I have been making quite a bit of progress on my 9-patch Scrap-A-Palooza quilt. This one is going to be a lot of fun when it is finished!
In my previous post on this quilt, I shared my decision to use these 5 colors in this quilt. Any time I start a new scrap quilt, I first take a good look at the scraps I am using and determine what size I want to cut my pieces. I found my scraps in these bins to be either thin strings or relatively large pieces. So I decided to make my 9-patches from 3 1/2" squares. This size square will make a 9" finished block. I decided to make 6 blocks from each of the 5 colors.
(If your scraps are smaller, you might opt to cut 2 1/2" squares.)
As I was cutting my small squares, I decided to play with scale a bit and rather than cut squares for a 9 patch, I would just include some larger 9 1/2" squares. It is sometimes a shame to cut up large scraps into a bunch of small pieces. This will make sewing up the top a lot faster!
In no time at all, I had all the squares cut for my entire quilt.
(From each color, I cut 36 - 3 1/2" squares and 2 - 9 1/2" square.)
For each nine patch, I simply decided on a layout I liked...
...and sewed it up. I wanted this quilt to be about blocks of color so I tried to keep a lot of other colors out of the fabrics. But you can sew your blocks however you wish.
I used these blocks as a leaders/enders project while I worked on another quilt. I easily finished up all 20 blocks in one evening.
Currently my design walls are filled with other projects so you will just have to wait to see how I will be laying out these blocks. Hopefully I will have something to share in about a week.
Until then, I hope you decide to pull out some scraps and sew along!
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