Entropy Scrap Along - Precuts- Week 1 & 2 (August 22- September 4th)
Are you here because you have a stash overflowing with precuts? All of those fat quarter bundles and layer cakes that were just too cute, not to buy? Same!
My stash is currently overflowing with a lot of fat quarter bundles I couldn't resist, but how about we use some of those!
This scrap along uses various methods for HST construction, so we can use up different precuts for different methods. These methods include 2-at-a-time half square triangles, 4-at-a-time half square triangles and 8-at-a-time half square triangles.
An Entropy block requires12 half square triangles and 4 background squares.
You can choose to do a "normal" entropy quilt block seen below, to the left, where the half square triangle color is oriented inwards, and the background squares are a single color oriented outward. The other option is what will be referred to as an "inverse" entropy quilt block, where the color that contrasts more is facing outward and the background squares are multi-colored and face inward.
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Charm Packs (5"x5")
For 2-at-time HSTs (half square triangles), we will use 5" squares, which happens to be the same size as a the fabrics in a charm pack.
By just using a charm pack, and matching them with one another in the pack we can create a total of 42" half square triangles. Each Entropy block requires 12 HSTs, so if we were to add an additional 6 HSTs and 16 background squares, we can use up an entire charm pack and make a 36"x36" quilt.
You can also use yardage or other fabrics you have in your stash as background fabrics and cut (42) 5" background fabrics to pair with your charm pack fabrics and make a total of (7) Entropy quilt blocks. Want to make a 64"x64" quilt with just a charm pack and background yardage? This version is a cool modern option! The fabric requirements for this version is one charm pack (42) squares, and 4 yards of white (background color). You'll cut (28) 4.5" squares, (9) 16.5" squares, and (42) 5" squares from your background color to make this version.
Layer Cakes (10"x10")
For 10" squares we will use the 8-at-at-time method. If you are using a layer cake with (42) 10" squares, you can choose to match 28 of them with one another in the pack we can create a total of 108" half square triangles. Each Entropy block requires 12 HSTs and 4 background squares. We can use 9 layer cake squares to create 36 background squares and We can make a total of 9 Entropy blocks.
You can also use yardage or other fabrics you have in your stash as background fabrics. Cut (24) 10" background fabrics to pair with (24) 10" fabrics from your charm pack to make a total of 192 HSTs. Use 16 of the 18 remaining 10" layer cake squares as background squares. This will create 16 Entropy blocks and 64"x64" throw.
You'll need 2 3/4 yards of additional background fabrics to make the above version.
Fat Eighths (9"x22")
You can break down a fat eighth into (3) 7.25" squares. You can combine these squares with an accompanying 7.25" square to make 4 HSTs per 2 squares. Two fat eighths can create a total of 12 HSTs. You could use (16) fat eighths, subcut (48) 7.25" squares to make the following Entropy quilt version. To make the version below using 16 colored fat eighths, you will need an additional 3 1/4 yards fabric.
Fat Quarters (18"x22")
You can break down a fat quarter into a few different sub-cuts. You can choose to use 8-16 fat quarters with additional yardage for a throw sized quilt.
Here are some possibilities with fat quarters.
Fat Quarters (normal 16 FQs)
Fabric Requirements: 16 FQs, and 2 3/4 yards of background.
Fat Quarter (normal 12 FQs)
Fabric Requirements: 8 FQs, and 2 3/4 yards of background.
Fat Quarter (Inverse 12 FQs) Option 1
Fat Quarter (Inverse 12 FQs) Option 2
Both inverse options need an additional (16) 4.5" squares and 2 yards of background fabric.
Fat Quarters (Inverse 16 FQs)
Fabric Requirements: 16 FQs, and 1 3/4 yards of background.