The Campfire quilt pattern is a longtime favorite here at Suzy Quilts. Pulling inspiration from the traditional log cabin pattern, this design adds lots of negative space for a fresh, modern twist. Even though the pattern is written for those who enjoy buying yardage, Campfire is the perfect chance to make a scrappy modern quilt!
In the past I have mentioned my deep love for the history and heritage of quilting. Check out this Campfire quilt post for a list of in-depth quilt history blog posts along with some great tips for making your very own Campfire quilt.
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Campfire: A Scrappy Modern Quilt
For extra tips on making this scrappy modern quilt, check out the post – Campfire Quilt Pattern – Tips, Pics & Fabric! One thing I mention there (and pretty constantly through the SQ blog because I love it) is how helpful a tailor's clapper is when making this pattern.
Use a Tailor's Clapper
If you're not familiar with what a tailor's clapper is, check out this post – 8 Things You Never Knew About the Tailor’s Clapper as well as this short tutorial video below.
In the video tutorial above I am using the Thrive quilt pattern as an example.
Try Ripping Your Fabric
Ripping fabric can be a new concept to quilters. Ironically, moments ago I was reading a lengthy discussion in a sewing Facebook group about this very thing. A quilter was really upset that some new fabric she ordered was delivered to her and had been ripped off the bolt.
She was utterly confused why a fabric store would do this. Why wouldn't they give her a clean cut with a ruler and rotary cutter? Even though I completely understand the frustration if you aren't expecting a ripped edge, there is a purpose behind it.
Fabric rips on grain. If you are a garment sewer, it's possible you don't even own a rotary cutter because you snip and rip a lot of your fabric pieces. Grain is really important in garment sewing because it affects how a piece of clothing hangs.
In quiltmaking, we care a lot less about grain because we are cutting small pieces of fabric that will then be sewn to other small pieces of fabric. Things like drape or the way fabric hangs on a body doesn't matter.
However, when cutting and sewing long strips, like in this Campfire quilt pattern, you will notice some odd bowing in your fabric if you cut off grain. Below is a video showing you how to rip your fabric to get it on grain, and thus avoid any pesky bowing in your long strips.
Disclaimer: ripping fabric is just one technique and is totally optional. You don't need to go forth from here and rip all of your fabric. 😉
Make Your Binding Scrappy Too!
Making a scrappy modern quilt? Why not make your binding scrappy too! I absolutely adore this cotton/linen blend from Figo and love the way it pops as binding fabric. It's called Dash from the Surface collection and I found a bit left on Etsy.
If you haven't made one of these Campfire quilts yet, I challenge you to reach into your stash and see what you already have. Chances are, if you've been sewing for a while, you have most of what you need already!
The version seen here scraps together the light background fabric too, so don't be deterred if you don't have tons of yardage of the same thing. There's always a work around when scrappy patchwork is an option. 😉
Comment below with your strip tips or Campfire quilt plans!