The Summer Scrap Elimination Blog: Week 4

Happy Thursday my Scrappy Friends! This week we are going to be looking at a simple couple of blocks that will pair nicely to make a beautiful scrappy project quilt that is easily expanded to be as large as you like. Once again, we'll be doing all simple piecing and all simple cutting.

As you clean out a collection of scraps one of the best things you can do to be organized is go ahead and make simple pre-cuts. When going through my scrap drawers, I press my scraps and cut them into 2 1/2" strips and 1 1/2" strips, then stack them in like groupings. It doesn't matter how long they are, I can always sub-cut them later while I am working. This week I will be using scraps that were pre-cut in this manner.

To make the blocks you will need:

2 1/2" squares

1 1/2" strips that are longer than 6 1/2"

1 1/2" strips that are longer than 5"

How many scraps you have will determine how many blocks you make. Now I have a ridiculous number of scraps, so I could have made this project much larger or just made 10 of these! However, there are more projects to come this summer so I limited myself to this size and just one. It would make a great cuddle quilt!

To make the quilt:

1. Begin by pairing 1 1/2" strips that are longer than 5" and stitching them together lengthwise.

Press in either direction

Sub-cut these units into 2 1/2" lengths.

2. Set up the center of the block by pairing the units you have created in step one with

2 1/2" squares.

Stitch the 2 1/2" squares to the units from step 1.

Press toward the 2 1/2" squares.

Stitch the resulting two sections together. Press either directions.

3. Add a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" strip to either side of the center unit from step 2.