Saturday, July 02, 2022

DOT dot DOT, block construction


Block finishes 7 1/2 inches

I liked my double 4-patch and the puss-in-two-corners quilts with a chain effect and wanted to try a design with a horizontal feel.

Several years ago I was playing with a simplified Eye of Horus type block in my sketch book and this was one that seemed to fit for this goal.
The proportions could be altered for a smaller block.

Solid: two squares 3 1/2 inches, one square 2 inches
Print: two rectangles 3 1/2 by 5 inches, two rectangles 2 by 3 1/2 inches

Sewing and pressing:
Sew large square to ends of each large rectangle, pressing to the solid
Sew small square in the middle of two small rectangles, pressing to the solid

Sew the three sections together, pressing the final seams in one direction.

Sew two blocks together*, with the top block seams going down and bottom block seams going up. Do not press the connecting seam yet.

*Don't sew all the blocks into pairs. You will need some singles in the layout.
BUT, in sewing a good number of them in pairs, layout will be much simpler as you are able to not worry about orientation of the seams--they will all be correct if they are in pairs. Then you only have to pay attention to the orientation of the single blocks at final layout.
My plan is for 111 blocks set on point, with about 15 singles needed, so I'll keep 20-25 unpaired.

I am also cutting my setting triangles.
I like to over-cut these so the blocks float. These are cut 9 inches on the short sides, with the a bit over 12 inches hypotenuse along the straight of grain.
After I know where they are going in the layout I trim one of those 9 inch sides to 8 inches so it is eased onto the block at just the right length. Don't trim it til ready to sew onto the block so you trim the correct side.

With on point quilts I like to save my directional fabrics for the setting triangles.
Also will need four corner half square triangles about 7 inches to be trimmed after placing. 

My design. Use at your pleasure.


Gretchen Weaver said...

I enjoy reading your blog, you have so many creative ideas for quilt. Thanks for sharing the information, happy stitching!

Linda Swanekamp said...

You always have the neatest and coolest blocks using solids and prints. This one looks great.

Sally Langston Warren said...

Oh my. If you keep adding more solids on prints blocks…..I will never catch up. I am working on nine of them right now.
“My design. Use at your pleasure.” Such generous words! Thank you.