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.
Chris’s post on squares gave us both pause for creative thought in these challenging days. Barbara was unpacking class “stuff” this week and picked up a bag of assorted jelly roll strips and decided to cut some 2 1/2inch squares before sorting the strips and putting them away. No Grand Plan, just making a stack of 2 1/2inch squares. A dig into one of the stash crates produced a few more strips for squares without any serious loss of fabric – one or two strips from three or four half yard pieces is barely noticeable. And now the plan is shaping up – it’s not Grand, but it is do-able and will fit in well with these changed circumstances.
Make 4 patch units – mixed colours, prints, 2 dark squares, 2 lighter squares. Be as random as you dare!
If you like setting goals for yourself you could think about stitching 1 unit a day as a minimum. We’re thinking ongoing stitching here which will fit into daily life rather than marathon sewing sessions. Barbara will be adding these to her other hand sewing projects, you could make your 4patches by hand or by machine (but don’t mix the two processes!!).
Make more 4patch units.
Keep all units together in a Safe Place or a Satisfying Stack
Cut more 2 1/2inch squares.
Make more 4patch units.
At the end of April set out all the units made so far, take a picture and let’s review our production.
Classes at The Corner Patch may be suspended for the time being but we can still buy online – supporting your Local Quilt Shop is vitally important. There’s a particularly yummy range of black prints that Barbara has her eye on……. and then there’s the threads, notions and all sorts of things that might be needed. We’re off to do a little web browsing – and make 4patch units!
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!
When we first thought about setting up Scrappy Sunday posts we both wrote satisfyingly long lists of possible topics and titles in our respective notebooks and quaffed a considerable quantity of caffeine at HQ. It seemed such a good idea and we have been delighted with the response to the weekly posts. This week we’re re-visiting one of our absolute favourite scrap-busting blocks – Log Cabin. Both of us have taught this piecing classic for many years and it is one we return to time and again – in fact Barbara is teaching a class at The Corner Patch this month (making sure that Chris’s Little Book of Log Cabin is in her class resources bag).
We both have well-thumbed copies of the Bonnie Leman/Judy Martin book Log Cabin Quilts published in 1980
and it’s really interesting to see just how much quilting publishing has changed and developed over the years – compare the presentation and illustrations here to what we regularly see in books and magazines nowadays.
Probably the first instruction we followed for Log Cabin blocks was in the BBC booklet Discovering Patchwork –
Just look at the suppliers list at the back of this publication! –
This is 1978 – what a difference today!!
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.
Well, the delights and trials of technology, apps and scrambled brains seem to have conspired to put the Scrappy post intended for Sunday 23rd completely out of synch. and well ahead of the correct publication date. Which is a nuisance. So scroll back to find out thoughts about using scraps of time and meanwhile we’ll see if we can put things back in sequence. Here’s one of the pics from the Wrong Post-
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.