RSC18 Sampler

This year, I'm working together with Mari from Academic Quilter to plan a sampler quilt called "Squared Away". We have chosen 10 blocks which are all based on a 5 by 5 grid. They can be made in multiple sizes, and by making several blocks each month you will have enough for a nice sampler by the end of the year. The best part of the sampler? Because we are using a consistent grid size with only three basic shapes (squares, rectangles, and half square triangles), you can choose a block size that works with your scraps. Please scroll to the bottom of this page for a handy sizing chart to help you decide.

So how to start? Choose a square size and start making blocks. 3 of each block per month should do the trick. By making three of each block, you will have a chance to play with your scraps and experiment with placement of colors and values. In October, I will offer several setting options which each use about 30 blocks. Again, head to the bottom of the page for more specifics about on point and diagonal setting requirements.

Here are some guidelines so you know what size units to cut for your desired block size.

Squared Away Cutting Size Chart

Block patterns will be posted on the first Saturday of each month. Mari will post complete tutorials on her blog using the 10 inch size while I will make 7.5 inch blocks. I'm not planning to repeat her directions, but I will give you a handy chart to keep track of how many of each unit you will need for your block. Together with the cutting chart above, you should have all the information you need to make your blocks in whatever size you desire. I will work on putting together a handy PDF after Mari posts her tutorials, and will link them back using the list below as soon as everything is assembled.

Date colors hyperlinks (as they become available)
January 6 light and medium blue Block 1 pdf of block 1
February 3 Block 2
March 3 Block 3
April 7 Block 4
May 5 Block 5
June 2 Block 6
July 7 Block 7
August 4 Block 8
September 1 Block 9
October 6 Block 10
November 3   layout and sewing blocks together
December 1  quilting and finishing

Still need more information? Here are some specifics:
Each 5 by 5 block will have 25 subunits consisting primarily of squares and half square triangles (HST).  A few blocks will substitute a rectangle for two squares.

First decide the size of subunits with which you would like to work.  This should be based primarily on the size you your scraps.  If you have a bin of precut strips ready and waiting, this is a great place to start.  So many people have lots of jelly rolls on hand with 2.5 inch strips.  This quilt would feature them beautifully.  By using a specialty HST you could easily get all of the units out of one size of strips.  If you do not use specialty rulers, you will need larger squares or stips to make HST units.  The exact size will depend on the method you choose.  The cutting chart above should help you find just the right size of scraps.
Most blocks will take 2-3 shades of a single color along with background fabric.  Try to pull coordinating scraps with enough contrast to allow the pattern to show.  Often a light and dark version of the same color will work well.

At the end of the year we will offer a variety of layout options.  Most use 30 blocks, but one or two extra blocks might be needed for diagonal and on point settings.
Make 3 blocks each month for a 30 block straight set layout (5 x 6)
Add two extra block of your choice for an on point setting
Add one extra block of your choice for a diagonal setting
For the 15 or 20 inch finished block, 2 of each block is suggested

Your exact quilt size will depend on setting options as well as sashing and border choices.  There are some rough guidelines here to help you plan.  

Finished Block Size
Finished units
Unfinished Units
Approximate Quilt Size
5 inch
1 inch
1.5 inch
Wall hanging
7.5 inch
1.5 inch
2 inch
Crib or Lap Size
10 inch
2 inch
2.5 inch
Twin or Double
12.5 inch
2.5 inch
3 inch
Double or Queen
15 inch
3 inch
3.5 inch
Twin or Double
20 inch
4 inch
4.5 inch
Double or Queen

Mari has set up a project specific tab so be sure to visit for more information.

Don't forget to come back on Saturdays to join in to the weekly linky party and share your progress with the other Rainbow Scrap Challenge Quilters.  


kupton52 said...

I have read both your blogs for some time now but have never participated in your rainbow scrap fun...I think in 2018 it's time to change that! Happy New Year!

Sara said...

I really like your idea for 2018. Now to decide which size to work with.

Sue said...

I have been reading your blog now for a lot of years. Time has come to start and join in your Rainbow Scrap Fun. Glad the first colour is light Blue.Happy New Year.

Quilter Kathy said...

Awesome! Thanks for creating this fun for us!
I'm going to do the 5" size because I love playing with small pieces!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

I am having issues in grabbing your buttons. For some reason Wordpress is not adding the Button only the text... Never had this problem before. Anyone else having the issue?
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