Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour — Last Stop + Giveaway!

This is the last stop of the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour! It’s been a blast, and thank you to all of you who followed along and entered the giveaways! Thank you also for all your kind words about my book, I’m so excited to hear that so many of you like it and are eager to learn the technique!

Fallen Leaves Quilted Throw Pillows - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

I am really passionate about the techniques I teach in my book. These are the main reasons why:

  1. The technique is easy to grasp. Very beginner friendly!
  2. The applique pieces can be made quite quickly!
  3. You don’t have to worry about precision!
  4. Use up them scraps!
  5. Reuse an old applique pattern in a new way.
  6. The creative possibilities are endless!!!

Here is my book trailer where I chat more about these things…

Today, I want to share with you some more “scrappy bits” quilts I’ve made! Some can be found in the gallery section of my book, others are quilts I’ve made since.

Modern Bird Quilt-1 Hey There Cupcake Quilt-2 Kraken Quilt

Oh Deer Photos

I’m working on something exciting right now! Some of these patterns just may be involved….! More detailed posts to follow.




Today I’m giving away a copy of my book, two lovely Timeless Treasures charm packs from their new basics lines, Pearl and Dream, along with a 4 pack of Aurifil 50 wt thread! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which of the “Scrappy Bits” quilts that you’ve seen is your favorite, and if, hypothetically, I was working on a line of patterns featuring different animals, what animal you’d like to see! ;) You can enter a second time by following me via your preferred social media; be sure to leave a comment stating you’ve done so in order to be counted!

See the previous post for a list of past stops on the Scrappy Bits Applique blog tour.

**Giveaway Closed. Congratulations Carmen! Thank you to everyone who participated!**

Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour!

Around the World Quilt - Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley

Yesterday C&T Publishing kicked off the Scrappy Bits Applique Blog Tour! We have a great line up, and I know it will be lots of fun! At each stop, we will be sharing a little more about the book and giving away a free copy! Here is the line up:

8/12 – C&T Publishing Blog
8/13 – Pellon
8/14 – I’m a Ginger Monkey
8/15 – Quilter’s Newsletter Blog
8/16 – Sew Mamma Sew
8/17 – Casey York
8/18 – Generation Q
8/20 – Going Home to Roost
8/21 – Bottle Tree

Also, here is my book trailer that debuted yesterday!

Hope you all will follow along with the fun!


Kraken Quilt

Kraken Quilt

This fellow was a lot of fun to make. I definitely want to make him again and play with the pattern a bit. Perhaps I’ll have him top-sizing a boat! He should probably look a bit more menacing, too, don’t you think? I’ll work on that. Here are some more details..

Kraken Quilt-3

I chose to do a stippling quilting pattern to create an eerie, underwater feel.  Kraken Quilt-1

The background is Timeless Treasure Sketch in mist. I LOVE their Sketch Basics; I love them for backgrounds (like here) as well as in my applique collages. I actually used this same fabric for the background of the quilt that appears on the cover of my upcoming book, Scrappy Bits Applique, and I also used another Sketch as the background of my Tamed Fox quilt (pattern in my book too). They work so well for my quilts because they provide a nice, interesting texture without being too busy. Love.

Kraken Quilt-2

This guy also shows up in the gallery portion of Scrappy Bits Applique!

Tamed Fox Quilt

Fox Quilt from Book

One of the quilt patterns appearing in my upcoming book that I’m most excited about is my Tamed Fox Quilt. The pattern (like all those in the book) includes a pull-out template, step by step instructions, as well as options to make it in 5 different quilt sizes!

This is only my most recent Tamed Fox quilt, as I have made it several times for friends’ baby showers, as well as custom quilts for clients. Here are some of the other foxes I’ve made…

This was the very first fox to meet my sewing machine. I made him for some friends having their first baby.

This was the very first fox to meet my sewing machine. I made him for some friends having their first baby.

Fox Quilt-2

I make awkward faces when I’m being photoed… I’m working on it.

Isn't this one fun with the hot pink and orange palette?

Isn’t this one fun with the hot pink and orange palette?

Here, I clearly decided to run away with it, rather than sell it to my client!

Here, I clearly decided to run away with it, rather than sell it to my client!

This pastel palette was really sweet.

This pastel palette was really sweet.

Fox Quilt-6

I hand drew each of these, which is why they are all slightly different.

What colors would you choose for a Tamed Fox quilt?

Quilted Geometric Throw Pillows

Geometric Pillows

My living room needed a good sprucing up, so I whipped up these quilted geometric throw pillows! I was inspired by the pillows Elizabeth Hartman made a few years ago.

I made both of these pillow tops using half squared triangles (HST). Boy do I love a HST– there are endless possibilities for patterns using these little guys. Sew Mamma Sew has a great tutorial for making 8 HST at a time, which speeds up the process tremendously!

Chevron Pillow

I arranged the HSTs into a chevron print for this one.

Quilted Geometric Pillows

Finished Size: two 18″ x 18″ pillows


  • 3/4 yard black fabric (I used Kona Black)
  • 3/4 yard white fabric (I used Kona Snow)
  • 3/4 yard back of pillow fabric (I recommend a canvas weight fabric)
  • 3/4 yard white scrap fabric or muslin (this will be on the inside of the pillows)
  • Two 18″ x 18″ pillow forms
  • Two 20″ zippers
  • Two 20″ x 20″ pieces of batting (5/8 yard of 92″ batting)


  • Nine 9″ x 9″ black squares
  • Nine 9″ x 9″ white squares
  • Two 20″ x 20″ squares of muslin or white scrap fabric
  • Two 20″ x 20″ squares of batting
  • Two 20″ x 20″ squares of the back of pillow fabric


  • Use the Sew Mama Sew tutorial to make 72 HST squares
  • Trim the squares to 3.5″ each
  • Arrange the squares to your desired pattern (36 squares per pillow top– 6 rows of 6)
  • Piece together your two pillow tops using a 1/4″ seam allowance
  • Using the muslin or scrap fabric as the backing, layer and baste both pillow top panels
  • Quilt both panels
  • Trim excess batting and backing- finished pillow tops should be 18.5″ squares
  • Finish the pillows using Katy’s great tutorial at I’m a Ginger Monkey
Flying Geese Pillow

I arranged the HSTs into a flying geese pattern for this pillow.

Enjoy! Do you have a favorite HST pattern?