The last few days I have been cutting my fabric stash and the larger pieces in my scrap bin into 2.5" squares. Maybe not my entire fabric stash, but it sure felt like it. Some of the square have been fussy cut - with ruler and rotary cutter - to feature a print, but most squares were cut using a fabric cutter and a 2.5" die, cutting multiple layers of fabric and squares at once. It saves time and saves my back from aching, and is very accurate, with only minimal fabric wastage.
My project is a super scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - a traditional quilt design with layout variations that vary from simple to intricate. I am keeping it simple, two alternating blocks - one scrappy and one with a structured layout. This design is not unlike the Scrap Vomit Quilt Movement of 2013 led by Katy Jones from I am a Ginger Monkey, although I've added an extra row of squares to the repeating design that then flows into the scrappy block.
At this point in time I have a few more blocks to piece together and then I get to arrange and rearrange my blocks. I have also worked out a way to press seams so that regardless of how I turn my blocks all seams will "nest" when sewing together the blocks in this alternating layout. My goal for today is to end the day with a quilt top ... and I will have sewn together more than 1200 squares in the last few days. Good times.
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - Part 2 and Tutorial
Irish Chain Scrap Buster Quilt - Part 3 - The Finished Quilt
More RPQ Scrap Busting Projects
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