So to start us off I've used this photo for inspiration at Oh Fransson! Elizabeth has kindly allowed me to link to her picture of her beautiful Scrappy Rectangle that she made for the back of her quilt. I would happily have it on the front! So with that in mind here's a tutorial for 12.5" blocks inspired by Elizabeth's Color Block Happy Hour Quilt Back!
Here is a link to a PDF to download showing colour options and 3 versions of the block: a 3x3 scrappy square, a 4x4 scrappy square and a 4x5 scrappy rectangle.
To make the 2 blocks above I used almost 1 fat quarter of background fabric. I would like 1 square (either 3x3 or 4x4) and 1 rectangular block for the Bee. I hope to lay them out something like this:
Playing with colour choices and going with a two toned background like Elizabeth's quilt back would give these possibilities as well:
I'm liking the multi-coloured one a lot.
To make up the blocks above start with 1.5" squares from any colours you like from scraps
The 4 x 5 rectangle is pretty much the same with a few small changes. Again start with the scrappy 1.5" squares. This time 20 of them!
Sew together in rows using a 1/4" seam allowance and trim this up to 4.5" x 5.5". Sash both sides with Kona snow 1" strips and then both the top and bottom this time.
If you are using a fat quarter cut one strip from the background fabric 3.5" wide. Trim this strip to 12.5" long for the top piece.
Square up to 12.5" and there we have it block number 2!