There is nothing like a scrappy quilt, especially when you can look at the squares and see clothes and other projects you have made in the past. Most of the fabrics are old and may be out of style but when you cut them up into small pieces - they are ageless.
This baby quilt has lots and lots of oldies in it.....have you noticed that recently I've been going through my old UFOs (unfinished objects) and trying to complete some projects......it has been fun.
This post was originally written in 2013, I have updated the photos and finally added the information on how to make the quilt. Enjoy!
Many times I have no idea what I am going to make, I just start looking through my fabrics, and sometimes I start out with odd quilt blocks I started and never used.
I found a box of blocks that were made from 3-inch squares that were the leftover pieces from the 5-inch squares that I cut from all of my old fabrics to make scrap quilts for my grandchildren.
The grandkids always wanted to keep warm with an old quilt I had made years ago for their mom. I finally realized the reason it was so warm was that it had polyester batting in it so I made each of them their own scrap quilt that is meant to be used and used and loved.
River Scraps baby quilt tutorial
38" x 45"
The River Scraps blocks are 15-inches.
The size of the quilt is 38-inches by 45-inches and could be used as a baby quilt or a lap quilt.
Here is the quilt before washing it.
Notice that I said "was" I have washed this quilt several times and the size now is 35-inches x 42-inches. I love it when quilts get that crinkly look and soften up. Every time you wash a quilt it seems to get softer and softer.
I decided to add borders to the sides, I know, it looks like I added the borders to the top and bottom. I guess it just depends on which way you turn the quilt.
I love looking at all the old fabrics that have been in my stash for a long, long time.
I just used a neutral quilt fabric on the back and picked out a green plaid from my stash for the binding. I used Warm & Natural for the batting……my bolt is getting smaller and smaller….sigh. I'll have to start watching for a 50% off sale.
Cutting the fabric
There is no yardage for the blocks as this is a scrap quilt.
If you would like to use the same fabric for the background instead of light scraps, then you will need 1 yard of it which will be enough for the side borders also.
- 96 - 3" squares assorted prints
- 24 - 3½" cream squares (for half-square triangles)
- 24 - 3½" square assorted prints (for half-square triangles)
- 72 - 3" cream squares
Sew with a ¼" seam allowance and press to the dark fabric or press your seams open - your choice.
- Each block starts out as a 16 patch block with 4 rows of 4 blocks
- Add the top and bottom rows
- Add the side rows
I normally always use my AccuQuilt cutter to make half-square triangles as they are perfect using my 3" finished half square triangle die.
If I am rotary cutting my half-square triangles then I cut them a little bigger and then trim them to the correct size. Normally you would cut your HSTs 3 ⅜" square but I am recommending 3½" and then trim them to the perfect size.
Assemble the baby quilt:
Sew blocks together
Sew two blocks together to make a row. Repeat this three times.
Add the side borders
Check the size of your quilt, it should measure 30½" x 45½".
- Cut two 2" x 45½" strips of cream - (length of the quilt)
- Add to the sides
- If you have any half-square triangles left over, you can add them to this border as I did. If not, just use 3" squares
- Cut 36 - 3" assorted prints
- Add to the sides
Your quilt is all pieced! Add your batting and batting and quilt as desired. Add your binding using my easy quilt binding tutorial.=
Why River Scraps got updated
Last week my daughter was over and we were going through my quilts. She found several that she liked and I realized I had never written either a tutorial or pattern for them. This is one of them!
I happened to look in my batik stash storage bins and found several 16-patch blocks which started me on the journey of making river scrap blocks in different sizes.
As soon as I finish up a post and possibly a new mini quilt I'll add the link here. In the meantime, if you would like to make just one River Scraps block - here is what you will cut.
- 16 - 3" squares assorted prints
- 4 - 3½" cream squares (for 8 half-square triangles)
- 4 - 3½" square assorted prints (for half-square triangles)
- 12 - 3" cream squares
Be sure and also read the River Scraps worksheet and tutorial.
I also have a quilt pattern for a little different River Scraps quilt!
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