Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Leftovers Quilt

These are the blocks that I have on my design wall today.  When I was reading my list of blogs a few days ago, I went over to Ellen's blog, Little Jewel Quilts.  I love her scrap quilts.  They make good use of her scraps and many have strong diagonal lines that create a secondary design. 


Here is the link to Ellen's Leftovers quilt at Little Jewel Quilts.  The original pattern for the Leftovers Quilt came from Lori at Humble Quilts.

My blocks are made the same way as Lori's and Ellen's are, except that they used full squares where I have the white outlines in the photo below.


 I have 2 bags (2 1/2 gallon bags) full of 2 1/2" strips and have been looking for a scrap quilt idea to use them.

 

So I made the Leftovers Quilt block using these 2 1/2" strips.



If you have lots of 2 1/2" strips and would like to make this block here is how:

You will need:
One 2 1/2" strip at least 27 inches long (red in the photo below)
One 1 1/2" strip at least 14 inches long (black/dark fabric in 4 patches)
One 1 1/2" strip at least 14 inches long (white/cream/light fabric in 4 patches)

From the focus fabric cut:
2 pieces 2 1/2" X 6 1/2"
2 pieces 2 1/2" X 4 1/2"
2 pieces 2 1/2" X 2 1/2"

Make 4 - 4 patches from the black and white strips using your favorite method.
You can see the layout in the photo below. 


If you plan to chain piece several blocks at once, you can just make 2 of each unit below. 


I'm sure this isn't an original idea, but I wanted to include cutting instructions in case you have lots of 2 1/2" strips and want to make this block.


I like the quilt design without a border.



Stop by Patchwork Times to see what others have on their design walls today.

Thanks for stopping by today!

25 comments:

Dawn said...

Fun scrappy quilts!
Great use of the strips.
Thank you for sharing.

sunny said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I need to use up some of my scraps, but I don't think any of them play nicely together.

Jan said...

That is so clever! I probably would have just grabbed my fabrics and started cutting squares, without even considering this alternative.

scraphappy said...

Beautiful. What a great modification in the pattern to use the sizes you have on hand. Isn't that what scrap quilting is about after all?

blauraute said...

Beautiful, LuAnn, thank you for showing how to make the blocks.
If you've enough red scraps start with the little christmas elves quilt. I think you need more than 300 red scraps.
Have a nice week and take care
Roswitha

Rosa said...

Gorgeous scrap quilt.Thanks for the tutorial!!

Ellen said...

LuAnn, I love the way your quilt looks. You came up with a great way to get around not having 4.5" blocks - I love it!

Pat from Florida said...

Love this idea! I think it would look neat off-centered too. Thanks.

Pokey said...

Thank you for the extra time these photos took, this is very manageable, and your explanations are the best! I guess I better bookmark this one, I like the idea lots! ~
:-}pokey

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Very nice indeed Lu-ann

Cattinka said...

What a nice quilt, very tempting.
KATRIN W.

Janet O. said...

Thanks for the instructions, LuAnn. Great idea for 2 1/2 inch strips.

Lori said...

Great idea for using up strips! I have a lot of them and never can figure out what to do with them!!

Anne-Mettes Oaser said...

Great! And a fine way to made the block.

Judy D in WA said...

This is great! I can't wait to dig into my strips! Fabulous instructions and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

What a great tip!! And thanks for reminding me about this one!! I.LIKE.

Ali said...

LuAnn un trabajo fantástico y unas explicaciones perfectas .Gracias Un abrazo

Karen said...

What a great looking quilt - I love those little four patches.

Mama Pea said...

Luann, this is gorgeous! I love where you are going with this!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great idea for using up strips! It will be fabulous!

ytsmom said...

That is really cute! What a great idea, and fun!

Jen said...

HI! Luann, Thank you for those instructions .I will definately be saveing them. Your quilt looks lovely and colourful, great idea.

Linda said...

Thanks for the instructions on this. I've been looking at this off and on for awhile. A friend of mine did this last year and I had forgotten about it. This is definitely on my list to use up some of my scraps.

Mama Pea said...

So clever!!!

needlesandpins said...

A wonderful tutorial for a great pattern. Thanks.
Brigitte/A

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