How to Make the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt Pattern

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    Make the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt

    Sampler Quilt Patterns
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    This scrap sampler is made with blocks that finish at 12-inches square. The idea for this craft is to use your scraps. If you don't have scraps, pick up some fat quarters or fat eighths of fabric and add to the mix as you make blocks.

    The pattern was originally somewhat of a mystery because original quilters didn't see the final layout until the quilt blocks were all assembled. You can make it in the same way or skip ahead to see the results.

    Two layout variations are available:

    Before You Begin:

    • Don't worry too much about planning. This is an exploration to show you just how wonderful a quilt can be when it's made without regard to "matching" fabrics (but do read the scrap quilts tutorial if you're a beginner).
    • Browse through pictures of scrap quilts made by members of the online quilting community to get inspired.

    You'll find images and links to quilt block patterns by following the navigation to view all of the pages in this document.

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    Block 1

    Quilt Block Patterns
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Rocky Road to California

    Make the rocky road to California quilt block as scrappy as you'd like. Disregard the colors shown and think of them as color value instead. You can alter the values if you like — try making the squares in strip-pieced four-patch units much darker than the larger squares used in the block's corners. You're in total control of the final layout.

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    Block 2

    Arizona Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Arizona

    Like other blocks in the series, the Arizona quilt block finishes at 12-inches square. The half square triangles and flying geese in this design offer lots of opportunities for color and color value variations. Play around with fabrics — your block might take on an entirely different look.

    Here is an option for anyone who either doesn't like to make flying geese or who has smaller scraps to choose from.

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    Block 3

    Twinkling Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Twinkling Star

    Twinkling Star is the third quilt block pattern for the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt. The design is very scrap-friendly, and you can put your small pieces to work assembling the little half square triangle units (HSTs) that make up a large portion of the star tips.

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    Block 4

    Goshen Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Goshen Star

    Goshen Star is the fourth block we'll make for the Scrap Happy Sampler Quilt. Use the quick-pieced flying geese method to add those little triangles to each end of bars that make up the quilt block's middle rows.

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    Block 5

    Swamp Angel Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Swamp Angel

    Swamp Angel is a fun block, with enough pieces to be scrappy — but not so many that they drive you crazy putting them together.

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    Block 6

    Antique Tile Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Antique Tile

    Antique Tile is the sixth block in our sampler series. The design offers a break from the angled pieces found in the first blocks — you'll find that Antique Tile goes together easily.

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    Block 7

    Flower Basket Quilt Block
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Flower Basket

    This pretty flower basket quilt block is the seventh design in the Scrap Happy Sampler series.

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    Block 8

    Summer Winds Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Summer Winds

    Summer Winds is the eight quilt block in our Scrap Happy Sampler quilt series. The block isn't difficult, but do press as you go and avoid stretching those units.

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    Block 9

    Lost Ships Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Lost Ships

    Here's the Scrap Happy Sampler block number 9 — the Lost Ship quilt block pattern. Scrap it up or stitch the block in a more orderly way, the choice is yours. Making Lost Ship offers a good opportunity to practice your half square triangle construction skills. Like nearly every other quilt block out there, it's been configured in slightly different ways over the years and renamed several times.

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    Block 10

    Album Star Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Album Star

    All quilt blocks look dramatically different when you alter the placement of color and color value, and Album Star is a design that's fun to play with in that way.  

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    Block 11

    Churn Dash Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Churn Dash

    The 11th pattern is so beautiful that you might end up making a batch of these easy Churn Dash quilt blocks.

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    Block 12

    Rolling Stars Quilt Block Pattern
    Janet Wickell. The Spruce Crafts, 2010.

    Rolling Stars

    Rolling Stars is the final block pattern in the Scrap Happy Sampler series. Like the others, it finishes at 12" square. Rolling Stars is easy to assemble, and all components are quick pieced.