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Thread: 54/40 or fight

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    Is there a pattern for this block without using templates. I just reallly struggled doing this block using templates. What a pain, just can't seem to do templates, sort of the same about paper piecing. Just can't get it. I've never ripped a block so many times, but I struggled on & made 3 blocks. Made a table runner, quilted it (SITD). Then squared it up, on the last cut snipped of the tips :| .I am determined to make another one----someday.

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    http://www.quilterscache.com/F/Fifty...ightBlock.html You should be able to find a ruler with the correct dimensions and then just rotary cut.

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    There is probably a pattern for PPing it somewhere out there. Additionally, I believe it can be made using Pam Bono's technique of sewing two rectangles together corner to corner diagonally but I have never tried experimenting with it. Doing it this way you would end up with a center seam in the large equlateral triangle. Another option would be making them kind of like I make FG units by sewing a square to either side of a rectangle on the diagonal only instead of a square for the 54 40 or Fight it would be a rectangle. Hmmm, makes me want to experiment some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    There is probably a pattern for PPing it somewhere out there. Additionally, I believe it can be made using Pam Bono's technique of sewing two rectangles together corner to corner diagonally but I have never tried experimenting with it. Doing it this way you would end up with a center seam in the large equlateral triangle. Another option would be making them kind of like I make FG units by sewing a square to either side of a rectangle on the diagonal only instead of a square for the 54 40 or Fight it would be a rectangle. Hmmm, makes me want to experiment some.
    It could be done simple enough, similar to a snowball. Start out with the square the size you want it. Mark on the centre point at bottom and draw lines to the top for the V. Then lay on a piece of fabric. Stitch. Do other side.

    Trim the added pieces using the original block as your template. Then trim off the excess of the original block.

    Nice pattern ... and joins our two histories together!

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    Eleanor Burns's book Tennesse Waltz uses 54-40 and fight blocks and the rulers are included. I made a whole quilt that way and it is easy to use with her rulers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    Eleanor Burns's book Tennesse Waltz uses 54-40 and fight blocks and the rulers are included. I made a whole quilt that way and it is easy to use with her rulers.
    Thank you, I will look for this book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by true4uca
    Quote Originally Posted by mic-pa
    Eleanor Burns's book Tennesse Waltz uses 54-40 and fight blocks and the rulers are included. I made a whole quilt that way and it is easy to use with her rulers.
    Thank you, I will look for this book.
    Okay True, you don't need her book. The block from quilters cache is 2 different blocks. One is 5 four patch units that are easy to rotary cut. The other is a triangle in a square. Here is a link for using El's ruler that makes these triangle in a square and a video to watch. You can make them without the ruler by following her directions and using a regular ruler. PM me if you have any questions and I'll try and help in any way....

    http://www.quiltinaday.com/televisio...einasquare.asp

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    McCalls.com has this block.

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    Use the Tri Recs rulers. Go to this site and scroll down. When you find the Tri Recs, look at the examples of blocks and you will see the 54-40 block.

    https://www.softexpressions.com/software/notions/ezQuilt.php#tri]https://www.softexpressions.com/soft...zQuilt.php#tri[/url]

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    It could be done simple enough, similar to a snowball. Start out with the square the size you want it. Mark on the centre point at bottom and draw lines to the top for the V. Then lay on a piece of fabric. Stitch. Do other side.
    The snowbal you use in this case is shaped like A KITE....
    You sew down the length of the middle, just as you would a square on a corner.
    Jan in VA

    Notice how this is not square but the angle at the short end is still 90 degrees-a right angle.
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