It should come as no surprise that I have a lot of fabric scraps. Lately, I’ve been playing in them quite a bit, trying to get them organized.
That has led to me realizing that I have too many too actually “organize”, and I need to be using them up as I go.
Which then led to me starting several new scrap quilts, which should also come as no surprise!
Funny how that works, huh?
I wrote about one of them today over on my other blog: My Tile Quilt.
But I’m also posting a mini-tutorial for another one here on this blog. If you’re looking for a way to use up little scraps, either one of these will be great for that. If you’re just wanting to get rid of your little scraps — feel free to send them on to me! (I need them! Haha!)
I’m calling this quilt MixMash. It’s a complete mess of any bright scrap I can come up with. As I’m working through my scraps, I cut them into pre-cut sizes, the smallest of which is 1 1/2″ squares and 1 1/2″ strips. This quilt, however, can use 1 1/4″ pieces, so now I can use up that size as well.
Here’s how I’m doing it . . .
Each little block measures 4 1/2″, to finish at 4″ in my quilt.
All seams are 1/4″.
You may press your seams however you like.
You’ll need the following pieces for each block:
- One 1 1/2″ square (for the center)
- Two 1 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ rectangles
- Four 1 1/4″ x 3″ rectangles
- Two 1 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles
Begin by sewing the two smallest rectangles to two opposite sides of the center square:
Then sew a 3″ rectangle to the sides of this unit:
Sew the two remaining 3″ rectangles to the sides:
Then add the 4 1/2″ rectangles to square it up:
It’s that simple! Now you just need to make 400+ of these for a big quilt!
It’s basically a small version of a Courthouse Steps block.
Here’s a few other notes about this quilt . . .
As I’ve been working on the scraps, I cut pieces for this quilt while I’m at it. Then I just store them in these labelled baggies and they’re ready when I am.
I have another bag to keep my finished blocks in. I’m not really counting how many I have right now. I’m just using up scraps for the time being, and when I get enough that I think I can do something with, I’ll see what happens from there!
When you get ready to set your blocks together, you’ll want to lay them out with the blocks rotated so that a side with seams matches up to a side without seams on the next block, as shown here:
Join them in pairs:
Then join these pairs together to make a larger section:
I’m not planning to join too many of mine together right now. I want to have a lot of blocks made, and then play around with the arrangement so that the color is evenly dispersed. I know my scraps will evolve as I’m cutting, and I don’t want all of one fabric bunched up in one area of the finished quilt.
My color choices are completely random — I’m just grabbing and sewing. I simply try not to get two fabrics alike right next to each other. That’s what helped me come up with the name!
I also plan to set these on point, so when I get ready to do that, I’ll be back with more information on my setting.
For now, I’m just happily making blocks. They make a fantastic leader/ender project, and you can have a handful of them finished in no time. If you need to use up some little scraps, I hope you’ll join me in making some of these blocks!
I’m also making a black and white version, in which I’ll alternate the blocks. This one is going to look very “op art” when I’m done. I’m excited to see it come together. A two-color version requires you to be a bit more deliberate in your cutting, but it’s still easy to figure out.
If you have any questions about any of this, please let me know, and I’ll try to answer them in a future updated post on this quilt. You’ll be seeing these two quilts again as they grow!
And FYI: There’s a new Quilt-Along coming in May to go along with the book, which, after too long a time coming, will be here soon, so stay tuned!