It's my turn in June to be a quilter for the Peace group of Do.Good Stitches. As a quilter, I select a block that will be made by everyone in the group, will receive those blocks in the mail, and then finish the top and the quilt for My Very Own Blanket.
Inspiration for my block came from this quilt as I think this will make a fun group quilt. Everyone can pull fabrics from their scraps and the white background and one or two neutrals will make the blocks blend and create a harmonious top.
It measures 13"x13" - and thus will be a finished block of 12.5"x12.5"
This will be about of Half Square Triangles (HST). There are a total of 16 HST in this block. 4 HST Fabric 1 with Fabric 2, and 12 HST Fabric 1 and white background.
For a great tutorial on how to make HST units, go here. I love that Alyce gives 2 methods and all measurements for different sizes of HST. We need 3" HST.
So for the 4 HST with Fabric 1 and Fabric 2, I used her Alternate Method with 5" squares of Fabrics 1 and 2. Be aware of the bias edges - no steam pressing. Press seams to Fabric 2 (for nesting purposes).
As I don't like bias edges on the outside of a block, I did not use Alternate Method for the 12 outside HST. Instead I used Method 3:
Easy Angle ruler by Simplicity What I like about this ruler is that you actually cut the strips in the size of your finished unit (i.e., 3" HST, cut your strips 3") - no 7/8th cuts! You lay the 2 strips right-sides-together and start cutting based on the 3" marking. In no time, you have 12 pieces -
Carefully lift the pieces to the machine as there are bias edges until sewn, string piece them, take them to the iron board and press seams to one side, then trim the units to 3"square. Voila
Some pointers on how I finished this block:
- Press 4 of 12HST seams to the white fabric and the other 8 seams to Fabric 1. The 4 units will become the corner pieces - this will allow you to nest the seams.
- Layout all the pieces for the block as they end up and start sewing.
- I sewed the center row first (easy!).
- Then I sewed each of the 4 corner units together, nesting the seams,
- the 2 squares next to the corner pieces, and then sewed the rows together. All the while, I pressed seams open. So, the only side pressed seams where the 16 HST units.
This is what the block looks like from the back with all seams pressed open except the HST seams*:
(*ignore the seams on the yellow squares - I had to piece those to get 3" squares - patchwork right?)
A second block in the correct size:
And all 3 blocks I made (the green being too small). I love how harmoniously they go together even with all the different fabrics. I had so much fun pulling from my scraps, remembering where I used these fabrics. And to be reconnected and using them again made me happy.
Have fun following the instructions and ping me if you have any questions.