Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tutorial: Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges Block

Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges block - with a tutorial!

Do you have lots of scraps?  I'm all about using up scraps, using my stash whenever I can.  I dreamed up this block back in December when I was sketching quilts for my brand new niece and nephew, but I didn't feel the love for my sketch at first.  Then, when I was trying to come up with a block for my 3x6 beehive this quarter, I revisited my sketchbook and gave the sketch more thought, and re-sketched it, made a few tweaks, and I was in love.  This is a very simple block to put together, using various sized scraps and a little bit of neutral sashing.  If you have any questions or comments on this tutorial, don't hesitate to let me know!

Modern Scrappy Stacked Wedges 12.5" Quilt Block Tutorial

Materials and Cutting Instructions:
1. Scraps - Your scraps should range in length from 3" to 9."  You can stick with a uniform width or use a variety of widths to give more variety to the block.
2. Neutral solid - Cut five pieces from your neutral solid scraps:
          2 - 1.5" x 11"
          2 - 1.5" x 12.5"
          1 - 1.5" x 14"

Sewing Instructions:
1. Sort out your scraps and create two stacked wedges with your scraps.  For your first stack, line up the scraps on the left side and put the shortest pieces at the top of your stack and the smallest at the bottom.  For your second stack, line up the scraps on the right side, putting the shortest pieces on the bottom of your stack and the smallest at the top.

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2. Using a quarter-inch seam, sew your two stacks together, string by string.  Press seams open.

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3. Lay your finished stacks on your cutting table.   Starting with your first stack, with the raw edges lined up on the left side, square up that left side.  To square up the top and bottom, make sure your stack measure 11".  Next, take your ruler, and at the top of the stack, measure 8.5" from the left top side.  Line your ruler up here, sloping down toward the bottom of your stack, where you will stop the ruler 2.5" from the left bottom side of the stack.  Confused?  Check my stack below:

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Cut along that sloped edge, making sure your ruler is 8.5" from the top edge of the stack and 2.5" from the bottom edge of the stack.

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4. Now, we'll do the reverse for your second stack.  First, square up that right side, where you matched up the raw edges.  Next, square up the top and bottom of your stack to 11".

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Starting at the top of your block, measure 2.5" from the top right side of your block and place your ruler there.  Slope your ruler down your stack, all the way down to the bottom of your stack, 8.5" from the right bottom side of the stack. Again, check the picture below:

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Cut along the slope you've created with your ruler.

Ta da!  Two stacked wedges!

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NOTE: Make sure to line up your stacks as opposites - one with the long strip at the top and the other with the long strip at the bottom, because if you're moving too fast and not paying attention (as I am sometimes prone to do), you can wind up with this...

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5. Line up your 1.5" x 14" strip of neutral solid with the slope of one stack.  Make sure to line up the fabrics at the seam allowance.

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6. Seam the other side of your neutral solid to the other stack, just as you did with the first stack.  Press seams open.

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7. Take out your ruler and trim any excess.  Your block center should now be 11" square.

8. Add your 1" x 11" strips of sashing to the top and bottom of the block.  Press seams open, then add your 1" x 12.5" strips, and press those seams open as well. Trim if necessary to a uniform 12.5" square.

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Ta da!  A finished 12.5" block!  If you make this block, I'd love to see it, please shoot me an email or a comment!

12 comments:

  1. Love your block tutes E! Added this to GXQ's Block Library. thank you!

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  2. I really like these!! I'm going to keep this tucked away for when I have fabric scraps =D

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  3. They're adorable! I love them...I'd probably do the oops! I hope not though. =)

    Great tutorial. Thank you.

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  4. What a great idea for a block. This is great! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Woman. . . I can't see your pictures for some reason. And it's not my netnanny at work. .

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  6. Thank you for the tutorial, that looks lie it would be fun playing with different color combos!

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  7. Hello Elisabeth! Your spiderweb blocks are amazing! I try to keep myself aways that and sew something 'easy' during the busy summer time.
    These blocks with scraps are beautiful and I have been thinking all today how to make a cover for my sewing machine...here it is! Thank you for inspiration and the tutorial! It's not so simple like I had planned but much more fun to make!
    Have a sunny sewing time! xxx Teje

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  8. All i can sat is that everything you do is AMAZING! i luv your style and think that you are sooo generous for sharing these GREAT tutorials with your adoring fans!

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