Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday is for Scraps

Here is an oldie but goodie scrap project!  The split -patch can be made of any size squares and half-square triangles.  For my block, begun twelve years ago in 2000, I used 3" squares.

For each block, you will need:
  • (3) squares light fabric
  • (4) squares dark fabric
  • (2) half-square triangles (light and dark)

This is a "Leaders and Enders" project.  Go to Bonnie Hunter's blog to see how Leaders and Enders work. Basically, I sew together two squares or one half-square triangle at the end of every seam I sew on whatever is the current project.

It's easy to tell I started this quilt soon after I inherited my Mother's fabric stash.  Look at those classic 1980s calicos and tone-on-tone fabrics!  This was probably my very first "Scraps Users System"collection -- many years before blogs were popular.

I even calculated how many of each scrap I would need to make a twin-sized quilt.  Here are my numbers in case you decide to put your own scraps to use.

For a 65" X 95" quilt of 7" finished blocks, you will need 117 blocks.  That adds up to:
  • 462 dark squares
  • 351 light squares
  • 234 HSTs

By the way, I know I started this in 2000-2001 because this magazine from December 2000 was in the bin with the scraps:

I was inspired by this layout (the one in the magazine uses 2" squares and more darks and lights than my block):
Any Log Cabin quilt layout will work with the split 9-patch.  I'd love to see yours!

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  1. That's my kind of scrappy quilt - I hope you finish it!

  2. Awesome idea for a scrappy quilt. Wow, I can't believe you have fabric back from your mom in the 80s!! Way to go!!

  3. That's certainly a good fabric stash - fabrics have changed so much in many ways - some of them you would never get again. I think I'd prefer to just make a lot of squares then work out how many more - those stats are a bit scary!


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