Use many multicolour fabrics randomly. Cut oblongs 3.5 inches x 6.5 inches (¼ inch seam allowances throughout).
Start in the centre and work outwards, sewing longer strips together before attaching to the previous section.
You can do as many rounds as required (making it oblong or square) and then add:
- plain border – 2.5inch for the layout below
- strippy border – 3.5 inch for the layout below
- plain border – 2.5 inch for the layout below and then bind
- or use a plain border in between the multi patterned borders
This is a very quick quilt to make, and can easily be made in a day.
Cut 9 x 6½” squares of novelty fabric or similar
Cut 9 x 6½” squares of plain fabric
Cut 2 strips 36 x 6½” of contrasting plain fabric
Construction (use ¼ inch seam allowance throughout)
Make 3 strips from the 6½” squares. For each strip join 3 novelty and 3 plain squares, alternating them as you go. Press each strip.
Join the long strips in between the 6½” square strips so they are alternating. Press the top.
Sandwich together and quilt in your preferred quilt pattern. Add a binding.
This is a good way of using up larger pieces, left over from making a quilt, that you don’t know what to do with and is very quick and easy to put together.
Selection of fabrics (can be novelty or various patterned fabric)
Plain fabric for the dividers.
Cut your chosen fabrics to the same length. Widths may vary as you can see below. You can use as many as you please. Cut your plain fabric 2½” by the same length.
Starting with a plain fabric join all the strips together, alternating between the plain and your chosen fabric. End with a plain strip. Press.
Cut a plain strip 2½” by the finished length of your joined strips and join them to the top and bottom.
Depending on the length of your strips you can add a border. In the picture below the length of the quilt was 35” so a border was only joined at the top and bottom to increase the width.
Sandwich, quilt and add a binding.
This pattern is taken from ‘Successful Scrap Quilts from Simple Rectangles’ by Judy Turner & Margaret Rolfe.
Sort out scrap fabrics into lights and darks. You can have a colour theme: e.g. autumn colours, pastels, brights.
Cut fabric pieces to measure 3 1/2” x 2”. This was a collection of mostly blues. Accurate cutting and stitching is essential.
Using 1/4” inch seams hand or machine stitch pieces together into threes as follows: 2 lights joined along the long side, then a dark piece joined across the top. Then two darks and a light. Join the 3’s into strips as in the photograph and then join the strips together. Finish with a border in a plain dark colour to match.