supersized scrap vomit

Tutorial: Supersized Scrap Vomit

carla Charity, Quilting, Tutorials 2 Comments

If you’ve been reading my blog posts over the last couple of months you know I’ve been working on creating quilts for 100 Quilts for Kids hosted by my guild-mate Katie at Swim, Bike, Quilt.

New Tutorial - Supersized Scrap Vomit!

My Supersized Scrap Vomit is an easy, quick pattern that can be whipped up in an afternoon —  and there’s still time to make and enter one into the Link Up before September 30! (There are some great prizes and sponsors this year!)

For these quilts I was inspired by Katy JonesScrap Vomit pattern, normally made from 2.5″ squares. My friend Amy is addicted and I always get a kick out of looking at her finished quilts. Since I’ve been cutting 5″ squares that’s what I based my measurements on for this. Graciously Katy gave me the go-ahead to write a tutorial for these Supersized Scrap Vomits!

As I mentioned this quilt is based on 5″ unfinished squares, so in a 13 x 13 layout the finished size is 58.5″ x 58.5″. You can see from the diagram below that this quilt is one Scrap Vomit “B” block surrounded by three rows of scrappy blocks.

Scrap vomit notes


I initially planned to make the “B” block and then add the borders using a log-cabin style attachment, but I actually ended up sewing everything in rows instead. Either method would work – it just depends on what you’re comfortable with.

To create this quilt you will need:

  • 12 black squares
  • 8 solid color squares (accent color 1 – blue in the case below)
  • 4 print color squares (accent color 2 – low volume in the case below)
  • 1 print color square (accent color 3 – red in the case below)
  • 149 scrappy squares (any and all colors)

First lay our your center “B” block working your way in from the black ring to accent colors 1, 2, and 3. Then using the 149 scrappy squares fill in around to create a 13 x 13 layout. Orientation and color don’t really matter – just lay them out. This quilt doesn’t have a defined up or down so however they land is good.I did try to avoid having the same color or the same fabric next to each other but that is it.

Scrap Vomit for 100 Quilts for Kids #1


As I mentioned above, in my initial diagram I thought I might sew the “B” block first and then add borders, but I changed my mind and just stacked the squares up into 13 piles for the rows. Sew each row together and then press, being careful to alternate the direction you press your seams. This helps nest the seams and makes the squares line up more nicely.

Rows for scrap vomit 2


I pin each and every intersection diagonally through the nested seam, which helps force the seams together and keep them tight while I’m sewing.

Scrap vomit 2 in progress


When working with patchwork that has a lot of seams and weight to it just be careful to check your alignment often – add more pins if you think you need them. In the photo below you can see my bottom fabric often slipped out of alignment. I had to stop and adjust frequently to make sure I didn’t have holes in my patchwork.

Scrap vomit 2 in progress


Keep adding your rows until you have a finished quilt. Press all the long seams in one direction and you’re done with the top. Baste, quilt, and bind as desired! These are off to a longarmer for finishing but I’ll be sure to post once I get them back!

Scrap Vomit top #1



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