Scrap Quilt Block

When I was cleaning out some paper files of quilt blocks, I came across a scrap quilt block.  It looked like an easy block to sew.  I decided to make one to see if it was as easy as it looked. For two 4″ blocks cut:IMG_1756 1 -3 1/2″ dark medium square, 1 – 2″ square of dark medium, 2 – 2″ x 3 1/2″ of light and 1 – 5″ square of dark medium.     Stitch together with a 1/4″ seam like this. IMG_1757         IMG_1759 Draw a diagonal line on the 5″ block.     Place onto the pieced block RST with the diagonal line beginning and ending on the light rectangles.  Stitch 1/4″ on each side of the diagonal line. I pinned the two pieces together so that they wouldn’t shift. Cut on the diagonal line to create two squares.  Square to 4 1/2″  There is just a sliver to cut off.IMG_1763 One square will look like this.       The other will look like this. IMG_1761 IMG_1760 Assemble to create a pleasing design.  Use lots of scraps for a different look.  You can use charm squares for the 5″ pieces. The picture of the square has 16 – 4″ pieces.  I found that if you want a block that is color coordinated like the one in the picture, you have to make four squares  in two different colorways. An other possibility would be to make a 4 patch block with the pieces twisted and turned other ways.  The blocks are so easy to make.  It would be fun to make several and play with a setting. I do have a lot of 2″ off white strips leftover from another project.  If the background was the same color, it might work. Have a great day and happy quilting.

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