Confused Wells


Strip piecing, scraps, QAYG


This quilt is based on Mary Ellen Hopkins’ technique for Hidden Wells.   It is perfect for clearing out leftover scraps from other projects; any piece larger than 1in by 9in is usable.  It is even reasonable to use unwanted horrors, as these won’t be noticed in the finished quilt.


Approximately 4 – 5yds (4.7m) of fabric was used for central panel however the actual amount of fabric may vary depending on the strip widths that you use.  

If purchasing fabric 

  • A large assortment of scrap fabrics OR 25cm (10in) each of 10 assorted medium-dark value prints and 20cm (8in) each of 10 assorted medium-dark value prints
  • 170cm (68in) fabric for borders and binding
  • 3.2m (3 1/2yd) backing fabric
  • 160cm x 195cm (63in x 77in) wadding
  • Rotary cutter, 
  • 24in long ruler
  • A second ruler at least 12.5in long
  • Cutting mat at least 24in long, width unimportant but larger is easier
  • Neutral coloured thread for piecing
  • Sewing machine, in good working order, with new needle
  • 1/4in foot
  • Walking foot
  • Spray starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scrap paper and pins for labels
  • Scissors, seam ripper, pins and other basic sewing supplies

Optional but recommended 

  • 4.5in square ruler
  • 8.5in square ruler
  • 12.5in square ruler 
  • It is possible to cut all of the squares from the largest square

With scrap quilts it is very difficult to determine exactly how much fabric will be needed, as the final amount is dependant on the widths used.  If using wider strips then less fabric is required than if many narrow strips are cut.  It is better to have as large a variety of fabric as possible.  This quilt is great for using any strip, that is at least 1in x 9in. 


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