I know you are all waiting in eager anticipation for what I am going to do in August... I first saw the idea in a post from Karen Griska on her blog, Selvage Blog. Her instructions are very simple, but I think adequate. The full quilt pattern is also published in the January/February 2010 issue of Quiltmaker, which is available for purchase and digital download. I don’t think it is necessary to purchase the quilt pattern, but it is available if you are interested.
In addition, here are a few special instructions and tips for my squares.
- I would like a very scrappy look to my blocks. I would like you to use scraps from your stash to complete the blocks. My hope is that the blocks will end up more scrappy then if I shipped you a bunch of fabric. If this is an issue for anyone, please let me know.
- Because I am looking for a more scrappy look, I am asking you to make 8-6.5 inch square blocks instead of two 12.5 inch block (which if sewn together would create two 12.5 inch block), so I’ll mix them all together when I put it together.
- To make a 6.5 inch block I started with strips of fabric 1.25 inch wide in a variety of fabrics and lengths. I tried to find strips that were at least 7.5 inches long, but as you piece the square together you won’t need that length for all of your strips.
- I found that when I started I liked to mark the strips for the seam .25 inch to .5 inch, but then as I got used to doing it I found that I could eyeball it and since this isn’t a very precise quilt a bit of a curve won’t be a problem.
- Cut the seam allowance to a .25 inch and press all seam in one direction.
I think this should do it, but if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know.