The first seam is a partial seam. I sew about halfway down on the square. Then I add the rectangles one by one, until I get back to the beginning and finish the partial seam.
The blocks measure 6.5 in. (6 in. finished). I make 30 of them for a baby quilt, set 5 across and 6 down.
For Evelyn's quilt, I added a 2.5 in. cut border in a light bird print. Her room has an owl theme, and there were some cute owls in the print. I then added a purple border, cut 3.5 in., and bound the quilt in a solid purple. The backing is the owl print. It needed about a yard and a half.
If I've done the math right, the quilt measures 40 in. x 46 in. I don't always add the outer border for charity quilts, since it can make them bigger than the recommended size. If I only had one border, I wouldn't use a light print. I like to frame the quilt with a darker color, and then add a darker binding. Just my own idiosyncrasies.
To make 30 blocks, you need to cut:
30 2.5 in. squares
120 2.5 in. x 4.5 in. rectangles.
This is a pretty easy quilt to make out of scraps. I organize my scraps mostly following Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Users system (check it out at Quiltville.com if you haven't already). I have a bin of 2.5 in. strips in bright colors. I can just pull from that bin to make these blocks. The hardest part is always having enough variety. But it seems like the more charity quilts I made, the more scraps there are (magic? scraps breeding? I don't know!). Plus sometimes people give me scraps (thanks, Debbie!)
What are you going to make today?