Nine Patch Scrappies 4, 5, 6 and 7

I am trying to find an easy way to use lots of different fabrics in a virtual scrappy quilt.

When designing scrap quilts in Electric Quilt I usually design in two, maybe three, fabrics.

One light, one dark.

When I add lots of different fabrics I get dozens of variations of each block until the size of the project file becomes too much for my computer of little brain.

So I am trying to limit the background to one fabric, with assorted dark fabrics.

The trick when making real scrap quilts is to use a simple, clean design, then sorting fabrics into light and dark so the design appears from the jumble of assorted fabrics.

In this design I would use scraps for everything except the red.

The red would be yardage … the sort of fabric I buy from the end of bolt box or during sales.

You don’t need huge yardage, and two or three similar fabrics could be used … one in  the blocks, one for the narrow border, one for the binding.

Fabrics with subtle designs, not quite solid in medium to dark shades and in strong colours.

These are the most precious fabrics in my stash.

(I add the scraps of these fabrics to the stash of scraps which is my go to collection when looking for that spot of something which will be used once or twice in a complex applique.)

I use a lot of light fabrics as background fabrics in both pieced and applique quilts, which means I have a lot of light but rather plain scraps for the light areas of scrap quilts.

Sometimes it doesn’t take many pieces to help define a design, even when the blocks are on point.

This last design would work with scrap light and scrap dark … providing the contrast between the two is always clear.


More inspiration!

from Hanne’s Quilt Corner by Hanne

I am referring in particular to the first quilt … wonderful!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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6 Responses to Nine Patch Scrappies 4, 5, 6 and 7

  1. I like the third one best for prowling on!


  2. Ila K. says:

    I would LOVE to have a “scrappetizer” button. With options: color range and value range. I can dream, can’t I? :o)


  3. Try the Random Recolor tool! Here’s a lesson that illustrates how the Random Recolor tool works.

    Click to access Colorway.pdf


    • Sarah,

      Thank you … I keep forgetting the random colour tool … will have to look at the lesson and then start playing! Then I will have something else to keep me away from the kitchen!

      Judy B


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