Brown Bag Quilt
(Approx size: 55" x 77")
Quilt Top: You'll need 192 rectangles, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2". 14-15 fat quarters will be enough for the rectangles, the postage stamp borders and the nine-patch sashing blocks and give you enough variety to make a nice, scrappy quilt. Even better is to gather several friends and trade fabrics for your quilts
For the 9 patch sashing squares, you'll need 15 strips strips cut 1 1/2" wide by at least 6" long".
Borders and Sashing: For the 2 solid borders and the sashing strips, you'll need 2 1/2 yards of fabric. Cut your border fabric into 3 1/2" strips, cutting the length of the fabric (along the selvage). You will need to cut 9 strips. Set 6 of these strips aside to use for your borders. Cut 3 of the strips into 8 1/2" lengths for your sashing strips.
Since this is a very scrappy quilt, solid fabric for the borders usually looks best. Dark sashing strips will make the blocks advance. They will appear to float on the sashing, light strips will advance and give more of the appearance of the lattice of the sashing overlaid on the blocks.
Center postage stamp border. You'll need about 24 strips, 1 1/2" x 22". Again, You can get about 4 strips and 16 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles out of a fat quarter.
1 large brown paper grocery bag
Rotary cutter and mat
Accurate ruler to use with rotary cutter
Marking pencil (regular #2 pencil is fine)
Neutral sewing thread (medium gray blends with just about everything)
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