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.










Stitch