Monday, April 15, 2019

Daisy Chain QAL {Unit D}

Are you still stumped by what we've made thus far? Fair warning -- today's clue will probably confuse you more!

This week we are back to making four patches -- sort of. This week we are going to use our 2.5” strips to make strip sets of 4 fabrics and cross cut them into linear four patches.

Baby quilt note: as in week 3, you will not need a full WOF to to make your 8 linear four patches. If you have strips that are at least 20” long, this is sufficient for this step.

Choose (4*/8/12/16) 2.5” x WOF strips (I). Sew together into strip sets of 4 strips apiece, which measure 8.5” across. Subcut as noted below. Press as desired for this step.
           Baby: make one 4-strip set, subcut into 8 -- 2.5” wide strip sections
           Throw: make two 4-strip sets, subcut into 24 – 2.5” wide strip sections
           Twin: make three 4-strip sets, subcut into 48 – 2.5” wide strip sections
            Queen: make four 4-strip sets, subcut into 64 - 2.5” wide strip sections

If you’ve saved the leftover strip set stubs from Week 3, feel free to integrate those as part of your strip sets to save fabric if you desire. Use your smallest scraps first in this step - this is our last week of unit piecing!

Scrappy Version: combine four 2.5” squares to make the required number of linear four patch units that are 2.5” x 8.5”.

To one side of your 8.5” x 2.5” pieced strip sets, sew a 8.5” x 2.5” background rectangle (B) to make the noted number of border chunks. Your border chunks will measure 8.5” x 4.5”.
           Baby: make 8 border chunks
           Throw: make 24 border chunks
           Twin: make 48 border chunks
            Queen: make 64 border chunks

Here are the linear four patches from my baby sized quilt; I used the strip pieced stub left from Unit B and some of my shorter strips of 2.5" fabric to make two different versions for variety. You can choose to make these all the same or all different -- do what works best with your fabrics! 

For my Island Batik twin version, I pulled eight (8) new 2.5" strips from my strip pack to make two (2) four fabric strip sets first and subcut those. I then used the scraps left from Unit B combined with two (2) full WOF strips from the strip pack to make the rest of the necessary linear four patches.

Here's my "two new" WOF strips added to the leftovers from one of my strip sets from Unit B.

I cut as many as I could cut from this 4-wide section and repeated with more Unit B scraps. I had a total of 5 different "patterns" of linear four patches for my twin sized quilt.

If you want to add additional variety to the quilt, you can add your background rectangle to either side of your linear four patch.

If you're planning to just use two or few fabrics for your linear four patches (or are using just a single strip set for the baby quilt) I would highly suggest using the above suggestion and making mirror image border chunks by adding the background rectangles to half of the linear four patches on one side and half on the other side.

Let's check in with some of our blogger guinea pigs -- I mean -- test sewers:

-- Stephanie's Halloween themed quilt is going to be adorable!
-- Christina has very scrappy units!
-- Gene is having fun making "planned random" units.
-- Kate is continuing to use her scrappy tan fabrics.
-- Gail is all caught up and trying to solve the mystery.

Please note that the schedule for the next few weeks is slightly different! In two weeks, on April 29th, we will have a link up to show off where we all are with our block units. The following week on May 6th will be our first top construction week. 

Block Units - April 15th <--- That's today!
Top Construction Part 2 - May 20th
Link up/giveaways/quilt parade starts: June 3rd
Link up/giveaways/quilt parade ends: June 17th


  1. I'm a slow guinea pig this week. The business trip last week and coming home with a sinus infection pretty much squished my sewing time this week. But I'll have something to show later today.


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