Yay!…it's Sew Along Monday
and time for a new
Scrappy Happy project:)
This next project is a 9 block quilt!
It's perfect for using up
leftover yardage from another project.
Maybe you have a favorite collection
of fat quarters that you
have been hoarding or even
been afraid to cut into.
Be brave quilters!
Now is the time:)
88" x 88"
So lets talk about yardage and fabrics.
I'm using my Vintage Happy
Cloth Yardage #DC3781 in green
for my background.
Background needed - 5 1/4 yards
I decided to use fabrics
from a few of my collections
along with my stash of
Denyse Shmidt fabrics.
They play so well together!
Colors I used; aqua-blue-orange-yellow-pink-green.
I used 9 fat quarters (or 1/4 yard cuts will work too)
27 fat eighths (or 1/8th yard cuts will work too)
Our manual for the sew along is my pattern
We are using the Scrappy Happy block in the 24" size.
My pattern includes cutting for a 6" - 12" - 18" and a 24" block
and directions for sewing all four sizes are the same.
I chose 9 of the fat quarters and cut 9 sets of the (S) rectangles.
Then I chose 9 fat 1/8th's and from each I cut;
1 - (R) square and 4 (V) squares
From the remaining fat 1/8th's (18 of them);
I cut the (T) and the (U) squares
When I was finished…
I had 9 - 24" Scrappy Happy blocks cut and ready to sew!
Now here is where the fun begins!
At this point my block is not sewn together all the way.
I have sewn it into the 9 sections right before
completion and laid it out on my design board
just like the block in the pattern.
But wait!!!! …
Remember that I told you we would be doing
four different settings during our sew along?
Of course I like this setting but the point of this
sew along is not only to play with
scraps and colors from our stash…
and also to play with my Scrappy Happy block settings.
And just by simply turning the
rectangle sections upside down …
a star is born!!!
It's amazing how the look of a block can change
by just a slight turning of the pieces:)
So this is my Summer Skies block
in a 24" finished size…
Just 8 more for the Summer Skies quilt:)
I'll be showing you the rest of my
blocks over the next few weeks-
and of course posting them onto our
Scrappy Happy Summer Flickr group:)
What about the
Easy Corner Triangle trimmings?
Of course I have
saved those for our next
Scrappy Happy project…
and here is how I did it.
Before I sewed my ECT's…
I did a little marking:)
I used my 1/2" wide ruler and marked a line 1/2" away
from the center line that goes point to point like this.
I marked my lines in the direction that
they needed to be sewn to form the block:)
I sewed directly on both of my marked lines...
and cut them apart which left each
with an exact 1/4" seam allowance.
Then I pressed the ECT out as usual.
For the part you cut off…
you will need a 3 1/2" square ruler.
Either one of these will work…
it just needs a diagonal line going across the center.
Place the diagonal line of
the ruler onto your
And trim off all excess fabric like this.
Using a mat that turns
makes this little job fast and easy.
My favorite is this cute pink round one by
Busy Fingers. (Sue Daley)
After trimming…press these seams open.
You will end up with a
3 1/2" half square triangle
from each one of the ECT trimmings!!!
I LOVE not wasting fabric:)
This is all the waste that there is…
impressive to say the least!
So now that you have an ECT on
one end of the rectangles...
Go ahead and do the same thing when you add the ECT
onto the other end.
And you will have 8 more
3 1/2" half square triangles:)
Continue doing the same thing with
EVERY ECT TRIMMING ...
And press the seams open on all of them.
Because you will get 24 from each block ...
By the time you have your
9 Summer Skies block finished ...
you will have
216 - 3 1/2" half square triangles
for our next Scrappy Happy summer project:)
I can't wait to show you
what we will be doing with them:)
Are you having fun yet?
Do you like my Summer Skies block?
I love seeing your photos on
keep them coming!