The odds and ends quilt block has such a lovely name, doesn’t it? So much of my fabric stash is odds and ends that I was immediately attracted to this block. Now that I have made it, I think that I’ll be making it into a tote bag when I have a minute, although when several of them are sewn together they make a very attractive quilt – see below.
Cutting requirements for the odds and ends quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: eight blue, eight gold
2.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: four yellow, four blue, eight cream
4.7/8″ squares: one blue, one cream
4.1/2″ squares: two cream
Making the odds and ends quilt block
Make half square triangles with the two 4.7/8″ squares. Place them with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will give you two half square triangle units which are now 4.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork pieces out as shown in the photo. The two half square triangles are placed in the middle to make a four patch unit with the two cream squares. On each edge of this four patch unit, place a gold and a cream rectangle, with the gold against the square and the cream on the outside.
Place two blue and two gold squares in each corner to make a four patch unit, with the blue in the corner and diagonally inside the corner and the gold squares forming a line across the corner.
Sew all the four patch units together first and sew all the rectangles together in pairs.
The pieces will then form three distinct rows – sew them together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the odds and ends quilt block.
For my quilt idea, I’ve just sewn together sixteen odds and ends quilt blocks – I liked the simplicity of the block and didn’t want to clutter it up with any other different blocks. You’ll notice that I have rotated some of the blocks to form that diamond shape in the blue triangles.
Here’s the video:
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