My Ultimate Scrap Quilt Project

Created By:

Raven Maureen

Skill Level: Intermediate

I used scraps from former garment projects to make an adult size quilt!


Hey friends! I know it’s been a while but I’m still around working on more intentional projects. And adjusting to married life as well.




I have been dreaming of a scrap quilt project for a LONG TIME! I mean, I have so much scrap fabric that it was becoming more and more embarrassing to keep hoarding that much. So finally I decided to totally focus on this project. Now, if you’re someone who has never made a quilt and you’re more of the visual learner I highly recommend going to my Instagram and watching my 5 part reel series on how I made this massive quilt in addition to the supplemental information in this post.



If you’re someone that knows the basics of quilting and just wants a fun project and a template, then keep reading.


I knew I wanted it to be adult size so I made my squares 6x6 inches, 12 rows across and 14 rows down. I made a quick sketch and decided to add some razzle dazzle by putting a lowercase “R” in the middle for my name. I love using grid paper because it’s so easy to trace the squares for the visual. I made sure to use woven fabric for my squares even though I have some jersey knits and others.




Next I alternated my colors light to dark -which means I had to lay out the quilt as I was making it so I wouldn’t duplicate anything right next to each other. I really tried to think about what colors complemented each other on the color wheel as I put the squares together. I really wanted anyone who sees the quilt to really be dazzled by the colors but not overwhelmed. And finally I wanted my “R” to stand out so I used white fabric (with some accents). I made sure to purposely put bolder colors beside the white squares to make it stand out more.


For the construction of the squares I made sure to use a 1/4 inch seam allowance everywhere and backstitch everything. I focused on sewing the squares across first. Once all the rows were completed I made sure to connect the rows by 2. And finally like a pyramid - connect 2x2 until eventually I had two large pieces of the top piece. I sewed those pieces together to make one piece. And I made sure to press every single seam in the process.



Next I worked on my sandwich. I used the bottom of a thrifted duvet cover since it’s so hard to get 2-4 pieces of fabric together. I never like seeing that seam. The thrifted duvet worked so well. Then I used cotton batting. I learned in a sewing class that cotton batting is a lot better than polyester. It doesn’t shrink as much, etc. Then, I added my quilt top. I smoothed out all the wrinkles and spots. I used safety pins and wonder clips to make sure that it stayed together and didn’t shift during the process.




Then I topstitched the entire quilt sandwich together. I don’t own a long arm machine or a darning foot but I managed perfectly fine.


Next I made my own double folded bias tape from some stripe rainbow fabric that I had. I sewed the first part down and then hand stitched the closing because I wanted a cleaner finish. My fingers were sore for an entire day. Whew, but I finished it and it looked perfect.





I know I’m primarily a garment sewist but I do like to do other projects every once in a while. This was my sixth successful quilt. I have made 3 for other people, 2 lap ones for myself and now this one. With each project I learn and improve my process each time. Without a doubt I’m most proud of this one.


Until next time, xo.


Everyone is Talking about My Ultimate Scrap Quilt Project

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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