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Fabric Scrap Quilt

Added Aug 18, 2008

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






We all have them: those growing mounds of fabric scraps. You love that fabric, and it hurts to throw it away, but how can we ever find something to do with all those bits and pieces? BurdaStyle to the rescue! Make a crazy quilt for yourself, and, surely you have enough fabric scraps for more, you can make quilts for all your nearest and dearest, too.

So, here’s our lovely fabric scrap quilt. Do you recognize any of these fabrics?

Material Notes

fabric scraps, large piece of fabric for backing



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    Jun 8, 2010, 01.39 AMby claress

    My gosh, there sure are a lot of mean people here! Just because this isn’t like the old Victorian crazy quilts doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It’s a modern update of an old style, and I think she did a great job. The instructions are great, too, and she was nice enough to share them. Don’t make one if you don’t like it, but please don’t be so ugly to someone that did something nice.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 01.41 PMby 321penguins

    I agree with most of these other posters. The quilt would look a little better if you spread out the colors evenly, and if you did it a little more artistically with embelishments. I do think the rumply look would look very nice with regular squares.

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    Aug 16, 2009, 01.41 PMby 321penguins

    I agree with most of these other posters. The quilt would look a little better if you spread out the colors evenly, and if you did it a little more artistically with embelishments. I do think the rumply look would look very nice with regular squares.

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    Feb 27, 2009, 12.14 PMby sewlikealice

    I think it’s a great way to use otherwise unusable scraps. I like it, i like not being in a box, I prefer it in fact.

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    Jan 20, 2009, 08.30 PMby staticfax

    I’m a big fan of crazy quilts and no offense but that’s just ugly. maybe if you had not just bunched the same scraps together and spread it out . its just looks clumpy and unpleasant.

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    Jan 16, 2009, 07.52 AMby frenchpixie

    I really like this. It is easy and for someone starting it is perfect. One day I will make it with perfect squares but until then this is amazing well done!

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    Dec 20, 2008, 07.02 PMby ladyln

    I’ve made two lap quilts this way with matching couch pillows and I get so many compliments from guests. I did it a tad differently though. I sewed the pieces together with decorative stitches. On the two pillows I added muslin on the back side like I did with the lap quilts and even put buttons and button holes on the back so the pillows covers can be washed easily. The great thing about this crazy guilt thing is with each and every scrap there is a memory. One of the favorite things you sewed for your grandchild maybe, or even the one that you had a dickens of a time putting together for that favorite friend. I’d also work on it in spare time. On my lap quilt I even added a piece of my grandmother’s jewelry, put my daughters birth announcement on muslin and added that along with other memory items. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT..I don’t consider it a crafty thing but something that I created along with all the memories !! Happy sewing all

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    Nov 19, 2008, 10.28 AMby supmoni

    I love this idea. Instead of just using plain fabric for the back, you can go to a thrift store and get a bed sheet for, I’m sure, cheaper than regular fabric, and with a cute pattern. Recently I’ve been collecting nice vintage hankerchiefs and I was going to make a quilt out of them, but i like this idea alot more. I’ve been getting complaints from my roommates to throw out my old scrap fabrics, and now this is a great Christmas gift to give right back to them!

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    Nov 5, 2008, 02.58 AMby doitmomma

    I’m relatively new to the site and have just put up my very first two creations…and after reading all this negativity I am a bit nervous about that fact! It was my understanding that Burda was for all levels, novice and expert, all ideas and creations and did it’s best to support top to bottom. Plus it’s free!! Do people forget that? I don’t see how anyone can complain about a free pattern regardless of it’s quality. I work full time and appreciate the quick and easy patterns that pop up from time to time as things that I can work on in the evenings and weekends, this is a great pattern to inspire and give people new ideas. I certainly want to give it a go…I just might not put the results up for everyone to see!

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    Oct 10, 2008, 01.17 PMby fergilan

    I like this as a quilting idea but not to use on a bed. After putting in all that hard work it may make the bed look unmade and when I’m too busy sewing to make beds anyway that’s the last thing I need. I think I’ll try it on a handbag.

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    Sep 27, 2008, 02.54 AMby themisstress

    I’m new to this site, and have been totaly inspired by it to try new things and have been realy bitten by the sewing bug again. I’ve sewn since i was 3, done it for a living, made everything there is to make, and this site still inspires me! That said, this quilt is realy dissapointing. I love the idea of crazy quilts, and do crazy patrchwork myself, but this attempt is just lazy. It wouldn’t have taken any more work to create something more artfull, the large patches of the same fabric look a mess, mixing the pieces more would have lifted this work to a whole other level, for no extra work. So to conclude, love the site, love the idea, but definately don’t like this particular finished item!

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    Sep 2, 2008, 01.45 PMby sunspot

    Well if anyone reads all the comments to the end I just want to add my 2cents – Do a quick web search on CrazyQuilt and you will see that pieces in this tradition have a looong history. Some of them are masterpieces with hundreds of hours of hand work and embroidery, especially personal things, names, dates, sayings, notes about the quilter’s life. So go crazy, do as little or as much as you like because there are no rules in Crazy Quilting!

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    Aug 25, 2008, 10.36 PMby coastalseams

    Thank you for the inspiration (& for being here)! Yes it’s not a “new” idea … but sometimes it takes a few (or more) exposures to an idea to have it catch. As others have suggested, can be expanded to include RTW scraps, embellishments & more.

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    Aug 24, 2008, 09.45 PMby grafixconcepts

    I love the pattern…if I wanted my grandmothers quilt I would log into the “Quilting by Numbers” website. I too like that Burdastyle thinks outside the box…eveybodies scraps will be different so mine wouldn’t necessarily look anything like the pattern even if I followed it word for word.

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    Aug 22, 2008, 08.24 PMby littleredfox

    wow—i’m really surprised by how many people don’t approve of this week’s pattern. personally i love the idea of being creative and using up scraps, even if it isn’t a ‘traditional’ or typical quilt. even traditional quilters can think outside the box, can’t they?? it’s a terrific jumping-off point for other ideas and i think it’s totally inspiring! i love the variety of this site and i say keep it up!! can’t wait for next month’s ideas!!

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    Aug 22, 2008, 02.19 PMby nikky

    I like this. Burda appeals to lots of people who are new to sewing as well as old hands and this kind of project is great for anyone who likes freeform ideas. Lots of the patterns on the site might be difficult or daunting for new sewers, so showing something like this is really encouraging. Craft is about positivity and expression. Well done, Burda!

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    Aug 21, 2008, 11.14 PMby mercredijade22

    I’m surprised at the negativity and perhaps even ungratefulness. As others have said, the fact that this is a free site we all enjoy and can use is awesome; that alone is to be appreciated. This project/technique is outside the box, and while I enjoy the beauty of the garment-patterns posted, this is fresh and different. Hey, this is pretty close to quliting’s roots… using whatever pieces you have to create a whole piece, to be used however you may wish. So what if this isn’t traditional? So what if it isn’t clean-cut and geometric? So what if it’s quick, easy, and isn’t as “skillfull” as some of the other patterns/projects here? I still like it, and will keep checking in every Monday to see what else pops up. Keep up the great work, BurdaStyle.

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    Aug 21, 2008, 06.01 PMby davyjonesoverlocker

    I’m in the camp of those who prefer patterns for garments.


    I think it’s great to give people ideas. This reminds me of traditional rajasthani patchwork. Like this


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    Aug 20, 2008, 03.56 PMby bluetreehouse

    Aw man, the negativity is overwhelming – the colours are great, it’d brighten up pretty much anything it touched and it’s very visually pleasing! I know you guys must be perfectionists, but like lindsay said, it’s outside of the box! I think it’s ace. I know exactly what I can use to make my own, too – it’s all about the colour matches :)

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    Aug 20, 2008, 11.21 AMby naughtylittlepony

    This site is for free! It is amazing. Most of these patterns are free! There is so much to enjoy and if something on here is not my cup of tea I know there will be plenty of others who will love it, so why the negativity all of a sudden?

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    Aug 20, 2008, 09.44 AMby lsoutherla

    I don’t do “true” quilting either. But I do save all my scraps and construct crazy quilts or strips quilts with them. My quilts are generally based on a 12" square + SA (or other size square) and the scraps are generally much smaller than those used in this quilt with coordinating patterns/colors, etc. with a satin stitch holding the pieces together.

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    Aug 20, 2008, 09.30 AMby carolinewah

    wow, the sewers on this site are getting more and more unappreciative… this quilt is fantastic. i have so many scraps that i need to use and always wanted to know how to quilt.

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    Aug 20, 2008, 08.58 AMby mpolentas

    So quilts don’t have to be geometric!!! think it’s a great idea!

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    Aug 20, 2008, 08.29 AMby reneevk311

    I think this is a work of art!! Way to break out of the mold. It shows the very organic nature of fabric and is actually reminiscent if scraps—kind of sentimental. I have a bunch of old t-shirts that I’ve been wanting to make into a quilt, but I don’t really care for regular quilt patterns. This will be great!

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    Aug 20, 2008, 06.06 AMby lucelu

    I have to concur, you missed it with this one, this quilt is a hot mess. But that’s okay, you can’t hit it out of the park all of the time. As an idea, making a quilt out of your scraps is nice. I think discussing types of quilts (art quilt—which is what I would consider the offered quilt as), functional quilts, traditional quilts, etc.) might be a good way to introduce it. Also I would suggest Burda Style members to check out The Uncommon Quilter by Jeanne Williamson, in which the author made a quilt a week using found objects. They were not large quilts—mostly 8×10 I think, but were an interesting diary of her year. I think it is a neat fiber diary of creativity that could then be pieced together for a big quilt or bound as a book or mounted on a hard surface and displayed. These can be done in an hour.

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    Aug 20, 2008, 05.54 AMby jantexas

    Any quilt that makes you think or feel is a good quilt. Not every quilt has to be an heirloom; kid quilts, picnic quilts, back-of-the-car quilts could use this technique and be much-loved. This isn’t a new idea: check out The Art of Manipulating Fabric (1996!) by Colette Wolff and The Art of Fabric Collage: An Easy Introduction to Creative Sewing by Rosemary Eichorn (Paperback – Feb 15, 2003)on Amazon.

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    Aug 20, 2008, 03.26 AMby nataszan

    Now I can justify keeping bags and bags of scraps that can not be thrown out ‘because they may come in handy one day’!

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    Aug 19, 2008, 11.13 PMby miehling

    It sure has gotten different views and that is what art should do. This is not as functional as it is fun. I find it has an Asian flair. It is creative and kind of funky. I think of it as abstract. I like that the piece is so very different. Not everyone may like it, but hey, we are not all the same are we, so we d have varying viewpoints. I think it starts a dialogue and is very inspiring…………..maybe not to everyone’s liking, but may twig a reference for a new quilt idea.

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    Aug 19, 2008, 10.33 PMby live2exist

    Very fragmented…NICE :) Out of the box is definitely needed to continue to challenge our stagnant levels in creation… Please continue

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    Aug 19, 2008, 07.33 PMby retrogirl13-1

    I absolutely LOVE this pattern! It is a great fresh idea for a quilt that I will most definately use. I don’t think that a quilt has to have a specific design/ pattern that some of you say, it just needs to be practical, which this design certainly is.

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