Sewn-together Improv Quilt Pieces

You can make yours any size you like. Ideally, you need a clear acrylic template to help you frame and square them, but other than that, you can go for whatever size suits you.

Pick a Size for Your Scrappy Blocks

Why 3 & 1/2? Well, I got a set of acrylic templates when I started making these squares, and out of the different sizes that were in the pack, it just seemed like a manageable size!

What can you use Scrappy Blocks for?

My intention is to sew them together into a big scrappy quilt when I get enough, but there are lots of other ways you could use them too.

Decide if you are going to go totally Scrappy or ‘Frame’ them.

Because I have a quilt in mind for them, I am trying to use either white or black on the edge of each square and the coloured scraps in the middle.

Some of the squares and blocks I’ve done in this way have had totally scrappy centers—just pulled from my scrap bin at random and using the whites or blacks to frame them.

Totally Scrappy or Colour Themed?

I start with two pieces, not necessarily exactly the same size, but relatively small—crumbs, essentially.

Improv Sewing Method

Then I pick another piece and maybe lay it at an angle. I’ve shown above where I would sew and what I would trim off.