This is a fabulous quilt for using up scraps…and since my inbox was full of questions about it I figured I’d post a quick free pattern. I’ve seen many antique quilts in this pattern. It’s been around forever…and is a great way to use up extra strips, squares, or extra pre-cuts you have lying around. If you want a more detailed version of this pattern with yardage requirements, sizes, and color options, you can find a pattern in my shop.
For a 64" x 80" quilt you’ll need:
Print fabrics: 160 scrap 4 1/2" squares
Solid or small print for the chain squares: 20 strips 2 1/2" x the width of the fabric
White fabric: 20 strips 2 1/2" x the width of the fabric
Step 1: Sew each of the color 2 1/2" strips to a white 2 1/2" strip. Chain piece to save time!!! You should have 20 strip sets when your done. Press seams towards the color fabric.
Step 2: Cut each of the strip sets into 16 units 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". You can cut 2 or 3 strip sets at a time to speed things up!
Step 3: Sew the units together to create four patch blocks. Press the seam in either direction or open. You should have 160 four patch blocks when your done.
Step 4: Layout 2 matching four patch blocks, and 2 scrap squares. Sew them together as shown, the arrows indicate pressing direction (press the last seam in either direction or open).
Repeat until you have 80 blocks.
Step 5: Assemble the blocks into 10 rows of 8 blocks each. I didn’t worry about creating locking seams…a pin in the seam while you sew will help the seams match and everything should line up nice and neat!
Step 6: Sew the blocks together to form the rows. Press seams, alternating directions with each row. Sew the rows together to finish the quilt top.
This quilt is a perfect Picnic Size. More sizes and detailed material requirements can be found in a detailed pattern here.
Now go sort through your scraps…and happy summer quilting!