August 8, 2016

Monday Mockup 11- Scrappy Irish Chain

Today's mockup is my plan to use up my scrappy low volume stash! I have a healthy pile of low volume since I usually omit it from my projects. Low volumes are the first thing I pull out when using precuts, because I usually like things to have high contrast. But, I do appreciate the beauty of a softer palette, and am excited to have a way to use my stash.

When I started quilting, the term low volume confused me. According to Craftsy, the definition of low volume fabric is:
A Low Volume fabric can best be defined as 
a fabric which shows up as a light solid (or nearly solid) 
in a black and white photograph. These fabrics can vary from 
the lightest tone on tone fabrics, to text fabrics 
printed on a light background, to light floral fabrics.

I am going to alternate Bella Aqua solid with these scrappy low volumes, which are an assortment of fat quarters, leftover yardage, scraps, and layer cake squares.

The only down side to scrappy quilts in my book is that you can't strip piece them, which makes things so much easier and faster. But, it's completely worth it to use up your scraps and create this beauty!

For this quilt, there are just two blocks. Fabric requirements are as follows:

Block A:
  • (9) 2.5" solid squares
  • (12) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (4) 2.5" background squares
Block B:
  • (4) 2.5" low volume squares
  • (2) 2.5" x 6.5" background pieces
  • 6.5" x 10.5" background piece 

The blocks are 10" finished, and arranged alternately in a 9 by 7 grid. You will need 32 A Blocks and 31 B Blocks to make a 90" x 70" quilt, a perfect twin size.

Now I have two scrap quilts in the works (the first one can be found here). Hooray! Who doesn't love scrap busting? I have only ever completed one scrap quilt, which can be found here.

What's your favorite scrap quilt?


  1. This looks already very tasty.=) I am looking forward to seeing more of this project.

  2. I love this! Once had a picture of a quilt like this that I wanted to make, but didn't know how the pattern went. Thank you for this tutorial!

  3. Thank you so much. I certainly need more "lights" in my quilting. I seam to use more precuts because everything is included. I will start looking for more low volume pieces. I love the colors of this quilt. My daughter Loves Aqua! Thank you!

  4. Love it! It reminds me of a quilt one would find at a beach cottage :)

  5. I just made a train tracks scrap quilt...I love it, but it’s a one and done pattern. I like nine patch scrap quilts.

  6. I'm love this quilt! I love how you used Aqua as a "primary" and then the low volumes. What white is this?