I wanted a final product that would be cohesive. Plus, I wanted to use up fabric scraps and move them out.
Each of the 18 members is about to receive a bag full of scraps. The fabrics in each bag will be monotone, but a menagerie of prints, mixing values and scale.
There will be six block colors in the final product:
I figured this would be skill building. A chance to work on making seams meet. The finished 12.5x 12.5 block containing a nice layout of light, medium and dark fabrics.
My thought is to sash the blocks in muslin or a white. I always like how that makes the colors vivid and pop.
COTTAGE QUILTING BEE INSTRUCTIONS:
Now’s your chance to buy yourself a 2.5 x 2.5 square quilting block template. If for any reason you can’t afford this or find one, please let me know and I will mail it to you.
I use a rotary cutter to cut from the scraps. Some scraps might contain a multiple of colors. Cut an interesting piece that contains mostly the color you were assigned.
You will need 36 squares. Six rows across and six down.
I tried to include 36 different prints, but a few color groups might have to use one or two duplicate squares. Please feel free to grab from your stash as much as you want! One square of solid in the color is fine.
Tips for lining up seams:
I find Denyse Schmidt’s directions for piecing rows very helpful, if you need any guidance. She irons her seams for rows alternatively to one another (i.e. first row seams to left, second row seams to right). I find this makes the seams “match” when it comes to pinning. I prefer it to open flat seams. Do what works for you though.
I do pin on a diagonal and don’t remove my pin until the needle has connected the both blocks at the seam. Not sure if that makes sense, but here’s a picture. I will lift my presser foot, and pull fabric to manipulate the matching of seams.
Have fun and let me know if you have any questions.