Today we are introducing a new feature on the blog: Technique Tuesday with Debby Kratovil. We are excited to have Debby sharing some of her favorite piecing tips and tricks with our blog readers, and we know you'll find the information she shares incredibly useful.
I wanted a green fabric for the basket handle and applique, so I selected a fabric from an older the Benartex collection called Katie. By the way, I used that Katie collection to make the quilt on the cover of my new book and I called it Katie's Garden. That was easy!
|Cover quilt using that awesome Katie Collection|
I selected a block from my 2013 desktop quilting calendar
|My block inspiration from my 2013 Block a Day calendar|
|Auditioning fabric for the side and corner triangles|
|I like this better - stronger contrast|
Time to take the plunge and CUT!
|Cutting the SIDE triangles from a 15-1/2" square|
|Cutting the four CORNER triangles from two 8" squares|
|Two side triangles sewn on opposite sides of block; Corner triangle at the ready|
The blocks are joined into DIAGONAL rows. The side triangles (there are 4) are added to the top left block, and then the single corner triangle. Press seams toward the floral triangles.
When you lay out your pieces as shown in the diagram below, it's easier to see the sewing sequence.
Can you see those last two remaining seams left for me to do?
|Three diagonal rows; 2 remaining seams to do|
I will sew those last two seams and then press them open to reduce bulk. When you consider setting your blocks on point, it opens up some wonderful setting options.
I will answer a quick question you might have about the seam allowances I quoted above. When a square is cut into FOUR TRIANGLES, you always consider the block size it will work with. And, you always add 1-1/4" to the size of the cut square so that it will fit the block or unit it is to go with. When a square is cut into TWO TRIANGLES, you consider the block size and only add 7/8" for seam allowances so it will fit with the block or unit it is paired with.
Here is my handy, dandy chart with formulas for standard sized blocks.
And I've done the math for most of them; just find the block size!
|You can download this chart and print it out; then hang it up in your sewing room!|
Setting Blocks on the Diagonal by Debby Kratovil