Friday, October 21, 2011

A Bright and Geometric Scrap Quilt with Mostly
2 1/2" Strips

   For the life of me, I don't understand why these blocks aren't called Square in a Square! But, they aren't...I'm not really sure if they have a name, but they are basically pattern for the first round of Courthouse Step blocks. The center squares were cut to 3 1/2" and the strips were sewn on opposite sides of that square, trimmed, then sewn in two rows across the top and bottom of the block. The block size is 7" finished.
   Of course, the quilt is perfect to create from your favorite fabric only need 22" x 2 1/2" of fabric, in pieces as small as 7 1/2" (2 of them) and 2 1/2"(2 of them), which is just a strip cut on the long side of a fat quarter! In fact, a fat quarter will supply the outer square fabric for 7 blocks.
   What I especially like about this quilt is that even though most of the fabrics are brightly colored, some rusts and browns found their way in.
   Another important part of the quilt is that all the center blocks are in the yellow family. Some are brownish-yellow, some are orange with yellow flowers or dots, but all function as yellow when the quilt is viewed as a whole.
   This would be a fun and easy quilt to piece together from jelly rolls...with the centers a color that compliments the jelly roll strips. You could even use a  2 1/2" strip of fabric to cut 2 1/2" squares for the center; but I prefer the variety a larger center square gives the quilt.
   If you noticed the Broken Dishes quilt in this blog, you will see some of the very same fabric scraps, like the dark purple with polka dots, the light turquoise with dots, and the pink plaid!

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