The Summer Scrap Elimination 2022: Week 2

Good morning Summer Scrappers! We're on to our second week of projects and I have another great quilt for you as well as two guest designers with additional scrappy ideas to keep your machine humming this summer!

Last year I filled up my grey and black scrap drawers to over flowing and had to start a box for them as well. I'm making several things this summer with grey and black to try and get to a point where my drawers will close again and I can fold up this extra box. Cross your fingers for me!

Last week we were making a forest of trees and this week we are creating a block I like to think of as a collapsible camp lantern. We'll be working with cuts we can get out of 2 1/2" strips and 1 1/2" strips.

Cutting for 1 block (finishing at 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"):

2 medium rectangles 2 ½” x 10 ½”

2 medium rectangles 2 ½” x 6 ½”

6 background squares 2 ½” x 2 ½”

4 background rectangles 2 ½” x 4 ½”

6 bright rectangles 2 ½” x 1 ½”

(for those of you that enjoy a strip piecing option for the brights, I have a new video for you to show you how to manage your scrappy strip piecing for this project. Click here to watch this method.)

As with last week, I decided I wouldn't worry too much about value in this project, though if I had more light value grey, that would have helped the purple pop out more. If you scrap stash has a lighter background option, you may wish to go that route.

Step 1:

Begin with the 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles of color and 4 of the 2 ½” x 2 ½” background squares.

We will be creating another variation on our elongated flying goose from last week. This time we won't have a goose shape in the middle, but rather a trapezoid shape.

As shown in the adjacent illustration, position the background squares on both sides of the colored rectangles. Draw a line from corner to corner of the background square. Stitch on the line, trim away the excess.

These units will measure 2 1/2" x 10 1/2".

Make 2 for each block.

If you are making multiple blocks and want the connecting seams to nest, press half of your resulting 2 1/2" units toward the background and press the other half toward the color.

As I created my finished blocks, I made half of them with units pressed toward the background and the other half of the blocks with the units pressed toward the color.

Step 2:

Repeat the process with the 2 1/2" 6 1/2" rectangles of color and the 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles of background.

Just as we noted last week, it helps to move the background rectangle over a bit on the colored rectangle, so you can see where to draw your line.

With your line drawn, move the background rectangle back to the corner of the colored rectangle.