I love making scrap quilts so I thought it would be fun to put together a list of my top 10 favorites. It was actually really hard to narrow it down to just 10!
There are a mix of free tutorials and patterns here. Some ar rainbow-y, some are value-based, some are just random. I know you probably thought the Plaid-ish Quilt would be number one, but don't worry, it's on the list!
Let's start the countdown.
This is one of my favorite patterns and it is named after one of my favorite sisters (ha ha) so of course it is on the list. It uses up scraps so well and I love it even though it involves trimming HSTs. I think I might like the scrappy version better than the non-scrappy version.
This quilt cracks me up because I came up with this idea and wrote the pattern within about an hour. It is BY FAR the most downloaded item in my shop and is probably how several of you found me. Seeing the versions other people make has been absolute magic so of course it had to make the list. I is also the most used quilt in my house - my family loves the size of the quilt and that I backed mine in pinky.
I did an informal quiltalong for this pattern last year and it was such a blast. During the QAL I made 2 different rainbow scrap quilts and I just adore both of them. This pattern is also a great skill builder if you are looking to try something new (quarter square triangles!). If you want to give this one a try, check my Instagram story highlights for a whole ton of Instagram stories about the process of making these quilts.
This is a quilt I have made so many times and I just keep coming back to it. It uses up small squares (of which I have a zillion!) so it has been fun to make challenge myself to make themed ones. The one I have shown here used OG Cotton + Steel prints but I have also made a rainbow version, one with Tula Pink fabrics, and one with a spunky color scheme for a friend's baby girl. I would love to make a black and white version some day.
This is another favorite because it can use just about any leftover piece of fabric you have in your stash. I love the challenge of creating a gradation in value and the end result is a quilt that your kids can spell food on and no one will ever notice (not speaking from experience of course, ha ha). I have made this quilt twice - once with darker values in the middle and one with lighter values in the middle.
This is a recent pattern and it was a fun project for those leftover binding strips and jelly rolls. I had a lot of fun mixing black and navy pieces with brighter fabrics to put this quilt together. It has some favorite prints in there!
This was such a fun one to put together. I made it several years ago when my scrap bin had a little less variety (ha ha!). I am looking forward to making it again and trying for a no-repeat version.
When I first wrote this pattern, I did not think I would be making a scrappy version of the pattern but I am so glad I did! I kept a single fabric for the sashing to keep things from getting too crazy, and then used value to create a pattern in the quilt. One bonus was that the sashing has been in my stash for more than a decade - it was great to put it to good use!
While the original Plaid-ish will probably always be my favorite tutorial on my blog, I love the usefulness of the Plaid-ish 2 pattern. It uses smaller pieces so it is much easier to use scraps that I already have on hand. I loved using black and navy squares and then brighter strips to create the plaid pattern.
This was a scrap quilt where I tried to stick with more primary colors (that is hard for me!) to create a different look. I did squeeze in some purples and greens, but I used a lot more red, yellow, and blue than I normally do. This pattern is one of my favorites to make when I am using a jelly roll, but it turned out that I loved making it from scraps too.
Hopefully I can add a few more finished scrap quilts to the list by this time next year - my scrap bins are (as usual) overflowing!