Scrap Bag Challenge
Simply Quilts challenges three talented quilt designers to make a quilt using 103 five-inch squares of fabric from the scrap bag!
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Simply Quilts challenges three talented quilt designers to make a quilt using 103 five-inch squares of fabric from the scrap bag! The fabric selection includes three novelty fabrics thrown into a mix of reproductions, stripes, lights, mediums, darks and more. These quilters rose to the challenge with three great quilts and hardly any fabric to spare!
Carolyn Reese's Scrappy Shaded 9-Patch
Instructions provided courtesy of designer Carolyn Reece.
This quilt teaches a lesson about value of fabric. The smaller the square, the less important the design and color become and the more important the value becomes.
Since the fabrics from the scrap bag didn't have enough light value in the pack, I turned some of the medium colors "wrong" side up to render a lighter value.
Materials and Tools:
103, 5" squares of fabrics
1/2 yard of two fabrics for borders and bindings (P&B Textiles)
small rotary mat
6 or 6-1/2" square ruler
6" x 24" ruler
thread, scissors, seam ripper
1. Divide fabric into three piles using value — dark, medium and light.
2. Cut each of the five-inch squares into 2-1/4-inch squares and
rendering four stacks each of dark, medium and light.
3. Sew these into shaded 9-Patch blocks with five dark blocks and four light blocks. It's not necessary to match colors — just take care not to sew the same fabric together. Arrange blocks in a 9-Patch configuration to make the quilt top.
4. Add borders, batting, backing and binding and quilt as desired. Finished size is approximately 39 inches square with borders.