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Easiest Scrap Quilt Ever: Magic Cutting Method

Are you tired of having an overflowing scrap basket? #girlsame

I procrastinated cleaning out my scraps for two years. That's embarrassing! But once I finally did get all the scraps organized, I was able to turn them into three (!) finished quilt tops, and I shared the entire journey both here and on my YouTube channel.

Are you ready to turn your scraps into an heirloom? Keep reading!

In the last post, we talked about sorting scraps. It feels so good to see the bottom of the scrap basket, and have all your scraps sorted in a way that feels cohesive and lovely.

Whatever you do, don't skip the sorting step (ask me how I know!). You'll love your scrap quilt so much more if you start by getting rid of the fabrics that you don't really love, then sort the keepers by color.

Quilting With Scraps: The Magic Cutting Method. Cut pieces to2.5" squares  4.5" squares  6.5" squares  2.5" x 4.5" rectangles  2.5" x 6.5" rectangles  4.5" x 6.5" rectangles

Are your scraps organized and ready for the next step?

In this post, we get to the fun part: cutting!

The method we're going to use is pretty simple: we're going to cut out the following sized pieces:

2.5" squares

4.5" squares

6.5" squares

2.5" x 4.5" rectangles

2.5" x 6.5" rectangles

4.5" x 6.5" rectangles

Wanna see the cutting in action (and get some extra tips)? Check out the video below:

Hot tip: From each scrap, cut the BIGGEST piece you can.

Keep your cut pieces organized by color. You'll have a box of pink cut pieces, white cut pieces, etc.

But wait...what about the pieces that are too small for a 2.5" square?

I haven't forgotten about those! Toss them in their own bin, we have big plans for them in the next quilt!

Side note: I don't ever keep anything smaller than a 1" square. Those teeny tiny pieces are fiddly to work with, and fiddly doesn't bring me joy. If you're the type person who likes itty bitty pieces, we can still be friends, but I will politely decline any offers to share scraps.

These tiny pieces don't need to be organized by color, so just toss them in a bin.

Quilting With Scraps: Set aside pieces that are larger than 1" square but smaller than 2.5" square

To recap, you should now have your scraps organized in the following bins:

  • One bin for orphan blocks

  • One bin for pieces smaller than 2.5" square (no need to organize these yet!)

  • The rest of your scraps cut into the sizes listed above and organized by color

The next post is where the magic comes together: piecing. I'll give you a little hint at how we're going to assemble our block with this graphic:

Quilting With Scraps Magic Cutting Method Infographic

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