Friday, October 7, 2011

Scrappy Project 1 - Finish

For part one of this quick scrappy baby quilt, see yesterday's post.

All of our purple and yellow blocks are pieced and pressed! The green ones go together even faster. For each block, use:
(2) 2-1/2" X 5" green rectangles,
(1) 2-1/2" X 5" yellow rectangle,
(1) 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" green square, and
(2) 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" yellow squares.

Lay them out as shown in the picture below:

Sew the top 3 together and sew the bottom 3 together. Then cut the bottom unit across in 2 equal sections (2-1/2" X 6-1/2") so you end up with 3 sections the same size:

Move the top section in between the other two and sew them together to form one 6-1/2" square block. Make 12 of these.

Sewing these 12 blocks gives us a little time to contemplate how we'll finish the quilt. I want to keep it simple, so I'll just add a couple of borders - a narrow dark purple (to make it pop) and a wider soft yellow border (the same as the block backgrounds).

I'm also going to keep it at 40 inches wide, so I don't have to piece the backing!! That helps me decide how big to make my borders. The inner border will be 1 inch finished, and the outer will be 4 inches.

This is a good time to put the finished blocks up on the design wall and make sure we like what's coming together.

Hmmm . . . better lay them on point just to see . . .

Nope - I like the straight layout better. Now sew the blocks into rows and then sew the rows together.

Cut 4 strips of dark purple 1-1/2" wide by the width of the fabric. Measure the sides - should be 30-1/2". Attach a border strip to each side; press toward the dark border. Measure the width - should be 32-1/2". Attach a border strip to the top and bottom; press toward the dark purple.

Right here, I decide to add a 4 patch of green and yellow in each corner to break up the yellow. Cut (8) 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" green squares and (8) 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" yellow squares - sew them together into 4 little four patches.
Measure all 4 sides of the quilt. They should be 32-1/2" each. Cut 4 yellow strips of fabric 4-1/2" wide and subcut each at 32-1/2" (or whatever your sides measured). Sew a yellow strip to each side of the quilt.

Sew a 4-patch to each end of the other two yellow strips, thinking about where the green blocks will sit (it helps to put everything back up on the design wall).

Sew the last two borders on and press. Put it back up on the design wall and see what you think!

I think we're good to go! Let's sandwich it, quilt it and bind it!

I quilted loops with pale yellow thread all over, except for the purple inner border. I straight stitched close to each edge of the border with dark purple thread.

I used the same purple fabric for the binding. And then I took it outside to photograph, so I could try and get something close to yellow. The real one is actually a little darker than what's showing here.

So what do you think? Quick, easy, cute! It finished at 40" X 40". If you make one, I'd love to see it - you could post it on our Facebook page or email us and we'll post it for you!


  1. This is super cute! I love the color palette.

  2. Thanks Sunni! I almost went with white. I like the yellow much better :)

  3. It is adorable !! You did a great job on the tutorial, I can't wait to get started on one, thank you.

  4. Wonderful msmargie2!!! We can't wait to see what you do - please share. :) :)

  5. Cute blocks, stopping by from Sew Bittersweet designs to say Hi :)

  6. Hey there, I am visiting via Melissa's blog. Purple and green are one of my favorite combinations.

  7. melissa, bittersweet blogger, sent me to say, 'hi'! i came, i saw, i've signed to follow you, too. [i saw your mugrugs, my fixation.]

  8. howdy! im popping in from sewbittersweetdesigns blog :)

  9. Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs sent me! I adore you scrappy quilt. I love anything purple! :)

  10. Hello I jumped over from Sew Bitter Sweet and am now following.

  11. Hi...Melissa from Sew Bittersweet Designs sent me. I'll be following you.

  12. Hi! Melissa from Bittersweet sent me. I already follow your blog!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  13. Hello! So nice to find your blog. Bittersweet sent me and said to say "Hi!". Off to read more of your blog now. :)