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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May/ June Project Hope--Ragged Squares

Happy May 1st!  I am very excited to reveal our next Project HOPE block--Ragged Squares--designed and tutorialized (made up that word and I like it) by a special friend of Margaret's Hope Chest- Amanda Jean from Crazy Mom Quilts. Hopefully, this summer Amanda Jean and I can pull together some local (West Michigan) quilters to put these squares into some fun rainbow quilts for kids! I will let you know when and where that might be happening--until then......we need some squares to work with!!
Please choose a color--any color--please keep in mind that these blocks are meant to be monochromatic.  You can take this survey below and let us know what color block(s) you are making.

After you have finished your blocks please send them to:
***Notice the new address for this project***
Margaret's Hope Chest
630 Griswold SE
Grand Rapids, MI

Project Deadline is June 30!!  Hope you can join us!

How to make a ragged square quilt block:

Choose 3 fabrics using a monochromatic color scheme. Pay attention to the value of your fabrics. Make sure that the fabrics read clearly when layered on top of each other. Play around until you find a combination that you like.

Cut 3 squares. The largest block is cut 9.5" square, the middle block is cut 6.5" square and the smallest block is cut 3.5" square.

Layer 6.5" square onto the 9.5" square. Center the block and pin into place. Eyeballing the position of the block is fine, no measuring necessary.

Sew 1/4" in from the edge of the center block. Backstitch a few stitches where you start/stop. The edges will be left raw.

Flip the block over. Use a very sharp scissors to CAREFULLY cut out the back layer of fabric, leaving approximately 1/4" of fabric from the seam line. Throw the cut away layer into your scrap bin.

Flip the block right side up and center the 3.5" square into the center of the block. Pin in place.

Sew the around the center square using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Once again, flip the block right side facing down, and carefully trim the center square 1/4" in from the seam allowance. Set aside the cut away layer as a scrap.

Flip the block right side up, give it a good press and the block is complete! Repeat as many times as you feel necessary and then mail the blocks to Carin. :)


Bjwalsh101 said...

such an easy block to make. count me in for several in several colors.

Lynn said...

I made a whole quilt using Crazy Mom's instructions a few years ago. It's a fun block!

Tami said...

I can't wait! These blocks will be quick and easy! LOVE IT! I just sent off my March/April HOPE blocks...which were a little more intense for me. haha!

QUESTION - Do you want the innermost square to be the 'lightest' or most white? does it matter?

Count me in for RED for sure. I know I've got lots of red around here. I think I can come up with yellow too! And hopefully a few others.

Amanda Jean said...

just read through this again to make sure it all made sense. (i'm a die hard perfectionist! what can i say??)

but the reasong for my comment. i have to tell you that i love the word tutorialized. i hope it catches on. :)

hope you are having a fabulous day!

Florence said...

your blocks couldn't be more simple,,,can we just make a few of all those colors,,,,,, that's what i would like to do,,,,,,waiting for your answer to Tami, on the outer dark, or inner dark,,,,,or doesn't matter??

Jill said...

I have done a black & white one & shared it with my quilt group - several gals took the instructions so I hope to send a bunch in a month or so!!!

SeeLifeMarvels said...

So far, 3 colorways - purple, red, & yellow. Lots of fun to put together. I took pictures this morning.

PeachPatchQuilts said...

Here are pictures of the ones I have made so far, 20 pink, 20 blue and teal

Erin M. said...

I am off to check my stash to see what colors I could do. I'll be back!

lori said...

Pink, green, blue, yellow

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

I'd be happy to make some blocks. Maybe one in each color....cute!


Clair said...

I plan to make some...but am not sure what colors yet.

Quilts by Jo C. said...

I am making some soft, light green blocks.

Donna said...

Count me in. I will make some blocks, too. Great project!!

bethanndodd said...

I am in for 18 blocks. 2 red, 2 orange, 2 yellow, 2 green, 3 blue, 2 purple, 2 pink and 3 gray. They are all cut out, just need to sew them and send off. Hope your Wednesday has been treating you well. Smiles~Beth

Lindsey said...

I made a dozen, two each in green, blue, bright pink, yellow, brown and light pink. Fun little block--I'll definitely use it again in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to serve.

skwrt said...

great plan. count me in! don't know what colors I'll come up with.... have to check my stash!!!

Mego said...

I'll be dropping a couple in the mail tomorrow!

Courtney said...

I made a red, green, orange & purple one. You can see here:
I'll be sending them in Monday. Thanks!

Diane said...

I just made a bunch of tan/gold/brown & will send them off tomorrow! Thank you!

Turtlemoonimpressions said...

Do they have to be postmarked by June 30th or in your hands?

PeachPatchQuilts said...

Seriously these are going in the mail tomorrow. I hope to be able to make it to the end of the summer sewing party if I can figure out how to get across the lake!

Lea said...

I finally sent mine off...8 blocks! Blessings on your work and your party, glad to have been able to help!