This is the perfect project to spring-clean by using all those scraps. Kansas Dugout uses lights and darks. It's a quick and easy pattern that can easily be made larger with adding a row or two of blocks. Use it as a baby quilt or make it as a queen size. If you have scraps, this is the quilt for you.
Design by Nancy Brenan Daniel
Skill Level: Beginner
Quilt Size: 36" x 44"
Block Size: 8" x 8"
Number of Blocks: 12
- 1/4 yard red print
- 3/4 yard assorted light background scraps
- 1 yard teal print
- 1 yard assorted medium/dark scraps
- Backing 42" x 50"
- Batting 42" x 50"
- All-purpose thread to match fabrics
- Basic sewing tools and supplies, rotary cutter, mat and ruler
The color palette of scraps chosen for the sample quilt was limited to red-rust, blues, blacks and browns. The design has the cohesion of a planned color scheme rather than a palette of scraps of all colors.
- Cut 156 squares light background scraps 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" for A. Set aside 60 A squares for borders. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the remaining 96 A squares.
- Cut 96 rectangles medium/dark scraps 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" for B.
- To piece one block, join two B pieces as shown in Figure 1; repeat for four B units.
- Place an A square on two corners of one B unit and stitch on marked lines as shown in Figure 2.
- Trim 1/4" beyond seam line and press to create an A-B unit as shown in Figure 3; repeat for four A-B units.
- Join the four A-B units to complete one Kansas Dugout block as shown in Figure 4; repeat for 12 blocks.
- Join three blocks to make a row; repeat for four rows. Press seams in one direction.
- Join rows to complete the pieced center; press seams in one direction.
- Join 16 A squares to make a side strip; repeat for two strips. Sew a strip to opposite sides of the pieced center; press seams toward the A strips.
- Join 14 A squares to make another strip; repeat for two strips. Sew a strip to the top and bottom of the pieced center; press seams toward the A strips.
- Cut two strips each 1 1/2" x 38 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 28 1/2" red print. Sew the shorter strips to the top and bottom, and longer strips to opposite sides; press seams toward strips.
- Cut (and piece) two strips each 3 1/2" x 44 1/2" and 3 1/2" x 30 1/2" teal print. Sew the shorter strips to the top and bottom and longer strips to opposite long sides of the pieced center; press seams toward strips.
- Sandwich batting between prepared backing and pieced top; pin or baste to hold.
- Hand- or machine-quilt as desired. Note: The sample shown was machine-quilted 1/4" away from some seams.
- Trim backing and batting even with top; remove pins or basting.
- Cut five 2 1/2" by fabric width strips teal print. Join the strips on the short ends to make one long strip for binding; press strips in half with wrong sides together along length. Bind edges with binding to finish.
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