Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Slashed Squares

Here's a scrap quilt that goes together pretty quick.

Start with 7" squares. Sew 4-1/2" wide pieces to each side, using a 1/4" seam.
Then again to the top and bottom, making a square in a square, like this. Square off the blocks.
You'll need 42 for a queen-sized quilt, about 84" x 98". Try for half the blocks to have busy outsides and calm insides, and the other half busy insides with calm outsides:Don't sew them together.
Instead, cut them apart, like this. Cut the block in half horizontally, so the top piece is 6-1/2" high. The smallest center square now measures 2-1/4". Without moving the pieces, cut the block apart vertically so the left half again measures 6-1/2". The bottom right corner will measure 8-1/2" square. Mark off your cutting ruler so you don't make a mistake.
Now mix and match your blocks, trying for nice color balance.
Reassemble them. The blocks will now be 14-1/2" square.Here are a couple of my favorite blocks:Arrange them into seven rows of six blocks. Rotate the blocks to your heart's content. Make sure you don't have any "blobs" or areas of too many darks or brights next to each other. Strive for a flow of some sort. Be patient. It took me three tries before I got an arrangement I liked.
Sew the blocks together, and finish as you like. I have arthritis, so I tie my quilts, then fold over the backing to make a self-binding. I machine stitch the binding.
Give yourself bonus points if you make a giant block on the back of the quilt.You can click any of the pictures to enlarge them.

23 comments:

Tybalt said...

You never cease to amaze me. That is just beautiful!

Mr. Karate makes for a great quilt modeler. :P

Laurie Ann said...

Love that pattern too! I would love to see some more examples of the seminole strips.

Thanks!

Annemiek said...

I stumbled across your blog and I must say: it's great! Nice turorials too. Another blog to bookmark (will I ever get the time to quilt :)

Angus Mhor said...

And that quilt was made with scraps? I like it very much. You've an interesting mix of technical terms, Lynne..I like "blobs" the best! :) Your seminole strip quilt is really neat..it almost dazzles the eye.

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

I love it, quilt and tutorial. Thank you!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

Brilliant!!
so modern!
great tutorial!
! thanks!

Jackie Russell said...

Awesome quilt!

belinda said...

Hey...this quilt is great!! I was amazed how it looked when you started out and then how it finally ended up. At one point I thought you were finished, but then you went and cut some more and shuffled things around again and voile!!!

cher said...

what a fun idea- I love to come up with similar ideas for fun and fast quilts too

holly said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I love the crazy block quilts, you did a stunning job! I prefer to use the method you do to finish them off. I haven't mastered finishing with binding! I need a pro to show me, I'm just learning as I go and enjoyed seeing your fabulous quilt! Thanks for sharing.

Denise Felton said...

Excellent tute! My readers will love it. I've scheduled a link to the post to go live on my blog mid-day (Central USA time) Sunday, August 10. Thank you so much for making this resource available!

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Threeundertwo said...

This is great! Thanks for the tutorial!

Helen said...

What a great block! Another pattern to add to the to do list. :)

AJ said...

cool thanks for the tutorial!!

Vickie E said...

that is cool I want to try it! thanks

jeanne aka nzlstar said...

i'm a big fan of offset designs. so your slashed squares caught my eye. i've seen a 9 patch block cut twice thru the 'centres' that is similar but i much prefer your block. tis also clever using a big block for the back. new uses for scraps is always useful and this appears to go together quickly too. :)
i wonder how/if this would work with an applique'd circle onto a square first, then cut that off centre and resew it. hmmmm. time to get out my pencil/paper and play around with that one a bit.
thanks for a great tutorial.

Butterfly said...

what a wonderful quilt! love the big squares in the back also.
Leona

Karen said...

I've been looking for a quick easy baby quilt, I think this is going to be it~! thanks

susan said...

in the second pic, is the measurement 7"x16"?
this block is super pretty and i really like it!! i think i need to make this next! now i need to go back and see how many colors i need. thanks for the great tute!

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Gwen said...

A fantastic tutorial! I am going to try this at a quilt retreat next weekend. Thank you!

sue niven said...

simply stunning. I love all your colour ideas too. thanks for the fantastic tutorial.

MamaMay said...

Wow, I love this quilt! Thank you for sharing it! I wish I could pin it but I won't out of respect and start following you in my google reader instead! Thank you agian!