Scrappy Quilt Ideas for the Window Panes Quilt Pattern

I thought it might be fun to explore some options with my Window Panes PDF quilt pattern. I think the jelly roll options are pretty straight forward – you can create a coordinated, homogeneously scrappy looking quilt with your strips.

Adore Jelly roll by Ruby Star Society about to be sewn into a jelly roll quilt

Additionally, for the baby size you can pick and choose your strips, if you like, to create a more curated, same-blocks-in-each-row look.

Sew a modern jelly roll quilt from this jelly roll quilt pattern called Window Panes. This quilt pattern has instructions for 5 quilt sizes: baby, throw, twin, queen and king. This pattern also has cutting instructions for fat quarters, and of course you could use scraps, too. This jelly roll quilt pattern comes together really quickly thanks to strip piecing. PDF Pattern available at Bonjour Quilts.

With fat quarters you can easily turn a bunch of same-colour fabrics into a restrained scrappy quilt. These teal fabrics had a fair bit going on (probably why they’ve been in my stash for so long – I struggled to put them into a project), however all together they look great.

Want to sew a jelly roll quilt? This quick and easy jelly roll quilt pattern will get you there. This quilt pattern, called Window Panes, has instructions for 5 sizes; baby, throw, twin, queen and king, and can be made with either jelly rolls, fat quarters, fat eighths and scraps. A great way to reduce your scrap pile.

Your FQs don’t have to all be the same colour – perhaps add a single contrasting FQ to give it a bit of oomph?

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy teal and orange fabrics with white sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Or maybe increase the amount of contrasting colour and arrange in a more ordered manner?

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy teal and orange fabrics with white sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Add 2 contrasting colours?

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy teal, orange and yellow fabrics with white sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

I have a ton of navy scraps and I’d love to see them sparkle with some other bright, happy colours:

A throw size scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy navy, yellow, pink and fuchsia fabrics with white sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

There’s so many arrangements you could make with this pattern – have some fun with it. The Window Panes quilt pattern includes printable colour-in sheets for each of the sizes (baby, throw, twin, queen and king).

Printable colouring sheets for each quilt size in the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

One thing I like to do is let my scraps tell me what needs to be in the quilt. If you find that you have a ton of scraps in a few particular colours (which most of us usually do) then play around with those colours. Which will be the main? Which will be your main accent? Minor accent? Sometimes my scrap pile can feel overwhelming, so it’s nice to pick a constrained palette and work from there.

And don’t forget you can invert your palette and have the dark fabric as sashing, creating a whole new series of potential layouts!

For instance, I really love this (below):

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy low volume, yellow and orange fabrics with teal sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

How about my beloved navy?

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy low volume, yellow, pink and fuchsia fabrics with navy sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Now that’s rather decadent, don’t you think? Switching the middle up a bit:

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy low volume, yellow, pink and fuchsia fabrics with navy sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

How about a queen size quilt:

A queen scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy low volume, yellow, pink and fuchsia fabrics with navy sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Or maybe with the yellow on the edges? So many options.

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern by Bonjour Quilts. This layout would be made with scrappy low volume, yellow, pink and fuchsia fabrics with navy sashing. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

More Scrappy Quilt Ideas

Let’s move on to other scrappy uses. If you send quilts out for long-arm quilting you might have a range of long sides left over from your excess backing. You could easily cut them up into 2.5″ strips and use them to sew window blocks, or if you have enough, use it as sashing.

Long strips of fabric left over from a quilt backing. What to do with them? Turn them into 2.5" strips and use them in a Window Panes quilt.

I pieced a backing last year and now I have plenty of long scraps, sewn from 5″ squares. Cutting these into 2.5″ strips will make some pretty cool windows blocks. I just have to be careful the seams don’t fall parallel and right at the edge of the block. (This will put a seam within a seam which will be bulky). Here’s a couple I sewed up:

Scrappy quilt blocks destined for a Window Panes quilt, pattern by Bonjour Quilts. These blocks are sewn in light blue and red scrap fabrics.

And of course, you don’t have to use strips at all. Why not make super scrappy crumb blocks over the course of a year and then combine them into a quilt? The Window Panes pattern gives you the unfinished measurements of the 3 window blocks. So you can just keep combining scraps until you reach the required size. Once you’ve built a stockpile of blocks grab some yardage (or a jelly roll) for sashing and you’ll be ready to sew a quilt.

Scrappy quilt blocks destined for a Window Panes quilt, pattern by Bonjour Quilts. These blocks are sewn in red scrap fabrics. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

These blocks would be so good against dark sashing – a stained glass windows kind of look.

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern. These version shows the blocks set out in rows of like colours. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

You could put your scrappy blocks in rainbow colour order rows:

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern. These version shows the blocks set out in rows of like colours, in rainbow colour order. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Or columns:

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern. These version shows the blocks set out in columns of like colours, in rainbow colour order. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.

Or if you’re feeling contrarian, try the diagonal:

A scrappy quilt idea for the Window Panes quilt pattern. These version shows the blocks set out in diagonal rows of like colours, in rainbow colour order. Window Panes is a fat quarter friendly and jelly roll compatible PDF quilt pattern that can be easily adapted for use with scraps. A fantastic scrap and stash busting pattern.
A scrappy rainbow baby quilt - use your multicoloured scraps with the Window Panes quilt pattern to create a modern baby quilt. Window Panes comes with instructions for 5 quilt sizes: baby, throw, twin, queen and king. You can use FQs, F8s, jelly rolls and scraps to form the windows, so it's a great scrap buster and stash buster in one. Pattern available now at Bonjour Quilts.

Alright my friends, I’d better stop. I could keep adding layouts forever, they’re so much fun.

Would you like to get your scrap pile under control? Why not try one of these scrappy quilt ideas with the Window Panes quilt pattern.

You can find the Window Panes PDF quilt pattern here in my shop.

Happy sewing and scrap busting!

Kirsty

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3 thoughts on “Scrappy Quilt Ideas for the Window Panes Quilt Pattern”

  1. Kristy, the window panes quilt patterns are so beautiful! Although the pattern itself isn’t a difficult concept, it’s a brilliant one. Each pattern makes me feel wonderful to look at them. Thank you so much for posting these patterns!
    Sincerely,
    Mary from Arkansas
    p.s. I’m enjoying your posts very much.

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    • Also, I can’t help but think of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window movie when I look at them. :). Happy Valentines Day Kristy!
      Mary from Arkansas, USA

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    • Thank you so much, Mary. I just wish I had the time to sew them all. So many looks are possible, I really hope it helps those looking to reduce scraps and stash.

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