Thursday, August 11, 2016

101 Patchwork Patterns Block 10

We are experiencing a major heat wave today, with the temperature over 90 and high humidity. Luckily I can stay in the air conditioning and sew!

Here is this week’s block, called Winged Square. These are 1-1/2” half square triangle units, but don’t let it scare you. There are a couple products on the market that make half square triangles easier. 

Thangles come in strips with various sizes available. You cut strips the unfinished size you want your blocks to be, so 2-1/2” strips sewn with Thangles gives you 2” finished half square triangles. See for more information.

Triangles on a Roll are available in several different configurations, including half square triangles, quarter square triangles, and others. These are preprinted in 11 different sizes for half square triangles on a light weight, easily removed paper. They are purchased by the roll. See for more information.

Triangulations by Brenda Henning is what I use. This is a CD-Rom of pages that you print. There are sizes from 1/2" to 7-1/2”. You can print them on any paper you would use for foundation piecing, such as newsprint, velum or regular copy paper. See for more information. This is what I used and will show below.

I printed the correct size for the block, and it just happened that one full page gives me the 24 half square triangles needed. You sew on the dotted lines, following the arrow directions. You can sew on all the lines without stopping. 

Here is a close-up of the lines. When done, You cut on the solid lines in squares, then cut the diagonal solid line. I like to remove the paper by folding the triangle on the stitching line, tear off, and the seam allowance part of the paper comes right off. I don’t trim the corners until I’ve sewn the pieces together.

Once you’ve made your half squares the block is easy to sew.

Here is where we are at on making the quilt. I just noticed I’ve used white to color the background in Electric Quilt. My actual blocks are an assortment of 5 or 6 beiges. Either approach will work out fine.

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