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Scrap Quilt 2 – working with 3” x 3” fabric scraps

by Paul Leger

Welcome back! Yesterday I showed you a cheerful scrappy quilt design I made using primarily 2” x 2” scrap fabric squares. The result is indeed a colorful quilt.


For today’s scrappy quilt of the week, I’m diving into my 3” x 3” scrap fabric bin for a different scrappy quilt design. Let’s get to it!


The fun with OLFA rulers is they’re easy rulers to use with all possible black line markings that quilters need. Although I have most of the OLFA rulers, my favorite is the OLFA 6″ x 12″ Frosted Acrylic Ruler. I can do so much with this ruler!

An OLFA 6″ x 12″ ruler

OLFA 6″ x 12″ ruler

Same as for yesterday’s scrappy quilt, all seams will be ¼” seams. Today’s quilt will measure 60½” x 60½” before quilting.

A word about threads… Anyone who knows me, knows I love threads of all colors and weights. I love using colored threads when quilting and I sometimes love the texture a heavier-weight thread can give when quilting or when using decorative stitches. When it comes to piecing, I typically only use a 50wt gray or tan colored threads such as the Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m – Lt. Slate or the Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m – Ivory. I find these colors blend so well with all fabric colors.

Two spools of Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in a light Lt. Slate and Ivory color.

Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in Lt. Slate and Ivory colors

From the 3” x 3” bin, I searched for pairs of the same fabric to make today’s quilt. 182 Pairs are needed.

Also required for this design is ¾ yards of light gray fabric for the quilt’s sashing.

1.    From the gray fabric cut 20 – 2” x 30½” strips.

2.    From the remaining fabrics cut 90 – 2” x 5½” rectangles.

An OLFA 45mm rotary cutter and an OLFA 6” x 12” ruler are used to cut 2” x 5½” rectangles from a 2” wide strip of black fabric.

Cut 80 – 2” x 5½” rectangles

3.    With the gray fabric cut, find 182 pairs of 3” squares from the bin.

A bin with 100s of 3” squares is placed beside a few 3” squares that are placed on a cutting mat.

Find pairs of 3” fabric squares.

4.    Sew two pairs together. Don’t overthink this step just take two pairs, ensure there is a contrast and sew them together,           even if they don’t match. Remember this is a scrap quilt, just enjoy and sew. In the end, it will look great!

Pairs are matched up to other pairs and sewn together.

Match pairs together and sew.

5.    With all the pairs sewn, make four patch blocks. The total amount of four patch blocks, 81.

From matching pairs sewn in the previous step, four patches are created.

Make four patch blocks.

6.    Sew a 2” x 5½” rectangles to each of the 81 four-patch blocks.

Grey rectangles have been sewn to a variety of four patches.

Sew gray rectangles to each 81 four-patch block.

7.     In quantities of nine, sew the four patch blocks with the gray rectangles into rows. There’ll be a total of nine rows when          completed.

The four patches with gray rectangles are sewn together in sets of nine.

Sew four patch blocks with gray rectangles to each other.

8.     At the end of each row sew the remaining nine 2” x 5½” rectangles.

A 2” x 5½” rectangle is placed next to the end of a four-patch row before being sewn.

A 2” x 5½” rectangle is sewn at the end of each row.

9.    Pair all the gray 2” x 30½” strips and sew end to end. Center seam with the center of the row of blocks. Then sew it to             the row. As shown in the next photo.

A gray strip is centered on a row of four patches using the center as a guide.

Match the seam on the gray pairs of strips to the center of the 9 path rows.

10.   Once all the gray rows have been sewn to the row of blocks sew all the rows together.

Note: There will be one last gray row, sew to a row of blocks that do not have one.

two rows of four patches are sewn to each other.

Sew rows to each other.

With all the quilt rows sewn, the quilt top can be quilted and bound.

The completed quilt with a total of 81 blocks each containing four 3 squares

The completed quilt, quilted by Michel Verville

Remember when selecting sewing thread only purchase quality threads. Thread will be one of the most important parts of the quilt as it holds everything together. That is why I love using Gütermann 50wt threads. I always have my favorite neutral colors on hand, Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m – Lt. Slate and Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread 250m – Ivory.

Two spools of Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in a light Lt. Slate and Ivory color.

Gütermann Cotton 50wt Thread in Lt. Slate and Ivory colors

Join me tomorrow, I’m making a scrap quilt using 1½” squares, lots, and lots of them!

This is part 3 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: Scrap Quilt 1 – working with 2” x 2” fabric scraps

Go to part 4: Scrap Quilt 3 – working with 1½” x 1½” fabric scraps


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