The Summer Scrap Elimination 2022: Week 6

Good morning Summer Scrappers! It's our sixth and final week. This week we're talking about a simple technique for getting beautiful "barber pole" units that can be used in a variety of ways. In our project this time, we'll be using this unit to create a simple table runner, but the block is also great for a larger quilt and is so easily created that with your "striped unit" you can create a larger project with this block fairly quickly.

We also have one more amazing guest designer for you to complete our programming this summer! Be sure to read all the way to the end to find out what all there is to offer.

Cut List for 1 block (finishing 10" x 10"):

1 medium rectangle 2 1/2" x 10"

1 medium dark rectangle 2 1/2" x 10"

1 dark rectangle 2 1/4" x 10"

1 light rectangle 2 1/4" x 10"

4 light strips 1 1/2" x any length

4 medium strips 1 1/2" x any length

Step 1:

Piece the 1 1/2" strips of light and medium fabrics.

Stitch together on their long sides to create a strip set

Press toward the medium fabrics as you add each new strip.

Pro tip: alternate the direction you piece your strips in to keep the strip set as square as possible.

Your strip set will be 8 1/2" x any length. This set is best to work with if it is more than 18" long, but works even if it's shorter and is great if it is longer.

Step 2:

With your strip set on a good cutting surface, align your ruler on a 45 degree angle. With your ruler as far to the left side as possible, trim away one side. Move the ruler over and cut a 2 1/2" unit from the strip set.

Use the following VIDEO to walk you through the steps of creating these 45 degree striped units.

Step 3:

Trim both ends of the units you have made to square both ends.

The resulting unit will measure 2 1/2" x 10"