Scraps Ahoy Instructions

Make as many blocks as you want!  The blocks are 12″ finished.  4 blocks across and 6 blocks up and down will make a top that’s 48″ x 72″ without borders.  If you make 5 blocks across and 7 up and down, the top will be 60″ x 84″ without borders.

Here’s the block:

The block is divided into two parts and each 12″ block requires two of each of these parts:

Section 1:

and Section 2:

The more fabrics you use, the easier it will be to not have two of the same fabrics in one block, if that matters to you.

For Section 1, you need:

  • 1 – 2-1/2″ square of Fabric 1 (where I used mint green in the sample)
  • 1 – 2-1/2″ square and 1 -2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle of Fabric 2 (where I used red in the sample)
  • 1 – 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ rectangle and 1 – 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ rectangle of Fabric 3 (where I used brown in the sample)

For Section 2, you need a scrappy quarter square triangle that is 6-1/2″ unfinished or 6″ finished.  You can use the 4-7/8″ Go! triangle to cut the triangles (4 needed for each section) or you can do however you want to make your quarter square triangles.  If I weren’t using the Go!, I’d cut 7-1/4″ squares and cut them on the diagonal twice so I had 4 triangles from each square.

I cut a variety of triangles and got started.  I will cut more as I need them.  (Ignore that little black triangle sitting there.  It missed the trash can.  I do NOT save pieces that size.)

And I made one block.  It goes so quickly! My goal is to get at least 15 blocks made tomorrow!  How many can you get made?


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    MJ says

    Judy, great tutorial. thanks for taking the time. I can’t wait to get started, I think I’ll print the quilt diagram and stash it with my bag of 2.5″ strips. One suggestion for the quarter square triangles: instead of cutting up triangles and working with all those bias edges, use the technique where you take 2 squares, put them RST, draw a diagonal line, sew 1/4″ on either side of line and cut. Then do it again for 4 different bits per block.

    thanks again! Mary-Jeanine

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    Cynthia H., El Cerrito, CA says

    Judy: “I do NOT save pieces that size.”

    Cynthia: “No; those are for the compost pile!” 😀

    I’ll take a look at my 2.5″ strip container (the equivalent of a short shoebox) for some ideas….just what I need: more ideas…. 😉

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    Ludmilla Hajdur-Stainbrook says

    Love your quilts. I also have a love of yarn and have recently learned to knit socks. Your socks are wonderful also.

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    What a great stashbuster of scraps….will be digging through mine today and getting some of these made along with working on my Christmas quilt that was started at Retreat!

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    Marky says

    My quilt guild gets a lot of scraps donated to them which we use for charity quilts. This is a perfect pattern for us to use on those quilts! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Love this pattern! You are so kind to share so much of your life and time with us all. Thank you, for constantly inspiring me to do more. I was wondering how large your garden is? Hope your quiltathon is going great. Can’t wait to see what all you get done! Blessings, jan