Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Sixteen Patch Scrap Quilt 64" x  64"
My goal in life is to use up my bits of scrap fabric that I have accumulated over the years. To that end,  I created a 16 patch with the EQ7.  Each piece is 2 inches square and each block is 8 inches square.  Each  block has a variety of one color way.  For example the pink block has 10 to 12 different pinks.  So depending on your own stash of scraps, the pinks would vary as would the blues, greens, yellows, oranges, and reds.   I didn't put in a large border.  The border in this quilt is just .05 inches.

In the example above, the quilt would be 64" x 64".  Perhaps I would have a  more useful quilt if it were a bit longer.  The example below is 65" x 72".

Sixteen Patch Scrap Quilt 65" x 72" 
 I like this arrangement of blocks but as I make the blocks, I might rearrange them.  Maybe I'll come up with another border.  I kind of like the look of the tiny border.  Here's a possible plain border.

Sixteen Patch with plain border
Any opinions are welcome.  I'm leaning toward no border. Too much border would take away from the twinkle of the quilt.   The happy thing is, I don't have to decide right now.  I have a ways to go before this quilt will be finished.

I'm hand piecing using  2 inch squares from Inklingo .  If you follow this link and click on Cathi's PDF Version of the Index of Shapes (Thank you Cathi!)  It lists all the collections with 2 inch squares. I count 8 collections.  I have several.  The One inch 90 Degree Hexagon Collection (Patchwork of the Crosses) has this 2 inch square. I could use this one.  One of the things  I love so much about Inklingo is that if you have a shape collection, you can use that collection to make so many other quilts.  (Thank you Linda!)

This quilt could also be made as a little wall hanging or table topper.  If you made your squares 1 inch x 1 inch, the quilt would be about 32" x 32".  What fun that would be!  Take a look at Cathi's List for all the collections that have a 1 Inch square. I count 7 collections.

As I start this project, which will be my go to in between other projects, I'll post more about my progress.  I expect this to take some time because I'll be hand piecing the quilt and eventually hand quilting it.  For all those who prefer and can get accuracy with machine piecing, this will take a lot less time.  Inklingo is also very useful for machine piecers.  I can see you all whipping through this, string piecing it, and making short work of it.


  1. I love it! I too love to hand piece and try to do as much as I can. I wouldn't put a border on the quilt as it is lovely the way it is - no sense having a border compete with the main event!

  2. I am thinking no border myself. I love using Inklingo for my hand piecing project too. I have a lot of batik scraps maybe I should have a play around in EQ7 and see what I come up with. I look forward to seeing your progress.

  3. I'm so glad you find that PDF index of shapes useful! I know I refer to it often.
    I absolutely love your quilt idea and it has made me think I just might have to get out the box of 1" squares I've got printed and look at doing something like that with them, which I will definitely piece by hand.
    I'd go with no border as I find myself really drawn to quilts from the past that have no borders.

  4. Beautiful! And I agree ... no borders. Some quilts "demand" borders, but this is not one of them. ;-)


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