September's Scrap-A-Palooza quilt is slowly building on my design wall. Thankfully this month's blocks go together really quickly. I have been finding so little time in my sewing room lately it is nice to spend just a few minutes in there and still see progress being made.
As I shared last week, this month I am sewing up all those leftover bindings and other 2 1/2" strips into 16 patch blocks. The colors I am working in are anything green and blue. Because a number of my binding strips are solids, I thought I would use a solid and a print in every block.
Below, I have shared how I am putting my blocks together.
I start out with two fabric strips at least 21" long. Simply sew the strips together. Before pressing them open, I fold the sewn strip in half and cut with my scissors.
You will end up with two pieces like this. Now just sew these two together alternating the fabrics. I now press all the seams in one direction (or open if you prefer).
Once pressed, I use my 12 1/2" ruler to trim the block to width. I align my ruler to the center seam, make a nice clean cut on the right side, then cut the piece into four 2.5" segments.
Next you just flip the second and fourth segment to create a 16 patch. Take this to the sewing machine and sew.
Here is a finished block. It measures 8.5".
It has been quickly joined by a few more blocks on my design wall. I am wanting to make 42 blocks for this quilt so I have quite a few more to sew. Once I get about 3/4s of the blocks sewn, I will see if there are any colors I need to pull from my stash to help balance out the quilt. Then I will work on final block placement. I will share more on that next week!
The "homework" for this week: (Easy Peasy!)
- Pair your fabric strips
- Sew into blocks
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