Friday, September 20, 2013
"A way of relating to the world in which a person consistently overreacts
to or greatly exaggerates the importance of benign events."
We help other quilters by sharing our knowledge and experience - especially beginners.
Groups on facebook are just so much fun and there is a virtual quilt show every day. And these groups are for the most part, moderated by just the kind of people I have described above. They pay attention to content, they watch out for spammers, they often provide a place for swaps and the sharing of our stuff to take place, they host group projects and they spend countless hours of their time doing so. Many do not have a profit driven motive (although some do) and mostly just donate hours and hours of time for the good of the group.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Whew! Breaking the "chain" from all the triangles with this block!
This one is super easy but you need to make 6 of them all alike.
This quilt is made up of scrappy blocks and lots of fabrics (which is the idea and supposedly to help us bust our stashes!) and this block along with the 4 patch bonus block we made a few months ago is what ties it all together.
You will notice that the center of this block and the 4-patch are the same. When you have a lot of different blocks made of lots of different units a block like this can really help tie them all together. Or if you will, "chain" them together ☺
|Four patch block - you made 17 of them||.|
A 2" x 2" squares
Cut 8 of red print (scraps)
Cut 8 of tan print (scraps)
Cut 8 of black (background)
B 3 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
Cut 4 of black (background)
C 3 1/2" x 2" rectangle - cut 4 of black (background)
As you know by now, I like to layout all the pieces. Spencer seems to think he has to help with this part.
I start with the 4 patch units.
I just chain piece them making sure I have them placed so I can just fold one over on top of the other and have them going the right way. I also sewed the small squares to the inner rectangles at this time.
Once again, back to the layout part. Just making sure everything is going the right way. The red fabric is directional so I want to be sure I don't get one of them turned the wrong way.
I always pin when I have things I need/want to match up.
Center unit is complete.
Sew the corner 4 patch units to the larger rectangles. Pay attention to how you press these units so you can easily nest them together when you join the sides to the center unit. I pressed toward the big rectangles and away from the pieced blocks.
Super easy. Now make 5 more for a total of 6!
Note: You can make these blocks using strip piecing for the four patch units, just cut your strips 2" sew them together and then sub cut into 2" units and sew together as usual.
Ta Dah! Once you have all 6 made you are done with this step.
kind regards, Linda T.
Just because I know you love triangles!
I wonder if the magic part of this block is when your points all come out perfect? The block reminds me of a combination of a Square in a Square and a Churn Dash. I like blocks that have lots of pieces and sections so I can really get scrappy with it and this block is perfect for that!
As you can see I used five different prints and the black background fabric. If you want an even scrappier look you could add more - maybe the triangles are all different prints of the same color? Go ahead, have some fun with it.
A 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" square
Cut 2 squares of background fabric and then cut on the diagonal once
Cut 2 squares of tan print (scraps) and then cut on the diagonal once
Cut 2 squares of black/tan print (scraps) and then cut on the diagonal once
B 6 1/2" x 2" rectangle
cut 2 of background
cut 2 of scraps
C 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square
cut 1 of scraps and then cut again on the diagonal twice to make 4 triangles
D 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" square - cut one (scraps)
When I make a new block I always lay out the pieces to make sure I am happy with my choices. I also check for any fabrics that are directional and get things lined up properly. As you can see my triangles have a stripe to them and I want to be sure they all end up going the same way.
I like to start with the center. Take your square D and pair it with a triangle C.
Make sure that the little ears are extending beyond the square and that they are even. If not, go back and check your cutting. This is an important step. Sew. Add the opposite triangle and press toward the center of the block.
Remember to keep an eye on that intersection.