Have you ever found a strip in your scrap bag that you thought was really great; but, alas there was only one lonely strip. Not really enough to do anything with didn't really go with the other scraps, so what to do?
That polka dot was so great I just decided to pull from my new bargain stack of FQs (see 9-19 post) to make something featuring the colors in that strip.
Here are some quick tricks to make this super quick and easy project.
- Cut the "theme" strip (44" x 3.25") into 3.25" squares (makes 13) but you only use 12.
- Choose 4 coordinating FQs for the middle section and cut into strips using the long side = 4 - 4.25" x 22" strips. There will be a small leftover strip.
- Note: Not all FQs are created equal. If a particular yardage measures less than 44" you might come up a tad short on your FQ. This happened to me (see 7th pic down & last pic in post) I used the selvage to compensate. (white section on left end of block) Doesn't bother me, but if you want full clear strips measure your FQs first.
- Repeat to make 12 blocks.
- Assemble your blocks randomly 3 x 4 like my top or however you like. I alternated the orientation of
the block's seam lines. Row 1= sideways, up, sideways Row 2= up, sideways, up etc. You could also see them all going the same way. (refer to quilt top photo)
- For the border- cut 5 FQs into quarters = approximately 9" x 11". You will need 18 of the 20.
-Decide which patches you want for the corners and trim to 9"x9".
-As you can see the long end of the quarter-FQ is more less the same length as the blocks. You may need to trim a smig off some depending on the length of the fat quarters. Blocks are actually 10.75" square unfinished.
The constructions is quick and easy. The success of a quilt like this is in the fabric choices. Choose fabrics that pop and that you love, with that special strip as your guide and you can't go wrong! Cheers, CW
PS- Any feedback on these instructions would be greatly appreciated, especially errors. thanks!