Making Easy Scrappy Charity Quilts

Completed Quilt

I actually am loving this quilt.  I have used completely random fabrics!  The only thing I have paid attention to is balancing the use of prints and plains.  Well what do you think?  I think next charity quilt coming up is Quilt design 1.  Please feel free to add more patches/blocks to make bigger quilts.  Go on now make yours! and don’t forget to hashtag#easyscrappycharityquilt2018.

ps:  I can’t wait to give this one away 🙂

I have always wanted to make a quilt for charity using the hoards of scraps left over from my quilts.  What better time then now during the season of giving – Christmas!.   Of course it ain’t gonna happen if its not going to be an easy quilt design right?  So I thought why not design a couple of quilts using a simple 5″ x 5″ square.

The completed size of:

  • Quilt 1: 30″ x 60″ made up of 18 four patch blocks; and
  • Quilt 2: 30″ x 60″ made up of 8 nine patch blocks.



  • Quilt 1: Select 17 variety of colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
  • Quilt 2:
    • Select 8 dark value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 8 light value colours and prints of fabric from your scraps.
    • Select 1 dark or light value colour of fabric from your scraps.


  • Template is provided on my no3quiltstudio group on facebook.
  • Alternatively you can cut up squares of 5 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches based on the tables provided below.

Table 1 and 2:  provides an indication of how many patches you would require depending on which quilt you are making.


Quilt 1

Fabric Variety

Patch Count


1 & 12


2 & 16


3 & 15


4 &14


5 & 13


6, 7, 8, 9, 10 12



Quilt 2

Fabric Variety Patch Count

Dark Value

8 4 (Dark Value) x 8 = 32
Light Value 8

4 (Light Value) x 8 = 32

Background 1


Constructing the blocks

Four Patch Block
  1. Join patches 1 and 2 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 3 and 4 to form Row 2
  3. Press open the seams and join both Rows together.
  4. Referring to the Quilt 1 image continue to complete all 18 four patch blocks
Nine patch block
  1. Join patches 1, 2 and 3 to form Row 1
  2. Join patches 4, 5 and 6 to form Row 2
  3. Join patches 7, 8 and 9 to form Row 3
  4. Press open the seams and join Row 1 to 2 and then 3 together.
  5. Referring to the Quilt 2 image continue to complete all 8 nine patch blocks

 Assembling the quilt tops

Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 1, lay out your four patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 3 four patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have six rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Quilt 1:

  1. Referring to image of Quilt 2, lay out your nine patch blocks.  Each row is made up of 2 nine patch blocks.
  2. Continue till you have four rows sewn up.
  3. Then join the rows one by one to form your quilt top.

 Completing your Quilts

To complete your quilt tops please refer to my Making your Quilt Top lessons.

Quilting your Quilt Top

To quilt these quilt tops I am going to do a simple criss-cross pattern with the walking foot.  Alternatively to can also use Free Motion Quilting to complete your quilt tops.


You may have your own preferred binding method or you may wish to checkout Quilt Binding tutorial.

Your charity quilts are now complete!

 How to Join in this fun:

  • Join my facebook group: no3quiltstudio group to get your template (saved under files) and to troubleshoot any issues which may come up; and
  • You may also wish to subscribe to my website for my newsletter for inspiration (subscribe button located in the side bar).


Quilt Binding Tutorial

Piping Method

There are a number of ways to do your quilt binding.  You can use the piping method or the facing method.  In this post I will show you how to bind your quilt using the piping method.

Fabric selection

  • Binding can be multi-coloured or mono-colour.  The multi-coloured binding can be made by using the a variety of colours of fabrics where as mono-coloured binding can be made from just one colour of fabric, depending on what suits your quilt.

Preparing your quilt

  • Neaten your quilt edges (refer to images 1 and 2).
  • Measure your quilt around the edges to ensure you cut enough fabric for your binding (refer to image 3).


  • Using the measurements of the edge of your quilt, cut 2 inch strips from your fabric/s.  Join the strips together and press the seams open.  Then fold the strips in half and press with a warm iron (refer to images 4 and 5).


Referring to the images below start sewing your binding (referring to images 6 to 11):

  • Start from midway of one side of the quilt.
  • Ensuring that the raw edge of the strip is aligned with the quilt’s edge, start pinning the folded binding strip to the edge of your quilt.
  • Fold the start of the strip diagonally in a 45 degree angle and start sewing the binding to the quilt.
  • Once you reach the corner of the quilt, finish off the stitching to a 45 degree angle as show in the image below.
  • Then turn the fabric strip to a 90 degree angle and pin it to the quilt as shown in the next image below.  Once you are happy with the alignment start sewing the binding the rest of the quilt edge.  Continue till you come back to the starting point of the quilt.
  • Once again fold the edge in a 45 degree angle and finish off your stitching.
  • Turn over the binding and secure neatly with slip stitch.








Applique Tutorial

I am currently working on a quilt “Season’s of Canberra”.  The quilt has a sizeable portion of Applique work and this is a real challenge for me! the reason is that although I do love the look of Applique I really do not have the temperament to do lovely delicate Applique.  However, with this pattern it was necessary to achieve the look I am going for, and as a quilt artist never say never to a challenge right!

In this post I am demonstrating an alternative way of preparing your shapes for Applique for a quilt:


  • Applique template
  • Fabric
  • non-iron interfacing


  1. Cut out your Applique shape from your fabric and non-iron interfacing as seen in image 1.
  2. Sew it up placing the non-iron interfacing on the right side of the fabric and sew a quarter inch seam around the shape as seen on image 2.
  3. Trim excess fabric around the shape and snip to ensure smooth curves.  Snip the centre of the non-iron interfacing making sure that you snip just right.  If you snip right to the end then you will not get the tightness in the seams when you turn over as seen in image 3.
  4. Turn over and pull out the edges to retain the shape of your Applique as seen in image 4.
  5. Iron your Applique shape as seen in image 5.
  6. Your applique shape is ready to use as seen in image 6.
  7. You can attach your shape to your quilt by hand or by machine.

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