Thursday, April 29, 2021

thousand triangles


Thousand Triangles
Block finishes 9 inches

I plan to set it 8 by 10, to finish 72 by 90 inches.
80 blocks.

Another traditional block that has been on my mind quite a while.

(Note on the due-date fabric used above. When I worked as a library aide at the public library during college I never charged a late fee. I should probably send them a donation to make that up. Fabric by Heather Givans for Windham.)

nine triangles cut from a 3 1/2 inch strip using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool
nine triangles cut from a 3 1/2 inch strip using the EZ angle or Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool
Note: for directional prints you will need to cut 18 to get the 9 you need. You will just need to set them aside for another project! Or, embrace the chaos and don't pay attention to direction. 

Sewing and pressing
Sew solid triangles to the print
Press towards the print

Lay out in three rows and sew these
Make sure the print is always in the bottom right corner.
Press one row left and one row right. Sew these two rows together.

You will add the third row and need to make the blocks in one of two pressing configurations.
Block A has the top row pressed to the left on the back
Block B has the top row pressed to the right on the back
Press your remaining row to the right or left to make the block an A or a B.

Make half the blocks into A and half the blocks into B
Do not press horizontal seams until assembly

Lay out blocks into column, alternating A and B blocks. Sew these columns.
Press all horizontal seams in odd columns to the top
Press all seams in even columns to the bottom
All seams will nest

My directions for a traditional block.
Use at your pleasure.

Monday, April 26, 2021

circled squares, top completed

Circled Squares
96 by 84 inches
Block finishes 12 inches
56 blocks set 8 by 7

The origin of this design is murky. I see quilts from difference sources with the circled squares in a 9-patch construction dating to 2013, but cannot find who first came up with the idea. 
If you know who first came up with it, please let me know so I can edit this post and give credit. I include a link to my blog post that includes links to several patterns out there with the 9-patch construction below.

My adaptation was to change the piecing from a 9-patch to one with a rectangle in the center of the block. This cleans it up visually. 
I also developed a pressing method that ensures every seam in the setting of the quilt nests. This careful pressing may not make sense while piecing the blocks as seams do not meet when putting the three rows together. However, that pressing makes the top assembly work!
If you are sashing the blocks, no need to be as particular.

You can read about the quilts I researched and my adaptations in cutting, piecing, and pressing at my earlier post here:

At this point none of your blocks have their horizontal seams pressed. That will wait until each column is assembled.

Use half your blocks as your "standard", oriented as such:

standard orientation

Use half your blocks as your "flipped", oriented as such:

flipped orientation

First Column and all odd columns
Use standard as your top left block.
Below it, a flipped block
Alternate for 8 blocks
Press all horizontal seams of odd columns towards the bottom

Second Column and all even columns
Use flipped for your top block
Below it, a standard block
Alternate for a total of 8 blocks
Press all horizontal seams of even blocks towards the top

Join columns. I decided to press all these seams to the right.

My adaptation of someone's idea--use my adaptations at your pleasure.