Simple quilts – an ongoing work in progress

Any of you that have been following my blog for a little while or anyone who has plowed through my site will know that I am pretty prolific in my quilt creation.  I am constantly trying new patterns or new colour combinations.  I make a lot of quilts.  In the last 6 months or so I have got into the habit of cutting 3 inch squares  from any of the scraps left over from my current project.

3 inch trim

As I am cutting fabric for a new quilt, I will make sure that any scraps that are big enough get cut into a 3 x 3 inch square and put into a shoe box set aside for them.  It has become a habit that means my scrap pile is a little more manageable and I have a ready supply of 3 inch squares for projects.

3 inch squares box

What can you do with a pile of 3 inch squares you may be asking… so far I have made:

1.  Granny Square blocks

Work in progress granny quilt blocks. Simple bright quilt block

2.  Doll quilts… that are currently in need of quilting!

Doll quilt wonky star

3.  Graduating colour quilts – Sunburnt country is made up of 3 inch squares


4.  Paper bag quilts – this quilt top is being made with a bag of white scraps and bag of pastel scraps.  I chain pieced white and pastel squares together, then sewed them into strings of 14 blocks long.  When finished this will be a very easy, but cute baby quilt.

pastel quilt

I have used the same paper bag process to make a number of fun quilts including my niece Zoe’s quilt.

zoe's quilt top

Up next I really want to make a scrap vomit quilt with all my 3 inch squares.  A total random hodge podge of fabrics sewn together to make something ugly beautiful.  Sounds like fun!