25 Patch Scrap Quilt

2.02.2019

For the last six weeks, I haven't been in my sewing room hardly at all! Mostly because the new eating plan my husband and I implemented has taken up most of my time to research and learn how to cook differently. We have had to find a whole new repertoire of meals that we can prepare. Now that it is becoming more familiar, and since I didn't go to work this last week due to the crazy cold, I had time to spend in my neglected sewing room to see if I could find my long lost mojo...

I pulled out my box of 2 1/2" squares. I keep them sorted by color to make it easier to play with them at a moments notice. 


In no time I had I a pile of 25 patch blocks ready to go!


I decided to get out my larger boxes of scraps cut 2" strips and make a frame around each block. That eliminating the thinking it would take when pressing the 25 patches to get the seams to nest with one another. 


Here I have it all laid out with the fabric I chose to frame each block with. 


All done!! This was quick and easy. I wish I could say it made a huge dent in my scraps, but it didn't, but a little is better than none! 


The math...For those who may be interested.

25 patch block: 
25 - 2 1/2" squares.
 Sew together make one block unfinished at 10 1/2"

Frame:
2 - 2" x 10 1/2" strips
2 -  2" x 13 1/2" strips 

Block will be 13 1/2" unfinished. 

It's always so rewarding to use up fabric scraps and end up with a cute quilt to gift to someone. It makes me want to pull out the larger precut squares of scraps I cut last year and make more scrappy simple patchwork quilts. 

Do you have a favorite go-to pattern to make use of your scraps? 


19 comments:

  1. So cute! When my scraps really pile up I find a quick way to use them is to make wonky log cabin blocks. I generally make them one color like your 25-patches. Sometimes I'll make a few just for some quick & easy sewing. Then once I have a stack of them I'll sew them into a top.

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  2. What a great bright quilt! The recipient is sure to smile when they get it!
    I just stick all of my 2.5" squares together in a tub, but maybe I'll have to sort them by colour and give this quilt a try...

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  3. Love the quilt! I have tons of scraps but have never kept up with them as far as having them ready-to-go to make something. I should do this. Good idea to frame too.

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  4. What a cheerful quilt! i'm not very good at keeping my scraps in order, so it's really a challenge to make a scrap quilt of any kind. May with the inspiration from your quilt, I'll try to do better this year. ---"Love"

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  5. I like this idea for the 2 1/2 inch squares....especially liking the matching frame to eliminate having to try to nest lots of seams !
    Your meal prep sounds like the scrambling our church members have been doing to adapt to the Daniel Fast. Definitely a different way of thinking and eating.

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  6. Oh - how pretty! never thought to frame patchwork blocks. What a bright and cheery quilt! I have been looking for new ways to use up my scraps. It seems no sooner have I cleared a box - it fills up again. Mostly from trimming the backings after quilting is done. Well Winter will still be awhile :)! Thank you for this inspiration, Amy!

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  7. I'm just now starting to use scraps. It takes so long to cut them up. Nice quilt top.

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  8. What a fun quilt! And the perfect way to use you those 2.5 inch squares. I like your framework.

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  9. WOW. Amy, this is so nice. I have a bazillion 2.5" squares. This would make a fun baby quilt? you think?
    Yes, I need to make one for Lauren, 9 months.
    And the other little, 4 months.
    I hope you are enjoying winter. Here all is well. Still breathing.❤️ thank you for the inspiration

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  10. Oh I love this, Amy - as if the scrappy blocks weren’t gorgeous enough on their own, you add the matching sashing- fabulous xx

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  11. Great way to use scraps and so colorful.

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  12. Amy, don't know how else to contact you, but would like to know more detail about the quilting class using the walking foot that you're teaching next month

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  13. This is a great way to use scraps. I want to try working on some scrap quilts as soon as I can get to my tubs and can start cutting squares. I like the idea of framing the blocks, thanks for taking the time to share the inspiration.

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  14. I don't mean to be a Debbie downer but I am sure at night when the lights go out those left over scraps are making new scraps...just saying...but I do love what you have done and glad you are back in your sewing room.

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  15. Cute! I have been trying to eat better too and I spend so much time cooking. This week I'm going to try cooking double recipes so I have lunches and maybe extra meals at the same time.

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  16. I love it! Wish I had sewn enough to have scraps to make a scrap quilt. I’ve got to get productive and make a dent in my stash.

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  17. Sew cute Amy!! I am cutting up some scraps now to make a scrappy quilt. My scraps seem to be growing as I am cutting them, like I am feeding the or something.
    Hope you are staying warm my dear.
    Hugs
    donna

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  18. Que preciosa ha quedado!!!
    Que bonitas telas tenías y variadas, me gusta mucho el resultado.

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