Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Finished Scrappy Summer and pattern

Scrappy Summer Free Quilt Pattern

This is a fabulous quilt for using up scraps…and since my inbox was full of questions about it I figured I’d post a quick free pattern.  I’ve seen many antique quilts in this pattern.  It’s been around forever…and is a great way to use up extra strips, squares, or extra pre-cuts you have lying around.  If you want a more detailed version of this pattern with yardage requirements, sizes, and color options, you can find a pattern in my shop.

For a 64" x 80" quilt you’ll need:

Print fabrics:  160 scrap 4 1/2" squares

Solid or small print for the chain squares:  20 strips 2 1/2" x the width of the fabric

White fabric:  20 strips 2 1/2" x the width of the fabric

Scrappy Summer Top

Step 1:  Sew each of the color 2 1/2" strips to a white 2 1/2" strip.  Chain piece to save time!!!  You should have 20 strip sets when your done.  Press seams towards the color fabric. 

Step 2:  Cut each of the strip sets into 16 units 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".   You can cut 2 or 3 strip sets at a time to speed things up!

cutting strips

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Step 3:  Sew the units together to create four patch blocks.  Press the seam in either direction or open.  You should have 160 four patch blocks when your done. 

making the 4 patch

Step 4:   Layout 2 matching four patch blocks, and 2 scrap squares.  Sew them together as shown, the arrows indicate pressing direction (press the last seam in either direction or open).

making the blocks

Repeat until you have 80 blocks.

Step 5:  Assemble the blocks into 10 rows of 8 blocks each.  I didn’t worry about creating locking seams…a pin in the seam while you sew will help the seams match and everything should line up nice and neat!

Blocks - Scrappy Summer

Step 6:  Sew the blocks together to form the rows.  Press seams, alternating directions with each row.  Sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.

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This quilt is a perfect Picnic Size.  More sizes and detailed material requirements can be found in a detailed pattern here.
Now go sort through your scraps…and happy summer quilting!
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48 comments:

Emily said...

I've got a ton of 4" i-spy fabrics that this would be perfect for. Should I cut my strips to 2" or 2 1/4"? Thanks!

Allison said...

Cut them to 2 1/4" Emily! With the 4" squares that will leave you with a 7 1/2" unfinished block.

Melia Mae Quilting said...

I love this quilt and pattern. I think I will have to try this for a quilt for my husband! It would be perfect for him! Thanks for doing this.

Denise Briese said...

Wow Allison Thanks this is perfect for beginners..:0) I appreciate your work so very much.

Sally Evans said...

Ooh that's gorgeous. My sister just gave me loads of offcuts from vintage sheets (she loves thrifting). I think I now know what to do with them! Yay!

Lynne Tilley said...

This looks like an easy fun project for all those little scraps I've accumulated! It will go into my "to-do" folder. Thanks for the tutorial! Great job.

Lesley said...

Your quilt is so gorgeous! So fresh and summery. Thanks so much for the instructions!

JoAnn said...

Thanks for the lovely instructions!
JoAnn

kathy-o said...

Perfect for scraps - you are always to generous to give freebies! Thanks!

Sandy D said...

Just printed the tutorial.Thanks for a great idea for my scraps.

Trudie said...

What a great quilt. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Di~ said...

Thanks Allison. My cousin wants to do a quilt, has never done one...we are getting together in Island Park this month. I think I will make her a kit with my stash and we can go to town on this GREAT quilt!

Adrianne said...

Lovely quilt - thanks for sharing the pattern!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a great quilt! Thanks for sharing your method for making it!

Sew Nomadic said...

Simple and beautiful. Love it!

N. Maria said...

What a DUH moment! You make it look so simple when my brain was making it so difficult. Thank you so very much for posting this fun and refreshing quilt pattern!

Grammasheri said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Perfect for my own "summer of scraps" efforts this year!

Jojoquilter said...

I made a scrap quilt like this years ago, no set colors or print design & it is by far my favorite one out of all the many quilts I have made, just so cheery & colorful.

Gwyn Cornelius Jensen said...

Thank You so much for the pattern. ♥ your Blog.

nerospost said...

Hi! This is so beautiful and adorable quilt! Tahnk you for sharing the pattern! I love your colours and fabrics!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Lovely. Such happy summer colours

Ellen said...

Wow! Thanks you for the lovely pattern!

Mercedes said...

Thank you. It's a quilt very nice.
Best regards♥

Jocelyn said...

Thank you! You're the greatest & we appreciate your tutorials & free patterns!!

Carie said...

What a fabulous way to use up the scraps - it would be so much fun to have the other quilts I've made represented in one, especially those I made to give away.

Elisha said...

I adore your blog and quilts that you make.. I love to have more time to make things, maybe in my next life? thank you for the instructions, i save them for my next life!

Kelly O. said...

there is nothing you touch that I don't love! thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns with us--free or otherwise!

Angela Atkins said...

Thank you for posting the tutorial! I was just gonna try to figure it out and forgot about the strip piecing for the smaller squares. I am trying to work through my stash and scraps in the next few months before I start buying more. No where to put the more!

Jean Burke said...

Thanks for your generosity! It's a wonderful pattern for me to work on downsizing my scraps this summer! Awesome......

sandi s said...

Thank you for sharing your pattern, that is so sweet of you. It is a cute quilt and I love how scrappy it is!

Lisa C said...

Thank you so much. I was looking for something scrappy to make for my son before he returns to school in the fall. This will be perfect.

terrieannie said...

You are such a kind soul! As soon as I saw this quilt last week, I got started on my own. I like figuring out my own piecing layouts (math nerd), but I bet there are many who would pay $5 for a PDF version from you. I sure enjoy the freshness in all your work!!

Francis Paul said...

sweet!!!!

ckeller219 said...

Thank you so much for sharing. Love your quilt and I can't wait to start cleaning out those scraps.

Ali said...

Great tutorial for a lovely quilt. Thank you!

Emarie21 said...

YES YES YES! I am in the middle of making my scrappy squares for my daughter's quilt. She wanted some large, uncut squares in it as well. Your timing couldn't have been more perfect with the pattern! We both thank you :)

Kat said...

Thank you so much!

the girlfriend gap said...

I love it! thanks for the how to :)janita

Tina said...

Fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial!

Brooke said...

I love it! It is so cheery. Plus, there's nothing better than using up scraps and loving the finished product.

Cindy said...

I just love this!! Thanks so much for sharing- a definite do!!!!:)

Judith Blinkenberg said...

I remember the first time I started following you. You had some free patterns and here you are again sharing with us. You are and will always be my favorite blog. I look forward to your fabric and even more patterns than I now have, why because of you! Thank you for the pattern and thank you for being such a genuine, wonderful person!!

Allison said...

Your too sweet Judith!! This made my night. :) Now come be my neighbor! ;) -Al

Angela @ Cottage Magpie said...

I was wondering -- what do you use to make the little drawings showing how the blocks go together? I sometimes just make quilts for myself, and then after I show them on the blog people want the pattern.... and I don't usually take "in process" pictures when I'm "in the zone" if you know what I mean! I'd love to be able to do a quick drawing for people in those cases. Is there software just for that? Or do you draw everything by hand in Illustrator or something?

~Angela~

Pam said...

Thank you Thank you Thank you! This is the perfect quilt for me right now. Just was given two large boxes of printed fabric cottons that came from a curtain manufacturer....yippy! Want to make new boyfriend a quilt for his newly painted bedroom....you rock!

happydancequilting said...

So simple and so absolutely yummy. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Ramblin' On said...

Just made this. Thank you so much for the clear and concise tutorial. I love the colors you use and love your quilts. Very generous of you.
Linhda

Kate Marshall said...

I cut a huge pile of 4.5" squares one day and haven't been sure what to do with them until now! Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous pattern.

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