Scrap Quilt Tutorials Round-up

A few years ago, I made a Scrap Vortex quilt. This is a fun, super easy method you can read about HERE). I was hooked. To this day, I think this quilt is my all-time favorite. I backed it in a snuggly flannel sheet from Target and it is the quilt that hangs out in my baby’s room. I use it literally daily. I had no idea scrap quilts were such a “thing” when I started, but now I know better. We don’t like to waste our precious fabric!

After I finished this quilt, I wanted to make another immediately. I decided to start saving my Cotton + Steel selvages to make a selvage quilt. I had no idea what I would choose to do eventually, but I saved every. single. one. Fast forward a few years and I decided to use THIS method to make my quilt. It took about a zillion selvages, but thanks to the help of awesome friends, I finished!

Last week on Instagram, I posed a question asking for suggestions of scrap quilt tutorials and patterns after having finished my selvage quilt. Here are some of the suggestions and links to tutorials/patterns!

Plaidish by Kitchen Table Quilting

Scrap Jar Stars by Gigi’s Thimble

Raspberry Kiss Block by Wooden Spoon Quilts (resized to 12.5″ by me)

Scrapbuster Log Cabin by Simple Girl, Simple Life

Quick Cornerstone Quilt by Diary of a Quilter

Scrappy Crossroads by Lori Holt

Two by Four by Film in the Fridge

Scrappy Granny Squares by Quilty Love

Snippets by Cotton Way

French Braid by United Notions (great for jelly roll strip leftovers)

Epic Bow Tie quilt by Heritage Threads

Simple Patchwork in any size you need (3.5″, 5″, etc)

The humble half-square triangle in any size you need

Log Cabin or Courthouse Step blocks (there are a variety of tutorials out there)

Scrappy Pixellated Heart (there are lots out there)

Irish Chain

Hopefully that is a good place for all of us to start planning our next scrap quilts! Do you have a favorite that isn’t on this list? Leave me a comment and I’ll update this post!

Scrunchies with Riley Blake Gingham

Have you been bitten by the scrunchie bug like I have been?? I keep thinking I should *maybe* stop making them, but I also keep thinking of new ways to use different fabrics to make cute scrunchies…… so I guess I’ll never stop!

I recently made a fun set out of Riley Blake 1/8″ gingham fabrics. I think gingham is one of those styles that will never go out, or at least I hope not. It is such a classic pattern and is really versatile as a binding, quilt backing, feature fabric for a quilt top, hair accessory, basically anything!

For my scrunchies, I like to use the Martha Stewart tutorial (HERE) , which calls for essentially 3 1/2″ x 22″ of fabric plus 9″ of elastic. I bought a huge roll of elastic from amazon because it was cheaper than buying onesies twosies here and there. It makes it fun to feel a little like Oprah. “You get a scrunchie! You get a scrunchie!”

I used 1/8″ gingham in the following colors:

Navy, Gray, Lavender, Hot Pink, Coral, Yellow, Aqua, Teal, Black, Red, and Baby Pink

Now tell me. How do you feel about gingham? Is it an undying love or a trend you hope will fade?

Making a Quilted Pillow with Cricut Explore Air 2

I am excited to share a fun experiment gone right with you today. I was invited to participate in The Fat Quarter Shop’s Pillow Fight (I outlined what that means and all about the amazing book HERE) and thought this would be a fun time to experiment with my Cricut Explore Air 2.

Because I wanted to cut out circles from fabric, but I wanted extreme control over where the fabric was cut, I decided that using freezer paper would be my best option to get the results I was desiring. Did you know you can cut out freezer paper using your Cricut Explore Air 2? I sure did not.

To begin, make sure you have freezer paper. I found the cheapest place to get this is at the grocery store. Shocker there. 🙂

Cut the freezer paper down to the size of your Cricut light grip mat. I used a 12″ x 24″ mat, so I cut my freezer paper down to 12″ x 24″ using my rotary cutter that has been deemed my “paper” rotary cutter. Adhere it to the mat with the shiny side DOWN. Work in Cricut Design Space to prep whatever shape you are wanting to cut out (for me it was circles).

When you go to cut out your freezer paper shapes, turn the Smart Set Dial to “custom”. You will then need to search the custom materials until you find parchment paper. That will cut your freezer paper perfectly!

If you are using freezer paper to center on a fussy cut section of fabric, simply heat your iron up, and press it shiny side down onto the RIGHT side of the fabric. Good news. If you mess up a bit, you can lift it off and readhere it using your iron. Freezer paper is the best!

But wait, there’s more!!! You can also use your Cricut Explore Air 2 on the exact same settings to cut Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite!!! I cut out the circles I needed for my fabric fussy cuts using the same process outlined above (just make sure the paper side goes onto the sticky side of the Cricut mat)

I loved this experiment and I am so glad it worked out in my favor! If you are interested in making a pillow of your own, be sure to grab Edyta Sitar’s book Pillow Talk from The Fat Quarter Shop HERE!