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What is Scrappy Quilting


a quilters stash of fabric


What is a scrappy quilt?  It is a quilt that is made from a large number of fabrics.  It is the opposite of a quilt that is carefully planned in advance, with the fabrics usually being purchased at the same time.


Most of the quilts made today are scrappy quilts.  I believe this is for a couple of reasons.  First of all, quilters love to buy fabric.  It is probably one of the favorite parts of the quilting process.


Fabric has become very expensive.  When quilters go to the fabric store, it is like going to an all you can eat buffet.  You want to try just a little bit of everything.  As a consequence, you end up buying a half yard of one fabric, and a half yard of another fabric.


Quilters are also good shoppers.  When they see good quality fabric at yard sales and thrift stores they buy it.  Then they have to put it all together.


Most quilters have a large amount of fabric in their homes.  It is called a "stash."  Scrappy quilts give you the opportunity to use many fabrics in the same quilt.  Most scrappy quilts are easy to make.  Intricate piecing is hard to see when you use a lot of fabrics.  Hence most of the blocks on this site will be oriented toward scrappy quilts.


This site is dedicated to scrappy quilters, and taking those bits and pieces of fabric and making beautiful quilts.  Welcome Scrappy Quilters!



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Articles on Site 


Quilters Measurements.  An explanation of what quilter's measurements are, and how they make quilting easier.


Options for Using 4-Inch Quilt Squares.  So you've purchased a package of 4-inch quilt squares.  Now you've discovered that quilters usually work with 2 1/2 strips and 4 1/2 blocks.  So what are you doing to do with those 4-inch squares?... more



How to Deal with Project Burnout.  How to finish a quilting or sewing project when it becomes tiresome.



How to Make Quilting Frugal


There are ways to make quilting frugal.  Quilting can be an expensive hobby, or it can be done in a very economical way.

It only takes a few tools to start quilting.  As you become a more experienced quilter, you can add rules and special papers to your supplies.


You don't need patterns to quilt.  Once you learn about quilting grids and block sizes, it is easy to make your own blocks that fit together nicely.


Here are a 6 quick tips to save money sewing:


1. Fabric selection. Fabric can cost over $25 a yard, or it can be purchased for under $5.00 a yard. The trick is finding fabric that is of good quality for a lower price. A lot of people never buy fabric unless it is on sale for 50% off the regular price.  Shop sales and use coupons.


Shop at a variety of stores.  Look for fabric with a  good thread.  Your quilt will only be as strong , or last as long as the weakest fibers in your quilt fabric.


2. Make scrappy quilts. Use a variety of fabrics in your quilt blocks and your quilts. Try some scrap quilts and blocks that make good use of small pieces of fabric.


3.  Save every scrap of fabric that you have. Scrappy blocks, borders, appliqué and other sewing hobbies make good use of leftover fabric.

4. Make larger blocks. When you make larger blocks not only does the piecing go faster, but you use less fabric.


5. Creativity over expense.  Be creative and use your own designs.  Patterns can be expensive and technically challenging.


Learning about quilting grids, and design your own patterns.  Use frugal blocks to make your own unique and interesting quilt to save time and money.


6. Avoid unnecessary paper aids. Use quick piecing techniques that don't involve expensive paper that must be removed when you are done sewing.


Most of all...relax and enjoy yourself when you are making quilts.  A lot of people pay money for ways to reduce stress.  Save money relaxing at the sewing machine!



Quilting Tip

clipart picture of thread


Did You Know...?

Be sure and dispose of your old needles safely.  Empty plastic soft-pick cases take up little room and are great for disposing of old needles.  If you want to recycle your old needles, use them to hang small pictures or projects.



Charity Quilts


Don't Forget

One of the great things are quilts are the warmth and comfort they bring to people.  With quilting we have the opportunity to give of our time and our hearts to other people.


Here are some of the opportunities to quilt for charity.


  • Children and Baby Quilts for hospitals and shelters.


  • Quilts give to children rescued from domestic and other violence


  • Tactile quilts for the blind


  • Wheelchair quilts for the elderly.


There is always the need and the place for a quilt!








Bear Claw Quilt Block

Quilt Sizes


Miniature      <36"
Wall Hanging any size

36x36 up to 52x52


52-68 x 52-78


64-72 x 86-96


70-88 x 88-100


88-99 x 94-108


94-108 x 94-108



 Pre-cut Quilt Squares

4-Patch Quilt Block


Many beginning quilters like to buy quilt pre-cut quilt squares. While it is convenient, be aware you will need a lot of them. Here is approx how many 4-inch squares you need for the following size quilts without borders.


Crib 168
Twin 529
Double 624
Queen 728





Borders and Sashing
Pinning the Layers
Quilting Your Project



Resources for Frugal Living


Like Frugal Living?  Visit these Sites...


free clipart eagle

Frugal Squirrel

 mini preppers fireplace

Churn Dash Quilt Block

4_Patch Block


Be warm, be safe;  save time and money. 


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