Postage Stamp Quilt

Scrap Quilt
Postage Stamp Quilt
I decided to do some scrap busting over the holiday week. It seems that once Christmas Day has come to pass everything seems to come to a dead stop. Going from the hustle-bustle days of preparing for Christmas to having absolutely nothing to do is a very tough transition. So I thought I would take advantage of the post-Christmas, pre-New Years Eve time and do some cleaning in my sewing room.  It didn't take long to realize that I had lots and lots of scraps left over from the many quilts I made throughout the year. My scrap basket was overflowing with so many memorable and pretty fabrics that I thought I should try and so something with them.

While watching college football bowl games with my husband, I started to search for new quilt ideas when I came upon the postage stamp quilt by Red Pepper Quilts.  You can find her tutorial here. I quickly took my overflowing scrap basket and dumped it onto my sewing table and started ironing the pieces that were larger than the 2 x 7-inch strips necessary to make the quilt.  During two days of college bowl games - this is my measurement of time, I was certain my husband wouldn't miss my presence as long as he wasn't hungry. And sure enough, I had the peace and quiet to just cut and piece without any interruption. 

Once I had the top completed, I thought it would be difficult to decide on a backing and as I started to go through my stash, a large piece of pretty flowery fabric caught my eye.  It seemed to have most of the colors in the quilt somewhere in the tiny flower designs. Luckily I had enough to do the entire back. I quilted it with some straight line quilting and added chambray fabric for the binding which gives it an interesting contrast.  

I really like how this quilt turned out and I am so excited that I didn't have to buy a single thing to make it.  I even had two spools of variegated thread that went very well with the colors in the quilt.  So this is truly a scrap project and I love all 1,296 squares of it. 


  1. That is a gorgeous quilt. I've seen so many patterns for postage stamp or other quilts with 2 inch blocks, but can't make myself commit to those little pieces and the precision necessary.

    1. Thank you very much. This one wasn't too terribly difficult because you start with 2 x 7-inch strips which makes it that much quicker to put together. Please post photos if you make one, I would love to see it.