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    Anyone know how to make this block?

    I've seen this block before and was wondering if anyone could identify it or how to make it? I can see how to do it with strips, but I want to make it with charm squares (where both pink pieces would be from the same square). I also did a Paint mockup of the pattern when 4 blocks are put together. Ignore the mismatched points Without a lot of waste, I'm not sure what to do... Thanks!
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    Thats a hard one. I am interested int he answers also. For me HST would be the way to start but then I get lost. Good luck, I am sure someone knows how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumbols View Post
    Thats a hard one. I am interested int he answers also. For me HST would be the way to start but then I get lost. Good luck, I am sure someone knows how.
    Exactly my thoughts! And since it's a charm square, it adds to the difficulty
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    it looks a little like Turning Twenty

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    This looks more like a paper piecing project to me, just not as complicated since it has 4 parts. It would also help remove the bias concerns when cutting triangles.

    But there was one method that I saw, actually there is a book about it. Where you take a stack of the number of fabrics you want to have. Place them one on top of the other, then take the paper pattern, place it on top, cut thru all the fabrics at one time. The only problem would be if you want a single color in the same area on all the blocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo View Post
    it looks a little like Turning Twenty
    Isn't a Turning Twenty all squares/rectangles?
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    Do you know the book name? Interesting idea, makes perfect sense (other than the same color in the center issue, which I can be flexible). I love stack and slash. Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    This looks more like a paper piecing project to me.

    But there was one method that I saw, actually there is a book about it. Where you take a stack of the number of fabrics you want to have. Place them one on top of the other, then take the paper pattern, place it on top, cut thru all the fabrics at one time. The only problem would be if you want a single color in the same area on all the blocks.
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    What if you do this....start out making a HST but only sew 1 seam 1/4" away from the center diagonal line. Trim seam to 1/4". You now have 1 HST, 1 pink triangle and 1 green triangle. Take the pink triangle and sew it to the green side of the HST, like you'd do when making flying geese. Trim off waste triangles. You'd still have a diagonal strip of the pink and a green triangle but perhaps they can be incorporated somewhere else. ???

    I suspect one of our seasoned quilters will share an easier, less wasteful method, but this is off the top of my head.
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    The book is "Stack The Deck: Crazy Quilts in 4 Easy Steps" by Karla Alexander. In the book she primarily uses it as background but I can see how you can use it for your pattern also.

    You would want to test the method on scrap fabric to make sure it sews together the size you want.
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    hmm, don't know if it can be done. If just using a charm pack (5" square), you would end up with 2 HST's at 4.5", with not much waste. So to repeat with fabric on the outer portion, you would have to destroy one of the HST's.

    I am doing a Thimbleberries BOM and that is one of the blocks we made for the boarder and will be laying it out in a zig-zag style.
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    Strip Tube technique would be your easiest way.

    If doing it with charm squares, using your pink/green example ... sew a green and pink together to make 2 HSTs. Then on the green side, sew a piece of the pink on, in snowball fashion. You could probably get four of those corner pieces from one charm square.
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    Looks similar to the Indian Hatchet block except the blue/green stripes are more in the middle of the block. QuiltersCache has a version of it.
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    Why couldn't you just cut the corner off, sew a strip on, then sew the cut off corner on, then square it up. There would be some waste, but not that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Strip Tube technique would be your easiest way.

    If doing it with charm squares, using your pink/green example ... sew a green and pink together to make 2 HSTs. Then on the green side, sew a piece of the pink on, in snowball fashion. You could probably get four of those corner pieces from one charm square.
    This is the way I would make it, and if you have at least two of each charm square it would be easy.
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    There is also a book from Anita Grossman (I forget her married name) where she demonstrates cutting a block very much like the one you showed. I think the complete title is Rotatry Cutting Revolution. I have it at home - borrowed from the library - but am going to put it on my Christmas list. Interesting book.

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    blocks are neat.
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    The center strips you would cut out of each of the charm squares can be used in another block. (I have shown this in the 3 sets of blocks to left of the original block.) They will be a bit narrower, but very usuable.
    You could also add scraps to those secondary blocks if you wish to spice up the centers a bit, or rotate them to the outside corners.

    I will add the templates for these blocks. Edited*** These will all finish at 4"

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    The pattern formed on the left is on Missouri Star Quilts tutorials for FREE -

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    It also looks kinda like the Tube block. Try looking for a tutorial. It is a neat way to do these kinds of blocks.
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    Here are the templates for each of the blocks mentioned above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers-N-Fur View Post
    Why couldn't you just cut the corner off, sew a strip on, then sew the cut off corner on, then square it up. There would be some waste, but not that much.
    That's another thought I had. The lack of exactness was making me a little nervous
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraps View Post
    The pattern formed on the left is on Missouri Star Quilts tutorials for FREE -
    Pattern on the left of what? Do you mean your avatar? Or in Amma's post? Or my original one? Sorry, got lost
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    Quote Originally Posted by amma View Post
    Here are the templates for each of the blocks mentioned above
    Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Strip Tube technique would be your easiest way.

    If doing it with charm squares, using your pink/green example ... sew a green and pink together to make 2 HSTs. Then on the green side, sew a piece of the pink on, in snowball fashion. You could probably get four of those corner pieces from one charm square.
    Oh oh oh!! That's genius. I never thought of it as a snowball block. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky View Post
    Oh oh oh!! That's genius. I never thought of it as a snowball block. Thank you!
    *blush* Thank you ... though I'd still opt for the tube technique ... faster, easier, and more accurate results!
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