Today’s Scrap Squad quilt is by Forest Jane who lives in Memphis. You can peek at Jane’s blog here.
And here are Jane’s thoughts:
I made my blocks just a little bit bigger to be able to use the AccuQuilt shape die cutters I already had. My chisel shapes finished at 3” x 6”, which meant my corner squares finished at
3” x 3”. I didn’t change the size of the center of the block at all.
Here’s a single block I drew in Electric Quilt. My blocks all finished at 12.5 inches. I made 36 blocks.
I used a square-in-a-square block to connect my picket fences at the corners, and that inner square (4.75 inches cut size) is also available in the AccuQuilt dies, but I don’t have it yet. The square-in-a-square uses the identical finish-at-3-inch half-square triangles that I cut to finish the chisels, only instead of the beige and tan and khaki, I decided it’d look better with some of the dark fabrics I’d used.
Cutting the triangles and the chisels on the AccuQuilt made the whole process for this king-size quilt go so smoothly! I would never have planned a quilt with this many chisel shapes without the cutter. It made the half-square triangle cutting a breeze too, and having all the dog-ears cut off before I sew—what a timesaver! Put the fabric on the die (I was using right and left sided chisels, so the fabric could be upside down or rightside up) and crank it through.
When I flip the mat over, some of the triangles usually stick to the mat, and some stay on the dark gray foam that surrounds the blades. Some people say they use dryer sheets to eliminate this static cling, but it doesn’t bother me that much. I don’t care if I pick them up off the mat or off the foam.
You can see above that I’ve marked the foam with a white sharpie. This makes it easier to see exactly where the blade is, and also allows me to put even tiny fabric scraps on the foam and see if they’re big enough to cut a half-square triangle.
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Another beauty—I tell you, these Scrap Squad gals are the best!
We haven’t had a giveaway lately so let’s send some fat quarters to someone who wants to make a scrappy quilt. Leave a comment here by midnight Friday, Jan. 13 and we’ll choose two random winners. The winners are Becky, Diane and Kathy. Congratulations, and thanks for all the great comments!