Monday, October 7, 2019

Stretching Scraps {Christmas Ribbons}

When I posted my Not Quite Christmas Ribbons quilt last week, I was trying to decide what else to do with the quilt.

I did some quilty math and figured out that I could squeeze out enough units to add half blocks on each side of the quilt, but not enough to make full blocks to make it a square quilt. Adding blocks on both sides instead of one side allowed for the secondary designs in the quilt to be symmetrical throughout the quilt.

Here are my half units:

Except that sewing these all into units was the wrong move! I actually found that I needed to take half of the units apart and turn the units 90 degrees. Oops.

A little bit of seam ripping, resewing, and chain stitching later, I had a slightly larger quilt top!

Now instead of a oddly skinny 32" x 48" quilt, I have a 40" x 48" quilt top -- which is perfect for a baby quilt. If I decide to add borders, it would end up closer to 50" x 60" -- which would be perfect for a cuddly couch quilt.

Happy Monday!

Sharing at Oh Scrap and What I Made Monday! And Wait Loss Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!


  1. Beautiful! And what an awesome pattern! I can see where it would be easy to get pieces turned the wrong direction.

  2. It looks great with the half blocks rounding it out!

  3. An inspired design choice. The half blocks really do enhance the secondary pattern.

  4. This turned out great! You were definitely inspired when you thought to add the side half-blocks. I'd make it into a couch quilt. Can't wait to see what you do! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.


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