Scrap School + New Scrap Quilt Pattern

If you’re like me, you might have some (or a lot) of leftover fabric scraps. I’m SO excited to share a new scrap quilt idea as well as a whole bunch of scrap fabric projects – perfect for putting all of your fabric scraps to good use!

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County Fair Scrap Quilt pattern by Amy Smart - Diary of a Quilter

This happy quilt was made entirely from scraps from my fabric bins. Would you believe I made this quilt a year ago? I’ve been dying to share it for a while now…

Scrap School - pattern book collection of 12 scrap quilt patterns from popular quilt designers

and now I can because it’s part of a brand new book published by Martingale called Scrap School!

County Fair Scrap Quilt by Amy Smart

Scrap quilt Ideas - Precuts-friendly quilt by Amy Smart

I felt so honored to be asked by the book’s author, Lissa Alexander to contribute a scrap quilt design.

Ideas for sorting, storing and using 2 1/2" fabric scraps.

The idea for this quilt was inspired by my increasing collection of low-volume (white or cream background) scraps + this box of 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares. Any time I have small pieces leftover from 2 1/2″ strips or 2 1/2″ mini charm packs, I throw them into this box. All of the cross blocks in this quilt were made from favorite scraps from this bin. (You can read more about how I organize and store my scraps here.)

(As you can see, I still have enough 2 1/2″ squares to make a few more quilts. lol)

Scrap Quilt - Nine Patch block - Pattern by Amy Smart - perfect for fussy-cut squares

It’s also the perfect pattern for using up leftover 5″ x 5″ ‘charm squares’ or 2 1/2″ precut strips you may have laying around.

Scrap quilt perfect for fussy-cut squares and for using low-volume prints

Here’s a closeup of some of the scraps I included – I had fun making this a sentimental quilt – whether it was using scraps from memorable projects from years past, my own past fabric collections, or finding scraps that depicted some of my favorite things. For example, can you spy the tacos and Union Jack in this picture? 🙂

It’s also a fun one for fussy-cutting.

Scrap quilt pattern featuring Sugarhouse Park fabric by Amy Smart

I used a lot of my Sugarhouse Park collection for finishing this quilt – including cornerstones, borders, backing and bias-stripe binding. (Sugarhouse Park is still available here and here.) The polkadot border is Swiss-dot in Cayenne.

Making this sentimental and very fun quilt last February came at a much needed time for me. Last February I felt like I was swimming upstream in a current of unknown future as we were trying to find a diagnosis for our son’s sudden decline in heath. I was frequently emotional and overwhelmed and sitting and working on these cheerful, scrappy blocks was a peaceful dose of therapy that I needed at that time.

More Scrap Quilt Ideas in Scrap School

Here’s a sampling of some of the other quilts in the book. There’s such a wide range of styles and designs. (All images courtesy of Martingale Publishing.)

Two Step scrap quilt pattern by Amanda Jean Nyberg in Scrap School Book

Two-Step by Amanda Jean Nyberg

It All Adds Up red, white, and blue scrap quilt pattern by Susan Ache in Scrap School book

It All Adds Up by Susan Ache

Charming Scrap Quilt Pattern by Sheri McConnell in Scrap School book

Charming by Sheri McConnell

Butterscotch Baskets scrap quilt pattern by Lissa Alexander in Scrap School Book

Ombre Butterscotch Baskets by Lissa Alexander

County Fair Scrap Quilt pattern by Amy Smart - in Scrap School book

And here’s another glimpse of County Fair in warmer times – a quilt for all seasons. 🙂 And SO many more! 

In addition there are lots of excellent tips for choosing color palettes as well as alternate color/fabric examples for many of the quilts – to give you lots more inspiration and ideas for using your scraps with confidence.

As I mentioned, I am SO honored and tickled to be invited to be a part of the contributors to this book – many of whom are my favorite quilting inspirations over the years! There are 12 quilts in the book. Check out these Instagram accounts of all of them to see their inspiring projects and get motivated to use up those scraps you have on hand! 

You can find Scrap School at your local quilt shop or online from Martingale (in hard copy or ebook form) or Amazon.

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  • Reply
    February 24, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations on having your pattern published in this new quilt book! I really love it as I have a lot of 2.5″ scrap squares that need a home. I’ll have to look for this book at my LQS.

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    February 24, 2021 at 11:59 am

    I pre-ordered this book (which I never, ever do!) And was not disappointed! I still want to look at it every day. I need to finish up some current projects before I can dive into one of these, but I am so excited!

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    Robby H.
    February 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    These scrap books Lissa puts together are so fun and inspiring. Thanks for telling us a bit more about your contribution.

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    Little Quiltsong
    February 25, 2021 at 5:08 am

    Love, love your quilt and many others in this new delicious scrap book! Makes my scrap bins feel like jewels, and not scraps at all when I look at these quilt patterns. So many lovely designs.

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    February 25, 2021 at 5:58 am

    Your quilt is beautiful!!!!!

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    The Joyful Quilter
    February 25, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Scrap School sounds like SEW much fun!! Goodness know, I’ve got scraps. :o))

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    February 25, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    I am excited for this book because you and Gudrun are two of my favorite quilters! I have learned so much from both of you! Congratulations!!

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      February 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Aww, thank you, Gwyn!

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    February 25, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Hi there, is there a pattern for Country Fair that I could find. Cheers.

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      February 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Yes – the pattern is in the Scrap School book mentioned in this post. 🙂

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    February 28, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Great quilt! The book sounds like one I could use!

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