Besides working on UFO’s this quarter (April-June), many blog readers are avidly whittling down their bins of scraps by cutting and storing often used sizes of squares and strips. Each Saturday I post a suggestion for turning these scraps into quilts.
Today’s strategy utilizes 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles, a scrap size I frequently use. Granted, you could adapt the design idea for any rectangle size. In fact, my quilt “Brick-a-Brack,” made with various purple 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles cut from fat quarters, was published in the April/May 2014 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Click here to see a photo of the quilt or order a digital pattern.
For the center of this baby quilt, you need 50 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles. Arrange in 5 rows of 10 rectangles each, varying textures, colors and values. Sew the rectangles together in horizontal rows. Press the seams of rows 1, 3, and 5 to the right; press the seams of rows 2 and 4 to the left. This ensures that the seams will nest well as you join the rows together. After sewing the rows together, press the seams open or to one side.
For the first (white) border, you’ll need 4 strips cut 3 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric). Measure, pin and sew to the center patchwork. The second border is made from 2 1/2″ white squares sewn to 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles. You need 52 of these units, 13 for each side. To make the 4 corner squares, sew white 2 1/2″ strips to 2 sides of 4 1/2″ squares. Cut the third border strips from white fabric 3 1/2″ or wider.
Note: By advance planning, you can make this a matching game quilt. You’ll need two each of 50 prints; use one in the center patchwork, and use the other in the pieced border. Of course, you’ll need two extra rectangles in the border.
I’d love to see a picture of your Baby Brick-A-Brack quilt!