Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scrapitude Part II- triangulations

The next step in Scrapitude was announced.  Here is what you need:

1. Take your 5 1/4" squares, and cut them on BOTH diagonals (in an X from corner to corner). You'll consequently have four triangles from each of the 5 1/4" squares.

2.   Using the triangles you've just cut in the step above, sew 128 triangle patches using one background fabric and one scrap fabric.

Be sure you lay the background fabric triangle on top of the scrap fabric triangle (right sides facing), and place the 90-degree angle corner under your sewing machine needle to sew the 1/4" seam. This will ensure you're sewing the correct sides together.

3. Next, take your 2 7/8" squares and cut on ONE diagonal.

Using the pieces you cut in step #3 above, as well as some of your 2 1/2" scrap squares, you'll now sew 12 units together that use three different scrap fabrics for each piece. (Sew one triangle each to two sides of the 2 1/2" square.) Also, don't use the same fabrics in the same corners for multiple units as you'll be sewing some of these units together in the future. In other words, keep these 12 units as scrappy as possible. 

5. Next, sew 32 units that use two different scrap fabrics in the opposite corners, with a 2 1/2" square of background fabric in the center. Trim all your dog-ears. 

Note: You will have 8 smaller triangles left after sewing your 12 and 32 units--make sure they're all different fabrics. So you may want to plan ahead before doing all your sewing.
For an excellent tutorial/step by step instructions and a video from the Queen of Scrap- Charlotte, visit my fabulous friend- Sandy's blog- Quilting For The Rest Of Us.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Scrapitude- Month One

Don't you want to pick the thread off that one on the bottom. Ugh! Call me obsessive.
For those of you who do not know, one of the members in our guild is hosting a mystery block of the month.  Charlotte is an amazing quilter who pulls scraps together to make awesome quilts.  Sometimes she follows patterns and sometimes she makes her own quilt designs in EQ (whatever version she has).  This one is all a mystery to us.  We have had cutting instructions which you can see here and now we have our first step.  Follow along with us.  You can visit my blog or my friend Sandy to see where we currently are at. You can also post to the Flickr Group here.

Our assignment for this month was

With the two and a half sized squares, sew:

112 four square blocks (two background fabric, sewn in opposing places.
25 four square blocks of four different blocks.