One of my favorite Facebook groups is Scrap Quilt Challenge, run by Shannon, whose day job is running a quilt shop – Fabrics N Quilts in Jamestown, Tennessee. The 4th annual Scrap Quilt Challenge kicks off this week, and Shannon has asked several of her designer friends to help provide inspiration to the challenged by posting a scrap quilt pattern on our blogs. No problem. After all, scrap quilt patterns are what I do!
If this is your first visit to “Seams Like a Plan”, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to look back over my previous posts. My first post explains the basics of my Thrifty Quilter scrap management system and how I came to write my book, The Thrifty Quilter:Make (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric . Another post from this January goes into a little more detail. In between, you’ll find a few block and project patterns and tutorials.
Now, on to the Scrap Challenge block you were promised.
For each 12″ (finished) block, you will need:
Scrap pieces for one 12″ block
Four sets of four matching 3.5″ print squares
Eight 3.5″ white squares
Four 2.5″ white squares
Step 1: Make two Print/white half-square triangles…HST’s in Quilterspeak… from each of your four print colors. The method illustrated here is to draw a diagonal line on the back side of your white 3.5″ squares, pair each square with a print square (right sides facing), sew on the line and trim 1/4″ from the seam line.
I press my seams open, but you can press to the dark side if you prefer.
Note- Don’t toss those “waste” triangles. The can make 2.5″ HST’s for another project.
Make the corner squares
Step 2: Use the same technique and the 2.5″ white squares to put a white corner on one of each color of 3.5″ squares.
You should have one 3.5″ square of each color left.
Lay out the corner unit
Step 3A: Lay out the four matching squares as shown.
Sew the unit together
Step 3B: Sew the squares together to make a quarter-unit. Make one from each color.
Complete the block
Step 4: Sew the four quarter-units together to complete your block.
So once you’ve made a stack of blocks, the challenge becomes what to do with them.
You can set them side-by-side, of course. A row of three or four blocks with a 3″ white border would make an 18″ x 42″ or 18″ x 54″ table runner. Bed runners are popular, too. Two rows of five blocks with a 3″ border would make a cheerful twin-size (30″ x 66″) bed runner. You’d want two 6-block rows for a full-size bed, and two 7 block rows for a queen.
To make a solid set quilt with a 3″ border, you would need:
Crib (42” x 54”) 4 rows of 3 blocks = 12 blocks
Lap (54” x 66”) 5 rows of 4 blocks = 20 blocks
Twin (66” x 90”) 7 rows of 5 blocks = 35 blocks
Full (78” x 90”) 7 rows of 6 blocks = 42 blocks
Queen (90” x 102”) 8 rows of 7 blocks = 56 blocks
King* (108” x 120”) 9 rows of 8 blocks = 72 blocks
*use a 6″ border for king size quilt.
So there’s one idea to start you on the 2014 Scrap Quilt Challenge.
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