Sunday, February 4, 2018

Scrumptious Scraps Quilt-Along - Twin Sisters!

Hi, all!

Welcome to the second week of the Scrumptious Scraps Quilt-Along!   This week, I'm getting by with a little help from my friends - one of my favorite people, Sharon of Vrooman's Quilts, is going to share one of her scrappy quilt tutorials with us!  Sharon is a fabulous scrap quilter - I know this, because she sends our quilt ministry lots of blocks and they are beautiful and so scrappy, they make my heart sing!  And she has the coolest address ever - she lives on Quilt Lane!  I hope you love her tutorial as much as I do, so here it is...

PS Be sure to read through to the end of the post for the winner of last week's giveaway...

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Hi! I'm Sharon, and I blog over at Vrooman's Quilts!  I'm going to share a very easy quilt pattern that originated from my TV days with Eleanor Burns - TWIN SISTERS.  (this tutorial is also listed on my tute page - just another quilt)

Since I am a scrap quilter I don't want to ever use up my scraps, but I do need to tame them from time to time.  Even after using a lot of blues in the past few quilt-a-longs, I seem to still have an overflow  as well as my 'neutrals' are a bit out of hand.


I make this using 2.5" strips (jelly roll friendly) and you need at least a 19" length.  I use 20" to give myself wiggle room.  Some of my scraps were shorter, but I used two 10" lengths that work just as well.  One light and one dark - you can mix up your fabrics to use up those scraps.  Sew strips together and press toward the dark.


Sub-cut your strip sets into 4.5" units.  As you can see, you could even make four strip sets if your scraps are shorter. 


Cut each 4.5" unit from corner to corner using the same direction for all.  Lefties might feel more comfortable cutting from bottom left to top right corners.  The block pattern will work either way, but be sure you cut the units all the same.


Now pair up your units with the larger light section into one grouping and your larger dark section into another grouping like in the photo.  You are creating mirror images.


Stitch two triangles together - starting at the long edge and sew down to point.  Repeat  and press to the section that has no seam.  No  match up your two triangle units, pin center seams (they will nest) and point to hold and sew your center seam.  Press center seam open.  Square up - unfinished size is 5.5" and you can see I had very little to trim off.


This is the pile of scraps that I had left once completing the number of blocks I wanted for this quilt.


  I know Sarah has been trying to break her habit of tossing those left overs in a bin again - instead, trimming them up into workable units for a quick start on a new project.  This is a habit I have used since I started quilting.  All left overs go into my fabric system from various size squares that I use frequently and strips/strings.  Now doesn't that neat order look more appealing to use than that jumbled pile?


You can put your blocks together as is and the way they are pressed makes matching seams easy, but I like to sash.  I used 1.5" x 5.5" sashings with 1.5" corner stones, but you can play with this to make your own quilt.


You can play with your block layout, but I just placed the mirror sets one after the other as they look so different anyways.


I used the white for an inner border at 2.5" (again optional) and a 6.5" outer border for the finish look.


The backing  (and outer border) was left overs from an extra wide used for another quilt  I had to piece the back in 5 different sections, but you can't tell.  Hey, it's about using it up!


I quilted it with a curve from point to point and thru the corner stones for curved cross-hatch which looks like a loppy apple core on the back.  You can quilt as desire or even tie.


I used some of those dark blue scraps for the binding, too - just an added interest.


Another look at the finished quilt.  It took me a day to cut and make the blocks, a day to sash and assemble the flimsy, and a day to quilt and add the binding (all completed by machine). 

Thank you Sarah for inviting me and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

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Oh, how I love this quilt!  Sharon, thank you for sharing this wonderful scrap buster pattern with us - I have a whole tub of red scraps that has been screaming "use me, use me" and this may be the answer!

And now for the winner of last week's scrap giveaway.....


Other people's scraps are always more fun than my own--why is that? I've been plowing through my scraps, making kennel quilts, and I'll be happy to get an infusion of newness. (Any Christmas in there?)

I love the way you broke up those Jelly Roll Race quilts! That would be very fun for our Ronald McDonald Quilts. I'm going to add this to my list. Great idea for "leaders and enders", to sit a bag by my machine and work on the quilt even as I make progress on other projects also.

Congratulations, Beth!  I'll be contacting you to get your snail mail address and ship off that box of scraps ASAP!

Anyone interested in a box this week?  If you are, mention it in your comment below (be sure to leave some love for Sharon, too!) and leave me your email address, too!

Hugs!

Sarah

56 comments:

  1. I am very interested in your scraps! I need some red scraps for a quilt I am making for my grandson and also for a scrappy around the world. Love your tutorial! I'm going to try this week's block.
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  2. What a wonderful pattern, and the finished blocks are super. Congrats Beth, enjoy some scraps!!

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  3. What a lovely quilt Sharon, and very simple too. Sarah, thanks for all you do to provide us with simple patterns to be used as charity quilts. Do NOT put my name in the drawing, I already have more fabrics than I'll ever use. Happy stitching!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern Sharon! I'm going to try this today with some strips. Wouldn't this look great in so many colors! That's what I love about scrappy quilts...there is so much opportunity for color and adding interest. I'd love a chance at the box, thank you! radosevichr@hotmail.com

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  5. Beautiful quilt Sharon! I would love to have my name in the drawing - one can never have too much fabric!

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  6. There's a lot going in that quilt with just the quiet palette Sharon chose and I'm impressed. And I'd love a chance at your scraps, Sarah.

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  7. Wow, I love Sharon's quilt! Such a simple process with such great results. I have joined the Doll Quilt drive at Needle and Foot and I just might use this pattern. I would love the chance at your scraps to use for doll quilts. I made one yesterday using scraps from a baby quilt and it was such fun to do.

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  8. Super tutorial and details, Sharon. I am adding to my want to make list:)

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  9. Wonderful tutorial, clearly explained and easy to follow. I like the use of one color. Great way to use up some scraps!

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  10. Nice quilt Sharon. I love scraps. Soo many possibilities. Sarah put me on the list for the drawing. Darlene dhoctor@sbcglobal.net

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  11. What a cute quilt! Would be sweet for a baby quilt.

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  12. I love blue and love this simple scrap buster! I need to try it out. Thank you Sharon for the wonderful inspiration. I have enough scraps, don't enter me in the drawing.

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  13. Great quilt tutorial. Thanks Sharon for the inspiration. Scraps are always welcome in my home.

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  14. What a fun design! It looks especially nice with the sashing and cornerstones. Thanks for the tutorial, Sharon!

    I'd love another chance at winning some of your scraps, Sarah! Thank you for another opportunity!

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  15. Thank you Sharon for the tutorial. I love the quilt. It looks like a complicated pattern, but you made it so simple.
    I would love a chance to win some scraps. Scrappy quilts are the best. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  16. Thank you Sharon. Great tutorial and a wonderful way to play with scraps!

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  17. i would love some scraps for the scrappy irish chain i am doing as leaders and enders. love this quilt, thanks for the tute.

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  18. Thanks Sharon for this pattern. Our guild challenge this year involves jelly roll strips and this fits right in. I'd love an infusion of scraps to add sparkle to my quilt projects. Thanks Sarah for all the inspiration you give us each week!

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  19. This is a very doable pattern. And I have some red scraps just waiting for enough to make a red and white quilt...

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  20. Love the easy scrappy pattern Sharon! I too love scraps and will always welcome more!

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  21. Would love to play with your scraps. Sharon love the easy pattern.
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  22. Can't wait to make this pattern. love it Sharon! I would love to have some of your scraps. They are much cuter than mine!!! Email address is Jlambert@xmission.com.

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  23. What a pretty quilt this pattern makes, thanks Sharon! Our quilt ministry is always looking for fun fabrics, so please include me in the drawing. Amityquilter 2008 at gmail dot com.

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  24. Great scrappy quilt design Sharon! I may have to give that pattern a try. I don't "need" more scraps, but it's always fun to add some new ones to the mix--count me in for the giveaway!

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  25. What a great block from an easy to make plan. This will definitely get used here. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Sharon.

    Scraps? The more the merrier is what I'd say if they were coming to my house.

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  26. What a great little quilt. Did you make one too?

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  27. I would definitely be interested in scraps! Sharon, this is a wonderful quilt, thanks for the tutorial:)

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  28. Setting the "sisters" side-by-side was a surprise! Thanks for having Sharon present this tutorial. As for scraps... I would LOVE to win your drawing, as I consider scraps to be my "Retirement Fund"!!

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  29. Hi Sharon, I have been following your blog too. I am going to make a practice block tonight so I don't forget. I, like Beth above, like other people's scraps as well. Please count me in.

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  30. very cool post, sharon. And I'd love to have RED scraps !!! I am always short of RED .... lol. Thanks for the give-away.

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  31. What a great tutorial--thank you Sharon! Would love an infusion of new scraps--somehow other people's scraps are always more fun--maybe because I'm always pulling out my favorites to use!

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  32. Beautiful blue quilt. Congrats to Beth on winning also.

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  33. OK, from my Wordpress account, lol. This is Danice. That's a beautiful blue quilt. Congrats to Beth on winning also.

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  34. Love this pattern! Would love some new scraps to play with!

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  35. Thank you so much for this...my next project with my 2.5 inch scraps!!!

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  36. Super tutorial. I'll have to add this quilt to my "to do" list.

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  37. Sharon is already one of my favorite people - I love what she can do with a pile of scraps! And I'm always happy to play with scraps myself, so please include me in your drawing! Thanks!

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  38. What a great tutorial. Would love a box of scraps.

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  39. What a great pattern and a wonderful quilt. I would love scraps as I have two scrap quilts going and can always use more scraps for variety.

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  40. I follow Sharon's blog as well as yours Sarah. Always finding great scrap quilt ideas on both your blogs. I won't turn down new to me fabrics, so yes, please add me to the giveaway list. Thanks for sharing your scraps with us in a fun giveaway.

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  41. This is such a pretty blue quilt. Thank you for the tutorial, Sharon : )

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  42. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial from Sharon. I am so lacking in imagination that these kinds of things are great for people like me! New scraps are like Christmas! :)

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  43. What a cute and fast quilt to use up scraps. I love that is is 2.5" strip friendly right now, since I have a large drawer full and have been trying to use them so I can close the drawer. Thanks much Sharon, your tutorial was great and now I am going to add this to my list too. This would make a cute baby quilt in pinks from dark to lights.

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  44. That is amazing what one can do with scraps! That is simply a gift to have an eye for what will work or not work. I will resolve to get out my sewing machine and try my hand at this! You all make this look super easy!

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  45. What a beautiful pattern and so easy. Thank you Sharon for the tutorial. Great way to use those scraps that multiply.

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  46. This is a great tutorial for a very pretty and simple quilt.I would enjoy winning some fresh scraps .karb328@aol.com

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  47. I thought I had enough scraps, I was wrong. You can never have too many, and I already see my next project with that sweet pattern by Sharon. Thank you.

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  48. What a fun block, Sharon! Lots of movement and "zing." I really like that the two halves are so different. Putting the blocks together with sashing makes the "legs" look like they continue into the next block. Neat!

    No drawing for me, please, since I still have no good shipping address :)

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  49. I love the pinwheel block and would have never thought to make it that way. So clever!
    Thanks for a chance to win some scraps. It's not that I don't have plenty of my own - other's people's scraps are just so much fun!

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  50. Fun quilt! I can see myself using that as my leader/ender. And it is so spring-ey in those blues. I'm ready for spring.

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  51. This is fabulous Sharon! I can't wait to try it!

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  52. Great pattern. I love scrap quilts too. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your drawing.

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