I have been playing around with fabrics for another red white and blue table runner. I dug out an old Schnibbles pattern I had never made, one called "Recess". It looked super easy, so I figured I could just whip it out. Cutting the rectangular shaped pieces was a cinch. What I did not notice at first was that the layout of units was not random. It was trickier than I first thought to get things laid out in a pleasing manner without the same colors butting up against each other. Also, if you look, you can see that you need two of each fabric to make a sort of Z shaped arrangement. I spent way too much time placing my fabrics the way I wanted them.
Despite the fiddly placement, the sewing is simple and the quilt is coming together pretty fast. Of course I had to change the size up from square to rectangular. I may use this one on the coffee table in my living room.
Recess is a great pattern to use with charm squares. You would nicely get two matching units out of each charm square. I didn't have any patriotic themed charm packs, so I had to rummage in my stash for a nice mix of fabrics. I mostly used 22" long fat quarter scraps, and cut strips 2 1/4" long. You get five 4" units out of a 22" long strip, but only need four of them. I have a lot of odd pieces left over, and may use them to make a small square topper and have it be totally random, without the Z pattern. A little square table topper looks so sweet with a candle on it, or a vase of flowers.
Hope you are having a great week!