My Scrappy Sunshine quilt is about a quarter there. I’m randomly piecing it using a method I call ‘Magic Numbers.’
Magic Numbers are perfect for designing your own quilts, pattern free, especially if you’re not quite ready to improvisationally free piece or figure out the math. Magic Numbers is a system of using block sizes that automatically fit together for flexibility in design without alteration.
We could 100% improvisationally piece our design and not do a lick of math, but magic numbers is another path, and it’s a path that can offer a load of texture with all its seams.
The easiest shapes to understand are squares or rectangles. My squares have no piecing in them, but you could use this same method for piecing together traditional or improvisationally pieced blocks.
I used 6.5″, 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares for my Scrappy Sunshine Quilt.
I messed up the order of some of the blocks constructing this, but you’ll get the picture!
These all nest together once sewn to produce rectangle or square blocks, panels or columns, you just need to think a little ahead to figure out the best method of construction.
I started with a layout for my block and sectioned it in two. First, I sew together the smaller squares in each section to match the block sizes next to them.
So that would be (2) 2.5″ blocks for every 4.5″ block and (3) 2.5″block for every 6.5″ block, or 2.5″ and a 4.5″ block for mating with a 6.5″ block.
Keep sewing raw edges together, pinning where needed to match corners.
Now I have two panels the same length.