Friday, January 22, 2016

A Square in a Square

OK! This is easy. Take a 7" square and sew some of the 4-1/2" strips around it to make a block like those above.

BUT WAIT.... THERE'S SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT TO DO FIRST!!!!

If you select a "calm" 7" square, you MUST surround it with a "busy" print. And if you start with a "busy" 7" square, you MUST surround it with a "calm" print.  This is very important. For the quilt to be truly successful (and let's face it, nobody wants to make a dud quilt), you MUST follow this rule.

Half the blocks should have calm insides and busy outsides, and half the blocks should have busy insides and calm outsides.
Now I decided to keep my pairs together, but you are under no such restriction. Do whatever you want.  HOWEVER...

If you end up with a pair of blocks like this, (and really, this looks better in the camera. In real like I could barely tell this two fabrics apart at a distance) you must recognize failure when you see it, and set it aside and try again.

 This is a much better combination. There must be CONTRAST between the two fabrics. If you don't have that, you might end up with a dreaded blob of dark in your quilt, and it will look terrible.

 Sew the long strips around the square...

Then trim off the excess.

42 blocks will make a Queen sized quilt, 6 blocks in 7 rows.  The Sunshine quilt had 36 blocks, 6 rows of 6, and it's fine for a double bed.

So make your blocks. I'll show you mine tomorrow.


oh, by the way... DON'T SEW THE BLOCKS TOGETHER. We're going to  (...gasp!!!) cut them apart!!!

6 comments:

Eat Sleep Quilt said...

Omg, that looks intriguingly easy! Dare I start another project now, with "Allie" whining at me to get her rows finished? ...

Millie said...

Oh yes Linda, this is really easy and quick. It's another one of those "resistance is futile" quilts!!

Pat said...

I already have too many WIPs so I AM going to resist. :D How much snow are you getting this week? We are slated for 18 - 30 inches. Oh, boy!!

Millie said...

None. Hahahahahahaha!!! If say I'm sorry but I'm not.

Millie said...

I mean I would say sorry. But we got dumped on last year.

journeyhouse said...

Going to go through my scraps now. What a great project.