Thursday, 25 August 2011

Monday, 8 August 2011

Modified Nine Patch

What it uses:

1.5" squares or 4.5" squares or 5" squares
1.5" strips

This block finishes at about 5" - you could, of course, start with a bigger square size...

Monday, 25 July 2011

Slice it up

what it uses up: 3" squares, 3x8" rectangles (you could use 3" strips for these)

When I originally blogged this quilt top, I explained the process - so you can check that out over here. I'd like to do this one again in a more controlled way - perhaps using only two colours for the larger rectangles (or one) and scrappy in the middle. Maybe for the next colour challenge!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Boxed-in batiks

What it uses up: 2.5" squares

You could use this pattern with any colour or theme of 2.5" squares - and of course, you wouldn't have to use black for the sashing between the sections. I saw it originally on the So Scrappy blog, in blue and white - as you can see, a totally different look - but equally good. Unlimited possibilities!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Squares and Rectangles

What it uses up:
  • 2.5" squares,
  • 2.5"x5" rectangles (i.e. half a "nickel" piece)
OR any combination of squares and rectangles where the square is half the size of the rectangle

Easy block to do - plan to create a square from three pieces - a rectangle, which is half the width of the desired square (plus seam allowance), and two square, each of which is half the size of the rectangle (plus seam allowance).

For instance, you'd like some 6" (finished) blocks. Rectangle size: 3.5x6.5"; square size, 3.5"
Or if you want to make 8" (finished) blocks, rectangle size 4.5x8.5"; square size, 4.5"

The block construction is so simple, I don't think I even need to tell you how to go about it!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Strippy Quilt

what it uses up: strips in any length and width

Perhaps the easiest thing you can do with strips to use them up - make a strippy quilt. This is a small baby quilt size example, but you can make much larger ones if you like. Not only do the strips not have to be all the same width, but it actually looks better if they aren't. And they don't all need to be long enough to go all the way across your width - you can piece them together. I recommend you do so in some rows even if you don't strictly need to, as it adds to the texture of the piece.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Log Cabin Corners

Small Log Cabin Corner Quilt

What scraps it uses up:
  • 2 inch squares (1 per block)
  • 4 inch squares (1 per block)
  • 5 inch squares (1 per block)
alternatively, you can use 2" strips you might have, or of course, you can always use fabric which is bigger in size than what I list - you just can't use anything smaller!

For each block cut
  • one 2" square for the cornerstone (white in my block)
  • one 2" square and one 2x3.5" rectangle in the same fabric (you can cut these from a 4" square)
  • one 2.3.5" rectangle and one 2x5" rectangle in the same fabric (you can cut these from a 5" square)
For the setting triangles:

The setting squares could be scrappy but will probably look better if they are the same fabric all around. For this number of blocks I used (32) you will need
  • 14 QST triangles (cut a 7.75" square in half diagonally twice) [i.e. 4x 7.75" squares]
  • 4 HST triangles (cut a 5.5" square in half once) [2 x 5.5" squares]
Personally, I am probably going to put a narrow border in the same fabric around it, so the top floats a bit, but you don't have to!

QST unit fun

Quarter Square Triangles with Plain Squares

What scraps it uses:
  • 4" squares (for the plain squares - cut to 3.75")
  • 5" squares (for the QST units - one each in two contrasting colours - makes 2 units)

I make the QST units by putting two squares face together, drawing a line diagonally across the back and stitching 1/4" from the line on both sides. Then cut them apart, press, and put them back together faces towards and do it again. Web directions for that method can be found lots of places, for instance, here.

You can actually use any size squares you like, but the squares for the QST units need to be 1.25" bigger than the size you desire, so your plain squares need to be 1.25" smaller than the ones you choose for the QST units. If you are unsure, make a single pair of QST units and check what size they are, then cut your plain squares to that size!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Scrap busting blog...

Because I need another blog to update, of course!

Given that my main theme in 2011 has been trying to get to grips with my scraps, in terms of organisation and reduction, I thought it would be nice to have a lot of the ideas in one place. This blog probably won't feature anything that doesn't appear in my main blog (except maybe some links to and/or discussions about other people's tips for dealing with scraps), but everything will be in a single place, as a reference for how to get those scraps under control and perhaps even use some of them up!