This is the last week of honing our half square triangle skills. Hopefully by the end of this block you will feel comfortable with triangles. There are so many beautiful quilts made with half square triangles that I would l like to make. Here are a few of my favorite half square triangle blocks.
1. IMG_3673, 2. Summerlin, Rahna - Summer at the Lake detail, 3. Bee Addicted, 4. Block 1 for March BSPDU, 5. Grey, Aqua, Red, Love in the Mist Block, 6. TATB VQB Feb, 7. [3x6] Q1 2011 Queen Peach's Block, 8. Deanna's Block, 9. One Shiny Bee - Kristy's blocks
Last week for my birthday, my mom sent me The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer. I Love It! This week I chose a block from the book to make. The block pattern was first published by the Ladies Art Company in 1897 and was called Robbing Peter to Pay Paul. The same block was later called Arizona by Nancy Page in the Birmingham News, July 7, 1936. We will call it Arizona since there is another popular block named Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.
1 - 4.5x4.5 inch square (perhaps a larger print)
4 - 3x3 inch squares (out of a medium fabric, similar in color to the 4.5 inch square)
6 - 3x3 inch squares (out of your darkest fabric)
Out of your background fabric:
4 - 2.5x4.5 inch rectangles
4 - 2.5x2.5 inch squares
10 - 3x3 inch squares
- Cut the squares in half on the line.
- Press the triangles open.
- Trim the half square triangles to 2.5 inches square. (I have got to learn how to sew an exact triangle. I thought the trimming would never end. Should I be admitting that?)
Once you have all of your blocks trimmed, arrange the block components as shown in the picture above.
A Brief Aside - A few months ago I was thinking that I needed a portable design wall to lay my block pieces on so they wouldn't get messed up as I sewed - I hate it when I sew the wrong pieces together! I remembered this small flannel board that I used when I taught Sunday School. I can prop it up right next to my sewing machine, sew pieces together, iron them, and then lay them back out. It makes it a lot easier to keep them in order. You could make your own flannel board by duct taping some flannel, batting or felt over a piece of cardboard or thin wood. Mine is 15x15 inches.
Moving on... there is no set way to sew the pieces together, but the following pictures illustrate the order I sewed them together in order to optimize my ability to chain piece.
You have a beautiful block!
Remember to stop by the Flickr group to see the blocks everyone has been making and to post your own.