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Thread: Wings "Block"

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    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.

    Wings Block
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    Cut a dark swatch and a medium swatch
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    Cut a dark swatch and a light swatch
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    Lay the medium and one dark swatch face to face and trim one long side
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    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.
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    Repeat for the other dark and light swatches
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    Now you need my template with the 30 degree scored on it.
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    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.
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    Here you can see where I cut out the square
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    Here is the square you just cut out
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    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.
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    The light/dark square
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    Now lay the ruler from corner to corner and make sure you are cutting it the same way as in this picture.
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    The other side
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    Here are the two halves of the Block
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    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
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    Sew them together
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    Open and iron the seam open
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    Now you need a template with a grid
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    Lay the template on the joined swatches so three of the corners lay on the seams. Cut out the square.
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    TaDa ,,, A Wings Block!
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    You're just too clever. Thank you for all the easy tutes you share. Makes a beginner believe they can do it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpie
    You're just too clever. Thank you for all the easy tutes you share. Makes a beginner believe they can do it too.
    You can! Just pay attention to accuracy and follow the steps and it is easy! I had my grandson(10 at the time) do the Boston Block when I was first figuring these out and he did it with ease without ever seeing a lesson. These blocks are not complicated.

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    Ok Now here are some things to consider

    Swatch sizes will depend on the size of template you are using. I will figure out the differant sizes and post it here tomarrow.

    When you choose your fabric pay attention to the value of your fabrics. You will need a dark a medium and a light. You need to have fabrics that will stand out against the other fabrics. Each one needs to stand out seperately for the pattern to show up well.

    When you join the triangles you need to match the seams as accurately as you can. This will make your quilt block look better.

    After you cut the squares into triangle you will have a half of the square leftover. This half can be used as another version of the wings block only this one will have a sharper angle. I did include some designs in my Ebook.

    When you have made your blocks you will have some leftovers. These can be pulled apart and reused to make more blocks.

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    The wrong way! The seams need to match.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Now you need my template with the 30 degree scored on it.
    Ahh! Now I know why my template had a big scratch on it when I got it! lol

    Carol B

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctack2
    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    Now you need my template with the 30 degree scored on it.
    Ahh! Now I know why my template had a big scratch on it when I got it! lol

    Carol B
    LOL Sorry I have been trying to mark that template with a magic marker to say 30 degree angle. I did forget a few times and packaged them without it. My friend Dorothy who does my prep work and I tried differant variations and thought the scored line was easier to match up to the seam.

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    I just love your tutes. Always so easy to follow. Thanks.

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    Oh I do like that block!!!! Thanks for shaing.....

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    Beautiful block.......but it also looks like a waste of fabric to me. I've always been frugal with my fabric and lay out my templates to save fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrappylouisa
    Beautiful block.......but it also looks like a waste of fabric to me. I've always been frugal with my fabric and lay out my templates to save fabric.
    Well I am working on trying to figure out how to do it with the least amount of waste. But sometimes you have to concentrate on the gains and not the loss. I recycle all leftovers so there is no waste. I pull apart the leftovers and sew them together again for another block. I make half square triangles out of them if they won't make the block I am working on. You can use the leftovers for a crumbs block. I never throw anything away but threads.

    The gains are the intricate look with easy steps. So it is a matter of priorities. I wouldn't be able to do the Quilt Blocks I have designed with this block any other way.

    These methods are for saving time and being easy enough for beginners to do. So to me the benefits are more important than saving a little fabric.

    But I am aware of the frugal quilter and have done some trial and error on using the least amt of fabric to make these. I will post that when I have all the details ironed out.

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