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Summer 2023 Scrap Along Challenge - Sewing Pairs

Welcome to the Summer 2023 Quilt Along Challenge. This summer I’m challenging myself to empty as many of my scrap bins of fabric as I can and make quilts for charity. Check the previous posts below for more information.

If you are joining me, we’ll be using 2 1/2” squares and 6 1/2” squares. These measurements include the 1/4” seam allowance and should be measured from the outside edge of the fabric.

It’s now time to start sewing!

We’ll start with pairs. All the 2 ½” squares are to be sewn into pairs.

Step 3:

Sew 2 squares (2 ½” x 2 ½”) together.

I start with 2 stacks of fabrics right side up.

I turn the right side square over and line up the right hand edge of the 2 units. Sew with a 1/4" seam allowance.

I don’t obsess about mixing and not matching fabrics. No matter how careful I am, I know that at some point, I’ll end up with the 2 pieces of the same fabric side by side.

I'll often use this method as a "leader and ender" and chain sew the pairs together without cutting the thread between. Once done, I can cut them all apart.

I found this lovely little cutter that is perfect for cutting apart my chains. It's the Blade Saver Thread Trimmer by Purple Hobbies and uses our older Rotary Cutting Blades. Love it! I am sure you can find these locally!

Press the seam in one direction.

You will need 342 pairs.


I will often use this step as a “leader and ender” while sewing on another project. I keep a pile of squares beside my machine and sew them together.


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