Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easy Scrappy Strips and Bricks Block Tutorial

Guess what? I still have scraps left. Way, way, way less than what I had, but they're not quite gone. YET. I have a pile of solid scraps that need to be dealt with. So here's what I'm doing to use up more strips of patterned fabric AND my bigger solid pieces in case you want to try too ...

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It's a super easy block that will finish at 10 inches.

First off, cut your scrappy patterned fabric strips into pieces that are 2.5 by 5.5 inches. Cut lots so you'll have a variety to choose from for each square.

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Then cut your solid pieces into bricks that are 5.5 by 10.5 inches.

For each block you will need five little pieces and one big one. Either choose each piece carefully or just randomly grab whatever is closest. ;-) Sew your five small pieces together as shown. Use a 1/4 inch seam. Press your seams. Then sew this set of strips to the solid colour brick again using a 1/4 inch seam. All done. A 10.5 inch block that will finish in the quilt at 10 inches. See, super easy. I know you probably didn't even need the tutorial since it was so simple and straight-ahead, but it makes me feel useful to write it out. Hee, hee. Then, once you have a few, the fun of arranging begins. So many possibilities! These are just a few. A multi-colour windmill block as shown above ... Maybe this way? Or this? Or even on point?

Ladies and gentlemen, start your machines! May the scrapbusting commence!
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Thanks for stopping by. Happy Quilting!
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19 comments:

quilary said...

The solids and the scrappy pieces look really good together. There are some great ideas for putting them together - looks lovely.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Looks great.....nice idea Riel..

Jodi said...

Well, I, for one, never thought of that, so THANKS!

SewLindaAnn said...

Doesn't matter how simple things appear, sometimes you just want to look at the directions to get something done without "thinking" about measuring and what it will end up to be. So, thanks for taking the time to write this out - because that's exactly the state of mind I'm in today and it will be very useful!

Sew Many Mamas said...

So bright and fun! Love it!

MaryJo said...

What a great block! This gives me some good ideas for upcoming projects! Thanks for the update on how you did this! Now I just need to get some solids!

Teje said...

Hello Riel! Thank you for showing - sometimes even simple blocks are better to see how to do, to remember them when planning something. I love this block - so simple and still makes lovely colourful combinations!
I love all your works! x Teje

felicity said...

Deceptively simple blocks that transform into fabulous patterns - love it. thank you!!

VivJM said...

Wow, what a great way of using up scraps. Love it! Simple but dramatic.

kayleighinstitches said...

Simply adorable! The color combos are so eye catching. They really pop!

HollyM said...

I love this block! It may be simple but I hate to do the math sometimes. I like math, I'm just lazy when I want to get to the sewing.
Thanks!
I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

Cathy said...

snazzy, or what? I love it!!!

Quiltstory said...

Way cute, love it. I love when I get to switch things around until I find one I like! Thanks for linking up:)

Mary said...

Great tutorial and a very easy and versatile block. Lots you could do with this. Thanks!

Sherrie said...

I also love quilting & sewing ..I love seeing other ideas to inspire me for other ideas for quilts...thanks for sharing :)
Sherrie from Simpleliving :)

Belinda Regina said...

This info is very useful, I rest a lot of pieces of cloth in my workshop, maybe I can make like fabric with a very beautiful

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Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

What a neat block idea! Filing away for a future quilt.
~Kimberlee
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Heather said...

I absolutely LOVE this idea! I am new to quilting and am a visual learning so this was extremely helpful. Just today i went through all my scraps from various sewing projects. Again, thank you!

Michelle said...

I love your tutorials for making quilts from scraps - not only do I have lots of scraps, but I love using recycled materials for my projects. This one is on my list!