Scrappy Sunday – more strips

What else can you do with leftover strips from various projects – whether they are 2½ inches wide or any other width?

Chris had quite a lot of short lengths left over from her Autumnal Log Cabin quilt. Joined into pairs, one thin strip plus one fat strip and then cut into squares they could be arranged to make yet another pattern. Turning the small quilt they made on its point suddenly made it much bigger – the autumnal leaf fabric surrounding them was a lucky find. A few fabrics were auditioned as a narrow border between the leaf triangles and the pieced square but none of them looked as good as the square and leaf together with no border. A final wide border made a good sized wall-hanging from just a few left-over bits.

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The same design was used with some left-over 2½ inch strips to make two cot quilts (or play mats) for twins. This time the strips were paired with white strips the same width. No fancy turning on point either, just a simple border and binding with a bit of stitch-in-the-ditch (ish) quilting. Download a free pattern for these cot quilts from our Free Patterns page.

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Ann Jermey had a few strips and bits left over but of varying lengths. Her cunning plan was to join them together fairly randomly end to end and then trim to make long strips all the same length. Narrower strips of the same fabric were then placed between these pieced strips.

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Finally lots of strips all the same width (but yours needn’t be) joined together and then cut to make (in this case) pieces that were 6½ x 8½ inches. A 2½ inch wide strip of white was then added to the bottom of each strip set to make them all 8½ inches square. And look what you could do with them. It’s proving too hard to come to a decision!

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One idea we both had was to cut our scraps into 2½ inch wide strips. Barbara even went one step further and cut strips from all her fabrics. We have also been seduced by the handy packs of 2½ inch strips (a.k.a ‘jellyrolls’ etc) and each have a little selection of unopened as well as part used ones. But what to do with those strips and squares once you have them?

Here’s one idea from Chris which used 2 1/2 inch strips and squares but could be used with any size – providing they were all the same width.

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You need a collection of leftover (or newly created from scraps) 2½ inch strips and squares in assorted colours and /or prints and in a contrast plain such as white/cream or navy/black/dark grey. The plains can be all different fabrics – they are in Chris’s quilt – but they need to be the same colour and value. The block will finish at 12 inches if you use 2 1/2 inch wide strips and squares.

4-patch centreMake 4-patch centres either by joining two strips and then cutting into 2½ inch slices, turning one slice and stitch together or by joining four 2½ inch squares. You can find out more on how to make these units here.

You need one of these units for each block.

Corner units are made by again either joining two strips and cutting into 2½ inch slices or joining two 2½ inch squares. These pairs of squares are then stitched to a 2½ x 4½ inch strip.  Use a background strip with pairs of colour/print squares and a colour/print strip for pairs of background plus colour square. You will need two of each sort for a block.

other unitsRemaining units are 2½ x 4½ inch rectangles of background and colour/print stitched together.

You need four of these for each block.

 

Stitch the units together as shown – taking care with the placement of the background strips.

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centre row

bottom row

 

Stitch the rows together – reversing the bottom row – to complete the block.

Make as many blocks as you can or you feel like. Join them together to make a quilt top, or a runner, or a wall-hanging or  . . .

Further strips can be used to construct a border.

You can find another free pattern to make two little quilts from left-over 2 1/2 inch strips on our Free Patterns page.

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Or there is this quilt from our Payhip shop which uses 2 1/2 inch strips and squares.

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Breaking news

Official announcement of our first pop up workshop!

Date: Saturday 27th July

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: Chairman’s Hall, Walton Community Centre, Stone, Staffs

Cost: £35

Non-refundable deposit:  £15 required with each booking

Print out a booking form   here and return it with your deposit

There was a lot of disappointment that The Corner Patch Retreat had to be cancelled this year, a lot of disappointment that the date clashed with other activities, we were disappointed because we’d designed a sparkling new project.  And so many folk have asked us for another Chris&Barbara Saturday workshop.  So here’s your chance!!

Looking forward to 27th July!

2019 rolls in

All the festive stuff has been packed away and the corridors of C&B Towers have been swept clear of tinsel ready to be replaced with the usual random pins and bits of thread.  Over at the Rural Office it’s a similar story but with added suitcases and project boxes – there’s a short visit to the Overseas Office in the offing and a healthy level of supplies needs to be maintained.

There are new doodles over on our Doodles page for you to scroll through plus a link there for a downloadable colouring page.  The IT Department is working overtime on a number of changes and improvements to various aspects of our web presence – we’ll post updates here when work is complete.

A quick glimpse of a corner of Barbara’s desk – some EPP looks to be under way. Chris’s desk is too overloaded to take any pics – a large quilt is being finished so watch this space!

Keeping this post really short, more soon!

 

Double Delight workshop

We all survived a rocky start to the workshop – Chris and Helen arrived to set up the room only to discover about 30 children taking an exam. The hall had been double-booked. Cue frantic calls to assorted members of the Hall committee who all seemed to be away or out. Eventually we agreed with the exam invigilator that they would move to the small room at 10.30 (when the exam finished and they would discuss the results). So in the meantime (once keys had been located) we squished into the small room with our tea and biccies and tried to chat quietly amongst ourselves – show-and-tell filled a little time – until we were able to relocate.

But despite all these set-backs (and did we mention the weather? – torrential rain and flooding on the roads) by the time Chris arrived back in the main hall with her boxes everyone had rallied round and set up all the tables and sorted themselves out ready to start.

Double Delight featured two blocks which created a secondary pattern when put together. Both had three-triangle units (of different sizes and orientation to add to the confusion) and one had a partial seam – a new technique to many but easily mastered. A few blocks were put up on Instagram earlier but here’s a few more.

First, two tops which were completed in the day (one even had the start of a border, but Chris didn’t get a photo of that) despite the late start.

Helen's DD quilt topSue's DD quilt topAnd some sets of blocks (or half-tops perhaps?)

Linda's blocksLynns blocksRuth's blocksSheila's blocksWith apologies to all those whose blocks were equally splendid and colourful but haven’t been featured. But we could do another post later . . . This is what we both love about these workshops – everyone starts off with the same worksheet and fabrics labelled A, B, C and D and we get 20 different and stunning results. We’re really looking forward to seeing the completed (but not necessarily quilted!) tops next month. No pressure, folks.

Further thanks to Ann Jermey, our Apprentice Gopher, for stirling work in the kitchen! She’s been promoted to Certified Gopher (the certificate is in the post, Ann).

String Quartet class report

Over at the Rural Office internet connectivity has been a fragile fleeting thing – sometimes there, most times not.  So battling against the odds, here’s our report on the String Quartet class last Saturday.  Everyone seemed to have a really good time (with the possible exception of Chris who was doing sterling duty supplying vital teas and coffees).  Usually we begin classes with a demo and instructions, this time we dived right in to sewing and stitching little bits of fabric together to make Friendship Star blocks.  Everyone made at least one of these blocks and we rather think that the random piecing technique may prove a popular option – we even had a few mutterings about “good thing to do for a Linus day” “think I’ll do this again” etc etc.  The first few finished blocks are below –

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After the Friendship Star blocks we moved on to a quick demo of piecing strips and strings of fabric down onto a paper shape and worksheets were handed out.  Chris’s Monster Scrap Bag made a guest appearance and was carefully picked through as the day progressed – it really was somewhat reduced by the end of class!

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So, well done everyone!  Our next Saturday class – Double Delight – is in September.  We’ve got a lot of 2016 planning to do in the summer break and maybe a little more beautifying of the grounds of C&B Towers.