DISCLAIMER: I am not pretending that this is a unique idea. There are probably a number of similar quilts out there, this is just my way of doing it.
You were wondering what all those squares were for.
CHARMING SCRAP QUILT
66 x 84
scraps or three charm packs
1-3/4 yards background fabric. I suggest a solid. Either dark or light depending on your preference
1-1/4 yard for inner border and binding
1-1/4 yard for outer border
5 yards for backing
1. Cut 96 5″ squares from that huge pile of scraps that you were wondering what to do with (or you can use parts of three pre-cut charm packs, or a 10″square pack [layer cake] cut into squares).
2. Cut 96 5″ squares from background fabric. You can usually get 8 squares from each row of standard 42-45″ fabric. So, you will need 12 rows.
3. Start sewing those pieces together. Each row should alternate starting with a light or a print square.
4. Make 16 rows of 12 squares each.
5. Sew rows together.
6. To add your inner border, cut 6 pieces 1 1/2″ wide and sew them into one long strip.
7. Measure two pieces 72 1/2″ and two pieces 56 1/2″. That should be the length if your seam allowances were accurate. Sew on the long sides and then the short sides.
8. Now cut your outer border. Cut 7 strips 5 inches wide and sew them together.
9. Measure two pieces 74-1/2″ and two pieces 66″. That should be the length if your seam allowances were accurate. Sew on the long sides and then the short sides.
10. Ta-dah! A quilt top.
11. Cut 7 strips 2-1/4″ wide, or your preferred width, for the binding.
12. Prepare back, sandwich layers and quilt. I am hoping to straight line quilt mine in the next week or so (this will be the largest I have attempted) and I will have a FINISH to share soon.
THOUGHTS ON THE PROCESS
1. Please forgive me for not taking lots of pictures of the process, but I will be glad to answer questions about any steps that do not seem clear.
2. On reflection, a larger quilt would probably be better and I would make it 13 squares by 17 squares, which would yield a quilt approximately 70 x 88 inches. That would mean a slight increase of each material, starting with 110 squares each of the print scraps and the solid background.
3. I am sorry that I cannot tell you all the fabrics used, but that is the nature of scrap. The prints are, obviously, a number of different fabrics of mostly unknown genealogy. The background is a Kona solid. Again, I’m not sure of the color. The brown is a fabric I am only just becoming acquainted with called Prairie Cloth in Brown. I like it so far.
3. Check back here tomorrow for a chance at a little prize. Yes, that means a giveaway.