I would not consider recommending that you try to do this quilt in a single go, but, by cutting your scrap a little at a time and sewing a small amount on a regular basis, you get beautiful results!
Also, it is very economical. The squares contain just over 5 yards of fabric. Five yards! What a good reason to take up scrap quilting!
Finished Size: approximately 99″ x 75″
Approximately 2000 2″ squares (Don’t laugh. You know you have that much scrap!) This is roughly 5 yards of fabric. I stuffed a small box with squares and it was enough. EDIT: The exact square count is 1824, in case you are doing charms.
3 1/4 yards sashing fabric
3/4 yard binding fabric
6 yards backing fabric
1. Using your scrap squares, piece 12 100-patch squares. This means it is 10 squares wide and 10 squares high. Take your time and enjoy the process. Iron the seam allowances in opposite directions so they nest together nicely when you sew them to one another. I made each 100 patch a charm set, meaning that there are 100 different fabrics in each one. But, you don’t have to use that many, just try to keep the colors and prints distributed fairly evenly.
2. Add the first row of sashing around each block. Cut 24 strips 2″x 15-1/2″ and 24 pieces 2″ x 18-1/2″ Sew them to each block attaching first the 15-inch strips and then the 18-inch strips to opposite sides.
2. Attach pieced border around each block. Piece 24 strips 12 squares long and 24 strips 14 squares long. Again, attach to each block, putting on the short sides and then the long sides.
3. Cut wide sashing. You need 31 pieces 3 1/2″ x 21-1/2″ long and 20 pieces 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ square.
4. Arrange your blocks in a pleasing layout three blocks wide and four blocks high.
5. Sew each row together, using one of your 21-inch strips between each block.
6. Make your sashing rows by sewing three 21-1/2 inch strips and two 3 1/2-inch squares together. The squares are absolutely necessary to insure your quilt remains lined up and square.
7. Create the outer border by making two more sets of three strips and two squares for the top and bottom. Make two sets of five squares and three strips for the sides. Attach.
8. Using batting and backing, quilt and then attach binding as desired.
9. Ta-dah! A finished quilt.
I know this is a short set of directions, but I did not take pictures for each step as I went along. Please ask any questions that come to mind, and I will improve the directions with your suggestions. Also, please let me know if you use this tutorial. I love to see what you create!
Janell in Wisconsin made this one–4560 tiny squares!
Kristina’s adaptation. I love the secondary pattern!
GardenPat’s Version from Flikr
Jenn made two smaller quilts. This is one of them.