Second Chance Quilt: Loose Squares Now Going Somewhere (with Tutorial!)

I received a plastic bag mostly full of 2″ squares.

It felt more like a bag of scraps than a Second Chance possibility until I noticed that quite a number of the squares had been sewn together.

Some pairs, some 4-patches, some strips…Really quite a variety. And that is where the challenge came: Use EVERY seam that had already been stitched and create a quilt. Hmmm…

There were assorted pieces–quite a few 4-patches and then miscellaneous.

Solid rows of squares first.

Then add 4-patches (I had to make several more)

Then solid squares.

And a border.

A small, but serviceable baby quilt.

And I have more squares leftover for a future project. YAY!

CROSSROADS BABY QUILT (mini) TUTORIAL

33-1/2″ x 33-1/2″

MATERIALS

244 2″ squares

3/4 yard background fabric

1-1/8 yard for backing

batting

1/3 yard for binding (depending on if you use 2-1/4″ or 2-1/2″)

ASSEMBLY

  1. Using the 2″ squares, create 16 4-patches (should be 3-1/2″ square).
  2. Using the 2″ squares, create 5 strips 2 squares x 18 squares.
  3. Cut 25 3-1/2″ squares from background fabric.
  4. Lay out according to (poor quality) picture above.
  5. From background cut two strips 3-1/2″ x 27-1/2″. Attach to top and bottom.
  6. From background cut two strips 3-1/2″ x 33-1/2″. Attach to the sides.

Yes, this is a small quilt, but it would be easy to enlarge it. Contact me with any questions. I’m happy to help. Enjoy!

QUICK TUTORIAL: Trash Quilt

My first version was called the Trash Quilt, because I literally found the fabric in a trash can at church. I tried to rename it, but the first one stuck!

This is a great pattern for scraps, or you could use fat quarters. If the fat quarters are perfectly cut, you will need 16 of them. If they are a little short, add a few more to make up for it.

TRASH QUILT


60-1/2″ x 80-1/2″

MATERIALS

384 3″ x 5-1/2″ rectangles (Have fun with colors and possibilities. This is a great time to experiment)

batting

1/2 yard binding

4 yards for backing

ASSEMBLY

  1. Pair up those rectangles by stitching two along the long edge. Again, don’t stress too much. Have a good time. Quilting is supposed to be fun.

2. Create a total of 192 blocks. UNFINISHED size should measure 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.

3. Lay out the blocks 12 x 16. The layout should alternate blocks horizontally and vertically.

4. Assemble

5. Ta-dah!  A Trash Quilt top.

6. Layer, quilt and bind, as desired.

TRASH QUILT Gallery

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Trash Quilt

I don’t mean that I don’t like the quilt, or that I am going to throw it in the trash, but that is where I found it.

Our family helps clean our congregation meeting house from time to time to prepare the building for sabbath worship services. Apparently, an activity had been held in the building and there was a pile of (more than just) scraps in a trash can.

After reviewing the fabric, I settled on rectangles 3″ x5-1/2″ as the best use of fabric. In all, 112 rectangles were needed.

These were sewn into pairs.

And assembled.

ps–The quilt isn’t wavy; the grass needs to be mowed.

And quilted.

And, ta-dah! A quilt. 35″ x 40″

It was such fun to find this small treasure in the trash.

Second Chance Quilt: Whoops? to Wow!

Sometimes you have a good idea that doesn’t quite work out. But, it did require effort and fabric and time…you hate to throw it away.

I was fortunate enough to inherit some such items. It appears the original maker was working towards a wonky coin quilt of some kind. Foundation pieced. But a little odd…

First I squared them up and trimmed to a standard size: 5-1/2″ x 46″.

It felt like a border would both make them more stable and give definition. Added 1-1/2″ strip all the way around. Now they are 7-1/2″ x 48″.

Then, because the piecing was already a little wonky, I added strips top and bottom to give that movement to the entire quilt. I started with background fabric cut into pieces 7-1/2″ x 13″. I then cut those into pairs: 3″ and 10″, 5″ and 8″, 7″ and 6″, 9″ and 4″, 11″ and 2″. These were added to the top and bottom of each coin strip. (Only four strips shown in this picture, sorry) That brought the total length of each strip to 60″. Finally, I added pieces 3″x60″ to the sides and between each coin strip. The size was selected by using half the width of the coin section finished (5″ finished /2 = 2-1/2″. Then add the seam allowance of 1/2″.) TIP: When adding components, consider using fractions or multiples of a chosen “base” component. The final result tends to be more balanced and finished feeling.

Total finished size 50″ x 60″.

Quilt and bind.

And a surprise backing–that panel that I didn’t know what else to do with.

Consider how this might work for you on a future quilt. It is fun to take great-ideas-that-didn’t-quite-work and treat them as raw materials. They can be the start (foundation) of a successful quilt.

TUTORIAL: Discovery Baby Quilt

What I thought was a disappointment has turned into a lovely quilt. I call it Discovery.

DISCOVERY BABY QUILT


39-1/2″ x 39-1/2″

MATERIALS

A good sized pile of color coordinated scraps

1/2 yard background fabric

1/3 yard binding

1-1/4 yard for backing

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

from the colored scraps cut a total of…

400 2″x 2″ squares (NOTE: These need to be in multiples of at least 4, 5, or 8 of each color in order to build the block pattern)

after your blocks are built, cut the background fabric as follows…

24 2″x8″ rectangles

9 2″x2″ squares

2 2-3/4″ x 35″ strips

2 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ strips

ASSEMBLY

  1. Arrange scrap squares to create a block as follows: 5 squares of Color A (here RED print), 8 squares of Color B (here light print), 8 squares of Color C (here GREEN print), and 4 squares of Color D (here BLUE print).

2. Assemble to create one block. UNFINISHED size should measure 8″ x 8″.

3. Repeat to create a total of 16 blocks. TIP: I made little piles of my squares sorted into blocks first so the colors would be fairly evenly distributed and each block would be unique.

4. Lay out blocks in a 4×4 pattern, balancing colors

5. Add 2″x8″ sashing between the blocks to create rows.

5. Create sashing strips for between the rows by alternating 4 2″x8″ rectangles with 2″ squares.

6. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 35″ to sides of quilt. Attach strips 2-3/4″ x 39-1/2″ to top and bottom of quilt.

7. Ta-dah!  A Discovery Baby Quilt top.

DISCOVERY BABY QUILT Gallery

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Potholders Make Quick Gifts

I needed a quick gift and a potholder seemed like a good idea. Plus, there was only a little of this cute sewing fabric.

You can use THIS tutorial, or just start with any 8″ block. I really like sawtooth stars.

And, before you know it, there is a gift. YAY!

QUICK Hourglass Baby Quilt: Mini-Tutorial

Another baby arrived a little earlier than predicted. The mother requested pastels. Do I even OWN any pastels? Well, yes, I did, thanks to a generous scrap donation. YAY!

HOURGLASS BABY QUILT

35″ x 35″

Here’s how to do it…

MATERIALS:

50 5″ colored charm squares. You could use a pre-packaged charm pack plus 8 more squares. Solids are a good choice.

1 yard background fabric cut into 50 5″ squares.

1-1/8 yard backing fabric

1/4 yard binding

ASSEMBLY:

Using THIS tutorial, create 100 hourglass blocks. Trim up to 4″. NOTE: Each colored/background pair produces TWO hourglass blocks.

Lay them out in a 10 x 10 arrangement, making sure they alternate: top-bottom, side-side.

Stitch together rows, then rows into a finished top.

Ta-dah! A finished top.

See–I told you it was quick and easy. You probably have all the materials laying around right now.

Layer, quick and bind as preferred. Another Ta-da! Now it is a finished quilt.

Two And Four COMPLETE!

I am so happy to see this quilt complete.

It was all I hoped for.

For those who participated in the quiltalong, you are welcome to share pictures any time.

Those who might be interested in building a similar beauty, information can be found HERE.

EDIT: Thank you to Sandra for pointing out that I neglected to include finishing information. Here is is: the top finishes at 60″ x 80″. You need about 4 yards of fabric for the back and approximately 1/3-yard for the binding (if you use 2-1/4″ strips).

Doll Clothes For Granddaughters

Those baby dolls need more clothes…and Mary really likes playing doctor right now.

Where there are doctors…

Patients are needed.

These tutorials ( SCRUBS, MASK and GOWNS) worked great. I struggled a little with the collars on the scrubs, but I am sure that is my lack of practice rather than a problem with the directions.

And there is something charming about a 3″ surgical mask. If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will.

They are all going in the mail very soon. The tutorials are for 18″ dolls (American Girl), but I sized them down to 77% and hope they will work for a Wellie Wisher style doll also. We’ll see…