With Earth Day being celebrated on April 22, we thought what better way to recognize ways quilters can be environmentally friendly than by offering some truly scrappy, stash-busting patterns for this week’s Freebie Friday.
And yes, we did say “patterns” plural. We hope these fun designs and techniques inspire you to pull out your scraps and sew something beautiful!
Quilter and teacher Pam Rocco says that when she wants to try out a new idea, she dumps a scrap bag on her sewing table and makes something quick. When she made Scrap Block, she says it was “time to cut loose.” Mixing print and solid fabrics, she pieced triangles and strips, trimmed the units with a triangle ruler then joined four units to make a block—that’s all there is to it. It’s an easy and quick way to use up a bunch of scraps to make a unique quilt. Click here to download the free pattern for Scrap Block.
When it came to Scrap Patch Boxes, Pam decided it was best to jump in and just start working. After all, any quilt is better than no quilt! She surrounded her wonky pieced blocks with simple frames and stacked them so they teeter like a tower of shoe boxes. Click here to download the free pattern for Scrap Patch Boxes.
Popularized over a century ago, string quilts were and still are a great way to use leftover strips, or strings, of fabric. These scrap-busting quilts can be made by sewing strips of fabric together and then trimmed into the desired shape and size of your block. Click here to watch a free video tutorial that shows just how easy string piecing is, and then click here to download a free e-book containing string-pieced quilt patterns for a hexagon baby quilt, a selvage-edge pincushion, and a spiderweb quilt.