Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Thank you, McCalls Quilting

I bought a copy of 'America Loves Scrap Quilts' published by McCalls, as not only is America apparently keen on scrap quilts but so am I! Amongst the various ideas was this one by Candace Hassan which made me immediately reach for my strips box.
You need strips of various widths and 14" in length which you join together into a 14" square. Then make another one.
I'm sorry to say this, but Candace's choice of colours (browns, olive greens and slate blues) didn't inspire me. I have mixed up the colours (ading a few uglies in there) but kept it mainly bright and cheerful.
Place the squares on top of each other, right sides together, one with the strips going across, and the other with the strips going down. Then cut into four sections diagonally. (Candace sewed all the way round the edge with a quarter inch seam before cutting, which would have been a good way of doing it if I'd remembered about that part!)

Sew the pairs of triangles together along the longest edge, then press open. This is what you should have, but the beauty of this method is that you will have four of them.

Candace sashed hers, but I love secondary patterns, so I have arranged mine to make squares on point. The squares finish at 9" which means that four pairs of 14" blocks will make 16 blocks - enough for the centre of a lap/Linus quilt! How easy is that!


loulee said...

All bright and beautiful. Seems like an easy way to use up lots of scraps.

Diana said...

Wow, what a great pattern idea!

black bear cabin said...

I love this style of scrap squares...they are soooo colorful and fun! Even the ugliest of fabrics can find a nice home :) a great way to thin out the scrap bin!

Gina said...

Great quilt

Love and hugs Gina xxx

sewkalico said...

This looks like a great one to try!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Must make more scraps so I can try this! :o)