“Scrappy Patch” Published!

I am very excited to tell you that my quilt, “Scrappy Patch,” was published in the October/November 2017 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts!

My inspiration for this quilt originated with a Block of the Month challenge issued at my quilt guild. We were instructed to make totally scrappy “Aunt Sukey’s Choice” blocks with a white background. To speed construction along, I dove into my container of  2 1/2″ squares and my container of 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles. Click here to read the blog post about my disappointment in not winning all the blocks submitted by guild members. But since I liked the idea of turning my scrap squares and rectangles into a quilt, I made eleven more blocks which resulted in a large lap quilt, 57″ x 71.” Click here to read about how I assembled a kit for each block during a car trip. And Click here to see a photo of the quilt and instructions for ordering a digital pattern from McCall’s. If you are not yet a subscriber to Quick Quilts, you can order a copy from  the online Quilt and Sew Shop.

After completing the blocks, I debated what color to use for sashing such a “wild” quilt. I felt a neutral or solid color would be best. Black would work, but might lend the finished quilt a somber air. I settled on white to add some modern “negative space” with the added bonus of a secondary “Nine Patch” pattern. I thought a black print would frame the quilt and help settle down the multitude of colorful prints. I found the black print with zigzag lime green lines in a quilt shop’s sale basket. Perfect! And I decided a coordinating lime green tonal would make a great inner border.

To repeat and accentuate the triangles in the quilt blocks, I overlaid some Prairie Points on the wide black border after quilting the quilt, enclosing the raw edges in the binding. The Quick Quilts magazine gives excellent, step-by-step instructions for making the 3-D Prairie Points. As you can see from the picture below, I folded back the triangles about 1/4″ and hand-tacked the Prairie Points to the border so they would lay nearly flat but still give a 3-D effect.

Using lime green thread, I free-hand quilted spirals over all the quilt. Alas and alack, I didn’t have enough of the same lime green print used in the inner border to bind the quilt, but I found another stashed lime tonal to conclude this very scrappy quilt!

Would you like to win a copy of the magazine? If so, leave a comment below stating if you would make this quilt totally scrappy or employ a limited color scheme. I’ll draw a winner on September 5.


48 thoughts on ““Scrappy Patch” Published!

  1. Congrats! The pattern is lovely! Not only would I love to make this quilt, but I would go one step further and make all my neutrals scrappy too. A hodgepodge of colors with oodles of netutrals!

  2. Congratulations Aby on another published piece! If I made Scrappy Patch, I would choose a limited color palette.

  3. I love the way you used your scraps, and I think I’d use the same variety. My quilts really look scrappy because I use different era’s of prints in them, For example Civil War, and 30’s prints. I guess I need to stop doing that, but the recipients of the quilts don’t seem to care.

  4. As always, everything goes.
    My personal preference would be what you did, only with a lighter border.

    And not to forget, congratulations on your publishing success!

  5. I LOVE this quilt — particularly the border. This is a project I NEED to complete to use up fabric scraps. Congratulations on another great quilt, published, to share with other quilters!

  6. I really like this quilt and am always looking for ways to use my 2 1/2″ squares. (which seem to multiply when I’m not looking) I would definitely make it very scrappy.

  7. Certainly a good way to use up the scrap squares I keep cutting with my Accuquilt. But I tend to prefer a more controlled palette. thanks for sharing as always

  8. I totally agree in making this very scrappy. And prairie points (which i love to add to quilts) make such an unexpected embellishments.

  9. Love it. It’s perfect the way it is. I might try a Fall colouring…or maybe a scrappy black/white with a pop of red, or maybe a…OWWW.. too many options!

  10. What a happy quilt!! I think this quilt pattern would look good in seasonal fabrics like Christmas, valentines, or spring…I might try that.

  11. I love this quilt. I think I would try a block with a limited color palette to see how it looks. Of course I have plenty of scraps and fat quarters for a scrappy look!

  12. I would make a blue color scheme. I have fabric with the thin, 1/4 selvage from 20 years ago. Many shades & prints that I love. It would be lovely and soothing to the soul.

  13. I would go controlled scrappy, limit myself to using either a main color for all or just in the nine patch blocks. I could see this mini sized too!

  14. That is a beautiful quilt. I’m very jealous of your talent of putting a pattern together without step by step instructions! Great job!

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