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How to Make a Scrap Quilt from Easy H Quilt Blocks
This easy scrap quilt pattern is made from a batch of colorful H quilt blocks, a traditional patchwork design that can be configured in many ways. The H quilt blocks are simple to assemble, especially when you use strip piecing techniques.
My Jigsaw Puzzle quilt pattern is assembled using H quilt blocks, too, but by following slightly different instructions that make the puzzle pieces stand out from the design.
Each small H unit finishes at 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" and (if assembled as shown) are... arranged into blocks of four units each.
The quilt finishes at about 42" x 42".
It's Easy to Sew the H Quilt Blocks
You'll assemble sixteen multi-unit H blocks from 64 individual H units. Yardages and cutting instructions result in four small H units from each set of fabrics but you can make a scrappier quilt by changing the cuts (see below). Take a look at Debby's H Quilt in the Scrap Quilts Photo Gallery for a bit of inspiration.
Fabrics and Other Materials
Choose vividly colored and dark prints (tone on tones or other small prints that read as solids) for the H units (don't be afraid to throw in some warm golds and oranges) and a light neutral background for the little squares that help define the H. Choose another neutral, somewhat darker than the first, for the border and binding (neutrals help the brightly colored H units pop out).
An assortment of sixteen bright and dark fabrics for H shapes:
- (1) 2" wide strip of each, cut from selvage to selvage
- (1) 2" x 8-1/2" strip of each
Light neutral fabric for H backgrounds:
- 3/8 yard
Darker neutral for border
- 1/2 yard
- About 190 running inches of doublefold binding
Quilt backing and batting
H Block Fabric Options
For a scrappy quilt that is not strip pieced.
For each small H unit, cut:
Continue to 2 of 4 below.
- (2) 2" x 5" bright/dark bars
- (1) 2" x 2" bright/dark square
- (2) 2" x 2" light neutral squares
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Make the Small H Quilt Blocks
Strip Pieced H Quilt Blocks
Continue to 3 of 4 below.
- Square up one end of a bold/dark 2" strip and then cut eight 5" long bars from it.
- Gather the 2" x 8-1/2" strip cut previously from the same bold/dark fabric and (2) light neutral bars of the same size.
- Sew the three 8-1/2" long bars together lengthwise as shown, placing the dark fabric in the center position. Press to set the seam.
- Press seam allowances towards the dark bar.
- Square up one end of the strip set you just made and then cut four 2" wide... segments from it.
- Arrange a strip pieced segment vertically as shown, lower left. Sew a 5" long bold/dark bar to each side of it. Press seam allowances towards the dark bars.
- Make three more identical H block units from remaining components.
- Repeat with remaining fabrics to make a total of 64 small H block units (sixteen groups of four).
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Finish Sewing the Easy H Quilt
Arrange the Quilt Blocks
Sew four small H units together as shown to create sixteen larger blocks. If you prefer, arrange all 64 small units on a design wall or other flat surface before sewing them together. Shuffle the smaller units around until you are pleased with the layout.
Sometimes it helps to leave the room for awhile or leave the design wall intact overnight. Look at the arrangement again. Keep shuffling the patchwork around until you're happy with the quilt.
Assemble the blocks in... groups of four as shown on this page, pressing seam allowances towards solid bars in each group of two. Place each group back into its slot and you work on the next. When all blocks are assembled, sew the four blocks in each row together. Press and then connect the rows. Match all seam intersections carefully, using straight pins to keep fabrics from shifting when necessary.
Add Borders to the Quilt
Use my straight borders instructions to measure and sew borders to the quilt. Borders are an opportunity to square up a slightly skewed quilt so be sure to measure and sew as explained in the tutorial.
Use 3-1/2" wide strips of the darker neutral to make the border.
Finish the Quilt
Mark for quilting if necessary. Sandwich with batting and backing and baste the layers together before quilting the quilt. Square up the outer edges if necessary and bind with doublefold binding.
For a larger quilt, adjust yardage upwards and keep sewing groups of blocks. The H quilt makes a colorful quilt for a baby or small child.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Close-up of the 4-Unit H Quilt Block
Bold fabrics on a light neutral background help the H shape pop out at you.