Cut some 4½ inch strips and 8½ inch squares and make a quick 4-patch quilt. Or 2 or 3.
The quilt top above and the one below are made from the kit I started stitching at our Project Linus group last Sunday. Almost. The kit only had 4 border strips, which I used on the quilt top above. I dug into my Project Linus stash to create a border for the quilt top below. Which border do you like best?
Each fabric strip for the 4-patch blocks was eight inches longer than needed for the 20 blocks. An extra 40 by 4½ inches of 2 fabrics. Too much to waste. With a little extra piecing it was enough for 4 more 4-patch blocks. Or half of 8 blocks.
I went digging thru the stash and found a cute frog print with lots of primary colors and a red-orange tone-on-tone. Yellow in an appropriate shade was slightly harder, but I found a nice pale yellow. 4-patches with 4 different fabrics.
There are only 16 blocks in this quilt top. From 2 strips of the frog fabric, I got 8 squares and two 7 x 8½" rectangles. Too frugal to waste half a strip to cut 2 more squares, I split the rectangles, cut 4 light yellow rectangles, and sewed the rectangles to the ends of the rows. I still had scraps, but less than the kit had. And I created a pretty great top. What do you think?