Around the Garden – In Scraps – Block

Around the Garden – In Scraps – Block

If you are looking for pretty…. and scrappy inspiration, I think I just might have  it covered today!

Hello, hello Dear Friends and Readers!

You might have noticed in the past that I like to work with squares.  Today it is 2″ x 2″ square scraps.  Whenever I finish a project, this is what I like to do!

I believe that 2” squares are like the magic squares.  This is the fabric which could easily go in the bin but instead of doing that, cut these little pieces as you go and be amazed at the amount and variation you will have.  I think by weight equivalent, I have about 2 yards of fabric here already cut.  That could be equal to about 700 squares.  Now that is what I call a good amount!  Ready for a quilt!  All these squares are true scraps, I am not going for a theme, but of course you could.  The unifying fabric will be the background.

Cut Up Your Quilting Off-cuts

and….if you are wondering how to store them…

Quilt Pantry

Just a thought!

Anyhow…. I have so many 2″ x 2″ scraps, here is the block which I have decided to make.  Here is my burgeoning bag which is very full of 2’ x 2” scrap squares.  I am using this little beauty, a Singer 201K treadle.  She has a great story.

Singer 201K Treadle C1940

These blocks are going to be super sweet when joined together, however, I do have a plan, can you guess??

Ingredients for one 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ Around the Garden – In Scraps – Block

16 of 2” x 2” scrap coloured squares
4 of 2” x 2” cream quilters muslin or homespun
4 of 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” cream quilters muslin or homespun

Lay out 3 of the 2″ x 2″ scrap coloured squares and 1 of the 2″ x 2″ muslin squares into a four patch. Sew together. Repeat to make three more units like this. Finger press the units as you go ensuring the the seam allowances are pressed away from the light muslin squares.  Use the remainder 4 of 2″ x 2″ coloured scrap squares to make one more four patch.

Now assemble the units together as a nine patch. The coloured four patch in the centre and the four patches with the muslin squares on each corner with each muslin square pointing towards the centre four patch.  Lay the four of 3 1/3″ x 3 1/2″ muslin squares in between the four patches like this.

Sew together as a nine patch.

It should look like this.

Here is a few more. I haven’t pressed them yet.

And here is a few more.  I like the emerging crosses when the blocks abut each other.  There is a nice background space for quilting.  I think there could be many fun ways of setting or sashing these blocks.  Let your imagination go!

If are cutting your scraps or have a collection of 2” x 2” squares to use, here are some other posts using 2” x 2” squares you might like too!

Charmed Nine Patch and Snowball Recipe

or this one

Quilted Scrap Fabric Basket Upsize It Tutorial

or…this one

Fettered Friendship Stars Quilt Pattern Bordered

Oh wait…. here is another…

Stars and Crosses Band Quilt Pattern

And not to forget an old favourite

36 Patch Postage Stamp Blocks Tutorial

Happy sewing!


9 thoughts on “Around the Garden – In Scraps – Block”

  1. Susie, you have inspired me! Using your Country Roses Four Patch as reference, I have made my daughter a garden quilt with gingham, floral and garden prints and a she shed quilt for my neighbor with birds, bees and butterflies. I am working on a “pink lemonade” quilt and next up is Around the Garden with random squares for my youngest daughter. Some of my scraps date back to when my oldest was a toddler, 26 years ago. Your work is beautiful and your directions are very easy to follow. Thank you!

  2. I love quilts that look like their from the 30’s or 40’s. How did you quilt it and what did you use for the backing.

  3. This is lovely. I like the emerging crosses made by the pattern. I am imagining this with a darker neutral like taupe, or maybe a linen or Kaufman’s Essex linen (which is Quilter’s cotton). Great idea! I’ll keep cutting my scraps. By the way, how do you do your cutting? Rotary or other??

  4. Hi I love your site Always such pretty quilts In this one I am wondering if all the squares are pressed in the same direction how it will be to sew them together with out sashing

    1. Hi Donna, wherever possible I am pressing toward the dark, away from the muslin squares. I will be putting these together with another block which I will reveal soon!

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