Scrap quilts are an all-time favorite type of quilt. Legend says that the majority of antique scrap quilts were frugal projects, made with bits and pieces of fabric that were leftover from sewing clothing and other items. While that’s very likely true in many cases, especially for quilts made during difficult economic times, researchers think quilters of past generations enjoyed the challenge of combining fabrics just as much as we do today, and likely dipped-in to their fabric stashes to design scrappy quilts with lots of visual appeal.
Right now, most of my free quilt patterns are on my other quilting site, Quilting at About.com. A few that might be of most interest to scrap quilters are:
My quilt block and quilt patterns vary in style and in size, and include detailed instructions and illustrations — an experienced quilter may skip over some of the details, but complete ‘how to’ directions ensure that beginning quilters can successfully tackle any pattern. I always try to explain the reasons why we construct a quilt component in certain ways — not just the hows. That knowledge will help you each time you make a quilt.
- Quilt Block Patterns – A good overview of patterns that displays a thumbnail preview of each block, along with its size. Patterns are written for one block, but a high percentage include instructions for multiple quilt blocks, too.
- Quilt Patterns – Another archive, but for entire quilt patterns, and many are scrap quilt patterns. You’ll find quilt patterns of all sizes, from minis to baby quilts to quilts for queen and king sized beds.
- Easy Quilt Patterns – A good starting point for beginning quilters, but do keep one thing in mind… I try to write every quilt pattern in a way that quilters of all skill levels understand.
A Few Scrap Quilt Patterns to Try