Friday, October 17, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop


I was invited to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop by fabric artisan Carol  of Carol R. Eaton Designs.  
BUT here is the catch...I am blogging more frequently at the following addresses. Please go to (Mary Lachman Design) and 
Moth at the Window.
Spring Garden - inspired by my backyard (honestly!)

Monday, October 13, 2014

CheckerBlue Scrap Quilt Free Pattern

CheckerBlue is an easy to make scrap quilt. The checkerboard 9-patch blocks are all made from 2 1/2" strips. Four 9-patch blocks create one large 'checkerboard' block. The alternating large squares combine colors from the smaller 9-patch blocks and a contrast colors. A knowledge of basic block and quilt construction is assumed. If you have any questions please leave a comment for me.

Assorted dark, light and medium 2 1/2" x wide-of-fabric strips (I used predominately blue and white).
Two yards of dark contrast print fabric (C)
One yard of blue and white check fabric (D)

How to make one 9-patch block:
  1. Cut 2 1/2" strips into 2 1/2" squares.
  2. Sew dark and light squares together in groups of 3 (dark-light-dark) = A
  3. Sew light and dark squares together in groups of 3 (light-dark-light) = B
  4. Sew the group of 3 'A' to a group of 3 'B', press seams to dark
  5. Add another row of 3 'A' or 3 'B' to complete the pattern
  6. Completed block will be 6 1/2" square.
  7. Four of these 9-patch blocks are sewn together to make one large 'checkerboard' block that should measure 12 1/2" finished.

How to make larger contrast block:
  1. Cut 2 fabric strips 4 1/2" x 12 1/2" (C-1)
  2. Cut 2 squares from the same fabric, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (C-2)
  3. Cut 1 contrast fabric square, 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" (D)
  4. Sew one C-2 square onto the side of D square. 
  5. Sew the second C-2 square onto the opposite side of the D square.
  6. Sew the C-1 strips along each edge of the C-2:D:C-2 piece.
  7. The completed contrast block should measure 12 1/2".

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