Barbara and I are bouncing ideas off each other with these scrappy posts. I said I would do scrappy stars this Sunday but hadn’t decided which one to look at until I saw Barbara’s post last week about squares. There is a star block called Sawtooth Squares. This is how you usually see it coloured in – just one colour family for all the pieces.
But no reason why you can’t do a scrappy one.
Or several ones and turn them into a scrappy quilt.
Download the rotary cutting instructions for a 12 inch block and have a go. Remember that your backgrounds can be scrappy too.
Download a colouring page as well – a little downtime amid the chaos of life today.
There’s another free pattern over on Meadowside Designs today. This one is (so far) a virtual quilt courtesy of Electric Quilt.
Head over there to download the instructions and for more ideas on colour and design.
Over on our sister site – Meadowside Designs – where we put our patterns, we have started a Free Pattern Friday series to keep us busy while confined to our homes. This Friday we are ‘doing a runner’ (and that is just how we feel right now) pattern from one our Chris and Barbara workshops.
Head over to Meadowside for more information, more photos and to download your free pattern.
One thing it is easy to cut scraps into is squares. But the same size squares, or different size squares?
Same size squares can be joined into 4-patch blocks
Different size squares (one set twice the size of the other) will make Double 4-Patch blocks.
These Double blocks can make quite interesting quilts when done as light, dark and bright scraps and the blocks rotated. These are just 4 blocks by 4.
What happens if we add alternate 4-patch blocks to these? Again this is 4 blocks by 4.
But if we add extra (smaller) blocks – 7 by 7 say –
Or 12 by 12 even – if those little squares are now 2 inches and the blocks are 8 inches you have a giant quilt of 96 inches square.
More scraps next week!
And suddenly its March! If the techie gods have been kind then our March EQ Doodles are up on the Doodles page; if not, then hopefully they will find their way there soon.
Our block for March is Doris’ Delight, a variation of 54-40 or Fight.
Over on the Doodles page we’ve changed the shading around a few times and given you a few ideas for quilt settings. But what about a scrappy version?
We would suggest keeping the star points the same colour – not necessarily the same fabric, just the same colour and then mix and match the other pieces – bright plus light for instance – and move them around. You might end up with blocks a bit like these two
But what about a quilt?
Alternating the light/bright placements and keeping the points the same colour does seem to work. Download a quilt to colour here and the templates, rotary cutting measurements and even a foundation piecing pattern (for the Peaky and Spike units) can be downloaded here if you fancy making some 12 inch blocks for real.
More strips this week, and more stars too. You can use your scrap strips to make two Eight-Point star blocks – Cross Roads
and Liberty Star.
These have strips of equal width within the star points but you could join random strips together and just cut the star diamonds from those.
If you want to have a play then you can download the templates for a 12 inch block here.
See you next week for more scrappiness.
The block we’ve chosen for our February Doodles is Red Cross. Over on the Doodles page you will find some monochrome ideas for colourings and quilts designs showing how moving the light, medium and dark fabrics around can change the look of the block and the quilt. But it is Scrappy Sunday today so will this block work with scraps?
This is how the block could look with just one colour – blue
But you could use your blue and green scraps –
Or multi colours – note that the light rectangles are different fabrics too (honest!)
Or you may prefer to make the rectangles all the same colour and perhaps try a dark colour there and lighter colours in some of the triangles –
But what about the quilts? A scrappy straight set with light rectangles could look like this
Or we could add light triangles around those centre squares and the outer edges of the blocks –
You can download a quilt to colour here. And if you want to make the block (or quilt) then here is where you can download the rotary cutting instructions for a 10 inch block.