The Summer Scrap Elimination 2022: Week 1

Good morning Summer Scrappers! It's a whole new summer of fun this year and we are kicking off the program with a truly great scrap buster. Some of you likely know that I don't really have a favorite color; I love them all. But I do have an enormous amount of green scraps in my drawers. So this year, I'm starting us off with a tree pattern that is so versatile. Whether you make this as a great couch quilt, a wall hanging, or a lovely holiday table runner (I'll be showing that version in the class on Saturday) this block makes a great project. I'm also one of those people that loves to see a block in different colors, so Saturday we'll be making blue trees instead of green and I gotta tell you, I love them in blue just as much.

If you saw our preparation video earlier this month, you know you can get all of this week's cutting out of 2 1/2" strips, which should help you to sort your scrap drawer.

Cutting for 1 Block (finishing 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"):

5 Light rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

2 squares of color 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

2 rectangles of color 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

2 rectangles of color 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

2 rectangles of color 2 1/2" x 5 1/2"

2 rectangles of color 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

I decided that I wouldn't worry too much about value with this project, but I was happier if there was a lighter and darker example of each of the cuts of color. You can play around with this a bit if you like, but it works no matter what you decide looks best to you.

I also found that however I decided to make the project, I would want 1 block and one reversed block, which means I would always have an even number of blocks.

Step 1:

Layout all of your components so you can easily keep track of your construction.

Row 1 - 6 1/2" color - light rect. - 2 1/2" color

Row 2 - 4 1/2" color -light rect. - 4 1/2" color

Row 3 - 2 1/2" color - light rect. - 6 1/2" color

Row 4 - 3 1/2" color - light rect. - 5 1/2" color

Row 5 - 5 1/2" color - light rect. - 3 1/2" color

Step 2:

To create this block we are going to use a variation on flying geese. For those of you that learn better from watching a video, I've created one for you to show you both how you would piece the elements of this block with traditional methods or with seam guides from Sew Very Smooth, as I prefer. Click here to watch.

Getting started is straight forward. Beginning with the top row and the right side wing of the goose, bring right sides together. Draw a line as shown. Stitch on the line. Trim away the excess and press out toward the wing.

As you work your way down the right side of your rows, set up each of your longer colored rectangles as you see here.

Stitch exactly as you would a regular goose.

Always press toward the color.

Tip for working with elongated geese!

To make it easier to draw the line when you are working with a rectangle of color instead of a square, slide the rectangle over a bit, so you can see the light fabric. Draw the line while you can easily see where the corner of the piece would be if it were a square. Then slide the colored rectangle back into place on the far right. Stitch, trim, and press.

I'm also pressing my components on a wool mat these days, giving me flatter blocks and cleaner lines. If you haven't picked up a wool mat yet, consider using a bath towel folded over a few times to achieve similar results.

Of course, I also love my Oliso Pro for this or the Oliso Mini if you are pressing as you go at your sewing station. Don't miss out on Week 3 when we are giving away 2 of those beautiful Oliso Minis in the prize drawings!