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, ta-dah! A quilt. 35″ x 40″
It was such fun to find this small treasure in the trash.
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″
A good sized pile of color coordinated scraps
1/2 yard background fabric
1/3 yard binding
1-1/4 yard for backing
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
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.