Looking to use up a lot of fabric scraps or fat quarters? This beautiful quilt may be the perfect project for you.
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Instructions provided courtesy of Evelyn Sloppy.
This color-washed beauty is a great way to use up lots of scraps or fat quarters. Just separate a wide variety of green, blue and purple fabrics into light, medium and dark stacks, and you’re ready to go. Finished size is 64" x 83".
Materials and Tools:
5-1/8 yd. total of assorted dark green, dark blue, and dark purple scraps, or 21 fat quarters for blocks and setting triangles
5 yds. total of assorted medium green, medium blue, and medium purple scraps, or 20 fat quarters for blocks
1-3/4 yds. total of assorted light green, light blue, and light purple scraps, or 8 fat quarters for blocks
5-3/4 yds. fabric for backing
3/4 yds. fabric for binding
72" x 91" piece of batting
1. From all of the scraps or fat quarters, cut strips that vary in width from one inch to 2-1/2 inches and are at least 8-1/2 inches long (figure A). If you are working with fat quarters, or longer strips, you can cut them at least 16 inches long, to make two units. You will also need approximately 10 strips of dark fabrics that are at least 9-1/2 inches long.
2. Sew the strips together along their long edges, to make units that are at least 7-1/2 inches wide (figure B). Do not use narrow strips on the two ends, since these units will be trimmed. You will need 12 units that are made with just the light strips, 12 units that are made with a mixture of light and medium strips, 36 units that are made with just the medium strips, 24 units that are made with a mixture of medium and dark strips, and 28 units that are made with just the dark strips. Press the seams in one direction and trim each unit so that it measures exactly 7-1/2 inches square. If using 16-inch strips, cut the unit in half to render two blocks.
3. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of half of the blocks (figure D). Place each marked unit right sides together with an unmarked unit of the same values, being sure that the seams go in the same direction, and stitch 1/4 inch from both sides of the marked line. Cut on the marked line. Press the seam in one direction and trim the squares so that they measure exactly seven inches square.
4. To make the setting triangles, sew dark strips together to make eight units that are at least 7-1/2 inches wide; trim to 7-1/2 inches square (figure E). In the same manner, you will need six units that are at least eight inches wide; trim to eight inches square. With the dark strips that are at least 9-1/2 inches long, make one unit that is at least nine inches wide; trim to nine inches square.
5. To make the setting triangles for the top and bottom edges of the quilt, use the eight inch square dark units from step 4 to make six blocks as shown in step 3. Do not trim these blocks. Cut them in half diagonally. Half of the triangles will be for the top, and the other half for the bottom(figure F). Keep them separate; they are different.
6. To make the setting triangles for the left and right edges of the quilt, use the 7-1/2-inch units made in step 4. With the seams in a vertical position, cut half of the units diagonally from upper left to lower right (figure G). These triangles will be for the left edge. Cut the other half of the units diagonally from lower left to upper right. These triangles will be for the right edge. Again, keep these separate; they are different.
7. To make the corner setting triangles, cut the nine-inch square dark unit (figure H) (from step 4) in half diagonally both ways rendering four triangles. Two of them will be for the top corners, the other two for the bottom corners. Again, they are different.
8. Sew the blocks and setting triangles into diagonal rows. The setting triangles will be slightly oversized and can be trimmed once the quilt is sewn together. Follow the picture of the quilt for proper placement of the different value blocks. The light blocks are in the center, surrounded by the light/medium blocks, then the medium blocks, then the medium/dark blocks, and finally the dark blocks. Sew the rows together, and then add the four corners.
9. Layer the quilt top with batting and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
10. Bind the edges of the quilt.
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