Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Monochromatic Sampler: Block Seven Tutorial

You could probably do this block in a variety of ways. Unfortunately I think I chose the most wasteful way! If you have ideas, please post a comment on this blog entry!



Cut
  • 4 blocks of 3 1/2 inch squares in black
  • 5 blocks of 3 1/2 inch squares in white
Creating the centre block

Take your squares and create three rows of patches.

Press your seams, then line up your seams and construct the centre diamond shape.

You should have a centre block that looks something like this.

Rotating the centre block into Diamonds

What I wanted to do is turn the blocks 45 degree.

Cut two squares measuring xxx and cut them so that you have four triangles. We are going to use these to rotate our block.

Sew them onto each side of your block making sure that they are in the middle. There is a bit of slack with the size of the triangles so that you can trim them down later.



Once the additional triangles are sewn on, trim the edges to make another square using 1/2 an inch allowance between the edge of the black squares (see the diagram).

The trimmed down square should be nice and neat.

Border around the Diamonds

Cut a strip of 2 1/2 inches by the width of the fabric in White.



Once the sides are sewn onto on your diamonds, press and trim.


Voila, another block done, two more to go!

Are you making these blocks as well? Add your pictures to the Flickr group.

1 comment:

Karen Wilson said...

I think in order to reduce waste you need to work out the correct size to cut half square triangles for the four corners, and quarter square triangles for the four sides, then you join everything in diagonal rows (since it's basically a block on point). I haven't done it but I'm sure there are websites to tell you how to work out the maths.