Sudden Attack Of Cute

The cleanout of last week brought so many potential projects out of hiding, but this one rose above the others.

A few small panels, 10 in all. Not necessarily my style, but, in what I can only describe as a sudden attack of cute, I HAD to make something with them.

It turns out that it will be TWO somethings. Watch here for updates, soon!

Quick Baby Quilt

I got a handy pile of scraps just as a co-worker got a new grandbaby.

Some became 4-patch blocks using 2-1/2″ squares and some background fabric.

The rest became 4-1/2″ squares.

A total of 81 blocks became a 36″ quilt.

And ta-dah! A quick baby quilt.

I enjoy the unexpected color combination. Something interesting to look at. It will be delivered next week.

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.

Purple Petals

Quite a while ago I got the most amazing boxes of scraps (Thanks, Stephanie) and have had so much fun making them into quilts. A lot of it was 2-1/2″ strips, some from jelly rolls and some hand cut.

These scraps caught my eye.

Beach Cottage, a pattern from Scrap Basket Surprises seemed like it would work.

I did add a few solid fabrics to balance the purples and give a resting place at the same time.

I am so pleased with how it turned out. Purple is a fun color to play with.

Second Chances Quilt: Fruit Loops

Diane sent me a Second Chances Quilt challenge. She had started this quilt and even cut much of the fabric.

Hmmmm…what to do? I didn’t want to build the tesselated star, but the fabric was already in triangles and rectangles.

Sudden inspiration struck…the triangles could be saved. I could cut a 2″ square and a 1-1/2″ square from each one. Yes, there was some waste, but not as much waste as doing nothing with it at all.

I decided to make snowball blocks in two sizes–6″ and 3″.

Each 6″ blocks uses 4 2-1/2″ colored squares and 2 3″ colored squares. Also, 1 2-1/2″ background square and 2 3″ background squares.

Each 3″ block uses 4 1-1/2″ colored squares and 2 2″ colored squares. Also, 1 1-1/2″ background square and 2 2″ background squares.

I can make a more complete tutorial in the future if needed. The finished size of this one is 36″ square.

It was fun to explore such a different look with a print background.

The final result brings a smile to my face. It has already been gifted to a coworker who needed a smile, too.

Another Cow Quilt

This is the third cow baby quilt I have made. They are so darn cute, you can’t make just one!

I make just three blocks and round the rest out with squares. A lot of visual impact without too much time. It finishes at about 36″ x 36″.

Another warm baby!

Another happy quilter!

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

your beautiful creations here…

Discovery Complete

This little quilt is finally complete and I like it more and more.

Just simple squares, of course, but striking and versatile.

This one starts with 2″ squares, but I am thinking of doing a quiltalong making a throw size quilt using a jelly roll or layer cake (or, of course, scrappy squares). Would you be interested?

In the meantime, I need to get the tutorial written for this one. Watch for it next week.

That Baby Is Built

I was able to get some time on the longarm I rent.

Simple pantos are within my capacity, and it is nice to have it done.

That baby will probably get here a little earlier than originally predicted and it is nice to have it ready.

You can find the tutorial for Build A Baby HERE. Enjoy!