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This book is an extract from Sew Organized for the Busy Girl: Tips to Make the Most of Your Time and Space by Heid Staples (aka. Fabric Mutt) published by Stash Books. This book has lots of tips to help you fit sewing into your life, as well as 23 sewing projects too.

The Summer Tourist Quilt

Summer tourist quilt - scrap busting quilt project


How to make the Summer Tourist scrap quilt

Summer Tourist
44˝ × 44˝, 12˝ blocks

Making the Quilt

36-patch block

Scrappy quilt project

Cut your fabric into 2 1/2 inch squares

1) Arrange the 36 squares for each color group into a 6 × 6 grid, alternating saturated and low-volume prints. Sew the squares into 6 rows of 6 squares each, pressing each row in alternating directions

2) Sew the 6 rows together to form a 36-Square block.

3) Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 40 1/2˝ border to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 44 1/2˝ border to the top and bottom.

 Adding borders to quilt - free quilt project


Quilt assembly

1) Arrange the blocks into a 3 × 3 grid. Sew
a 2 1/2˝ × 12 1/2˝ white solid strip between the blocks in each row.

2) Sew a 2 1/2˝ × 40 1/2˝ strip between each row.

Adding sashing to a quilt




 1) Cut the 3-yard piece of black-and-white print in half along the crosswise grain. Trim off the selvages and sew the 2 halves together along the lengthwise grain to make a rectangle

54˝ high by twice the width of fabric. Trim to 54˝ square.

2) Stack the quilt backing (right side down), batting, and quilt top (right side up). Quilt and bind as desired.




To make this lively mini quilt, start with

Nine-Patch blocks that finish at 6˝. Place the saturated squares at the center and corners of each block and the low-volume prints in between. A text print for the sashing and border adds even more interest.

Mini scrap quilt project

To find out more about the book or to buy you can find it on the Search Press website, or if in the US the Stash Books website.

Sew Organized for The Busy Girl