Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Sampler - Hashtag

I saw this block on a link from a link from somebody's blog, and thought it was just an adorable block idea.  I can't seem to find the same post again to give credit for the inspiration though, sorry about that.  A quick google search yields lots of pretty hashtag quilts.  Seems like this would be a great pattern for using a jelly roll.  
 Unfortunately, it is built on a 5 by 5 grid which is not the most friendly arrangement for a 6 inch block.  Each section ends up 1.2 inches finished which is 1.7 unfinished.  For the sake of sanity, I cut everything at 1.75 inches.

Start with two fabrics, dark and light cut into strips 1.75 inches wide.  From dark red cut two 6 inch lengths and 2 - 6.75 inch lengths.  From lighter background fabric, but three 6 inch strips.  
 Layer all the 6 inch strips into a light/dark/light/dark/light set.  Sew them all together and press the seams toward the dark red fabric.  Try to keep all the seams running parallel if you can.
 Straighten up one side and cut three 1.75 inch sections.
 Now alternate your freshly cut strip sets with the solid red strips.  Sew these 5 pieces together and press toward the dark red.
 Your block is now just a tiny bit oversized with about a seam allowance of extra fabric running all the way around.  Carefully shave off the extra to give you a perfectly sized 6.5 inch unfinished block.
Super cute, right?  And not too bad to sew despite the odd measurements.  


Needled Mom said...

Very cute and a great idea.

Terri said...

Thanks for doing the math for us! I especially love that it's July's color - my fav. red.

Kate said...

Fun block!