All Together Now! Revealing The 2015 Scrappy Block of the Month Quilt

crappy Block of the Month Quilt

2015 Scrappy Block of the Month Quilt (60” x 60”)

Finally, here it is: The scrappy blocks and alternate blocks all sewn together with sashing and borders! I truly hope you’ve had as much fun as we have had sewing these blocks. We’ve tried some new techniques while using up some of our scraps.

All of the blocks

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Arranging the blocks

Because we sewed one block each month for a year, we ended up with 12 blocks. When deciding how to set them, I knew they needed an alternate block. Once I decided on the alternate bonus block, it became obvious that those little squares in the corners needed to be connected into chains! How to accomplish that? Four patches in the cornerstones, of course

blocks with cornerstones and sashing

Choosing a setting

Alternate blocks and cornerstones

See how those little four patches connect the alternating blocks? I used a variety of background scrap fabrics for the light squares. The squares in the four patch appear to be chains throughout the quilt by using the sashing fabric along with the background scraps. It blends into the sashing and the cornerstones disappear, leaving just the chains running across the quilt.

This photo was taken before I sewed together the four patches and sashing strips. If you look closely, you can see that four patches must be turned the correct way for the alternate blocks to connect. If the four patches were rotated, it would not connect the blocks. 

Because the squares in the alternate blocks finished at 1″, the cornerstone squares do as well. That meant the four patches needed to finish at 2″ total.


If the cornerstone blocks finished at 2″, the sashing strips needed to be the same width. The sashing strips are, of course, the same length as the blocks. (Sewing instructions are given below.)

Why did I choose the color blue as the sashing? Because I had a piece large enough in my stash and it was a nice, calm color that helps tie all the scraps together. Any color would look good as long as it plays nicely with your scraps. Consider using a fabric that appears to be a solid or almost solid. This will also help frame the blocks and show off the chains.

considering border options

Considering border options

After sewing the blocks together with the sashing and cornerstone four patches, it was time to consider the border options. Being a scrappy quilt, made from scrappy blocks, it seemed natural to have a scrappy border. I began by pinning some options to the design wall. I moved these around many times before I found a combination and selection that felt right. 

Just adding the color strips would have worked, but adding more sashing strips helps to keep things organized and in proportion. You will notice in the directions below that the sizes used for sashing and borders repeat the sizes used in the blocks. This keeps things from getting wonky or out of scale.

If you have enough of one single fabric that looks good for the border, go for it!  The directions given here are merely suggestions. Please play around with the options and choose what you prefer. No two quilts will be alike because we are all working from different fabric scraps, so don’t limit yourself to these options if you want to try something else. It’s your quilt — make any changes you like.

Scrappy Block of the Month Quilt


Materials needed:

  • Sashing fabric: 1¼ yards (1¾ yards if you will use it for binding as well)
  • Background/chaining fabrics: 72 scraps no smaller than 1½” x 3″
  • Border fabrics: 24 scraps no smaller than 4½” x 8½”

Cutting instructions:

From the background fabric, cut:

  • 72 squares, 1½” x 1½” in matching sets of two

From the sashing fabric, cut:

  • 72 squares, 1½” x 1½”
  • 60 strips, 2½” x 8½”
  • 24 strips, 2½” x 4½”

From the border fabrics, cut:

  • 4 squares, 4½” x 4½”
  • 20 strips, 4½” x 8½”

(Refer to the quilt photo for the layout arrangement.)

Instructions for the cornerstone blocks:

  1. Sew one background square to one sashing square. Press toward the background.
  2. Repeat with the remaining squares. 
  3. Sew the units together into a four patch. Take care to match the seams.
  4. Press the seams open or pinwheel press.
  5. Make 36 four patches.

Instructions for the sashing:

  1. Sew one sashing strip to the top side of each block. 
  2. Sew the blocks with sashing together into vertical rows. Make five rows.
  3. Sew a sashing strip to the bottom of each row. Press the seams toward the sashing strips.
  4. Sew 6 four patches and 5 sashing strips end to end, beginning and ending with the four patches.
  5. Press the seams toward the sashing strips. Make six rows.
  6. Sew the rows together, beginning and ending with the sashing rows.
  7. Press toward the block rows.

Instructions for the borders:

  1. Sew five border strips and six border sashing strips together. Alternating the border fabrics and the sashing fabric strips. Press toward the sashing. Make four of these borders.
  2. Sew a border to the top of the quilt and to the bottom of the quilt. Press toward the sashing.
  3. Sew a 4½” border square to each end of the two remaining borders. Press toward the corner squares.
  4. Sew a border strips onto the two remaining sides of the quilt. Press toward the borders.

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