Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blocks From The Past - Part 2

Today, I'm continuing to share my techniques for the Blocks From The Past Quilt Along. All of the details for the quilt along can be found here.

Clay's Choice (page 17) has 8 half square triangles, so I thought I would share a quick half square triangle tutorial. I started with 5 1/2" squares because I'm using charm packs. If you are cutting from yardage, you can cut your squares 4 1/2". You will need 2 from your background fabric and two from your choice of fabric.

Lay one background fabric and one regular fabric right sides together. Using a 1/4' seam allowance, sew completely around all four edges. Press.
Cut diagonally from corner to corner, rotate and cut again from corner to corner. This will give you four triangle sections. A rotating cutting mat makes this super easy.
Press each section open and you will have four half square triangle blocks. Do this again with the other two 4 1/2" blocks. Trim them to the size that you need. For this pattern, it is 2".
Sew the blocks together to make four rectangle units. 
For the next step, rather than cutting eight 2" squares and sewing them back together again, I cut four 2 x 3 1/2" rectangles from the background fabric. Sew one rectangle to each of the rectangle units that you just made.
Sew them all together and you have your block!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

The last block that I had was Jack in the Pulpit on page 18. I used the same method for the four half square triangle units in the corners. Other than that, I followed the instructions in the book. My only tip is to use Maggie's Classy Hooch Press or your favorite spray starch to press your fabric before you cut your triangles out. It will help to keep the bias side from stretching.
When you complete your blocks, leave a link to your blog post in the comments below, I would love to see them! You can also post them on Instagram with #BFTPqal and add a @aprilmaedesigns so I see it :)

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