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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Crazy 8s Tutorial

Earlier this month I started making the Crazy 8s quilt from The Scrap Sensation. The magazine is by Quilter's World and at $9.99, I think it's expensive for a magazine but with 25 scrappy projects it's still cheaper than individual patterns.

Anyway, Denise had asked about the pattern and just in case the magazine wasn't readily available I decided a tutorial was in order!

My blocks are made from FQs so this is how I have been making the blocks.

From each FQ, folded in half, cut a 3.5" strip and a 6.5" strip.

Trim the 6.5" strip into 4 (A) rectangles that are 3.5" x 6.5"

Trim the 3.5" strip into 1 rectangle that is 3.5" x 14.5"

You will also need a 3.5" x 14.5" strip of your neutral or background fabric. My background will be scrappy neutrals but using one fabric would bring some continuity to a scrap project.

With right sides together, sew the print and neutral strips together along one long edge. Press the seam towards the darker fabric. Subcut into four 3.5" (BC) pairs.

Laying out the pairs and remaining rectangles as shown, sew together 4 (ABC) units and press towards the rectangle.

Layout the 4 units as shown and sew together. Press towards the rectangles and pinwheel the final seam so that your block seams will nestle together when assembling the quilt.

The original quilt directions call for eight rows of seven 12" blocks. Four additional ABC units will be needed as corner stones for the 6.5" border. The finished quilt is 96" x 108." I also think you could easily scale this block down to fit strip sizes you already have on hand.

I am only working on my project when I need something mindless to work on...I'll post more pictures as I get them. Please let me know if you have questions on this tutorial.

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Janet O. said...

Good tutorial, Sarah, but IT.WON'T. TEMPT ME! : )

Connie said...

Beautiful fabrics that you used, love those kitties! Thanks for sharing.
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Denise :) said...

How fun!! I could *totally* do this!! I wonder if I could smallify the blocks? Make it into a doll quilt? Thanks for sharing, friend!!!! :)

Michelle said...

Love the cat fabrics....

quilt32 said...

I'd like to try a small version of this, too.