QUILTsocial Week - 2 1/2" squares challenge

>> Saturday, February 27, 2021

To start my blog posts at QUILTsocial, I decided to do what most quilters do at the beginning of a new year - try and use what I have! That led to a fun challenge of incorporating all of the squares in a mini charm pack - 42, 2 1/2" squares - into some projects.

Let's see how I did!

patchwork tablerunner squares grey modern runner

First up is this easy to piece tablerunner - no triangles!

The PFAFF performance icon and the 2 1/2" square challenge

PFAFF performance icon chain piecing tablerunner

With no unit construction this runner goes together fast! I used the Patchwork program on the performance icon to make it even easier. 

The Patchwork Program makes quick work of chain piecing

quilted tablerunner built in stipple stitch PFAFF performance icon

Then it was on to quilting it and again I relied on the built in stippling stitches on the performance icon to help me get a fast finish. I love the wavy quilting and it's a perfect whimsy touch to what could otherwise be stoic rows of squares.

See how easy quilting can be with the PFAFF performance icon

It's a bit modern looking for me and definitely not my usual bright colors, but guess what? I'm using it on my bedroom dresser and really like looking at it. It's just the right shades of spring with the grey that make me feel calm and lift my spirits at the same time.

mug rug floating stitches

With more squares to use up I added a challenge within my challenge :) I decided to make a mug rug in this year's Pantone colors of the year. Some built in decorative stitches livened up the squares. And I used my favorite - floating stitches!

Floating stitches turn a nine-patch block into a pretty mug rug

quilted mini quilt word of the year quilt

Last but not least, I made a mini word of the year quilt. And used up all of the squares!

Easily edit font and decorative stitches for a mini word-of-the-year quilt

Needless to say I enjoyed this challenge. Now to decide on the next one!

Any ideas? What would you like to see my try this year and share with you? Leave a comment - I'd love to know!

With Joy,

Sarah V.

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The Cozy Quilter February 28, 2021 at 6:42 PM  

So fun to make something out of those little precut squares. Nice runner.

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