Monday, September 19, 2011

Cracker Scraps

Cracker Scraps


Here is the newest block that I have been working on. I'm naming it Cracker Scraps as it a variation on a quilt commonly known as Crackers or something like that...I'm using scraps and it all kind of sounds like Cracker Jacks. Yep. That's how my brain works. Aren't you all lucky to know that. ;)



Cracker Scraps



I made a couple of trial blocks as I'm having my two bees both work on this block for me for the month of October. The VIBees and the Stash Trad Bee will both be working it. One group will be getting fabric from me and the other will be using their own scraps that coordinate. The background is Kona Bone. They all need instructions on how to make the block, so you all are getting instructions too!


The block is made of two mini blocks that are mainly based on Kona Bone and two mini blocks that are mainly based on the color. So that is four mini blocks all together for each large block.


Cracker Scraps



For each Kona Bone based block you will need:

(1) 6" square of Kona Bone
(2) 6" squares of Color
(1) 2 3/4" x 7 1/4" rectangles of color
(2) 2 3/4" x 7 1/4" rectangles of Kona Bone


Cut each 6" square into (2) triangles by cutting along the diagonal from one corner to the opposite corner. You will use both Kona Bone Triangles and (1) of Each of the color triangles. (save those other triangles for another block or simply discard them)


Sew together the rectangles with the colored piece in between the two Kona Bone pieces, sewing along the long edges.


Cracker Scraps



Before sewing on the triangles, you will need to find the center of all four sides of your new fabric piece and all of your triangles. I do this easily by folding my fabric pieces in half and quickly pressing the edge of the fold.


Cracker Scraps Block



Sew a Kona Bone triangle to the set of three rectangles.(longest edge of the triangle/hypotenuse to short edge of rectangles) Remember to match the centers together first and pin out from there.

Press seams toward the triangles.

Sew the Colored triangles to the long sides of the rectangle, again matching first at the centers. Press the seams toward the triangles.


Cracker Scraps Block



I've deliberately oversized this, so that you can trim it down and have a nice square (quarter of a ) block. I find it easiest to square up a block using a square ruler. I square the block so that there is a 1/4" seam allowance along each edge based off of the intersections. These square up to about 10" square.



Cracker Scraps Block



To make the other type of square, follow all the same directions as the first, except cut two color rectangles and one Kona Bone rectangle. Sew the color triangles to the SHORT side of the rectangles and the Kona to the long sides.


With a nicely squared block, it is easier to sew together the four smaller squares. I pin them together first at the points that I want to make sure match up.

Make two of each type of block and then sew them together in an alternate pattern as you see in my examples.

Cracker Scraps




Pretty soon you'll have a whole quilt...especially when you have the help of bees!


cracker scraps quilt

48 comments:

  1. Oh my wow- you did it again! Another wonderful pattern- love your take on it- it tmakes me smile! I immediately thought Cracker Jacks when I saw the title- guess our brains are similar :) hehe! Must be the math mind! Love it! And the fabrics are perfect!!

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  2. Very very cool block. Love the extra pattern the triangles make where they meet. Thanks soooo much for sharing!

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  3. Great block and tutorial! And oh my goodness, those fabrics are amazing.

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  4. Wow! This is super cute! Thanks for the awesome tutorial

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  5. Can't wait to make your block. It looks fun and will be an amazing quilt!

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  6. It's a really cute pattern and the pattern and fabrics make me think of men's ties somehow. Very male friendly.

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  7. thanks for the tut, love the layout and the design.

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  8. Hey, this is going to be awesome. I guess I'd better get busy, seeing as I'm on double duty with this one!

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  9. Look forward to making this Angela- great tutorial, looks very straightforward.

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  10. This is a fabulous block! Thanks for sharing it in a great tutorial! I think I need to make some of these!

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  11. Love it...I'm all into points and angles right now - even tho they NEVER line up right :) Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lovely sophisticated use of scraps!

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  13. As soon as this block started to come up on my screen I was in LOVE. Of course, yours has a lot to do with the colors you choose too. It would need some serious auditioning from my scraps.

    What a great new block tho!

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  14. These are fun blocks to share with Bee friends. I like how each bee will be contributing something special. The railroad blocks on point are very clever.

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  15. How cool, and great idea to co-ordinate 2 bees to work on it at once!

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  16. i love this angela! i may use this for my Ruby quilt. just need the yardage to arrive...:)

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  17. That is such a great block! I'm adding it to my ever-growing list of projects. :)

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  18. Now I have another quilt to add to my never-ending list of quilts to make. What a great block!

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  19. These blocks are gorgeous and will make an amazing quilt! Just like Mitzi this is being added to my list :)

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  20. Great block. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  21. As with all your tutorials, I LOVE this one! Being a bit slow on the technology front, however, do you have a printer friendly version of it? I have my own low tech way of copying and printing it, but would love to have a nice clean (well formatted) copy for my Book of Blogger Quilts. As always - gorgeous!!

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  22. I loved this so much I've put a picture and link on my blog, I hope that's ok... http://charmaboutyou.blogspot.com/2011/09/ttt-22nd-sept-where-is-this-month-going.html

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  23. Wow, Angela, this is a very cool design. So smart the way the edges work together to create that hourglass-like square.

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  24. I love your quilt idea. Really cute!

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  25. I love this quilt design. Wonderful!!! Can you tell me what program you use to design your quilts?

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  26. @Svetlana - I personally use EQ7, but I know people use all kinds of programs including word and illustrator.

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  27. such a great color combination! Great block. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. I really like this block! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

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  29. Lindo!!! Lindíssimo!!!
    Maravilhoso!!!!
    Amei!
    abraços de Maria Filomena

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  30. Love the thought of using scraps for this! And your color choices are beautiful! Lucky girl to have so many bees helping you along. Thank you for sharing! Smiles~Beth

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  31. I love this block! Definitely on my to-do list. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  32. This would make a lovely wedding quilt!

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  33. I really like this block. I'm a new sewer/quilter and was wondering how do you make the triangles?

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  34. LOVE THIS! Can you tell me the name of that quitar fabric??

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    1. Wendy the guitar fabric is from Heather Ross' line Far Far Away III

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    2. Thanks! I bought some. This is still one of my most favorite quilts of all time. Its so pretty! I was wondering now, do you have a quilting software to make that quilt layout or do you use an adobe product to design your quilts? (Ps. Name change, I got married in August. :)

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  35. I just love this ! I think it could be my next project ! I have many scraps . I'm glad I found this !!!! thanks so much !

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  36. I love this block! Looks easy to make, yet very appealing to the eye!

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  37. This will be perfect for my antique fabric scraps. Love this.

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  38. This is super cute, I love it. I have a box of red, pink and white scraps just dying to be turned into something lovely like this... :)

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  39. thanks for the tutorial! I am working on this right now as my first quilting project.
    I have a question--when you press the seams on the rectangles of the inner square, which way do you press them? I am using a white fabric, as you did, so I am tempted to press them toward the darker fabrics, but I don't know whether it is more important to press them consistently, block-to-block.
    also, is it important to use quilting thread? what's the difference?
    thanks
    Margaret

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  40. I was hoping you would enjoy seeing a vintage Cracker quilt I own in this pattern variation.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27565576@N02/2678373324/in/photolist-55Fn5q-55Fna9-55Fn9J-55BbGe-55BbHp-55BbJe-55FnaG-7y2PVQ-dCbtGK
    There is a link to a blog post I did and closeups of the quilt blocks.
    I hope you don't mind my sharing this link. I think it is so great you have done a tutorial to bring new enthusiasm to a wonderful historic pattern.

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  41. Here is another vintage quilt that is very similar to your quilt. It is at http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2011/10/28/last-of-the-cambria-vintage-quilts/ ...This one has 3 different blocks.

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