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collection scrap quilt //1

Collection scrap quilt //1

I like to call it nostalgic, but i might just be a hoarder. I’ve been keeping fabric scraps from the very first collection i released back in 2010… for no reason that i can explain. Finally i decided i had to do something with them or get rid of them, and for some reason i was emotionally attached to all those little pieces of fabric. So i decided to make a quilt!

It took absolute ages but i really love it. I cut all the pieces of leftover fabric into either triangles or strips for the binding, and the quilt backing is a vintage sheet. It’s so big thats its kind of hard to get a good photo of, but these are a few from our old house (below). It’s been really useful as an extra layer in winter, and as a nice thin blanket for summer – even better its become my kids comfort blanket of choice for when they’re sick, that kind of melts my heart. It even found it’s way into my maternity lookbook as a picnic blanket prop!

collection scrap quilt //1

I’m so glad to have found a way to use up all those special pieces of fabric and to have a special memento of that very first collection. I like how this idea turned out so much that i would really like to create a collection scrap quilt for all of my collections.

Any suggestions for good quilting patterns?

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Colleen
Colleen
8 years ago

This is gorgeous and so simple, yet has the charm and warmth of a much more complicated quilt.

I don’t tend to buy quilt patterns, but I have a bunch of books. My favorites are Kaffe Fassett quilt books. I haven’t seen his newer ones but I have a bunch that are 6 to 12 years old. He does use his own very bright fabrics but you can figure out how they will look using any of your own. I think his quilts look more complicated than they are and I like that about him. He’s got one somewhere that he calls a postage stamp quilt, using little squares of scrap fabric….like, the final square after the seams are sewn is about an inch. It’s a spectacular effect!

Colleen
Colleen
8 years ago
Reply to  Meg

Really, Meg. It’s so much easier than apparel sewing because you can’t do anything wrong on a quilt….especially a scrap one! I came to apparel sewing through quilting and I will tell you it’s much much harder to follow apparel patterns!!!!

Jo
Jo
8 years ago

I hoard all my scraps (unless they’re really really tiny) for exactly this! So far no actual quilting has been done, though… But I get emotional enough rummaging through them, and can’t wait to get into it one day! Also, I noticed recently that the fabrics I choose have unintentionally matched up pretty well into consistent colour palettes, so when it comes to deciding which ones to use together it’ll be pretty easy!

Katherine
8 years ago

I love scrap quilts…every piece has a story attached. Yours is just lovely.

Vivi
8 years ago

That’s so beautiful! The colors go so well together. I haven’t made many quilts (only some smaller projects, like throw pillows) but I’d like to learn!

Ginger
8 years ago

This is so pretty! What a great way to use your scraps! It’s absolutely beautiful!

Kelly
8 years ago

This is such a pretty quilt! I love that the fabrics are getting a new life!

maddie
8 years ago

I wish you would make me one! It would go perfectly with the colors in my apartment!

alissa reid
alissa reid
8 years ago

This is exceptional, has a beautiful feel to it :) Gorgeous colors and little people under it :)