13 Free Scrap Quilt Patterns For Your Next Project

Every quilter knows that leftover pieces of fabric are inevitable.

While some people throw these scraps away, others are quite conscientious and look to make something from their scraps.

However, scrap quilting is not a new concept.

Looking back to the Victorian age, we find that the production of crazy quilts by upper-class women was a way for them to show off their wealth and knowledge of stitching.

The fabrics used were often brocades, silks, and chintz.

These scrap quilts were not made for utility but more for bragging rights as they were often draped across the chair in the front parlor for visitors to see.

Scrap quilting with cotton fabrics became popular during World War II when to waste something was unAmerican.

Out of necessity quilters recycled feed sackcloth and clothing to produce a scrap quilt.

These quilts were then donated to the American Red Cross or soldiers’ homes.

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All You Need To Know About Lap Quilt Sizes And How To Make One

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Did you know there is a difference between a lap quilt and a throw quilt?

When I first started creating quilts for other people, I thought they were basically the same thing.

However, I quickly found out that they are different sizes entirely. 

Today, we will focus on the different attributes of lap quilts, such as the size of lap quilts and how exactly they differ from a throw-sized quilt. 

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9 Of The Best Ways To Make More Time For Quilting

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One of the main reasons that people don’t quilt is simply because they can’t find the time.

It feels time-consuming to set up for a quilting session, get into your groove, and then have to clean up.

With so many things crammed into our schedules, it can be really difficult to find enough free time to just sit down and focus on your creativity. If you can relate to this challenge, read on to learn some tips to make more time for quilting.

There are benefits to quilting that go beyond the final product that make it really worth your time. Quilting used to be done for purely practical reasons, but now studies have shown that not only is quilting great for relieving depression and stress, but it is also an effective form of exercise for your brain.

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31 Sewing Quotes That Will Have You In Stitches And Mend Your Soul

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Every quilter and sewer needs some inspiration from time to time and a reminder that her craft is something of value. 

It’s also affirming to connect with your fellow crafters and share how essential sewing and quilting are to your joy in life.

That’s where our list of sewing quotes comes in. 

You sew and quilt in isolation so often, so you forget that there’s a community of people who share the delights, frustrations, and hilarity of sewing.

We’ve curated a list of 31 sewing quotes and sayings that will resonate with you and remind you how valuable your creative gift is to you and the world.

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What Are Barn Quilts? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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Have you ever been on a road trip in rural America and glance up at an old, dilapidated barn that has a brightly painted quilt block on the front of it?

Why would someone take the time to put something like that upon a barn that looks like it’s about to fall over, right?

This post will go over the significance of these beautiful art pieces hung up on unique canvas and why rural Americans love to display them on their barns.

What Are Barn Quilts?

Barn quilts are innovative messages that bring people together in the spirit of country pride.

A paintbrush and several colors of paint can make strangers, friends and once a barn quilt stands tall and bright, those friends become accomplices.

They rally around these impressive works of rural art and look for a paintbrush so they can experience the same down-home feeling of pride and accomplishment.

So What Gives Barn Quilts That Down-Home Feeling?

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What Is a Quilting Bee And How To Start One

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When you see or hear the words “quilting bee”, what comes to mind? 

I don’t know about you, but I always think of a bunch of women sitting on the front porch of a quaint little house, sipping sweet tea, gossiping about friends and family while quilting the same quilt they’ve been working on for the past ten years.

Well, what if I was to tell you that a quilting bee is SO much more? It’s more like a quilting party with an actual purpose.

Let’s dive in and explore some of your burning questions about the origins of this group sewing gathering and how to start one of your own.

I hope to answer all of your questions and teach you some fun facts along the way!

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