Friday, May 8, 2009

It's Here! It's Here!

It's the oh-so-long-ago promised Scrappin' Scottie pattern. Well, tutorial. My writing became very convoluted and I decided that telling the story in pictures and words would be much easier. So, for those of you who have been anxiously waiting and even those who have not, this is for you. Just in time for Mother's Day. :)



Scrappin' Scottie


Pattern designed and pieced by: Karin Kimball Smith, 2009


for A Scarlet Thread


Okay, let's begin:

What you will need:
Scottie Body- 1 fat quarter in solid black or a black pattern
Background- 1 fat quarter in any blue that you desire
Grass- 1 scrap strip of green fabric- at least 2 inches by 13 inches long (to allow for trimming)
Border 1- 1 scrap of red fabric (or color of your choice) at least 8 inches by 15 inches long
Border 2- 1 fat quarter for border or equivalent of scraps, at least 12 inches by 20 inches
The Angler 2 - trust me. If you don't have one, you need to get one. Today.
Thread to match. (I don't. I always have cream in my sewing machine.)
Pins. (Yeah, I don't use those much, either.)

From the blue background fabric, cut the following:

2- 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch squares
1- 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangle
1- 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle
1- 2 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch rectangle
4- 1 1/2-in. squares
2- 1 1/2 x 10 inch strips (shown later)

Your background cuts will look like this:



From the black body fabric, cut the following:

1- 3 1/2 inch square
1- 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch rectangle
2- 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangles
2- 2 1/2 inch squares
7- 1 1/2 inch squares

Your cuts will look like this:




Let's begin assembling the block! A 1/4 inch seam is used on all pieces.



From the background fabric, lay out the 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch, 2 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles, one 3 1/2 inch square and three 1 1/2 inch squares. From the body fabric, lay out one 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangle.


As shown in photograph, lay a black body 1 1/2 inch square on the corners shown. Lay a blue 1 1/2 inch square on the black rectangle.


Sew corner to corner from each outside edge of the background fabric. Sew corner to corner on the body fabric from the top left corner to the right side edge for the tail.



This is where having the Angler 2 comes in very handy. No drawing or pressing lines on your pieces. Just line the corners up with the lines on the Angler 2 and sew. Such a life saver!



Press all seams to the black body fabric and clip corners off. Your pieces will now look like this.

Are we good? Still following me?


Take the three 1 1/2 inch squares and stitch them together in the arrangement shown above to make the beard. Press seams open. I know, but they are very small pieces. Sew the beard strip to the top of the 3 1/2 inch square with the black corner on the bottom right. Press seam to the background.



Now sew the top of the beard to the bottom of the 3 1/2 inch black head square. Press seam to the black. Sew this to the remaining blue 3 1/2 inch background square and press seam to the black. It will look like this:




Lay this strip aside and begin to assemble the body section.


Sew one 2 1/2 inch black square to either side of the 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangle. Press seam to the black.


Sew the leg strip to the bottom of the main body piece (4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch rectangle). Press to the body.



Sew the solid 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch black rectangle to the left side of the 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch rectangle to begin the ear. Sew the pieced 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch rectangle to the right side creating the tail. Press the seams to the black.



Sew this strip to the bottom of the 2 1/2 inch x 7 1/2 inch rectangle. Press seam down.



Sew this strip to the top of the main body piece and press the seam down. Sew the head strip to the body strip. There are no seams to line up here. You're welcome.


And Voila! You have pieced together the Scrappin' Scottie! Just a little more to go. Hopefully, yours looks like this:


Trim block to a perfect 10 x 10 inch square, if necessary. I had to. With the 1 1/2 x 10 inch strips of background fabric, sew one on the right side and one on the left side of the block. Press seams to the background.


He sure is looking cute!


From the scrap of green fabric, cut a 1 1/2 x 12 inch strip and sew it to the bottom of the block. Press seam down. (It isn't really curved, it was my camera angle.)



For Border 1- Cut two 2 x 12 inch strips and sew to the top and bottom of the block. Press seams to the border.


Cut two 2 x 14 inch strips and sew to the top and bottom of the block. Press to the border.



From this point on you have a choice. You can either add another border and make this a mini- quilt as I did, or, if you planned ahead, you can make more blocks and then attach them together with a three-inch sashing for a cute baby quilt. The instructions are for the mini-quilt.



From the Border 2 fat quarter (or scrap) cut two 13 3/4 inch (or your measurement) strips. Sew these to the sides of the block. Press seams towards the border.


Cut two 19 1/2 inch (or your measurement) strips and sew to the top and bottom of the block. Press seams to the border. That's it! You're finished!


Does your block look like this?

Well, no, I'm sure it looks like yours! I hope that you found this tutorial easy to do and, most of all, fun! It is always amazing to me that something can come from a thought in the far back of your mind, to visualizing it, to the planning and then, finally, to the actual thing that was in your head. Now, as soon as I figure out how to create a Flickr group, you will be able to send in photos of your Scrappin' Scottie mini-quilts, or whatever you created from this tutorial. All of us at A Thread of Red will want to see them. We really, really will.


Phew! I'm going to go lay down now because Blogger will not let me make this part smaller. :(


7 comments:

Betty said...

Oh, I do love your Scottie! It's just too cute!

mellyandrosie said...

Wow, what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!
Rosalie xx

Sheryl-lyn said...

That is a great block!! Thanks for sharing your pattern with us!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh Karen, how sweet. I've got to make this. Great tutorial!! Loved it. I have never heard of the angler. I'm going to have to get it. You did a great job. I'll mention it on my blog this week. The dog is so cute. So so cute.

vanveener said...

Too cute!

Busty LaRue said...

I came by way of Nanette's blog, and this is such a cute tutorial, and it looks super simple, too! Thanks for sharing your creativeness with us :)

Sherry said...

Hi. Found your blog from Nanette's. This Scotty block is just too cute. Thanks so much for sharing it. Can't wait to make it.