My Scrappy Sunshine quilt is about a quarter there. I’m randomly piecing it using ‘magic numbers.’ I often teach in my improvisational classes about using magic numbers for construction. Magic numbers can make improvisational quilt construction that seems impossible a little more within reach.
I had a lot of inquiries so I thought I would do a little explanation of what numbers I used.
The easiest shape to explain are squares. Simply take your desired finished sizes and add a 1/2 inch. Other shapes require different magic numbers and you can find further information with a little google search.
I used 6.5″, 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares for my Scrappy Sunshine Quilt.
I apologize, I messed some of the blocks around 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 blocks 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 a 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.