YOU WILL NEED
■ Assorted print fabric scraps (see cutting out)
■ Background fabric: 4¾yds
■ Black fabric: ¾yds
■ Backing fabric: 4½yds
■ Batting: 76in square
■ Binding fabric: ½yd
FINISHED SIZE ■ 66in square
■ Seam allowances are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
■ RST = right sides together.
■ WOF = width of fabric.
■ Print fabric scraps are from Nicole's stash.
■ Modern Background by Zen Chic for Moda, kindly provided by our friends at Moda Fabrics.
From your assorted scraps cut four hundred and sixty-eight (468) 1¼in squares. This is a great opportunity to get creative with your colour choices.
From your background fabric cut:
■ Five (5) 12½in x WOF strips. Subcut into eighty-five (85) 2in x 12½in strips.
■ Twelve (12) 2in x WOF strips. Subcut these into three hundred and ninety (390)
1¼in x 2in strips.
■ Three (3) 9½in x WOF strips. Subcut into forty-eight (48) 25/ 8in x 9½in pieces.
■ Six (6) 5in x WOF strips. Subcut into forty-eight (48) 5in squares. Cut each square once on the diagonal to make ninety-six triangles.
■ Eight (8) 2in x WOF strips for sashing.
From your black fabric cut three (3)
7½in x WOF strips. Subcut these into ninety-six (96) 1in x 7½in pieces.
From your binding fabric cut eight (8)
2¼in x WOF strips.
GET CREATIVE WITH COLOUR PLACEMENT TO MAKE YOURSELF A BRIGHT AND BOLD QUILT DESIGN
MAKING BLOCK A
Sew a 1¼in scrap fabric square to the end of a 1¼in x 2in background strip, along the short end (Fig A). Repeat to make thirty
(30) of these units.
Sew five (5) of the units together, adding a 1¼in scrap fabric square to the end to complete one row (Fig B). Make six (6) of these fabric rows.
Next, carefully sew a 2in x 12½in background strip to the top of five of these rows (Fig C).
Sew the five rows with background strips from the previous step together with the remaining row to complete one Block A (Fig D). Repeat steps 5–8 to make thirteen (13) of Block A.
MAKING BLOCK B
Centre two black 1in x 7½in strips along the long edges of a single 25/ 8in x 9½in background strip. Sew in place (Fig E). Press this section open.
Centre one background triangle on a black strip and sew in place (Fig F). Press open. Repeat to add a triangle to the other side (Fig G). Be careful not to stretch the bias edge of the triangle as you sew.
Mark the centre line of the background rectangle at the outer edges of the block. Using these marks, align the points of your ruler and trim the block to 6½in square (Fig H and Fig I on page 44) to complete one quarter block. Make four quarter blocks.
Sew the quarter blocks in pairs (Fig J on page 44). Press open and sew the pairs together as shown (Fig K) to complete one Block B. Make twelve (12) of Block B.
ASSEMBLING THE QUILT TOP
Arrange your blocks in five rows of five, referring to the photo for placement.
Sew each row together, adding a
2in x 12½in background piece between each block. Press seams toward the sashing.
Sew the eight 2in x WOF sashing strips together in pairs along the short edges. Trim each pair to 2in x 66½in.
Sew your rows together, inserting a sashing strip between each row, as shown in final quilt.
Split your backing fabric into two 2¼yd pieces, sew together down the long edges using a ½in seam allowance.
QUILTING AND FINISHING
Press the quilt top and backing well. Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing fabric right side down, the batting on top, then the quilt top centrally and right side up. The backing and batting are slightly larger than the quilt top. Baste the layers together using your preferred method.
Quilt as desired. Nicole quilted straight lines on the diagonal.
Trim the excess batting and backing level with the quilt top edges and square up the quilt.
Sew the binding strips together end-to-end using diagonal seams. Press the seams open and trim away the dog ears. Fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.
Sew the binding to the right side of the quilt, folding a mitre at each corner. Fold the binding over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to finish.
QUILTING USING RAINBOW THREAD COLOURS ADDS SOME EXTRA INTEREST TO YOUR QUILT
These wee little fabric squares are truly the ultimate scrap buster!
Draw the whole design together with long straight line quilting