Good morning cute people!
I'm excited to show you my latest
Scrappy Happy project
that I made last week.
Last Monday we kicked off the
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So remember when I showed you
these trimmings off of the
Easy Corner Triangles
from last weeks
Scrappy Happy Summer project?
I did NOT want to throw them out!
this sew along is about
using up our scraps right?
I cut them into cute little 1 1/2" squares:)
I have been wanting to make a runner to protect the
top of my piano ever since I painted it 3 years ago.
I decided that these little squares would be the perfect answer!
So I measured my piano top and started
playing with my squares to see what
fast and easy runner that I could come up with.
I played with my squares in several different settings
(on my design board)
rearranging them until they made me happy:)
I decided on this easy setting for my runner.
I liked this sweet and simple block!
Because the 1 1/2" squares were in matching sets of 4…
I decided to use the solid yellow squares for the centers
and add 4 of the matching squares around it…
along with 4 background squares in the corners.
I also used 2 different backgrounds to add a little more interest
as I alternated the blocks for the runner.
Because my piano is 58" long…
I needed to cut a few more squares
from my scrappy stash baskets.
I could have used my 1 1/2" basket of strips and squares
but I decided to use my 3 1/2" basket…
it was fast and easy to cut several more matching sets of 4 for each block.
You can cut a set from one 3 1/2"square!
Of course you could easily make
a smaller runner or a doll quilt from your leftover squares…
this sew along is about deciding
what YOU want to make…
you are the boss of your own scraps!
You could measure your piano or maybe
your sofa table or fireplace mantle and
customize the size of your runner to fit.
It's easy using just simple math and graph paper…
all you need to know is that
each little block measures 3" when finished:)
But if you want to make one like mine…
here is what I did.
It measures 13 1/2" x 55 1/2" and
consists of 51 sweet little blocks
in a setting of 3 across and 17 down.
For EACH of the 51 blocks I cut -
1 - 1 1/2" yellow square
4 - 1 1/2" matching squares
4 - 1 1/2" background squares
I also cut border strips;
2 - 2 1/2" x 13 1/2"
and 2 - 2 1/2" x 51 1/2"
I used 1/4 yard of white background
just under 1/2 yard of the polka dot background.
I made 25 of the blocks with the
pink polka dot background and
26 of them with the white background.
I pressed all of my seams open
so that they would lay nice and flat…
I do this whenever I am working with small pieces.
Pressing the seams open also makes it easy peasy
to line up the seams when sewing together.
I like to use these Fork Pins by Clover
when I am sewing 2 open seams together.
Because a pin goes on each side of the seam…
there is absolutely no shifting:)
51 sweet and simple blocks all sewn:)
They each measure 3 1/2" at this point.
I sewed them into rows…
alternating the two different backgrounds.
And pressed ALL seams open.
You can't believe how flat it is for such tiny pieces!
Now it's time to add the border strips.
This is how I cut border strips when they
need to be wider than the width of my fabric;
I cut 4 - 2 1/2" x Width of Fabric strips
from my pink polka dot fabric.
Cut off the selvedge...
and sew them together on the diagonal like this.
You can mark them…
or just use your Angler 2 lines that
is taped to your sewing machine like I usually do:)
After sewing, trim off the excess leaving about 1/4" seam allowance...
and press open for less bulk.
Cut and sew on your side strips first…
(2 1/2" x 51 1/2")
And then the end strips last.
(2 1/2" x 13 1/2")
Press all seams towards the border strips…
and quilt your Sweet and Simple runner!
Next…choose your binding fabric.
I chose a yellow print in the same shade of my
solid yellow for the center squares of each block…
so that the binding would coordinate nicely:)
I cut 4 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips
and prepared 150" of binding.
if you want to see how I further
prepare my binding and bind my quilts.
Bind your runner and take
a few photos to add to our flickr group...
We all want to see what you are making!
I'll chat at you next Monday
when it's time for the next
Scrappy Happy Summer episode:)
But if you want to see what
I'm up to in the meantime …
and join me on Instagram:)
Have a quilty kind of summer…