It's a Scrappy How-To


It's great that you stopped by! 

I'm having brain hurting fun, but the end results are so great!  

I'm tickled to share this next bit with you so lets get moving...

So last week we left off with my inability to maintain scrappy.  I got to thinking about this phrase this week and decided it was worth a revisit.  Once I get to the point of NOT trying to put them into groups and they are all paired up, then have an easier time just moving along.  I did place my pairs into groups in an effort to keep from having duplicates in the same block.  Later I threw them all into a tub and shook them up.  Then I just sewed together pairs as needed.  Let's move on to those needs!

This quilt I'm making is a King size (118" x 118").  I'm going to pare this down later and I'll add yardage options to this post for smaller size quilts.  But I would not change the actual block size so you can make this any size that's comfortable and affordable for you.  For now, just know these are yardages for a king size quilt.  

  • 5-1/2 yards of scrappy fabrics any and all colors
  • 1-1/2 yards mostly yellow scrappy fabrics
  • 9 yards background fabric
  • 2-1/2 yards complimentary and binding fabric
  • 16 yards backing fabric

Here's what we're doing!

We have 16 patch blocks in progress and up to this point we have cut scrappy squares as follows:

  1.  (512) 2-1/2" squares.
  2.  (48) 2-7/8" square cut in half corner to corner

There isn't too much to say about making 16 patch blocks since that all there is to it.  4 rows of 4 blocks.  Nice and simple!

Out of the 2-1/2" scrappy squares we will make: 

  1.  (36) - 4 patches 
  • 16 will be for the other block in the center - which will be covered in a later post
  • 20 will be for the half 16 patches - which we're working on today
  •  (25) - 16 patches 
  •  (4) - corners (with 2 patches)
  • We will have 20 single 2-1/2" block left over.  Don't be like me!  I had to un-sew several pairs to have my 20 singles!  That's NOT fun!

    I paired up the 2-1/2" singles with the 2-7/8" half squares

    Then pair those cute triangle sections with a 4 square block.

    Not too hard?

    This week I spent time getting my background fabric cut.  I chose a snowflake white on white.  You can pick something that makes you happy and blends with all your scrappy cuts!

    Let's cut the following:

    1. (10) 2-7/8" squares cut in half corner to corner
    2. (49) 2-1/2" x 8-1/2"
    • (20) for the half 16 patch blocks
    • (25) for the whole 16 patch blocks
    • (4) for each corner block
  •  (20) 2-1/2" x 13" - for the half 16 patch blocks
  • Sew one 2-7/8" half square to the end of the 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" strip and stitch to the half 16 patch block.

    Sew the 2-1/2" x 13" on the other side of the triangle and trim the leftovers

    Again - Not too hard!

    Now let's finish up those (25) 16 patch blocks: 

     Stitch one 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" strip to each side of the 16 patch block 

    2-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip to the top and bottom of each 16 patch block.  Now we have a FRAMED 16 patch block!   It should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2"

    This should take care of the easier portion of our quilt!  I just love that - Get the EASY out of the way...

    Next week we'll start the next block that goes in the center of this quilt and really makes it sparkle!  

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    Nearly all my quilts have a story in them. I plan to share as many as I remember with you. The ups the downs the..."whoops! What was I thinking"...moments. As I move along I hope to inspire and encourage your journey in quilts.  

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    Much love, Carolyn

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    Carolyn Albright

    I admit it...I'm addicted to quilts.  Everything about them.  I love to share what I know and to learn from others.  Any ideas, new or old are always part of the fun.  

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