Modern Scrap Quilt Love

I have been an avid quilter for 25 years and needless to say, I have a ridiculously large stash of fabrics that are fat quarters or smaller. It’s so large and valuable that I have a fire evacuation plan to get it out of my home quickly, if need be! Fabric collecting is a natural side effect of any sewing hobby. Sewists come up with all sorts of good reasons to buy more fabric, even though they already have so much that they’ll probably have to leave it someone in their wills. But who really cares?! Having a stash is all part of the fun!

As you are happily building up your stash of scraps, feeling guilty for having so much fabric, you tell yourself that you are going to stop buying fabrics until you use up your stash (LOL), and you start looking for ways to make a dent in it. A great way to use scraps and leftover from old projects is to make scrappy quilts. A quick-to-piece scrappy quilt is a nice option for fast but personal Christmas and birthday gifts as well as charity quilts.

If you have a more modern aesthetic and are looking to use some of your scraps, we’ve got the perfect bundle of patterns for you. Modern Scrap Quilt Love is a bundle of 8 modern and deliciously scrappy patterns that are fast and simple to make. And to give you a bit more guidance, below are several links that will provide you with lots of good information on using scraps in modern designs, tips for success with scrap quilts and some helpful hints on organizing your stash.

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Candy Coated Raindrops

Candy Coated Raindrops

Simple appliqué perfect for your home.

  • Finished size: 50″ x 60″
  • Designed by Jessica Prosper-Bohannon
  • Block Size: 30 (10″) blocks
  • Project Rating: Beginner Level 2
  • Technique: Appliqué and Pieced
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Scrappy Beehive

Scrappy Beehive

If Jennifer were a bee, this is what her beehive walls would look like–full of color! This quilt–a combination of Four-Patch blocks and Half-Square Triangles (HSTs)–is one big puzzle, so a design wall is essential. Combine prints in color families and have fun!

Jennifer Chon is a modern quilter living in Los Angeles, California. Her work and patterns are online and at shows. She makes modern quilts with modern fabric, but also loves traditional quilts and handwork. “I love using classical/traditional patterns as inspiration and giving them a modern spin.”

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Snowball Stand

Snowball Stand

In Baltimore, there is a summer delicacy called a snowball. It’s basically a snow cone or shaved ice with marshmallow cream in the center. The snowballs in this quilt are bright batik ‘flavors’ with low-volume cream centers. Partial seam piecing makes this a project suited to a more experienced quilter.

  • Finished size: 60″ x 60″
    • 3 (¾ yard) lengths feature fabric for large, medium, and small blocks
    • 5 fat quarters feature fabric for medium and small blocks
    • 7 fat eighths low-volume prints for block centers and corners
    • 1 3/8 yards background
    • Fabric-safe marker
    • 4 yards backing
    • ½ yard binding
    • Twin-size batting
  • Designed by Heather Kojan and featured in Modern Patchwork January/February 2018.

Heather Kojan is a modern quilter with traditional roots. She is the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild who lectures and teaches at shops, guilds, and shows across the country.

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Dash

Dash

Dash is the perfect blend of interesting and simple in a quilt. There are endless arrangements that can be made with the pieces—Amy hopes you have as much fun as she did exploring the possibilities!

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Morada

Morada

The bright and happy collection of fabrics pairs perfectly with the textured look of the gray background. Arrange the Half-Square Triangle blocks in a rainbow-like setting, as in the quilt shown, or any way you wish! This fun design is fat quarter friendly.

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Crossroads

Crossroads

Constructed from solid rectangles, Crossroads relies on color grouping and the placement of blocks to create a secondary pattern of ‘plus’ signs that – depending on value – recede or emerge on the surface of the quilt. To finish it with a bit of additional style, Malka includes a pieced binding, that allows the design to flow across the quilt top and extend to the edge of the quilt. Such a gorgeous design and a unique finishing technique!

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Scrap Lattice

Scrap Lattice

The deep blue prints and low-volume neutrals in your fabric collection don’t need to languish: put them to good use with this charming and simple improv quilt. Made with the scrap enthusiast in mind, this creative design is not only a scrap buster, but also an elegant way to showcase the fabrics you love—even the small bits!

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Happy, scrappy sewing!
Anissa

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