Scrappy Love - the blue ombre cover quilt
Scrappy Love is the newest Penny Spool Quilts pattern, and it's a fun one to whip up.
This quilt pattern is the perfect scrap buster, but can be made with yardage or any combination of precuts, scraps, stash or fat quarters as well. It's got almost unlimited possibilities, from true scrappy to ombre gradations, a rainbow, or showing off a favourite fabric collection, the sky's the limit.
Scrappy Love comes with instructions for 5 sizes and is pretty quick to sew up. It's a beginner-friendly pattern that has lots of clear diagrams and instructions, and colouring pages for every size so you can play with your own favourite colour schemes.
Scrappy Love is available in the pattern shop.
Use scraps, precuts or yardage
The Scrappy Love pattern has instructions for using scraps, precuts or yardage, for both the hearts and the background and can be made as scrappy or coordinated as you like.
I designed it because I wanted something fun and slightly out of the ordinary to make with all the 2.5" squares I cut my scraps into (if you don't already, I highly recommend precutting your scraps), and these fun scrappy hearts were the perfect solution. If you don't have enough scraps to do this with, consider using mini charms, or chopping charm squares into quarters to use. Or a jelly roll would be perfect, too.
If you prefer a more coordinated look or have a fabric collection that you want to use, there are also instructions for using fat quarters or yardage, and strip-piecing the hearts to make the piecing faster and simpler. So if you had a stack of fat quarters on your shelf waiting for that perfect opportunity, Scrappy Love is it.
Scrappy Love comes with instructions for 5 sizes:
- Baby - 34" x 45"
- Small Throw - 45" x 68" (this size is perfect for a toddler bed, too)
- Large Throw - 56" x 80"
- Twin - 69" x 90"
- Double - 80" x 90"
Scrappy Love quilt pattern
Scrappy Love is a block based quilt and a fun one to sew up. Use all your scraps and make a block a day as a mindfulness project, or use yardage and strip-piece it for a faster finish. And if the available sizes don't work for you, you can easily make it bigger or smaller simply by adding more blocks, and making fewer.
When I was picking out my scraps for this cover sample, I was just planning on mixing all the blues together randomly and seeing what came out of it. I accidentally set the colours out in an ombre fashion on my cutting table and, as it happens so often, decided that i was going to try an ombre gradation instead of just random hearts. So I grouped lighter blues, more turquoise-y ones, medium blues, and dark navy and then arranged them from lightest to darkest going down the quilt.
I quilted this one on my domestic sewing machine (a Bernina Aurora 440 QE, if you're curious) with my favourite wavy stitch. I think it's officially called a serpentine stitch, but I just call it the wavy stitch in my mind. It's simple like straight line quilting, but more interesting and gives the quilt the crinkly appearance after washing that I love so much.
Ombre quilt binding
The first time I made a binding to match the changing colours on a quilt top was with my rainbow Bar Code quilt. I loved it so much I knew I was going to do it again for another rainbow quilt, but didn't really think of any other colourways. When I decided to arrange the hearts in this Scrappy Love quilt in an ombre gradation, the first thing I thought of was to make the binding to match, as well. So the quilt has lighter blue binding at the top, where the hearts are lighter, and darker navy binding at the top to match the dark blue hearts. If you want to try the same, check out the Bar Code blog post I linked above, it has a tutorial of sorts on how to do it. I always thought it was difficult to do, but it actually turned out to be quite easy, with no math involved.