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Thread: Scrappy Double Squares

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    Scrappy Double Squares

    I don't throw away any scraps. One of the things I do with the 1-1/2" strips is shown here. Normally, the dark green larger corner is done scrappy but I had all these greens and decided to do a green quilt top. So I did need some yardage - and this is a green I had had for a while

    I cut a base from something I know I'll never use -- if you make 48 squares and then sew in row 6 wide by 8 long and add a border, it will make a nice child's quilt, or make larger for lap quilts.

    This beige base is cut at 7" to allow for some distortion when adding strips and also so that you don't need to be exactly perfect in placing your strips. I sew strips on one half to fill, starting with the longest piece right sides together, the edge of the strip about 1/2" from the corner, and do assembly line sewing -- sew the first strip on all the bases, press toward the corner, then sew another, press, etc. to cover to the corner. Then put a ruler on the press line of the first strip at the 2" mark and mark with a pencil. If you want a smaller corner, make a longer line, perhaps 2-1/2 or 2-1/4". Cut your corner pieces, put then right sides together with the edge on the pencil line, sew 1/4" seam, press. Lay a 6-1/2" ruler on the block with the diagonal line of the 6-1/2" square along the sewing line of the first strip and trim. A second square appears when all the blocks are put together like I have shown,

    I also save 2-1/2" strips in another box. For these strips I use an 9" base and trim with an 8-1/2" ruler. I use these two sizes becasuse these are two small rulers I have for cutting squares.
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    That's going to be pretty, I noticed I tend to have more blue and green scraps than any other colours. I like how you measure over from the strip to place your green corner.

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    Nice use of scraps. I LOVE that green!

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    I like this and I have a question. Do you only sew strips to one side of the block and have the cream or green as the rest of the block? I did print this off so I could try this way hoping that was alright.
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    I really like it. I need to get to work on my scraps. Your quilt looks very organized and neat. Good job.

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    love the blocks
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    beautiful mix of greens!

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    thanks for the tut, those look great
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    Thank you for explaining how to make good use of scrap strips. I have this on my bucket list.

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    Thanks, paintmejudy love this block.
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    I read your tut very carefully and looking at the picture, I "think" I understand...but help me with this. You'll end up with one side of the block being string pieced and the other with a larger single solid color triangle and the beige base strip running down just left or right of center? How does this look with several blocks together? Can you post a picture because I"m seeing a couple of patterns emerge and would love to have a better look...and thank you for putting this together. I think it was just what I was looking for but I need more pictures to be sure I understand.

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    Sewing the strips together ( on a treddle machine)is for my mom is how i learned to sew when was 5 or 6 yrs. Old. Mom cut out squares of sears catalogs that was our paper piecing.
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    Nice blocks! Great use of scraps.
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    This is awesome! I can (mind) see a second and third pattern emerge. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to try it.

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    Clever! Thanks so much for sharing.
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    Love the colors and the tute, thanks. I tried to print the instructions but the right side doesn't print all the way. I tried the printable version and the highlighted selection, both of them cut off the righthand side. Any idea of what to do? Thanks.

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    I really like string pieced quilts -- yours is a different design than I have seen before -- will have to try this one! Thanks for the idea\.

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    I love that you can use up scraps this way instead of long strips. Thanx
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    Cool Idea!
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    Another idea for me to try! Thank you!
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    great use of scraps. llove your blocks
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    Very nice, I love scrapey quilts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    That's going to be pretty, I noticed I tend to have more blue and green scraps than any other colours. I like how you measure over from the strip to place your green corner.
    I igree great way to do this.thanks for sharing
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    Thanks for posting. I picked up some strips of various widths from my church group and thinking of making something similar to this.
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    I have so many scraps to use. this looks like a winner to me.

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