Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Scrappy Be Mine Quilt

In December, I challenged quilting friends that attend Drift Creek Camp to make new quilts for their beds -- all of us using the same pattern!  It is the Be Mine quilt in the "free patterns" tab above. It is also affectionately known as the Oops quilt because I cut all of my original strips at 2'' instead of 2-1/2''. Kind of embarrassing for the designer, but that's life!

I've heard from quite a few campers and seen a couple of the finishes already.  This is going to be fun! I decided to make mine super scrappy and explained how to do that in the instructions, but I didn't give the number of squares to cut for each fabric. That was intentional. Many people have changed the design to suit their own purposes and my numbers wouldn't mean anything. However, if you like the black/blue/shirting quilt below, keep reading to the end and I'll give further information.

Here's a picture of the original Oops quilt:


Here's the center of my new quilt so far - minus the borders (you can also see what a formal design wall I have -- binder clips and push pins holding up a piece of batting!):


Here's a close-up of how scrappy it really is:


And here is an example of how I'm making the borders:

I'm pressing toward the right on all the blue strips and to the left (toward the black) on all the strips with black. This is a great project to use as leaders and enders ala Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.blogspot.com. Truly, most of the work is in the cutting... unless you're lucky enough to have a bunch of 2-1/2'' squares lying around!  

Feel free to check out the other pattern on my Free Patterns tab above. I plan to upload more as the year proceeds. All I ask is that you credit me back as the original designer and send people to my site if they'd like to make the pattern as well. Thanks. I'd love to see pictures of your finished quilts and share them on the blog!

So, if you're ready to cut out my scrappy version of the quilt, here's what you'll need:

Black 
2-1/2'' squares = 208

Blue 
2-1/2'' squares = 303 

Shirtings
2-1/2'' shares = 698

You'll also need to make 144 black and shirting half-square triangles that will finish at 2'' in the quilt. I used 3'' squares and made two at a time. If you do this, you'll need 72 black squares and 72 shirting squares. If you use the Easy Angle ruler to make half-square triangles, you truly can cut this quilt out using only 2-1/2'' strips!

Thanks for stopping by today. If you didn't arrive here from Jo's Country Junction, you definitely need to pay a visit to her website. Here's a link to what I did with one of Jo's patterns... of course, I made it scrappy!  



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