It seems that like the podcast, I am also going solo on The Pink Quilt Quilt Along – but that’s OK. While it would have been a lot of fun to share this with Kristyne, just making this quilt is its own reward!
So this is block 3 (as far as I’m concerned because it’s the 3rd I have made!) and it is a Square in a Square in a Square block, otherwise known as an Economy Block.
It is a really easy block to draft for any size.
Since I am making 6 inch blocks, I cut out a 6 inch square of paper and folded it corner to corner and in half to get the right starting points of the squares, then drew a few lines to make them meet up, measured the longest side of each and cut a corresponding square from my chosen fabrics to match.
Cut that in half – and you have the right sized half-square triangles to make the perfect** block!
Because of the way I measured and cut everything (there must be a way that is more conservative with fabric!) I had extra half square triangles laying about.
What to do?
Why Block 4 of course! Who says I can’t make up a couple extra designs as I go?
I really love the way this one turned out and it was SO easy to make!
I cut a strip of white fabric, sewed a triangle to it, trimmed so the white strip would finish at a half inch, and then sewed the matching triangle to the other side.
The way I pressed the seams was critical to its outcome though.
I wouldn’t normally press the seams towards the white like I did, but getting the seams to butt up against each other was the key to matching points! (yes, I realize the center point is off – but the pursuit of perfection can be over-rated!)
I really like using the additional white bits of fabric in this quilt, much like I did on the happy accident block.
Are you curious about the ** I inserted above?
This block does NOT work if you cut your paper square template to the UNfinished size… And no, I didn’t like it enough to make it in the alternate colorway… can you say ‘back of quilt quilt block’?