I'm so pleased to finally share Scrap Garden! I started it in January 2020 as a scrap mitigation attempt. I posted about it here, then never shared progress. I'm sharing now, in the current issue of Make Modern magazine.
When I started sewing with my green scraps to try to whittle down the stack, I had no plan. I thought 16-patches would be quick and gobble scraps so started sewing a bunch of those. Some are strip pieced using scraps strips. Others are pieced from individual squares. Some are a combination, made from strip-pieced 4-patches. I even made a few blocks combining 4-patches and plain squares. All the options are described in the pattern, so you can use the method best suited to your scraps.
I added the shadows for interest. The shadow pieces are strip pieced. That's so mush faster than sewing individual squares of background to strips of shadow. I'm glad I had nice big pieces of the grey Stonehenge left over from a backing to allow for strip piecing.
The yardage of Moda Grunge Metropolis Fog I found in my stash was perfect for the background. It lets the blocks stand out, but isn't as stark as a solid would have been. It looks comfortably scuffed and used, rather like my clothing does after an afternoon digging in the garden.
The little pops of red/orange/yellow in the cornerstones were thrown in to spice things up a bit. It still amazes me to see how just a tiny bit of another color, yellow especially, can make make all the rest more interesting. In this case, it helped give the quilt a name. For some reason, the cornerstone colours made me think of peppers. When a friend mentioned that the design reminded her of square-foot gardens, I knew this was a garden themed quilt!