Thursday, January 03, 2013

Squaring the Rectangle

In amidst my block-making frenzy over the holidays, I decided to do something a little different. I had googled "quilt blocks with squares and rectangles" for something quick and easy, and in my wanderings, found this Rectangle Squared Quilt Block Tutorial.   This is more white space than I normally use in a quilt, but I had a layer cake which I purchased in summer 2011 which wanted a project, so I decided to use the basic block idea but upscale it to suit the 10" squares of my layer cake - less cutting that way, and also less waste. And also, larger pieces showing of the fabrics in the layer cake, which I think are quite funky (my measurements below, if you want to make this using a layer cake).

Of course, there was cake left over - never a bad thing!  So I am cutting 2.5" squares from it to make a small Irish Chain. I think there will still be a stack of decent sized rectangles left even after that (perhaps 5x6") so there will be more fabric for future.  Not sure what will happen with that - that's a plan for another day!

My modified block sizes (see below diagram for placement):

large rectangle on left: 10" x 4.25"
long white solid strip: 10" x 2.5"
two squares: 4.25" x 4.25"
small white divider: 4.25" x 2.5"

(This image from Film in the Fridge's Excellent Rectangle Squared Tutorial)

I used 2.5" wide sashing (unfinished measurement) between my blocks and the outer border was cut at  4.5".


Lynne said...

I love it!

Sarah Craig said...

Great design, Kate! I love it!!

ruthsplace said...

This one is very cool!

Unknown said...

I love this Kate - never can resist a quick geometric design for a speedy quilt make - will definitely be saving this for future reference - and I love it with the white background although it would look just as fab with any other striking 'solid' for the background