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Scrappy Quilts With Free Patterns

Updated on March 5, 2018

Made from scraps

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I have a love for scrappy quilts.

For the most part, the fabric I use in my scrappy quilts, are left over scraps from planned quilts, fabric exchanges with friends and even pieces from used clothing. I always use 100% cotton.

What I like most about scrap quilts is the fact that I don't need to worry or stress out so much over everything matching. I also like the fact that I am saving lots of money by using what I already have. This makes me really happy as I can continue creating quilts at times when I don't have the extra funds to be purchasing fabric.

Below I have included some scrappy quilts with patterns.

My Smokey Mountain Stars

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Quilt Block Patterns Using Scraps From Your Stash

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My Scrappy String Quilt

You will be amazed at the beautiful quilts that can be made from the left over scraps from another project.

Each block from the Scrappy String quilt is made from 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" inch strips . These strips are called strings.

I have a bin of of strips that I have saved and use when making string quilts .String quilts are fast fun and easy to make.

I also save larger size strips to use as a mix and match binding to finish off the quilts that I have made.

Because the strings are sewn onto a backing fabric...{for example mine are sewn onto a square of muslin...Usually a ten inch square, although I have used a twelve inch square..} It not necessary to use a batting...Once the blocks are sewn together, You would simply quilt them onto your backing fabric.;..most often when I am not using a batting then I will use a cotton flannel as my backing fabric..Once the top and back are quilted together I will finish off with a scrappy binding and add a label to the back if giving as a gift..

Free Patterns For Smokey Mountain Stars

The internet is a great source for finding scrappy quilts with patterns included. That means more dollars saved.

Smokey Mountain Stars
One of the easiest star quilts you can make. Not only easy but lots of fun as well. Can be made from scraps on hand or from pieces of men's cotton shirts. A good source for cotton shirts would be the local thrift shop.


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Lattice Garden Quilt

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Tools Of The Trade

My well used tools of the trade are:

Rotary Cutter and Mat: Having a rotary cutter allows you to cut strips and pieces very quickly. A cutting mat is necessary when using a rotary cutter. It will protect your table and your blade. I generally use a 18" x 24" mat.

A clear Acrylic Ruler: To measure fabric and guide the rotary cutter.

Sewing Machine: Much faster and easier than hand piecing.

Straight Pins: I would really suggest using rust proof pins.

Iron and Ironing board: I do a whole lot of pressing as I am piecing.

Needles: That are sized for cotton fabrics (70/10 or 80/12)

Scissors: It’s good to have a pair that are only used for fabrics

Seam Ripper: My ever useful handy dandy can't live without tool

I Spy With My Little Eye

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I Spy Quilt

A Scrappy Quilt For My Granddaughter

I do purchase quilt pattern books from time to time. Just can't help myself, love the eye candy. However, I would rather spend my hard earned money on fabric and other quilting tools that are a necessity. But it does make me happy when I find scrappy quilts with patterns on the internet.

My absolute favorite scrap quilt I made was called "I SPY". I did purchase the pattern for this quilt I made for my granddaughter. I used a solid fabric for the triangle pieces and the hexagons were made of novelty fabrics. The pattern packet consisted of a 3 1 /2 inch diameter Hexagon template, a triangle template as well as the piecing directions. The name of the pattern is: Come Quilt With Me " I Spy" (I Spy Hexagon Template 3 1/2in).

Just have Fun And Create.

Indulge in reducing your scrap material and create a lovely quilt!

The Jelly Roll Race video that I have posted down below..Is a whole lot of fun.

In the video she used a Jelly Roll that she had purchased.

But you don't need to buy Jelly Rolls. You can make one from scrap out of your scrap basket..

If you are a quilter than you probably have a scrap basket..

Scrappy Quilts With Free Patterns

I use left over scraps from planned quilts, fabric exchanges with friends and even pieces from used clothing. Which means great savings.

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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub Faith, I love the quilt designs, Voted up for awesome!

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      These designs are so beautiful. I'm just learning how to quilt and hope one day I'll be able to create one of these masterpieces. So lovely. Pinning this to my crafts board.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It takes time and patience and dedication to create these works of art which become quilts. The photos you showed of some that you have made are beautiful!

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      lindajot 

      6 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      So glad you told me where to find your knitted sock pattern - your quilt work is beautiful!

      I've made a few quilts, but it's been many years - you are giving me the itch to dive back in! Now, just to find a few more hours in the day!

      I'm having a blast peeking around here :)

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank You Becca's Blog

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      Rebecca Furtado 

      7 years ago from A Cornfied in the Midwest

      Ijust love the I Spy quilt . Great hub.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank You KoffeeKlatch Gals for the compliments as well as the votes..

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have made some beautiful quilts. I was impressed with your selection of sites with free patterns. Your list of supplies was great.

      Up,, useful and interesting.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      thank you. Ahh that's great. I hope you have something from your maternal grandmother. My grandmother's were not crafty..LOL

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      Gail 

      7 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      These quilts are beautiful! My maternal Grandmother quilted among many other needlework and crafty things. Always quilted by hand. Her stitches were so lovely. I am a novice quilter. I hope someday my efforts become as beautiful as yours.

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you grandmapearl...Yea a fellow quilter...I am happy you will be able to use some of your scraps ....they sure accumulate fast but they can still can be turned into something beautiful.

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      Connie Smith 

      7 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      faythef, I am enchanted by the quilt patterns you have included in this wonderful article. As a professional quilter, I am always on the look out for 'new' things to make from my stash of scraps. I've been quilting since 1988, and it is a definite passion of mine! I am bookmarking this for excellent future reference. Voted Up, Beautiful, Useful, Interesting and Awesome! Also pinned.

      Pearl

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      moonlake..thank you for the vote and for sharing

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Samsons1 thank you..and I do hope you will one day finish your quilts..You will be so happy you did...

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      Beautiful quilts love reading about them. I really like the Smokey Mountain Stars, don't think I have that pattern. Voted up and shared.

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      Sam 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      What a lovely hub. I too love quilts and have made four tops but have never finished with the backing, lol. A few years ago I crocheted a large throw using 2" hexagons and it took 'forever'. Voted up, useful, beautiful and shared...

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Yes time consuming..But well worth..for sure

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      Marie Flint 

      7 years ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      I try--I strive for color harmony and balance. And, right now, I prefer hand quilting over machine quilting. I try to make my quilting patterns so they enhance the overall design. Time consuming, yes, but worth it in my estimation.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Marie Flint thank you I have one quilt I did in curves it was a lot of fun...Your quilts must be beautiful..

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      Marie Flint 

      7 years ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      Another quilter . . . love it! I'm not into scrappy quilts per se, but I'm definitely into quilts, so I called up your hub. The video offered a nice, quick method for making four patches which I hadn't really thought about. However, I'm focusing on curves more now, and my next quilt will be pictorial--all hand drawn and hand appliqued. It'll be my first of this kind, although I had done needlepoint applique on a previous quilt. Keep up the good work.

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      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      MillionaireTips Thank you for the compliments the vote...and the welcome. heading ever to visit your Hubs..I need all the millionare Tips I can get..LOL

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      Shasta Matova 

      7 years ago from USA

      Welcome to HubPages and congratulations on your Rising Star win! I really enjoy making scrap quilts as well. It keeps me from having to measure precisely how much fabric I need - I can always add a different one! And they turn out so beautifully. I love both of the quilts you made. Voted up.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Wow that is awesome 25 years..I am so glad I could be an inspiration..I hope you will make another

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      Virginia Kearney 

      7 years ago from United States

      I haven't quilted in a while but one of my daughters uses one of my quilts made 25 years ago every night for bed. It was hand quilted and still practically looks new. You are inspiring me!

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      Suzanne Wilson 

      7 years ago

      Very nice quilts faythe, nice work.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the compliment and the vote..

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      Nicolette Goff 

      7 years ago from British Columbia

      Very good hub - I voted for it. Your quilts are lovely.

    • faythef profile imageAUTHOR

      Faythe Payne 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you ...I know when you have the time you will enjoy quilting..And having the tools your off to a good start.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Beautiful quilts. I've always wanted to make one of my own. I even have all the equipment on your list. I will pin this so when I find the time, I can revisit your tutorial. Thanks for sharing and welcome to Hubpages!

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