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The Summer Scrap Elimination 2022: Week 5

Good morning Summer Scrappers! It's Week 5 and we're back to quilt concepts and more with two new fabulous designers for you. I think you'll enjoy this new block from me as much as I enjoyed making it.

I love an Irish Chain and variations on the Irish Chain always seem to make my brain happy. So of course this week we are headed down that Irish pathway with some fun HSTs and and a fall color palette.

Cut List for 1 Block (finishing at 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"):

2 medium squares 3" x 3"

2 dark squares 3" x 3"

2 medium or dark squares 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

2 light squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

2 light rectangles 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"

2 light rectangles 2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

Step 1:

Begin with the 3" squares of Medium and Dark.

Use your favorite method to create 4 half square triangles.

Trim to measure 2 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Press toward the Dark.

Step 2:

Positioning two of your HSTs as shown with the 6 1/2" long light rectangles.


Press toward the light rectangles.

Step 3:

Set up your remaining two HSTs with the 4 1/2" rectangle of light and the 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square of light. Match the orientation of the HST to the adjacent image.

Stitch and press toward the light on both sides.

Step 4:

Layout your units as shown.

Check to be sure your HST colors alternate as you see here.

Press your units all to the left.

This block will now measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Step 5:

Position the 3 1/2" squares as shown on the block created in Step 4.

Draw a line on both squares as you see here in the adjacent image.

Stitch on the lines and trim away the excess.

If you are creating multiple blocks, press half of the added units toward the added triangle and half toward the center of the block.

The block will still measure 8 1/2" x 8 1/2".

I made 48 of these blocks.

I decided to layout 8 rows of 6 blocks each, rotating every other block as you see here.

To make the seams nest as much as possible, I alternated the blocks pressed outward toward the final triangles and the blocks pressed toward the interior of the block.

This will help bring your "diamond" elements together in the best possible way with clean connections in your seams.

With the pressing directions I've given you, most of your seams will nest. For those of you that love to press seams open, this will present no difficulty for you.

I am pleased to say that this week's blog is sponsored by Make Modern. I adore how this fabulous publication highlights both modernity and scrap work in quilting.

It always seems to me that there is something for everyone in the issues of Make Modern, so many glorious designs in all colors and styles.

Make projects, big and small, pieced and appliqued, home dec items, quilts, and wearables. Make Modern has it all!

Make Modern also has a great offer for you this week! First: Prizes. Comment on the Facebook or Instagram posting about this week's Blog post and get your name in the jar to win a 6 month subscription to Make Modern! We'll draw three lucky winners. Second: whether you win one of the prize subscriptions or not, Make Modern has given us a wonderful discount code for Issue #42 where there was a great focus on scraps. Use this link HERE to visit the Make Modern page and enter the discount code 2022SSE to grab a copy of issue #42 for $1. This code is good until December 31, 2022. Enjoy!

You also have two lovely new guest designers to bring you more scrappy fun this week!

Nancy Meyers from Patchwork Breeze is bringing you a scrappy table runner this week. When you visit Nancy's site, you'll find that she has so many fun block designs available for you, quite a few of which are super for making more scrappy projects!

Big projects, small projects, quirky cuteness? Nancy has so much to tickle your quilty brain.

Visit Nancy's blog HERE to find the project she has created just for you and get stitching!

Don't stop scrapping it up yet! Kathryn LeBlanc from Dragonfly Quilt Shop is also here this week to bring you a scrappy sleep mask pattern. Kathryn's site has so much to offer you both in patterns and programming. Her designs are approachable and fun at the same time! Bonus? Dragonflies all the time!

Visit Kathryn's Blog HERE and get a jump on your holiday sewing by making sleep masks to fill up those stockings under the tree this year!

I've been chewing through scraps on this Summer's Scrap Elimination. I hope you're all having fun cutting down your scrap piles to a manageable size. Stick with the program. I have one more project for you next week and one final guest designer as we complete the only elimination diet every quilter needs!


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