few small holes. A few of the yo-yo’s themselves were starting to come undone at the center.

Mom would tell me stories of her childhood while I rubbed my hands across the fabrics and thought about the huge family my mom was part of and how various people played such a part in her childhood. Most of the children of those same people were my playmates.

Conclusion

If you have a quilt that is passed down to you, please find out as much as possible about it. When it is passed on again, the story will make the quilt so much more precious.

I encourage you to keep some sort of notes and photos for the quilts you make. Put a tag on the back telling who and when it was made by.

Quilts are like hugs across the generations and years. There are quilts that are made to be loved to death with usage. Some are meant to be used and enjoyed. There are some that are meant to be heirlooms. The world needs all three types of quilts.

Happy Stitching.

Other Doll Quilts:

https://indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-1/

https:/indianaquilter40.com/how-to-make-two-doll-quilts-in-a-daypart-2/

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SIMPLE SQUARES QUILT

SIMPLE SQUARES QUILT

This is a super easy and fun quilt to make. It is a scrap buster for those who want to use up those scraps on hand. This cheerful “Simply Squares Quilt” is the way to go. All skill levels can do this quickly and confidently.

Pintrest had a photo that was similar to this project. I liked the look and that it used scraps so I thought it would be fun to try.

Simple Squares blocks

I started with a bin of already cut up 3″ squares left from another project. This quilt can be easily adapted to whatever size squares or scraps you have already.

A plastic bin of 3" squares

I want the colored squares to really stand out so I will use white scraps (solid, and white-on-white) as the alternate squares within the block. Doing some calculations, I decided to make my blocks 8 squares x 8 squares. However, this could easily be adapted to available fabric and your personal taste.

Scraps squares within a quilt block.

I made 12 complete blocks – again, this is adjustable for the number of blocks you want for your own beautiful quilt.

Simple Squares sashing & posts

I added 3″ wide sashing between the blocks the length of the blocks. The posts are also 3″. For me, going with the same size squares, sashing, and posts makes for easy math.

SIMPLE SQUARES QUILT

I did white sashing and scrap posts all the way around for the first border.

Simple Squares borders

This is the quilt top with just the first border complete on two sides to see how it looks.

SIMPLE SQUARES QUILT

Measure your own blocks to find out exactly what size sashing you will need.

The second border is 8 colored 3″ squares which is separated by a white 3″ square so it is the opposite of the first border.

A quilt block with sashing and posts.  Also the 3 borders.

The outside border is just solid white.

Are you a visual person? I am. It was a beautiful day so I took the quilt top outside for its’ photo. This is why I keep a clean pair of large plastic clamps on hand just for hanging quilts up on the privacy fence. Standing back from the quilt I really like the Simple Squares quilt top as it is.

My mind says “yes” it is finished, so it is time to move on to another project. However, you do what appeals to you to make it your own wonderful quilt.

Finished size: 78″ x 100″.

Conclusion

I hope you found this quilt project fun and cheerful. It is super easy to adjust to what you want to do size wise. The quilt top is cheerful and a great way to utilize the fabrics you have on hand.

Happy Stitching.

Other ideas for simple quilts to utilize the fabric on hand:

https://indianaquilter40.com/wedding-quilt-simple-personal/

https://www.quilterscache.com/

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IN MEMORY OF IRELAND

Irish Shamrock
Source: Google clip art

In Memory of Ireland was meant as a snuggle/lap quilt. I made it for the wonderful couple (A & S G) who are naturalized citizens from Ireland and now own the wonderful motel I stay in annually on the coast of Maine.

In Memory of Ireland quilt

Various green 8″ square (some even have shamrocks or Celtic knots) alternated with white 8″ squares.  The interior three borders were done in the order of the Irish flag: green, orange, white. The borders were each 2.5″.

The outside border was cut 4″ wide and is a navy blue with a green Celtic knot design.

Machine quilted in a large stipple design  by RLM. Self bound.

Finished size is 72″ x 72″.

They were so excited to receive an “American” quilt and say they will treasure it forever.  I hope they use it and enjoy In Memory of Ireland.

Gift quilts don’t have to be complicated to make. They are easy to personalize by doing simple squares and adjusting the size or amount of squares to fit the need. Just use fabrics and colors that are personal to the recipients. They can be tied, machine or hand quilted based on the budget or desire.

clip art of Irish symbols
Source: Google clip art

Here are some other gift quilts that were fun and easy to make:

https://indianaquilter40.com/wedding-quilt-simple-personal/

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2018/05/minnie-mouse.html

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/11/one-patch-quilts.html

CRUISE-IN 2013 QUILT

Cruise-In 2013 Quilt
Cruise-In Quilt complete and ready to go to the auction.

CRUISE-IN 2013 QUILT: I made it for the local college campus that had a cruise-in and auction as a fund raiser for diabetes.

I try to look around and find places in my community or area that I can make quilts for directly, or donate for a good cause. I encourage other quilters to do the same.


This was a really fast and fun quilt to make. It was a simple one patch (my go – to design when I need a quick and simple design for a quilt). I spent several evenings of cutting, sewing, and binding.

The car and motorcycle print blocks were alternated with a black and white print that looked like a racing flag. The colors were cheerful and bright. The blocks were 9.5″ and the red border was 4″.

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Machine quilted by RLM in an all-over stipple design.

Finished size was 97″ square.


I was disappointed that they only got $125 for this Cruise-In 2013 Quilt, however, I am glad the money is going for a good cause. All the supplies and labor were donated.

Fun car and motorcycle fabrics

More info on donating quilts:

https://nationalquilterscircle.com/article/10-amazing-places-to-donate-your-quilts/#

https://blog.missouriquiltco.com/quiltingforacause

https://indianaquilter40.com/donated-baby-quilts-to-the-local-crisis-pregnancy-center/

KID PROJECT – BUTTON QUILT

Kid Project: Button Quilt

Kid Project: Button Quilt – We all know children who like to “help” us as we quilt, or want to do something like we are doing.

This is a super easy and non-threatening way to teach basic sewing skills, cutting/dexterity, hand and eye coordination, multiplication, and measuring. Squares, borders, and final size can be adjusted for your child and project.

Daughter (H) was 9 when we did this project – button quilt. I used the rotary cutter to cut 64 blocks. She sewed the blocks together, and added the cat fabric border. I did the binding. She then sewed her favorite buttons (by hand) onto the white squares with thread that matched the buttons.

Kid Project: Button Quilt

We home schooled our kids K – 12, and found out early that quilting was a great way to teach basic math skills. We measure, divide, multiply, subtract, and add to figure out sizes of pieces, blocks, and entire quilts. There is also the colors, and shapes.

Advice for helping the kids in your life quilt: Keep it simple and fun. Let the child pick the fabric and keep the sewing instructions simple.

She entered the Kid Project: Button Quilt in the local county fair (4-H project) and the local quilt show. It got praise and ribbons both places. That is a great confidence builder, especially for a child.

Currently she makes clothes for herself and her daughter. She will help me with all the cutting, ironing, and sewing steps of a quilt top and it makes for a great “girl” day.

Finished size is 28″ square.

Cotton fabric and wool batting. Buttons that were her favorites at the time.

Daughter showing off quilt.
She wanted a photo of herself with the quilt in front of the Christmas tree.

This quilt my son and I made:

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/12/four-patch_17.html

Some more ideas for quilting with kids:

https://swoodsonsays.com/easy-quilt-projects-for-kids/

https://www.quiltingcompany.com/kids-are-quilting-5-things-are-learned-teaching-kids-to-quilt-quilty-pleasures-blog/

Clip art - variety of buttons

(PINK) FLANNEL ONE PATCH QUILT

Pink Flannel One Patch Quilt hanging on fence.

(PINK) FLANNEL ONE PATCH QUILT -Some quilts are made as heirlooms, some are made to be used (but not abused) and some are made to be loved to death. The fate of being loved to death is the story of this quilt.

I pieced it from a stack of left over mostly pink flannel blocks in 1994 – 1996. The blocks were cut 8″ square and there is no border. The backing was a pink flannel flat sheet. The “batting” was a worn white cotton sheet. It was tied with yarn.

My daughter (H) was the recipient of this and she also “helped” with the sewing and tying of the quilt. She was so excited about how soft and cuddly it was. She was four years old when we finished it.

We sewed it together so it looked like a pillow case, smoothed it out, and tied it. After that the open fourth side was sewn shut. It was a simple quilt and made to be loved to death.

She still thinks it was wonderful and did use it until it was a ragged mess that was finally thrown away when she went to college. H. has happy memories of the quilt itself and of us working on it together.

Pink Flannel One Patch Quilt

Finished size was 67″ x 80″.

The morale of the (Pink) Flannel One Patch Quilt is simply that not all quilts are made to live long lives and be beautiful. Some are made to be used, washed, played on and under, and just generally have a short life span – but the memories produced are for a life time.

https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2011/07/homespun-one-patch.html

https://indianaquilter40.com/dog-cat-quilt