Take a look at pictures of scrap quilts made by members of the online quilting community. You'll find a wide variety of quilts here, and maybe find tips and ideas for your next scrap quilt.
How to Make a Scrap Quilt
Any quilt pattern can be used to make a scrap quilt. Don't worry too much about the colors in your quilt. Instead, pay more attention to contrast among the patches, because contrast allows designs to either emerge or blend. To learn more about contrast, read Combining Color and Contrast for Sewing Gorgeous Quilts.
A quick look at a basic color wheel explains color dominance, an important ingredient when designing a by quilt.
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Carolina Byways Scrap Quilt
Quilt on this Page by Jaynlando: I saw this quilt pattern in your newsletter while visiting my daughter, who had just moved to North Carolina. I decided I had to make it for her. I changed the bottom to browns and greens to resemble the sandhills region they live in,Continue to 2 of 33 below.
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Apple Core Scrap Quilt
From Dana: I hand pieced and hand quilted this quilt for my husband, using scraps that looked as close as possible to Depression-era fabric. Several pieces of fabric in this quilt actually came from scraps that belonged to my great-grandma's aunt (pre-1900).Continue to 3 of 33 below.
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Just Do It Scrap Quilt
From quiltermomma1: I made this quilt for my son's graduation from the law enforcement academy. Just Do It was his class's motto. I made it extra large, because he is 6'5" tall.Continue to 4 of 33 below.
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Hearts and Roses Scrap Quilt
From Phxwmn: I won all of these beautiful scrappy heart blocks in the Quilting Forum. I used the disappearing nine-patch method with the heart blocks placed as the nine-patch cornerstones. It was a successful experiment and I really enjoy the way it turned out. What made it really special was receiving a heart block from all the people that participated in the block exchange.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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Civil War Shoo Fly Quilt
From 4stitches: This quilt was inspired by a photo of a real Civil War era quilt. It is my first queen size quilt and measures approximately 90 by 90 inches. The quilt is hand quilted in a one-inch diamond pattern. Working on it off and on, it took me three years to finish. The piecing was easy -- quilting took most of the time,Continue to 7 of 33 below.
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Mock Log Cabin Scrap Quilt
From Jennifer: This quilt was made from Janet's pattern, Mock Log Cabin. It was made for my husband's teenage cousin.Continue to 8 of 33 below.
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Tulip Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: This is a top made from the tulip block swap in 2007.Continue to 9 of 33 below.
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Maple Leaf Scrap Quilt
From Peggy: I made this for my daughter to keep as an heirloom. It is made to fit her king size bed and hangs to the floor. The quilt measures 125 X 135 inches.Continue to 10 of 33 below.
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Trip Around the World Scrap Quilt
Quilt by Momof11: This quilt was a wedding gift. The pattern is Scrappy Trip Around the World by Bonnie Hunter. It's a great pattern to use up leftover 2.5" strips of fabric.I used a solid black strip in each block in the same position and arranged blocks based on their diagonal color to get a less random look. 72" x 60"Continue to 11 of 33 below.
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Grandmother's Choice Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: This is the quilt top I made with the blocks I won in the Quilting Forum's block lotto in May 2006.Continue to 12 of 33 below.
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Bricks & Stepping Stones Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: This quilt was made from blocks swapped in the Penny Pincher 7 swap. That swap was inspired by a quilt I saw when I was in North Caroline for the quiltfest with Janet Wickell.Continue to 13 of 33 below.
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Cozy Country Scrap QuiltContinue to 14 of 33 below.
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Special Love Scrap Quilt
From Tara: This quilt was a Christmas gift Madeline two weeks before Christmas. My boyfriend asked me to make a quilt that would emulate his 'Granny Blanket,' which was crocheted from scraps by his granny. The Granny Blanket is all squares and rectangles in all colours imaginable.
I made the quilt from my fabric stash and finished the quilt by tying it with yarn instead of hand quilting I turned the backing to the front instead of sewing binding around edges.Continue to 15 of 33 below.
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Scraps and Orphans Quilt
From Betty: I started making this scrap quilt by sewing crumbs to strips. Then I just grabbed scraps and added them until I had six-inch squares. I used leftover strips from bargello and other blocks. It is a queen sized quilt.Continue to 16 of 33 below.
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Ribbon Star Scrappy Lap Quilt
From Jean: Ribbon Star is a scrap quilt that measures 60" x 60".Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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Confusion Scrap Quilt
From Nil: This is a lap quilt made from scrap pieces of fabric. It was made for my daughter to use at work and measures about 50" x 30". She works in an open truck outside an airport in the winter. The quilt will keep her legs and lap warm. She loves the quilt.Continue to 18 of 33 below.
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Star Of The Orient Scrap Quilt
From Peggianne: Star of the Orient is a king size scrap quilt that I started over 10 years ago for my son. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.Continue to 19 of 33 below.
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Sassafrass Leaves Scrap Quilt
From Haubon Quilts: Sassafrass Leaves is a 67" X 68" scrap quilt that was made from the vault of scraps I have saved since I started quilting 14 years ago.Continue to 20 of 33 below.
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Fenced In Bins Scrap Quilt
From ncquiltmom: This is my first scrap quilt. Since I'm fairly new to quilting, I gathered these scraps from end of bolt bins.Continue to 21 of 33 below.
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Churn Dash for All Seasons Scrap Quilt
From Haubon Quilts: I made this scrappy bed quilt for a newlywed cousin. It is an 82" X 68" quilt made from scraps I had saved since I started quilting.Continue to 22 of 33 below.
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Gabe's Birthday Quilt
From Momof11: I made this scrap quilt from Penny Pincher swap blocks from the Quilting Forum. I gave the quilt to my 4th son on his 12th birthday. The quilt is about 60" x 80".Continue to 23 of 33 below.
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Flowers for Laurie Scrap Quilt
From Momof11: I made this scrap quilt for a friend who was moving away. I think the color placement makes these Sisters Choice blocks look like flowers. Size: 50" x 66"Continue to 24 of 33 below.
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Angie's Crazy Scrappy Quilt
From Angie: I was introduced to crazy quilting by my sister when she made me a beautiful Victorian crazy quilt for my birthday. I was anxious to make a bedspread and didn't want to take the time to buy matching colors, so to make this quilt I used everything I had available in my sewing room. I had scraps from other projects as well as clothing in my throw away pile.Continue to 25 of 33 below.
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Old Fans Scrap Quilt
From Milli: I've been collecting feed sack fabric for years and finally got around to making a quilt with some of the sacks. I remember my aunt using the feed sacks to make aprons and other items when I was little so it was fun to work on the quilt.Continue to 26 of 33 below.
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Half Square Triangles Quilt
From Sewbeth: This single bed size scrap quilt is made with 3-inch squares sewn into half-square triangle units.Continue to 27 of 33 below.
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Scrappy Baskets Wallhanging
From Lina: his 60" X 38" scrappy baskets quilt was made of scraps from previous bed covers I have made. I focus my quilting on bed covers and baby quilts, but since our house is not painted yet, I made this wallhanging thinking that it would lighten up our dining room -- it worked!.Continue to 28 of 33 below.
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Scrappy Strips Quilt
From Carol: This scrap quilt is made on the back of my daughter's runner from her wedding. I cut strips of interfacing in all different widths and in 72" lengths and then just grabbed fabric from my stash without looking and added every which way to the strips. I saw the idea in an old magazine, but that was a small quilt -- mine is queen size with 8" squares for the border (I sewed them every which way to the interfacing).Continue to 29 of 33 below.
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Ken's 50th Birthday Scrap Quilt
From Claire: This is my first completed bed size quilt. Several of our club members (Otago Q&P N.Z.) made this, and the original version called "Autumn Splendor," from a book in our club library. It is queen size and I used bottle green as my contrast.Continue to 30 of 33 below.
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Star-Fling Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: This quilt was made from quilts swapped in the Star Fling block swap, 2006Continue to 31 of 33 below.
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Happy Scrappy Houses Quilt
From Robicole: I made the scrappy houses quilt from the blocks we swapped in the Penny Pincher Happy Scrappy Houses Swap in 2007.Continue to 32 of 33 below.
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Maple Leaf Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: I made this maple leaf scrap quilt with the winnings from the block lotto in 2007.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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Batik Framed Four Patch Scrap Quilt
From Robicole: This quilt was made from blocks swapped from Krista's Batik Framed Four Patch Swapnnjjeasy