How to make your own 10 inch squares

>> Sunday, August 20, 2017



One of my quilting goals for this quarter was to make a quilt for my brother using my Churn, Baby, Churn quilt pattern.


sewjoycreations pattern Churn Baby Churn baby quilt pattern

                                 click on photo to go to pattern link at my Craftsy shop

Of course, this quilt is too small a size for my brother so my plan was to make my own 10 inch squares from a half yard bundle and just add more blocks to make it bigger. The fabric I chose was Tula Pink's Holiday Homies.



half yard bundle Tula Pink Holiday Homies



This post goes through the cutting steps I did to get the most 10 inch squares possible out of this line. I only realized later on that I would still have to play with my leftovers to make enough blocks, but that's the fun thing about this pattern - it does make leftovers!

Let's get started.


save selvages cut generous width of one inch



First things first: I always save the selvages! I usually cut a generous inch off the edge of the fabric - sometimes more if I really want to feature the fabric design in my selvage project. 

How to Make Selvage Fabric tutorial on Craftsy {free download}




cut 10 inch strip from half yard of fabric



Then I determined that cutting the long way would give me two 10 inch squares and leave a little leftover edge (instead of cutting the opposite way and only getting one 10 inch square.)


cut strip into 10 inch squares



For the second cut I laid the fabric out full and used the measurements on my cutting mat as well as my 18" ruler to make sure I was cutting 10 inch squares.


selvages and leftover strips from cutting 10 inch squares



To keep track of the pieces I had a small plastic bin for the leftover strips and selvages and two plastic scrapbooking cases for the 10 inch squares. 


use scrapbooking plastic cases for storing fabric squares and blocks



Notice at this point that I thought I would have enough squares for 2 projects, but in reality I only had enough for one because there were only 14 fabrics in the line. Keep this in mind when you are looking to make your own stack of 10 inch squares - the more fabrics in the line, the more squares you will be able to cut!


churn baby churn blocks



I'm happy to report that even with a few cutting errors while making the blocks (mostly due to direction of the prints and cutting late at night!) I had enough squares to make 20 - 12" blocks.




The next time you're planning a project that uses 10" squares I hope you'll consider using these tips and cutting your own! 



With Joy,

Sarah V.
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