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The Easiest Way To Make A Scrappy Quilt Top Without A Pattern

Are you tired of digging through your basket of scraps, wondering what you're going to do with all of them?

Ya'll, I put off cleaning out my scraps for TWO YEARS. There were enough fabric scraps to clothe a small army (and quite a few unfinished hemming projects, but we won't talk about those). Once I finally got them sorted, though, it was so much easier to actually use them!

I ended up making several quilts from them, my favorite of which is this rainbow quilt.

A lady in all black with arms crossed, standing in front of a rainbow gradient quilt

If you're ready to make your own beginner-friendly scrap quilt, then keep reading, because this is where it gets fun!

In the last two posts, we sorted our scraps and cut them to size, and now it's time to put them all together.

This is where the magic gets, well, even more magical: you finally get to see it come together!

Just in case you missed it in the last post, we're cutting our scraps to the following sizes:

  • 6.5" squares

  • 6.5" x 4.5" rectangles

  • 6.5" x 2.5" rectangles

  • 4.5" squares

  • 4.5" x 2.5" rectangles

  • 2.5" squares

Once you've done that, keep scrolling to see how to put them together!

Scrap piecing step one

Step 1: Make 4.5" x 6.5" Strips

  • Some of your pieces were already cut to 4.5" x 6.5." Just set these aside

  • Sew the 4.5" squares to the 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles.

Scrap piecing step two

Step 2: Make 2.5" x 6.5" Strips

  • Some of your pieces were already cut to 2.5" x 6.5." Just set these aside

  • Sew 2.5" squares to the remaining 2.5" x 4.5' rectangles.

  • Sew the remaining 2.5" squares together in strips of three.

scrap piecing step three

Step 3: Sew Strips Together To Make 6.5" Blocks

  • Sew a 2.5" x 6.5" strip to each 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle

  • Sew the remaining 2.5" strips together in sets of three.

Step 4: Sew Blocks Together To Finish Quilt Top!

Now sew your blocks together into rows, and your rows together into a finished quilt. That's it, you're done! Go quilt and bind however you prefer (my vote is to hand quilt, but we'll see how much time I actually have!).

Notes On Finished Quilt Top:

There are no rules for sizing since everyone's scrap stash is different. Just make it as big or as small as you want!

As much as I'd like to claim to be a fine artist with an eye for color, my finished quilt gradient was inspired by a polar vortex on the Weather Channel. Side note: I hate winter.

Inspiration for scrap quilt gradient: the polar vortex map on the Weather Channel

Now It's Your Turn!

You've organized your scraps, you've cut them to size, now it's time to piece!

Don't forget to tag me on Instagram @amylollisdesign to have your work featured!

Want more scrap-happy inspiration? Check out these other blog posts:

4 commentaires

I’m following along with your instructions and so far, I’m finding the clear, sequential, common sense directions you’ve given are wonderful. But one quick question: what exactly does the following paragraph mean?

Step 4: Sew Blocks Together To Finish Quilt Top!

Try different blog formats each time. One month, post a day in the life, then try a How-To or a Q&A. There are many templates to help you get started.

My suspicion is that you were using a template to write things out, but you missed one paragraph. I’m not entirely certain exactly how to sew the blocks together from the segments I’ve made to this point (but I’m willing to give it the old college try), but …

Amy Lollis
Amy Lollis
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Oh my goodness! Good catch! I do use placeholder text for formatting, and forgot to change it. Thanks for the heads up!


I'm a little late to the Party - but your directions are so well written I'll catch up. We have been Snow/Rain/Thaw and as much as I should just stay inside and sew I can't concentrate knowing that I can't get my car out of the garage! But I live in Chicago and am from Minnesota so we're used to this. Love the colors you chose, so bright and Tropical!!!!!! Thanks

Amy Lollis
Amy Lollis
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You're never late to the party! Scraps are a perpetual part of quilting. I'm in Oklahoma and I gotta tell ya, we are NOT built for winter!

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