10 great scrap-quilt patterns for beginners

Aren’t scrap quilts wonderful? They’re an all-time favorite and present a terrific opportunity to play with fabric.

If you’re a beginner, the idea of a scrap quilt might be somewhat daunting. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Read on for a collection of scrap quilts that are beginner-friendly, with pieces that are mostly squares and rectangles for easy cutting and sewing. A few are small enough that even if you have a small scrap basket, you’ll have enough fabric. For the larger ones, we’ve included precut-friendly quilts so that you can add in a bundle or two of precuts if your scrap collection is still growing!

These larger quilts from Oh, Scrap! may look a bit intimidating, but they have NO triangles and are precut-friendly. Lissa’s tips for scrap quilting will keep the momentum going when you’re ready to move on to more complex patterns.

Scrap quilts from Oh, Scrap!
Splendid Scraps and Stair Steps from
Oh, Scrap! by Lissa Alexander

These little beauties would look fabulous in any color scheme, and they’re perfect patterns if your scrap basket is on the petite side!

Windowpane quilt
Windowpane from
Small and Scrappy by Kathleen Tracy

Playing Checkers quilt
Playing Checkers from
Simple Whatnots by Kim Diehl

If your scrap pile is somewhat limited in colors, Kate Henderson has you covered. The color schemes in these quilts call for just two or three colors, making your fabric choices easy-squeezy.

From Scrappy and Happy Quilts
Pink Daisy and Mellow from
Scrappy and Happy Quilts by Kate Henderson

Got Layer Cake leftovers? These quilts are perfect! The Wrapped in Love quilt comes in two sizes—make it a mini if you don’t have larger scraps.

Quilts from A Piece of Cake
A Piece of Cake and Wrapped in Love from
A Piece of Cake by Peta Peace

Precut-friendly and cheerful! Piece and Quilt with Precuts is a skill-building book that will take you from scrap basket to finished quilt in no time.

From Piece and Quilt with Precuts
Gridwork and Dot ’n’ Dash from
Piece and Quilt with Precuts by Christa Watson

What are your main roadblocks when it comes to scrap quilting?

  • I don’t have enough scraps
  • The idea of combining several (or many!) colors intimidates me
  • Scrap quilts don’t seem beginner-friendly

Tell us in the comments!


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