The Summer Scrap Elimination 2021: Week 1


It's hot my quilty friends! HOT! Here in Tucson that means we quilters are hunkered down in our studios with fans, iced drinks and PROJECTS! To facilitate your quilting fun, I'm happy to welcome you to the 4th Annual Summer Scrap Elimination Project. Let's get scrapping!


As we start off, I'm giving myself the illusion of icy cool weather with a blue project out of my overflowing drawer of blues. This is a fun and versatile block, I think you'll enjoy. The cutting is easy and the block is big enough to make a throw or go big and make a bed size project.


Cut List for One Block (Finishing 10" x 10"):


Light - 2 rectangles 4 1/2" x 6 1/2"


Medium Light - 2 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"


Medium - 2 squares 4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

- 1 square 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"


Dark - 1 rectangle 2 1/2" x 10 1/2"

- 1 square 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"







Step 1: Use the 4 7/8" squares of Dark and Medium to make two Half Square Triangle Units (HSTs). If you are making multiple blocks, press half the HSTs toward the Dark fabric and half the HSTs toward the Medium fabric.




With right sides together, draw a 45 degree angled line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Stitch a 1/4" seam on either side of the drawn line. Cut on the drawn line.


If you are making 20 blocks, press 20 of the HSTs toward the Dark and 20 toward the Medium.


These units will measure 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".





Step 2: Position the 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" squares of Medium as shown on the 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles of Light. Draw a diagonal line from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of the wrong side of the Medium square. Stitch on the line and trim 1/4" from the stitched line. If making multiple blocks, Press half of the units toward the Medium and half of the units toward the Light. These units will measure 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".


The cut away portion is significant. Go ahead and make an HST from each cutaway portion and check out a fun HST project at the end of this bog.


Step 3: Using the units created in Step 2 and the 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares of Medium Light, repeat the process from Step 2. Position the Medium Light squares in the upper right hand corner. Draw a diagonal line from the upper left hand corner to the lower right hand corner of the wrong side of the Medium Light square. Stitch on the line and trim 1/4" from the stitched line. As shown in the adjacent image, half your pressing will be toward the Medium and Medium Light and half your pressing will be toward the Light and the Medium when making multiple blocks. If you like tiny HST projects, you may also wish to save the cut away portion of this step and create additional HST unit