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Thread: Begginner Blocks#2 Sew & Flip Triangles **PDF added

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    Hi and welcome to Lesson 2

    This month we are going to make sew and flip triangle units and use them with the 4 Patches we made last month to make a simple star block. Then use the same method to make a Bowtie Block. Hope you enjoy :D

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    Star Block
    Firstly out of your light fabric that we set aside last month, cut four 4 1/2” squares, then out of your dark fabric cut eight 2 1/2” squares (Pic 1). The dark squares are for your triangles.

    Normally when you are cutting squares into triangles, for half square triangles, we have to add in a 7/8” for seam allowances, but because we are going to make these a different way we don’t have to worry about that (just the usual 1/2”) This method for adding triangles to a block uses a little more fabric but is a lot easier to do. It is an excellent method for adding small triangles to a larger piece. Helps to minimise stretching the bias, because we sew before we cut.




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    Draw a line on the wrong side of your dark squares from corner to corner, use a soft leaded Pencil ( I use a 2B, cheap and readily available) or another suitable marking tool that you like. Do this as gently as you can so as not to drag on the fabric. This line is your stitching line. (Pic 2a,b)



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    Place a dark square on your light background square, right sides together, line up the corners. Sew, on drawn line. Fold square towards edge of block and press, voila, triangle at the corner of your unit. If you wish you can trim out the extra layers to remove bulk, depending on how you are going to use the unit, having three layers of fabric can make your seams quite bulky. Before you trim, check to make sure that the triangle edge matches the outside edge of your square, if not leave background layer to use as a guide for piecing your block together. (Pic3a-f)

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    Add another square/triangle to the adjacent corner as previously described. You should now have a unit like this (Pic4a-d) Make 3 more background triangle units (four in total)



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    Lay out your triangle units and your four patches from last month as shown.
    Stitch together in units together to form strips, similar to what we did for the 9 Patch last month. For this block press seams towards the four patch.
    Join strips together butting seams, like we did for the 9 Patch. (Pic5a,b)



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    Voila, finished simple star block, without having to cut a single itsy bitsy triangle :thumbup: . (Pic 6)




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    Oh Shelly that looks like a very fun block I'll be doing this one I love stars.

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    These two units , the four patch and triangle unit can be used together to make a lovely all over quilt pattern. Quilt needs to have an odd number of rows and columns to show pattern to best effect
    Notice how the dark triangles make the star points but also form a background lattice pattern.


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    For this to work well you need to use a colour for your triangles that has a good contrast with the colours you have used in your four patches otherwise the triangles will blend with the four patches and not form clear star points. Mind you doing this will reinforce your lattice pattern, so it really depends what look you’re after lol:lol:

    I am always fascinated by the way you can change the whole overall look of a quilt, just by changing a single value or colour in the block



    Layout using a medium value in the star points
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    You can use the blank spaces in your background units to show off a bit of quilting or even add a simple appliqué shape if you wanted to. A heart would fit really nicely in this space

    I know :lol: I just luv adding them hearts to fings



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    Here is a pic of one made using scraps for the four patches and the same fabric throughout the quilt for the background and another for the points.



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    Bowtie Block

    To make a 12” finished size Bowtie Block

    Cut eight 3 1/2” squares from a background fabric
    I used two colours for my bow ties but you can use four if you prefer

    For 2 colours
    Cut four 3 1/2” squares and four 2” squares from each colour (Pic 1)

    If using four colours
    Cut two 3 1/2” squares and two 2” squares from each colour



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    Mark small squares from corner to corner as described for the star block. Add one small square to each background piece to form a triangle .(Pic 2a-d)



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    Attach a large plain square to a pieced unit of the corresponding colour. (press seams towards the plain square)
    Join these pieced units in pairs to form the bow tie units
    Lay out the bowtie units as shown and join in pairs (Pic 3a-d)
    (Press seams so that they will lie in the opposite direction for a butted seam in the final join)



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    Join pairs to complete block. (Pic 4)



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    You can use the sew and flip method to add triangles to blocks and make all sorts of patterns, Barb M posted some really good instructions on using this method to add triangles to log cabin type blocks in the May 1st BOM for the Buttercup Block, here is the link
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/6696.page

    Also below are a few ideas, just to get your creative juices flowing :P
    A: Single Bow Tie

    B: Medalion Bowtie

    C: Cross Bowtie

    D: Cookie jar block, rectangle with squares added to corners to make triangles

    E: Snowball Block, square with squares added to the corners

    F:Simple Flower, squares with different sized squares added to make the units

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    A Couple more ideas for blocks

    A: Simple Butterfly, Basically squares and rectangles with different sized squares used to form the shapes

    B: Simple heart, two rectangles with 3 different sized squares added to make the triangles

    C&D: Signature Block, square with triangles added to opposite corners, this block makes a lovely allover pattern that looks like elongated hexagon stars



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    You can use this triangle method to make a snowball block to alternate with last months 9 Patch Block, You would need to cut one 12 1/2” background square and four 4 1/2” squares to form your triangles.



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    Wow Shelly - thank you so much - even I understood everything I just read!!!!! The time and effort you have put into this is appreciated by me very much!!!! I will be trying these ideas soon.

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    An example of the layout for a 9 Patch with alternating Snowball

    Oh well that's me for now, it's after midnight here and I've run out of steam :lol: , will add the downloadable PDF file with instructions for Star and Bowtie Blocks tomorrow, Hope you've found this useful :D

    Next Month: The half square triangle and some uses :P

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    Awesome instructions, Shelly - thank you so much for all your hard work!

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    Shelly ~ Marvelous! Have you written a book or thought about it? It is all so well laid out with wonderful pictures and inspirational ideas! Thank you!

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    Shelly

    You seem like a very good teacher!!!! Your instructions are very thorough and you give everyone lots of great ideas for block options!!!

    I agree I think you should write a quilt book!! I think you will have many customers who will want your book.!! :)

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    I usually avoid stars these are great directions....thank you thankyou :D :D :D

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