Mary Ann Garrett Gum Wrapper Chain Quilt

This is the ultimate scrappy quilt.  I named it Mary Ann Garrett Gum Wrapper Chain Quilt because it reminds me of the gum wrapper chain that Mary Ann labored on for Paul McCarthy.  Mary Ann Garrett was a teenager in the 1960's. She sat on her porch devoted to Paul, making a gum wrapper chain as long as he was tall.  She told me he was 6.3.  (I should google his height to check).  Her plan was to mail it to him once it's length reached Paul's height.  This Gum Wrapper Chain Quilt is 16 blocks across and 18 blocks down.  The finished size is 72 x 82.

  Here you get a better picture of the border blocks.

 

Here you get a better picture of the border blocks.

  This is a shot of the corner to show that the edges are all dark blocks.  This way the chevron melds into dark blocks that creates the dark border.  Here you see a football scrap from the football quilt that I made with the football field backing.  I like to have a quilt that uses all of the fabrics I used in other quilts. 

 

This is a shot of the corner to show that the edges are all dark blocks.  This way the chevron melds into dark blocks that creates the dark border.  Here you see a football scrap from the football quilt that I made with the football field backing.  I like to have a quilt that uses all of the fabrics I used in other quilts. 

  Here is a list of of materials to make this quilt: assortment of dark print scraps (1/2 of bag) light print scraps (bag full) 3/4 yard for binding backing fabric batting

 

Here is a list of of materials to make this quilt:

assortment of dark print scraps (1/2 of bag)

light print scraps (bag full)

3/4 yard for binding

backing fabric

batting

  Sew assorted light strips into a pieced panels. 

 

Sew assorted light strips into a pieced panels. 

Press the panels.  Cut 2 inch to 3 1/2 inch wide sections from the pieced panels.  Repeat with dark pieced panels. Separate the the dark sections from the light sections into separate piles.

Press the panels.  Cut 2 inch to 3 1/2 inch wide sections from the pieced panels. 

Repeat with dark pieced panels.

Separate the the dark sections from the light sections into separate piles.

Sew 3 dark sections cut from different panels.  Sew them into a free-form nine patch block. Use a rotary cutter and ruler, cut the blocks in half diagonally.

Sew 3 dark sections cut from different panels.  Sew them into a free-form nine patch block.

Use a rotary cutter and ruler, cut the blocks in half diagonally.

  Sew together a light half-block to a dark-block half-block.  This block should be around 5 inch square.  Next, you will square it off.

 

Sew together a light half-block to a dark-block half-block.  This block should be around 5 inch square.  Next, you will square it off.

  Make sure to line up the 45 degree angel of the square ruler with the diagonal seam.  Turn the block and trim to make a perfect 5 inch square block.  Make 68 dark blocks and 270 mixed (half light, half dark) blocks.

 

Make sure to line up the 45 degree angel of the square ruler with the diagonal seam.  Turn the block and trim to make a perfect 5 inch square block.  Make 68 dark blocks and 270 mixed (half light, half dark) blocks.

Lay out the blocks into this chevron pattern as pictured above.  Notice that row 1 and 3 are the same and row 2 and 4 are laid out the same. Add a dark block to each end of the row.  Use only black blocks for first and last rows.  The dark blocks create a border along the 4 sides of the quilt.  You can see it better in the pictures above.

Lay out the blocks into this chevron pattern as pictured above.  Notice that row 1 and 3 are the same and row 2 and 4 are laid out the same. Add a dark block to each end of the row.  Use only black blocks for first and last rows.  The dark blocks create a border along the 4 sides of the quilt.  You can see it better in the pictures above.