Scrap Sew Along Designer Feature - Blooming Poppies

Karen of Blooming Poppies is my feature designer this week. 

She writes darling quilt patterns & has quite a few that are scrap focused!
I've tested a few patterns for her - not only are the well written with great diagrams, but she also puts up free video tutorials for some of them over on Instagram !

If you're interested in getting into improv quilting but have no idea how to start, Karen's got tutorials & patterns for that! 

The Guard Rails pattern uses scraps and odd strips & gives you great tips on where to start & how to make these alternating blocks.
Mine is teal & orange, which seems to be my go to for improv!! 

 I also tested her Shelter quilt - while the front isn't scraps, I did use all of the leftovers for an improv/pieced back!


Her Connection quilt pattern was released during the first set of lockdowns in the US & while it calls for yardage, I delved into my backings bucket to see what I could use.  

I ended up using solids from my stash (navy, black & three different light blues) and moons!  The background & backing are yardage I had on hand, but I had fun trying to fit this one into what I had on hand.

The last one I tested for Karen is her most recent - Urban Light.  I opted for solids & greyscale.  This one isn't as scrap friendly, but if you have similar enough fat quarters languishing, you could totally make it work!

Karen has five patterns that are scrap friendly & two of those are beginner friendly improv.  She's got a few more than that, but we're focusing on scraps this month 😉

I hope this inspired you a bit! 
Make sure to check out her site, since she has some scrap friendly tutorials, too!!

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