Here is another of my shortcut ways to make units or what I call "Blocks". This is made using my cut down methods.
The cut down method is sewing swatches together and then cutting out a square from the center with a template.
This one is more steps than the previous ones but they are easy steps.
Please don't be intimidated by the look of the block. The beauty of this method is it allows you with easy steps to make something that looks complicated. This one also can create the illusion of curves when in fact it is all straight seams.
I am not good at doing curves so this one is my top favorite "Block"!!! I love the design possibilities this Block creates!!
It takes a bit more time to make a Block but it is worth it.
You can find a lot more original designs in my Ebook.
Since I am posting a couple of Wings Quilt Blocks in the Sampler Quilt along you will need these directions. I suggest you just practice making a few before you start on a Quilt Block.
Cut a dark swatch and a medium swatch
Cut a dark swatch and a light swatch
Lay the medium and one dark swatch face to face and trim one long side
Sew them together and open and iron the seams open. To the side is fine but I think it lays better if the seam is flat.
Repeat for the other dark and light swatches
Now you need my template with the 30 degree scored on it.
Lay the joined swatches on a mini cutting mat. Lay the template on the swatches so the smaller side of the template is on the medium. Match the scored angle line with the seam. Hold the template firmly in place and cut along one side. Keeping your template from moving use your rt hand to gently turn the mini mat and continue to cut around the template.
Here you can see where I cut out the square
Here is the square you just cut out
Okay for the light /dark fabrics flip the template over so the smaller part is on the light swatch. Repeat the above steps and cut out another square.
The light/dark square
Now lay the ruler from corner to corner and make sure you are cutting it the same way as in this picture.
The other side
Here are the two halves of the Block
Put the two halves face to face and tack the seams in the middle together. Make sure they are meeting correctly. Then tack on each end
Sew them together
Open and iron the seam open
Now you need a template with a grid
Lay the template on the joined swatches so three of the corners lay on the seams. Cut out the square.
TaDa ,,, A Wings Block!