Remember please that some of us are just learning to make scrappy quilts. It may seem so easy to some of you real scrap quilters but for me, and for at least a few others, it’s a real challenge to make a scrappy quilt.
The block I have chosen to use for January is “Big T”. For those of us just beginning our venture into the scrappy world, it may be easier to use one background or one dark fabric for the entire block but this is a learning exercise to let’s put aside our fears and let’s get comfortable with the scrap bins. Each block could be a different fabric.
Or, the blocks can be made totally scrappy.
To make this block, which will be 9″ finished:
Half Square Triangles – 3″ finished or 3-1/2″ unfinished (make 4 per block)
Center Square – 3-1/2″ unfinished (cut 1 per block)
Flying Geese – 1-1/2″ x 3″ finished or 2″ x 3-1/2″ unfinished (make 4 per block)
Rectangle – 2″ x 3-1/2″ (cut 4 per block)
An alternative but very similar block has squares in the corners and can be colored as shown above or a different fabric used for the center, even a focus type fabric with a large floral or novelty.
If making the squares in the corners, everything is the same except the half square triangles.
Squares – 2″ (cut 4 per block)
Small Triangles (background) – 2-3/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal once (cut 4 per block, after cutting, you will have 8 per block)
Large triangle – 3-7/8″ squares, cut on the diagonal once (cut 2 per block, after cutting, you will have 4 per block).
Here are a few examples of quilts that can be made using only these blocks – no alternative blocks.
This first example uses the first block shown. The blocks are sashed. I love using sashing so that all those points in the blocks aren’t meeting each other and having to match.
Below is a version using the alternative design of this block.
In the example below, the corner squares were removed from the outer edge of the perimeter blocks.
Below is a table runner made using only three blocks. In this example, all of the background fabrics are the same.
In the example below, there is a variety of backgrounds.
Don’t be afraid .. it’s just fabric! Don’t forget . . this is hard for me too so we’re all doing this together!
Make your blocks, come up with your own design using this block and let’s use up some scraps!