Yes, the smaller quilt is truly a scrap quilt! It was cobbled together using leftovers from this Lone Star I made for my mom years ago. The nine patches effectively used up all the Lone Star scraps, but I didn't have just the right setting fabric to go with the nine patches. The blocks languished for many moons until I pulled them out about a year ago and found the perfect pink for the alternate blocks.
My rationalization for not hand quilting the nine patch quilt is that it's too large for a wall hanging - and a wall hanging is where one wants to show off one's hand quilting skills. It's a better size as a lap quilt, and I just can't see doing a lot of fancy quilting on something that will probably be used and abused by kids and pets. So glad I marked the quilt with a FriXion pen - one swoop with a hot iron and all the marks will be gone!
Not that I'm shying away from hand quilting...it's just that I have some more worthy projects coming up next in the queue!