Scrapbox Frames ~ A Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Remember earlier this week when I said that my next post would be my finished Picnic Point quilt? Well, I *did* finish the quilt on Wednesday ~ yay! But then I realized it’s way too big for me to take a picture of without my husband’s help. So! We will have to snap those photos this weekend.

Yesterday, I decided I just needed a bit of a sewing cleanse. No pattern, no plan, just tackle some scraps and sew them together. It was quite therapeutic. I ended up with these quilt improvy blocks that I decided to call Scrapbox Frames. I thought I would share my process in case anyone else wanted to make their own.

My scrap baskets are a bit out of control.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I decided to make warm (pink, red, yellow, orange) blocks and cool (blue, green, purple) blocks. I grabbed some warm scraps…

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Stacked them…

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

And stitched them together.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Then I used my rotary cutter without a ruler and freehand cut them into columns.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I repeated this many times for lots of different scrappy strips. Next I guesstimated the size of a center square, cutting it a bit larger than I thought I needed.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I picked a side and stitched the scrappy improv strip to the solid center.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

I worked my way around the center, trimming the gray and adding to the strips if needed.

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

Voilà! Scrappy little quilt blocks!

Scrapbox Frames Quilt Block Tutorial

These are fun, they all turn out different sizes and are great scrap busters. You could nest one inside another. Lots of possibilities and a chance to sew without a pattern.

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5 Comments

  1. Reply

    Diane Beavers

    March 4, 2016

    Faith, I love that term “Sewing cleanse” 🙂 It’s the therapy we all need and cherish every time we sit down in our sewing space. Just what I needed for this rainy dreary day here and there are a lot of warm toned scraps in my stash.
    I need to do a “pattern cleanse” , have save so many tutorials and free patterns from the Bloggers I adore.

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    Kaholly

    March 4, 2016

    Sewing cleanse…love it! These blocks have such potential! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Reply

    Jane Franks

    March 4, 2016

    Cute and clever! I don’t know exactly what size they are, but could make great coasters, or hot pads for coffee mug, or several together for table runner? Thanks for the creative idea!

  4. Reply

    Anne D

    March 4, 2016

    These blocks would be a great way to frame an embroidery.

  5. Reply

    Sam

    March 9, 2016

    Love them! And the purpose they served- a sewing cleanse is brilliant!

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