Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cut The Scraps Challenge

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Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict heads a quilt ministry that makes quilts for people who need a special hug.  When Sarah  announced a Scrappy Block Challenge using the methods described by Joan Ford in her book, Cut The Scraps!, I was ready and willing to try it out.  Joan's method recommends cutting your scraps into squares of 2, 3.5, and 5 inches.  Try as I might, I couldn't come up with anything original.  In spite of the fact that my idea is far from original, I had lots of fun playing with my scraps.  The block/blocks I came up with can actually be very versatile.  It is based on the old reliable 9 patch using 4 patch blocks made of 2 inch squares in the corners and varying the center.  In 2 of the blocks, I used a solid in the middle.   The 2 patch strips are made from 2 strips of fabric 2 by 3 1/2 inches cut from 5 inch squares. The solid square used in the middle of 2 of the blocks is 3 1/2 inches.  Each of the blocks is 9 1/2 inches square.

Sarah is hoping to use some of the blocks that were designed for the challenge to make quilts for her ministry.  The blocks above are obviously not sewn together so that I could demonstrate their versatility.  I'll be cutting more so that I can sew all of the samples and send them to Sarah.