Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Recycle Scrap Quilt Block Tutorial for National America Recycles Day

Happy Wednesday! You guys! I'm so excited. This block, for National America Recycles Day, is the next to the LAST quilt block tutorial for my National Days scrap quilt project! What started out as a fun 2020 project, stitch up a scrap block/use all the scraps, post the tutorial, work my way through the calendar in a year.. got waylaid by a pandemic, moving plans, a major health crisis, along with lots of other everyday life stuff, and has ended up lasting three years!

Anyway, more on that, and a proper recap next time, when I post the last of the tutorials.. for now this is the block I drew for America Recycles Day, one of the November days. It would make such a cute shopping bag, I think.
Here is how it goes together.

Fabric A -- background:
(2) 1" sq. (~)
(2) 1 x 1 1/4" (=)
(1) 1 x 1 1/2"(>)
(3) 1 x 2"
(2) 1 x 2 1/2"
(1) 1 x 2 3/4"
(1) 1 x 3 1/2"
(4) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 2"
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 1/2 x 2 3/4"
(1) 1 1/2 x 8 1/2"
(1) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 2 3/4 x 3"
(1) 3 1/4 x 3 3/4"
(1) 3 1/2" sq.

Fabric B -- lighter green:
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4" sq.
(1) 2 x 2 3/4"
(1) 2 x 5 1/2"
(1) 2 1/2" sq.

Fabric C -- darker green:
(2) 1 1/4" sq. (+)
(1) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"
(1) 1 1/4 x 2 1/4"
(3) 1 1/2" sq. (*)
(1) 1 3/4 x 2"

--Be sure to match the symbols (+,= etc.) in the cutting instructions with the symbols in the assembly diagram.


Using the simple corner flip method illustrated in the video above, and fabrics and sizes indicated on the unit, make the following corner flip units. Note the video shows double upper corners, but these units' corner flips vary. 

Once you've competed all of these odd sized corner flip units, assemble the 8 1/2" quilt block (8" finished in quilt) using SCANT quarter inch seams.

This is what your America Recycles quilt block will look like when done.

Stay tuned next time for the last National Day quilt block tutorial, and an image of ALL of them mocked up in the most epic scrap quilt ever!

I hope you're having a great week, and until then.. 

Happy Stitching!


P.S. I love to see blocks and quilts that are made with any of my patterns. If you make any and post on social media, please come find me in any of the places listed below, and tag me so I can see! :) If you're on YouTube, check out the short musical video tutorials of some of these blocks. I'm hoping they might inspire kids, or anyone really, to learn to sew. :) Plus, they're just fun to do.


I'm keeping all of these blocks organized on the National Days quilt blocks page *HERE*if you're looking for any of the other 100+ blocks I've posted so far. Getting closer to my goal of 144 blocks! If you know someone who loves MinecraftPokemon, and or Harry Potter, check out these free sew alongs, too! :) And if you're looking for any of my print patterns, or other fun quilty gifts, check out my Etsy shop here. Be back soon!


Hooray for the penultimate block!

Wow, almost done. What a process you have had. Did you ever get moved (I've been behind on blog reading)?

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