Monday, June 01, 2009

Not so Top Secret Project Two Part 1

My 2 1/2 inch scrap bin was overflowing. So I decided that I needed another pattern that used the 2 1/2 inch scraps. This is that pattern. I shall call it the "Not So Top Secret Quilt #2"
Especially since I can not keep a quilt a secret - this seems to be an appropriate title. And it can be the second in a series, Since the NSTSP 1 used 2 1/2 inch pieces too!
I am not showing you the finished quilt as of yet, because - well mine is not finished. I am having a border conundrum... so I may have to show it to you with the choice of 2 borders.
So Step One:
The 16 patch Block.
I grabbed my 2 1/2 inch bin and pulled some strips out. Now I have a rather Patriotic looking bin. I randomly pulled strips that were approximately the same length. I sewed four strips together, and then cut them into 2 1/2 inch subcuts. ( Picture 2)
You need 18 ~ 16 patch blocks.
If you are going to make a 4 color 16 patch you will need approximately 3/8 yard of 4 different fabrics. If you want to use Fat Quarters - you need 288 ~2 1/2 inch squares, and a Fat Quarter will yield approximately 56 ~2 1/2 inch squares each. Which means you need about 6 FQ's... see why I used my bin?
After I subcut them, I chose 4 pieces and sewed them together to make the block. I did not try to determine a pattern, I just sewed the strips together and came up with some pretty random, and unrandom blocks. I liked them.

Then... are you sitting down for this? I squared up each 16 patch block to 8 1/2 inches in size. I normally don't do this - but I was avoiding chores - so I did, and I will be glad that I did too!


Here is a picture of my squared up blocks, and the trimmings. Do NOT put your 2 1/2 inch bin away. You will need it for the next step.
So .... it doesn't look to hard so far does it? I will post the next step next Monday... so get to sewing!!


Jeanne said...

Yeah! I'll be keeping an eye on this one and will start mine soon. Going to visit the grandkids first.

Denise V said...

woo hoo!!! thanks Alycia!

I have been wanting to do a mystery quilt so I am treating this one as such. Got my step 1blocks done. mine are VERY scrappy.

Anonymous said...

Boy am I ready. My box is overflowing and needs to be put into something useful. I am just finishing up a quilt using 2" squares and strips.
Nancy L

zizzybob said...

Did I miss something? How many 16 patch blocks do I have to make?