One, three, five, seven, nine…all those numbers are in there. I guess we all grow up a little odd one way or another, but this quilt is just full of odd numbers. Hopefully, it will be a charming sort of odd that you will enjoy as much as I have.
GROWING UP ODD
90″ x 90″
Approximately 2500 2″ squares cut from all the scraps you can find. The exact number is 2425, but who’s counting?
3-1/4 yards background fabric
backing (7 yards)
batting (at least 100″ square)
binding (3/4 yard, if you use 2-1/4″ width)
Well, by the time you get to this point you will already have done the hard part and cut all those little squares. By the way, you have just saved 6-3/4 yards of fabric from waste. Don’t you feel thrifty and clever?!
1. to build the blocks you need 75 2″x5″ rectangles, 25 2″x2″ squares, 50 2″x11″ rectangles.
2. to build the sashing you need 40 2″x17″ rectangles, 16 2″x2″ squares.
3. to build the borders you need 2 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles (made using 2″ WOF, joined), and 2 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles (made using 2″ WOF, joined).
1. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 75 9-patches.
2. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 blocks 3-by-7 (21 squares each).
3. Using the 2″ scrap squares, build 25 bocks 7-by-7 (49 squares each).
4. Assemble into larger blocks. You need 3 9-patches, 1 3-by-7 patch, 1 7-by-7 patch. Also, background fabric: 3 2″x5″ rectangles, 1 2″x2″ square, 2 2″x11″ rectangles. Lay out as shown.
I assemble the row of 9 patches first, then the sashing row, then the larger blocks with sashing. Then sew my three “rows” together. Press. A lot. You won’t regret it.
5. Repeat step four a total of 25 times.
6. Lay out the assembled blocks. I rotated each block 90-degrees right compared to the one next to it. It gives is a sort of cobblestone look. I like the variation. This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. Just play around until you like the look of it.
7. While that rests and you make adjustments every time you walk by, make the sashing between the blocks. You will use 5 2″x17″ rectangles and 16 2″ squares. Alternate the rectangles and squares. Repeat four times to create the strips that will go between the rows.
8. Using the remainder of the 2″x17″ rectangles, assemble the block rows. Each row will alternate five blocks and four rectangles. More pressing!
9. Sew the rows and strips together to make the body of the quilt.
10. Add the border by attaching the 2″x87-1/2″ rectangles to the sides and the 2″x90-1/2″ rectangles to the top and bottom and pressing a lot more. You have an assembled top.
8. Sandwich, quilt, bind and label as desired.
NOTE: I was in such a rush to share this with you that I haven’t completed those steps yet, but will update once the job is complete.
9. Ta-dah! You have completed a Growing Up Odd Quilt. Yay you!
GROWING UP ODD GALLERY
Maxine made this beauty for her great-nephew.
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