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Thread: Anita's Arrowhead

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    Super Member LindaM's Avatar
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    The Nov/Dec '10 issue of Quiltmaker has an article by Anita Grossman Solomon showing a really fun way to make this block. See a preview of her article here:
    http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/d...html?idx=12909 and Anita's site here:
    http://makeitsimplerworkshops.blogsp...ch/label/Anita's%20Arrowhead

    Had to give it a try! I tried made up three different sizes, one using the article's directions, then one really big one and one that's juuuuuust right :) I think that to avoid copyright issues I can't provide dimensions, but I do have photos of the block going together ...

    - Cut two blocks the same size, spray with some starch and press together (right sides together).
    - You're going to sew around the edge of the blocks, but you leave a gap on each opposite corner - start sewing about 1/4 of the length of one side, sew to the first corner, pivot and sew all the way to the edge of that side then stop. Start sewing on the next side, again leaving a gap about 1/4 of the measurement of that side, sew to the next corner, pivot and then sew all the way to the edge of that seam.
    - Cut diagonally through the sewn blocks, cutting through the sewn corners.
    - Stack the two pieces.
    - You're now going to make two cuts through these triangles - the first cut is that same 1/4 of the measurement of the size of one side
    - Rotate the block (I'm loving my rotating cutting mat for this!) and make one more cut through the other long side of the triangle, that same 1/4 measure
    - You now have four stacks
    - Take your pieces to your iron and press all seams OPEN
    - Lay out the pieces into the arrangement for the final square
    - Sew the two two-patches together to make a four-patch
    - Sew the triangles onto the long pieces - keep good track of which side gets attached where!! and press
    - Sew the middle together and press
    - Sew the three pieces together and press well
    - Square up
    - Show off :)

    Two cuts along long edges, that same 1/4 measure
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    Sew the pieces together in three sections - the triangles to one of the 'pillar' pieces, the centre section together, then sew all together; press as you go, seams open. Square up block.
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    Sew two seams, starting 1/4 of the way down one side, turn, sew all the way to the next edge; turn, start 1/4 way down, pivot, sew all the way to the next edge
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    Cut the squares on the diagonal, going through the corners that are sewn together
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    Stack the triangles, line them up carefully
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    Press everything, seams open; Arrange the pieces
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    Show off! Here's my design board - four blocks using this technique made tonight, and one of those awesome 10-minute blocks!
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    OK, now I have to compare both to see what is different, and then I've got to try it! Thank you. ;) ;)

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    Interesting!

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    I love it! That is an awesome block.

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    okay - the one is the disappearing 4 patch on point. great idea.

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    The block on point is the same 'arrowhead' pattern - in the same fabric as the very large one. Isn't it interesting how different it can look with just a little turn!

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    I also bought the magazine but when I first saw that block on a blog I
    thought it was a disappearing 4 patch using quarter square triangles. I tried
    it with paper and I know it will work with a little trimming. So many ways of
    doing the same block. :D

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    Thank you for the tute! Now I will have to go and look for the magazine :D:D:D

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    I have her book Rotary Cutting Revolution. If you like this block method you need to make her other ones in the book too. They are just as fun if not more. The magazine is worth buying for the instructions of this block so don't let it pass by. Anita Grossman Solomon is a member of this board and has posted about this block.

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    That's so cool...thank you!

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    does this block come in her book or just the magazine.

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    This block and many more are in her book Revolutionary Rotary Cutting. Everytime I open it, I seem to see something new! She's amazing, and it's all very easy.

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    I tried it but I have a lot of learning on this one.

    I think I would press my seams open.

    And a bigger square too.

    I really like this block.

    thanks for the tutorial on it.

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    Anita recommends to press the seams open. It makes the block easier to sew together and it lays flat. I have a pile of cut squares next to my machine and I sew around the squares when I want to sew for a few minutes. I take a stack of sewn squares to my sew day workshop to cut and sew back together. It's a very easy to go project.

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    I have learned so much from this group.

    The first block I tried with no starch.

    Well, the second, third and the rest I will use starch what a difference that makes.

    Thanks to a bunch of wonderful people on this board. :thumbup:

    I'm glad there is no quilt police here on this board too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pojo
    does this block come in her book or just the magazine.
    it's also in the new Fons and Porter mag

    sorry, also in the book.

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    Hi, On the Anita Arrowhead block, what size block would I start with to get a finshed 12 1/2 inch block? TY

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    Love this block. Can't wait to try it!

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    Love this!

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    I saw this at a quilt show that I attended this weekend at Princeton, IL. The pattern was in the November/December issue of QuiltMaker Magazine.

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    Looks like one to try.

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    Great block. Thank you for the easy instructions.

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    love this new twist.. going to show guild how to..thanks
    Mary

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    I really like her book Revolutionary Rotary Cutting. In fact it was my turn to provide a gift for new guild members gift bags this last year and I bought copies of the book to give.
    I love my life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I really like her book ... and I bought copies of the book to give.
    Dear Onebyone- I appreciate you and I hope the Guild's members do as well.
    Anita
    Anita Grossman Solomon

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