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″
244 2″ squares
3/4 yard background fabric
1-1/8 yard for backing
1/3 yard for binding (depending on if you use 2-1/4″ or 2-1/2″)
Using the 2″ squares, create 16 4-patches (should be 3-1/2″ square).
Using the 2″ squares, create 5 strips 2 squares x 18 squares.
Cut 25 3-1/2″ squares from background fabric.
Lay out according to (poor quality) picture above.
From background cut two strips 3-1/2″ x 27-1/2″. Attach to top and bottom.
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!
It has been a long time since I was able to share a finish.
But, three are in the quilting process and should be true finishes in the next two weeks. It looks to be moving in that general direction, at least.
I have two quilts in process at the moment, both requiring more than 100 blocks.
Only 15 to go for this one.
And about 30 for this one.
I am counting down and looking forward to the assembly process. I really want to see what they will look like and it has been a long time coming …
I don’t have a lot of UFOs. In fact, I have two.
This is one of them. I started it more than a year ago–designing blocks and playing with color.
Then…it went in the box. And under the table.
Why? I am not sure. I dug it out and am ready to go. I think part of the reason is that there are 8 different block styles and each has separate cutting directions. So, I am going to try working on one block type at a time, making as many as I think I will need of that one, and then moving on.
I call it Faire and Square. Hopefully it will soon be fair-ly finished.
This is my current leader-ender project.
The rectangles start at 2″ x 3-1/2″. I have 63 of a planned 110 blocks complete.
And quite a few more pieces cut and ready to go.
Hopefully it will be a top before the winter holidays.
Remember the blocks
I mentioned last week?
They are becoming what might be my FAVORITE Second Chances Quilt so far.
Finished project coming soon.
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!
From time to time a mini quilt is just what a person needs in their life.
And a little hand quilting, too.
It makes a quick and satisfying finish. In this case 14″ square.
Soon to be gifted to a friend.
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.
60-1/2″ x 80-1/2″
384 3″ x 5-1/2″ rectangles (Have fun with colors and possibilities. This is a great time to experiment)
1/2 yard binding
4 yards for backing
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.
5. Ta-dah! A Trash Quilt top.
6. Layer, quilt and bind, as desired.
TRASH QUILT Gallery
your beautiful creations here…
My sister-in-law is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Sort of a big deal.
And she “needed” a quilt. It is the same design as the recent “trash quilt”: rectangles 3″ x 5-1/2″.
YAY for a (last minute) finish!
ps– I stitched down the binding as we traveled to visit her and I had to take the pictures in a hotel hallway.